HPC4E Project information


HPC4E Project information

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Barcelona Supercomputing Center

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was established in 2005 and is the Spanish national supercomputing facility and a hosting member of the PRACE distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The Center houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision, and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof and currently has over 350 staff from 41 countries. BSC has collaborated with industry since its creation, and participates in various bilateral joint research centers with companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA and Spanish oil company Repsol. The centre has been extremely active in the EC Framework Programmes and has participated in seventy-nine projects funded by it. BSC is a founding member of HiPEAC, the ETP4HPC and other international forums as well as hosting member of the PRACE distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The centre also coordinates the RISC project, which is creating a network of HPC research centres in Latin America and the EU. The mission of the Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (CASE) Department within BSC is to develop High Performance Computational Mechanics tools for simulating complex coupled problems and capable of running with high efficiency in massively parallel supercomputers. CASE is a multidisciplinary research department that European and national research projects and in privately funded industrial partnerships. The research lines include Physical and Numerical Modelling, Mesh Generation and Numerical Solution Algorithms, High Performance Computing in CM (HPCM), Parallelization in Distributed and Shared memory machines, Numerical Kernels and Optimization, Algebraic Solvers, Visualization and post-processing, Software engineering for HPCM, and more recently, Social Networks.

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Working at the crossroads of computer sciences and mathematics, over the last 40 years INRIA’s researchers have been developing the scientific foundations for a new field of learning: computational sciences. When associated with other scientific disciplines, computational sciences can be used to offer new concepts, languages, methods and teaching aids which open up new avenues for exploration and understanding of complex phenomena. Working in project-teams, Inria researchers mix fundamental and applied research in an innovative blend to produce their results. The institute’s 179 teams, the majority of which are joint teams with other major French or international research bodies, are comprised of around twenty researchers working on a shared project for a period of 4 to 8 years. Inria is France’s only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. It hosts over 1000 young researchers each year.

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The University of Lancaster

Lancaster University, officially The University of Lancaster, is a public research university in Lancaster, Lancashire, United Kingdom. The university was established by Royal Charter in 1964. Lancaster University is ranked No.1 in the North West of England and No. 10 in the UK by the Guardian, and is in the top 1% of universities globally. Lancaster’s research has been rated as world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all subjects. Lancaster is ranked 13th for the percentage of world leading research out of the 128 institutions listed and 18th in the UK overall. The university has an annual income of over £180m, just over 2,500 staff, more than 12,000 students in the UK and nearly 3,000 students overseas. As one of the leading Research Universities in the UK, Lancaster has wide-ranged research activities in HPC and its applications in energy related applications including combustion.



CIEMAT is a Spanish Public Research Institution (www.ciemat.es). Since its formation in 1951, it has developed and led R&D projects in the fields of Energy, Environment and Technology, placing the institution at the forefront of science and technology. As a technological research centre, CIEMAT fosters links between academia and industry. Its main activities include: to promote the introduction and improve the competitiveness of renewable energies on the energy market; to improve the efficiency and environmental quality of fossil fuels; to optimise waste management and safety of nuclear fission energy; to demonstrate the role of nuclear fusion as a future energy alternative; to assess the environmental impact of energy; to promote the development of environmentally-friendly technologies that respect the environment; to transfer horizontal technologies to industry; to improve scientific returns derived from CIEMAT activities; to strengthen industrial participation in international projects with high technological content; and, to foster technology transfer, training and scientific outreach. CIEMAT is the Spanish major R&D centre on energy. It has participated in 79 projects co-funded by the 7 Framework Programme, 34 out of which in the energy area and 9 in ICT.



Repsol is an integrated global energy company with vast sector experience. We carry out Upstream and Downstream activities across the world. At Repsol we believe that through innovation we can create a new energy model. That is why we are present in areas of high energy potential such as Brazil, Russia and the U.S. Thanks to a steady, consolidated growth strategy, we have developed new and attractive areas of business within the company. We are concerned with people's well-being and the economic growth of society which is why at Repsol, we contribute with talent, effort and enthusiasm to building intelligent and sustainable energy solutions in the long term. This is always done using processes that respond to the strict. Our company vision is a future vision, which upholds our core values: all of us who are part of Repsol feel very identified with them. Our organizational structure allows us to strengthen both the corporate area and that of our main activities. At Repsol we carry out activities in Upstream (Exploration and Production of hydrocarbons) and Downstream, which includes Refining -where we are European leaders with products and services that respond to the highest quality and safety processes, Marketing, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Chemicals and New energy. We are committed to technological innovation as the key to building a more efficient, secure, competitive and sustainable energy model. This commitment is embodied in the Repsol Technology Center: a leading European center where we promote R&D+i with investment of nearly €100 million annually, all under the slogan: let's invent the future. Repsol, as an energy company that engages with society and is responsible for its surroundings, is tackling the double challenge of responding to ever-increasing energy demand whilst maintaining a high level of commitment to the environment. Without doubt, R&D&I is the most valuable tool with which to achieve this objective, and through which we study and develop alternative forms of energy and take full advantage of all production processes.

