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NIC Symposium 2008

20-22 February 2008
Jülich - Germany


This fourth 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 (NIC). The great progress in supercomputing was also highlighted by the fact that the newly installed Blue Gene/P system in Jülich currently ranks number two in the Top 500 List. This will open new dimensions in supercomputing for researchers in Germany and Europe.

NIC - a joint institute of Forschungszentrum Jülich, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) - 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
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter
  • Materials Science
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Polymers
  • Environmental Research
  • Nuclei, Atoms, Plasmas, and Patterns

The talks are 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 supercomputers JUMP and IBM Blue Gene/L in Jülich and the APE topical computer at DESY-Zeuthen.

This symposium was the fourth 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
Complete programme:  Programme of the NIC Symposium 2010 (PDF, 88 kB)

Wednesday, 20 February 2008


8:30Transfer from Jülich
9:45Th. Lippert, Forschungszentrum Jülich
The Status of Supercomputing: Technical and Political Developments
11:00Z. Fodor, NIC, DESY Zeuthen
Phase Transitions and the Mass of the Visible Universe
11:45G. Schierholz, NIC, DESY Zeuthen
The Transverse Spin Structure of the Nucleon
14:00M. Gruner, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Large-Scale First-Principles Calculations of Magnetic Nanoparticles
14:45R. Jones, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Structural Patterns in Ge/Sb/Te Phase-change Materials
16:00E. Koch, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Realistic Description of TTF-TCNQ - a Strongly Correlated Organic Metal
16:45J. Harting, Universität Stuttgart
Boundary Effects in Microfluidic Setups
17:30Poster Session and Reception
19:00Transfer to Jülich


Thursday, 21 February 2008


8:30Transfer from Jülich
9:00S. Jahn, GFZ Potsdam
Fluids under Extreme Conditions of Pressure and Temperature and their Role in Geological Processes
9:45St. Blügel, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Van der Waals Interaction of Molecules on Surfaces from First Principles
11:00U. H. E. Hansmann, NIC Jülich
Protein Simulations on Massively Parallel Computers
11:45W. Plass, Universität Jena
Transition Metal Centers in Biological Matrices: Why Nature Has Chosen Vanadate as Cofactor for Haloperoxidase
14:00D. Marx, Universität Bochum
Glycine at the Pyrite Water Interface: An ab initio Metadynamics Study
14:45F. Müller-Plathe, TU Darmstadt
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of PVA/Pt(111) Interfaces
16:00B. Metsch, Universität Bonn
Coarse Grid Classification: AMG on Parallel Computers
16:45M. Behr, RWTH Aachen
Towards Shape Optimization for Ventricular Assist Devices Using Parallel Stabilized FEM
17:30Transfer to Jülich


Friday, 22 February 2008


8:30Transfer from Jülich
9:00Jutta Docter, Michael Stephan, JSC
Introduction to JUGENE at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Lecture Room at JSC)
9:45Christoph Pospiech, IBM
Porting Applications to Blue Gene/P (Lecture Room at JSC)
11:00Inauguration of the Blue Gene/P System (Auditorium)
13:30Transfer to Jülich


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

NIC Symposium 2008
Gernot Münster, Dietrich Wolf, Manfred Kremer (Editors)
Symposium, 20 - 21 February 2008, Forschungszentrum Jülich
NIC Series Vol. 39
ISBN 3-00-017351-X, February 2008, 383 pages
 NIC Symposium 2008 - Proceedings (pdf, 59 MB)