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26. 10. 12
French-German Science Workshop

French and German Scientists Visited HLRS Together with Students from Fellbach

Within the framework of the annually re-occurring "French Weeks" ("Franzoesische Wochen"), taking place in the wider area of Stuttgart and Tübingen, HLRS once again organized a French-German science workshop that brought local students from Fellbach together with French and German scientists. The event on October 18-19, which was co-hosted by HLRS, the Virtual Dimension Center Fellbach and the Dr. Karl and Elisabeth Eisele Stiftung, intended to encourage the interchange of ideas between German youths and the hosting team of French and German scientists related to subjects comprising technology and society.

This year's two days workshop focused on themes such as risk management in environmental and technical sociology, mathematical fundamentals of scientific computing, potential applications of simulations and high performance computing. During their visit to HLRS, the German and French scientists together with the Fellbach students were introduced to the works at HLRS. An in-depth presentation by Prof. Resch explained how computational science and state-of-the-art simulation technologies as applied at HLRS help tackle omnipresent questions of today’s society in areas such as e.g. human health, environment protection, regenerative energy, climate research, mobility of mankind – areas HLRS primarily focuses on in its research activities. After the theoretical introduction, the guests were invited to a tour through HLRS’s high performance computing “chamber” where they were able to have a close look at HLRS’s Petascale system Hermit, one of the fastest supercomputers world wide and the world’s number 1 HPC system in the field of industrial applications to this day (TOP500, sub-list “industry”). At the subsequent visit to HLRS’s CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment), the high-end virtual reality system gave everyone a tangible impression of how computational results are being displayed in real-time 3D and how this advanced method supports various research disciplines. A virtual reality demo lead the visitors through an interactive 3D environment that is used for e.g. enhanced product development of cars, for climate research activities, or for the simulation of virtual environments in the context of regenerative energy production.