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IBERDROLA is one of the largest wind energy company worldwide and the forth utility company worldwide. Boasting a operational wind energy assets of almost 14.000 MW and a total generation power of more than 45.000MW, the company has consolidated its leadership position at the head of the worldwide renewable energy sector. Furthermore, the Company has achieved a net output of 138,892 GWh with more than 30 million customers. Iberdrola has become in the last 15 years a multinational company, operating in more 20 countries including the world markets with the greatest growth and development potential in this sector. The main five business territories of the Group are Spain, USA, UK, Mexico and Brazil. Brazil has become especially important in the company’s grow strategy. Merging a top Brazilian utility as ELEKTRO, increasing equity in Neo-energia and recent awarding of 90 MW of wind energy that will boost wind assets in the country above 400 MW in coming 3 years, ensures Brazil as a main growing pole in Iberdrola.

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Total S.A. is a French multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the six "Supermajor" oil companies in the world. Its businesses cover the entire oil and gas chain, from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production to power generation, transportation, refining, petroleum product marketing, and international crude oil and product trading. Total is also a large-scale chemicals manufacturer. The company has its head office in the Tour Total in the La Défense district in Courbevoie, West of Paris.

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Fundação COPPETEC manages partnerships and projects for Coppe. Coppe stands for – The Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Founded in 1963 by the engineer Alberto Luiz Coimbra, the institution made it possible to create graduate courses in Brazil. Over the course of the last four decades it has become the most important center for engineering research and education in Latin America. Coppe has already awarded more than 12,000 master’s and doctoral degrees in its 12 graduate master’s and doctoral courses. Presently, the institution has 325 faculty members, 2,800 students and 350 employees. Coppe also has 116 modern laboratories, including NACAD, its High Performance Computing Center, which together constitute the country’s largest engineering laboratory complex. Based on three distinguishing features – academic excellence; full-time faculty members and students, and commitment to society – Coppe has distinguished itself through its work to increase understanding and produce highly qualified professionals and innovative teaching methods; thereby serving as a model for other universities and research institutes across the country. The academic output reflects the standard of excellence. About 200 doctoral degrees and 300 master’s degrees are awarded annually. Coppe researchers publish about 2,000 scientific papers in national and international journals and conferences annually. According to the last Capes evaluation (the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Courses), in September, 2010, Coppe was Brazil’s leading engineering graduate institute with the highest number of courses rated 7, which is equivalent to the performance of the most important and respected research and teaching centers in the world. Coppe has a staff and a research infrastructure that are permanently ready to meet the needs of Brazil’s economical, technological and social development. As Coppe is always looking to the future, the institution has served as a nation and worldwide model in engineering teaching and research and has helped Brazil face one of its most important challenges in its recent history.


LNCC is a research unit of the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation of Brazil to foster R&D of Scientific Computing in Brazil. LNCC counts with the support and expertise of a highly-qualified body of researchers, whose specializations vary from physical and biological sciences to Mathematics and Computer Science. As centre of excellence in Scientific Computing, LNCC offers a Graduate Program in Computational Modelling, targeted at qualified professionals interested in advanced interdisciplinary studies at both Master and Doctoral levels. Moreover, LNCC provides high-performance computing resources to public as well as private scientific and technological communities in Brazil.

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Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica

ITA is an institution of higher education and advanced research with emphasis in aerospace science and technology maintained by the Brazilian Federal Government. ITA is rated as one of the top and most prestigious engineering schools in Brazil. The school's admission exams for its undergraduate courses are considered to be the most competitive in the country, with typical acceptance rate bellow 2% (e.g., 1,65% at 2013, taking 120 accepted students out of 7285 nationwide applicants). The institution was created in 1950, being responsible and contributing in a great extent for the research and development of the aerospace and defense sectors in Brazil, including the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Embraer and Avibras.



