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NIC Symposium 2012

7-8 February 2012
Jülich - Germany


The 6th NIC-Symposium marks also the 25th anniversary of the founding of the "Höchstleistungsrechenzentrum" (HLRZ), later renamed John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC). NIC – a joint foundation of Forschungszentrum Jülich, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) – supports with its members' supercomputer facilities more than 150 research groups at universities and national labs working on computer simulations in various fields of science.

Numerous scientific results of high impact in many different areas of research were obtained by the scientists who used the supercomputers in Jülich for their simulations. This symposium will give an overview of the history and the activities of the NIC, and of the results obtained in the last two years by research groups supported by the NIC.

Fifteen invited lectures will cover 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

These talks and an additional poster session 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 supercomputers JUROPA and IBM Blue Gene/P in Jülich in an even wider range than the lectures.

Organizing Committee

Kurt Binder
Gernot Münster
Manfred Kremer
Walter Nadler

Symposium Secretary

Ms. Elke Bielitza

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
NIC Sekretariat
D-52425 Jülich
Tel.: 02461-61-5642
Fax : 02461-61-2810


Venue: Auditorium (Großer Hörsaal) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Complete programme:  Programme and Poster Abstracts of the NIC Symposium 2012 (PDF, 409 kB)

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


8:30Transfer from Jülich
9:00Welcome Address by A. Bachem, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Forschungszentrum Jülich
9:15Th. Lippert, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Supercomputing at Scale
10:00K. Binder, Universität Mainz
25 years HLRZ/NIC: Taking the Lead in Supercomputing in Germany
11:00A. Groß, Universität Ulm
Ab initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Molecule-Surface Interactions
11:45W. Paul, Universität Halle
Structure and Dynamics at Polymer-Solid Interfaces: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation of 1,4-Polybutadiene on Graphite
14:00K. Rushchanskii, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Computational Studies of Insulating Magnetic Oxides
14:45A. Muramatsu, Universität Stuttgart
Quantum Spin Liquid in Correlated Fermions on a Graphene-Like Structure
16:00N. Atodiresei, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Understanding Molecular Electronics and Spintronics from First Principles Simulations
16:45B. Gmeiner, Universität Erlangen
Highly Parallel Geometric Multigrid Algorithm for Hierarchical Hybrid Grids
17:30Poster Session and Reception
19:00Transfer to Jülich


Wednesday, 8 February 2012


8:30Transfer from Jülich
9:00D. A. Fedosov, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Mesoscale Simulations of Human Blood Flow: From Red Blood Cell Elasticity and Interactions to Blood Rheology
9:45J. Harting, Universität Stuttgart
Colloidal Particles at Liquid Interfaces: From Bijels to Pickering Emulsions
11:00U.-G. Meißner, Universität Bonn
Nuclear Physics from Lattice Simulations
11:45H. Wittig, Universität Mainz
Probing the Nf = 2 QCD Phase Transition with Light Wilson Fermions
14:00R. Banerjee, Universität Hamburg
Generation of Strong Magnetic Fields via the Small-Scale Dynamo from Gravity Driven Turbulence
14:45J. P. Mellado, MPI für Meteorologie
Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Mixing in the Planetary Boundary Layer
16:00D. Bauer, Universität Rostock
Study of Plasma Formation and Ionization Dynamics in Intense Laser Fields by Means of Massively Parallel Particle-in-Cell Simulations
16:45G. Geiser, RWTH Aachen
A Hybrid Aeroacoustic Prediction Method for Non-Reactive and Reactive Flows
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 2012
Klaus Binder, Gernot Münster, Manfred Kremer (Editors)
Proceedings, 7-8 February 2012, Forschungszentrum Jülich
NIC Series Vol. 45
ISBN 978-3-89336-758-0, February 2012, 400 pages
 NIC Symposium 2012 - Proceedings (pdf, 110 MB)