25th Anniversary of the NIC

For the last 25 years, the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC) has provided supercomputer resources for projects in science, research and industry in the fields of modelling and computer simulation. As a joint foundation of the three Helmholtz Centres Forschungszentrum Jülich, Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron DESY, and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung it supports computational science in Germany and Europe.

To our great sorrow, Prof. Kurt Binder, former chair of the Scientific Council of the NIC, passed away last fall. Prof. Binder was one of the driving forces in the HPC community in Germany, and particularly in the NIC. We deeply mourn his loss.

Together with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the NIC, we organized a special session in honor of Prof. Binder’s inspiring and creative scientific contributions. We invited several former colleagues and friends of Prof. Binder to speak about recent advances in simulations of condensed matter.

The celebration of the 25th anniversary of the NIC took place in Cologne at the Dorint-Hotel am Heumarkt on 21 April 2023.


Program for the 25th anniversary of the John von Neumann Institute for Computing

09:00 – 09:15 Prof. Astrid Lambrecht (Member of the Board of Directors of the FZJ and Chairperson of the Assembly of Contract Partners of the NIC)
Opening speech
09:15 – 09:45 Prof. Dietrich Wolf (University of Duisburg-Essen, Head of the NIC Peer Review Board)
Historical overview
09:45 – 10:00 Prof. Thomas Lippert (Head of the Board of Directors of the NIC and Director of the JSC)
Farewell of Dr. Norbert Attig
10:00 – 10:45 Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimori (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Scientific Keynote: Quantum Annealing
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 12:00 Prof. Steve Furber (University of Manchester)
Scientific Keynote: Neuromorphic Computing
12:00 – 12:30 Panel Discussion on the topic “Beyond digital computing”
Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimori, Prof. Steve Furber, Prof. Thomas Schulthess (Director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre)
(Moderation: Prof. Thomas Lippert)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 13:45 Prof. Holger Gohlke (University of Düsseldorf): former head of the NIC research group “Computational Biophysical Chemistry”
Elucidating and Modulating Molecular Interaction and Function
13:45 – 14:00 Prof. Owe Philipsen (University of Frankfurt): head of the NIC research group “Elementary Particle Physics”
Constraining the phase diagram of strong-interaction matter
14:00 – 14:15 Prof. Martin Müser (Saarland University): former head of the NIC research group “Computational Materials Physics”
14:15 – 14:45 Coffee break

Simulation of Condensed Matter: Session in memory of Prof. Kurt Binder

14:45 – 15:15 Prof. Marcus Müller (University of Göttingen)
Multiscale modeling of grain-boundary motion in cylinder-forming block copolymers
15:15 – 15:45 Prof. David Landau (University of Georgia)
Uncovering a New Universality at a 1st order phase transition
15:45 – 16:15 Prof. Friederike Schmid (University of Mainz)
Simulations of branched tubular membrane structures
16:15 – 16:45 Prof. Christoph Dellago (University of Vienna)
From Boltzmann’s dream to Binder’s reality: Understanding condensed matter systems with Monte Carlo simulations
16:45 Prof. Thomas Lippert – Closing words
Last Modified: 05.06.2023