Petrobras will act as an industrial sponsor for the project, represented by a team from its Research Center (Cenpes). Cenpes is a research facility located in the city and state of Rio de Janeiro, in the vicinities of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), together with other research facilities from different international companies. Established by Petrobras in 1963, Cenpes is the central point of the Petrobras Technological System, a function that permeates all the company’s areas. Cenpes presently has almost 2000 employees. In recent years the Petrobras Technology System invested about one billion USD a year in both its internal research projects and in projects developed with the Brazilian R&D institutions. R&D activities at Cenpes are performed by five areas – Geosciences, Geoengineering and Well Engineering, Production Engineering, Refining and Biofuels, Gas, Energy and Sustainable Development. Cenpes will be represented in the project by a team from the Geoscience branch, with personnel from the Geophysics group and from the Basin Modeling Technology Program. The Geophysics group at Cenpes presently develops research on seismic imaging and seismic inversion on complex geological areas. The Basin Modeling Technology Program develops a number of projects on the computational modeling of geological processes, including petroleum systems modeling, sedimentary systems modeling and geochemical modeling.

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Instituto de Informática - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

The Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) is a century-old educational institution, with more than 30.000 students, nationally and internationally recognized. It is centered in Porto Alegre – the capital city of the State of Rio Grande do Sul. The University is a public entity and has as objective to form qualified human resources, with human, cultural, scientific, and technological abilities, and who are committed to the exercise of citizenship. UFRGS has recently been ranked the first best federal university in Brazil by the Ministry of Education (MEC – Brazil) standards. The Institute of Informatics [INF] is a world-class centre of excellence in Computer Science and Computer Engineering engaged in leading research, teaching, and technology transfer to Industry. It was founded in 1989 as one of the faculties at UFRGS, which is the largest public university in southern Brazil. The Institute has near 80 faculty members, which makes it one of the largest Computer Science and Computer Engineering groups in the country. One of main characteristics is a strong connection between research on software and hardware. The Institute also includes a team of 36 administration staff to provide support for a community of over 700 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. Recent rankings from the Ministry of Education (MEC – Brazil) show the bachelor courses of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, held by the Institute of Informatics, as the best ones in their areas in Brazil. The Graduate Program in Computing (PPGC) held at this Institute is one of the five best in its area in Brazil. Its mission is to prepare highly qualified professionals, to contribute to scientific knowledge and innovation, and to support technology transfer to Industry to the benefit of both university and community. INF maintains active collaborations with other units of the university, the industry, and other universities in Brazil and worldwide. The Parallel and Distributed Processing Group (GPPD) is a research group which has several projects concerning parallel and distributed computing. It is located within the Institute of Informatics of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It is inserted in the Graduate Program in Computing (PPGC), one of the largest, oldest and most comprehensive programs of the field in the country. It was rated by CAPES as 7 (on a scale that goes up to 7), having the best assessment of the south of the country and being among the top five graduate programs in computing in Brazil. Today the group is engaged in several international collaborations, having joint projects and exchange students with several countries, inside and outside of Latin America. These partners include France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the U.S.A, among others.

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Centro de Energias Renováveis - Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Founded at August 11th of 1946, the then called University of Recife (UR) included the Law School of Recife, the Engineering School of Pernambuco State, the School of Medicine of Recife (together with the associated schools of Odontology and Pharmaceutics) the School of Fine Arts of Pernambuco and the School of Philosophy of Recife. After 19 years, the UR was integrated to the group of federal institutions which made up the new education system of the country, receiving the denomination of Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). The construction of the new university campus began in 1948, with a project developed by the venetian architect Mario Russo. UFPE will take part in HPC4E project through its Centre for Renewable Energy (CER-UFPE) who has expertise in applying HPC tools to solve wind energy related problems. CER-UFPE was born at 4 years ago joining the knowledge of 2 UFPE’s R&D groups: the Group for Research on Alternative Energy Sources (Grupo FAE) and the Brazilian Wind Energy Centre (CBEE). CBEE was created at 1990, being member of the World Wind Energy Institute (WWEI). In 1992, CBEE installed the first commercial large scale wind turbine generator all over South America, a 75 kW rated power wind machine connected to the grid at Fernando de Noronha island. In 1998, it established a test facility for hybrid power systems with wind energy at the UFPE’s campus in Recife. In the same year, CBEE published the Wind Atlas of the Northeast Region of Brazil and also the Brazilian Wind Map, supported by the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL). In 1999, CBEE started up its large wind turbine test facility in Olinda, Pernambuco, with a 200 kW rated power wind machine connected to the grid. In 2000, a second wind turbine (225 kW) was installed at Fernando de Noronha island. In 2003, CBEE published the Guide for Connection of Large Scale Wind Turbines in Brazil, supported by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA). From 2004 to 2012, CBEE was assisting the Brazilian Electricity Sector concerning the wind energy growth in the country due to the governmental programme called PROINFA and the successive electricity auctions.