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NIC Symposium 2006

1-3 March 2006
Jülich - Germany


This third NIC symposium gave an overview of the activities and the results obtained in the last two years at the John von Neumann Institute for Computing. On the third day an introduction to the new Blue Gene/L system in Jülich, which is currently the fastest computer system in Europe, was given.

The John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC) - a joint institute of DESY and FZ Jülich - supports with its supercomputer facilities about 130 research groups at universities and national labs which work on computer simulations in various fields of science.

Fifteen invited lectures covered selected topics in the following fields:

  • Astrophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Material Science
  • Condensed Matter
  • Polymers
  • Earth and Environment
  • Computer Science and Numerical Mathematics
  • Other fields of research

The talks were intended to inform a broad audience of scientists and the interested public about the research activities at NIC.

The proceedings of the symposium cover a larger range of projects that have been supported by the IBM JUMP supercomputer in Jülich and the APEmille topical computer at DESY-Zeuthen.

This symposium was the third in a series intended to document regularly the activities at NIC.

Organizing Committee

Gernot Münster
Dietrich Wolf
Manfred Kremer

Symposium Secretary

Ms Helga Frank (Symposium Secretary)
Ms Erika Wittig (Conference Service)

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
NIC Sekretariat
D-52425 Jülich
Tel.: 02461-61-3893
Fax : 02461-61-2430


Venue: Auditorium (Großer Hörsaal) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Programme as pdf file: pdf

Wednesday, 1 March 2006


8:30Transfer from the hotels
9:45Th. Lippert, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Towards Petacomputing in the European Research Area
11:00K. Jansen, NIC, DESY Zeuthen
Neuberger's lattice Dirac Operator
11:45C. Pena, CERN
Non-leptonic Kaon Decays and the Chiral Regime of the Strong Interaction
14:00I. Frank, Universität München
Understanding Mechanically Induced Chemical Reactions
14:45T. Fleig, Universität Düsseldorf
A Relativistic 4-Component Multi-Reference Coupled Cluster Method. Application to the CsLi Molecule
16:00A. von Haeseler, Universität Wien
Computing Large Phylogenies on parallel Computers
16:45St. Turek, Universität Dortmund
Realization of High-Performance-Computing Techniques in the FEM Package FEAST
19:00Transfer to the hotels


Thursday, 2 March 2006


8:30Transfer from the hotels
9:00St. Rosswog, International University Bremen
Stellar Encounters with Black Holes
9:45U. Hansen, Universität Münster
Dynamics of Planetary Interiors - How unique is the Earth?
11:00E. Spohr, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Computer Simulation of Low Temperature Fuel Cells and their Components
11:45M. Pleimling, Universität Erlangen
Dynamical Scaling Behaviour far from Equilibrium
14:00St. Wessel, Universität Stuttgart
Quantum Monte Carlo Simulations of Strong Correlations
14:45F. Anders, Universität des Saarlands
Quantum Phase Transition in Coupled Quantum Dots
16:00F. Bechstedt, Universität Jena
Quasi-onedimensional In/Si(111) Surface Structures
16:45G. Bihlmayer, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Complex Magnetism in low Dimensions
17:30Transfer to the hotels


Friday, 3 March 2006, Lecture room at ZAM


8:30Transfer from the hotels
9:00J. Docter, Forschungszentrum Jülich
JUBL - Blue Gene/L System - in Jülich
9:30M. Hennecke, IBM
Unfolding Blue Gene I (PowerPoint Presentation)
10:45M. Hennecke, IBM
Unfolding Blue Gene II (Hands-on Demonstration)
11:45P. Gibbon, Forschungszentrum Jülich, ZAM
Experiences with a hierarchical N-body tree code on BG/L
12:10E. Pavarini, Forschungszentrum Jülich, IFF
Dynamical Mean Field Theory on Blue Gene/L
13:30Hands-on Session with Users, who have their codes ready for porting, compiling, executing, ...
15:00End of the tutorial


Proceedings of this symposium and descriptions of further NIC projects were issued as volume 32 of the "NIC Series".

NIC Symposium 2006
Gernot Münster, Dietrich Wolf, Manfred Kremer (Editors)
Symposium, 1 - 2 March 2006, Forschungszentrum Jülich
NIC Series Vol. 32
ISBN 3-00-017351-X, February 2006, 383 pages
 NIC Symposium 2006 - Proceedings (PDF, 111 MB)