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2022 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to International Team for Particle-In-Cell Simulations on Exascale-class Supercomputers

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The ACM Gordon Bell Prize tracks the progress of parallel computing and rewards innovation in applying high-performance computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics.

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ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, named a 16-member team drawn from French, Japanese, and U.S. institutions as recipient of the 2022 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their project, "Pushing the Frontier in the Design of Laser-Based Electron Accelerators With Groundbreaking Mesh-Refined Particle-In-Cell Simulations on Exascale-Class Supercomputers."

The members of the team are: Luca Fedeli (Université Paris-Saclay), Alex Huebl (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), France Boillod-Cerneaux (Université Paris-Saclay), Thomas Clark (Université Paris-Saclay), Kevin Gott (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Conrad Hillairet (Arm), Stephan Jaure (ATOS), Adrien Leblanc (Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée, ENSTA Paris), Remi Lehe (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Andrew Myers (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Christelle Piechurski (GENCI) Mitsuhisa Sato (RIKEN), Neil Zam (Université Paris-Saclay), Weiqun Zhang (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Jean-Luc Vay (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), and Henri Vincenti (Université Paris-Saclay).

Particle-in-Cell (PIC) simulation is a technique within high-performance computing used to model the motion of charged particles, or plasma. PIC has applications in many areas, including nuclear fusion, accelerators, space physics, and astrophysics. The very recent introduction of exascale-class computers has expanded the horizons of PIC simulations and makes this year's winning project especially exciting.


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