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Linking Supercomputers to Simulate the Sun, the Climate and the Human Body


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The European Union funded research that developed a European infrastructure for supercomputing, enabling researchers to simulate the fusion of the sun, create new climate models, and build a biologically accurate virtual human, among other applications.

The results were made possible by the Distributed European infrastructure for supercomputing applications (DEISA), which has completed two phases spanning seven years. The first phase of the project involved linking Europe's 11 most advanced supercomputing centers in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, and the United Kingdom. "DEISA harmonized the infrastructure and made it much easier for scientists to get the most out of their computing time," says the Max Planck Society's Hermann Lederer.

The DEISA project also established the DEISA extreme computing initiative, which aims to provide huge computing resources in all areas of science and technology. DEISA acquires the best supercomputer for each specific research project, supplying scientists and technical support to optimize the applications for the research goals.

However, the technology is advancing so fast that a research gap is developing. "We could really use research funding focused on new, highly parallelizable algorithms to attract the brightest mathematicians, computer and computational science specialists to attack this challenge," Lederer says.

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