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NIC Symposium 2010

24-25 February 2010
Jülich - Germany


The fifth NIC-Symposium gave an overview of the activities of the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC) and of the results obtained in the last two years by research groups supported by the NIC. The large recent progress in supercomputing is highlighted by the fact that the newly installed Blue Gene/P system in Jülich - with a peak performance of 1 Petaflop/s - currently ranks number four in the TOP500 list. This development opens new dimensions in simulation science for researchers in Germany and Europe.

NIC - a joint foundation of Forschungszentrum Jülich, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) - supports with its members' supercomputer facilities about 130 research groups at universities and national labs working on computer simulations in various fields of science.

Fifteen invited lectures covered selected topics in the following fields:

  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Condensed Matter
  • Materials Science
  • Soft Matter Science
  • Environmental Research
  • Hydrodynamics and turbulence
  • Plasma Physics
  • Computer Science

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 projects that have been supported by the IBM supercomputers JUMP and IBM Blue Gene/P in Jülich and the APE topical computer at DESY-Zeuthen in an even wider range than the lectures.

Organizing Committee

Gernot Münster
Dietrich Wolf
Manfred Kremer
Walter Nadler

Symposium Secretary

Ms Bettina Scheid

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, 24 February 2010


8:30Transfer from Jülich
9:30Welcome Address by S. Schmidt, Board of Directors, Forschungszentrum Jülich
9:45Th. Lippert, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Recent Developments in Supercomputing
11:00Th. Kaczmarek, Universität Köln
Protoplanetary Discs in Young Dense Clusters
11:45G. Herdoiza, NIC, DESY Zeuthen
QCD Simulations with Light, Strange and Charm Dynamical Quark Flavours
14:00H. Elbern, Universität Köln
IMACCO: Virtual Institute for Inverse Modelling of the Atmospheric Chemical Composition
14:45N. Peters, RWTH Aachen
Geometrical Properties of Small Scale Turbulence
16:00P. Gibbon, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Plasma Simulation with Parallel Kinetic Particle Codes
16:45B. Trieu, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Threshold Determination for Reliable Quantum Error Correction
17:30Poster Session and Reception
19:00Transfer to Jülich


Thursday, 25 February 2010


8:30Transfer from Jülich
9:00S. Schmitt, Technische Universität Dortmund
Quantum Transport Through Strongly Interacting Nanodevices
9:45St. Blügel, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Van der Waals Interaction of Molecules on Surfaces from First Principles
11:00M. Magiera, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Simulation of Magnetic Friction
11:45K. Daoulas, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Studying Directed Assembly of Diblock Copolymers on Patterned Substrates by Soft, Coarse-Grained Models
14:00M. Brehm, Universität Leipzig
Ionic Liquids from ab initio Molecular Dynamics on Supercomputers
14:45G. La Penna, Institute for Chemistry of Organo-Metallic Compounds (ICCOM)
The Inhibition of Hydrogenase by Dioxygen
16:00M. Walter, Universität Freiburg
Determination of Structure and Electronic Properties of Free, Supported and Ligand Protected Metal Clusters by Density Functional Theory
16:45M. Fleck, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Pattern Formation in Complex Systems
17:30Transfer to Jülich


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

NIC Symposium 2010
Gernot Münster, Dietrich Wolf, Manfred Kremer (Editors)
Proceedings, 24 - 25 February 2010, Forschungszentrum Jülich
NIC Series Vol. 44
ISBN 978-3-89336-757-3, February 2010, 395 pages
 NIC Symposium 2010 - Proceedings (PDF, 45 MB)