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Golden Spike Award

For the 18th time in the history of HLRS, the national research community using the HPC computing resources of HLRS met in Stuttgart-Vaihingen for the annual „HLRS Results and Review Workshop“. During the two day event with 64 attendees, the participants were given the opportunity to present and discuss the research projects they had been working on over the last 12 months. Of all projects presented at the HLRS Results and Review Workshop, the steering committee of HLRS chose three particularly excellent ones to honor them with a special trophy: The HLRS Golden Spike Award. 

At this year’s event in fall 2015, a total of 25 talks plus 19 poster presentations had made it on the agenda of the review workshop hoping to be considered for the annual Golden Spike Award. Decision criteria for the selection of the three outstanding research projects include:

        o   Scientific relevance (top in their research field)

        o   Imperative of high performance computing for their research

        o   Optimal usage of HPC equipment in terms of optimization, parallelization and overall performance

        o   Presentation format of the results at the Review Workshop


Prof. Dr. Dietmar Heinrich Kröner of University of Freiburg, Co-Chairman of the HLRS steering committee, announced the following three research projects as winners of the 2015 Golden Spike Awards:

o   Ab-initio calculations of the vibrational properties and dynamical processes in semiconductor nanostructures
     Prof. Dr. Gabriel Bester 
     (Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Hamburg) 

o   Advances in Parallelization and High-fidelity Simulation of Helicopter Phenomena
     Dipl.-Ing. Patrick P. Kranzinger
     (Institut für Aero- und Gasdynamik, Universität Stuttgart ) 

o   Large Scale Numerical Simulations of Planetary Interiors
     Dr. Ana-Catalina Plesa
     (Institute of Planetary Research,  German Aerospace Center,  Berlin)



Two of the awardees of the 2015 Golden Spike Award, Prof. Dr. Gabriel Bester of University of Hamburg (left), Dipl.-Ing. Patrick P. Kranzinger of University of Stuttgart (middle) and the Co-Chairman of the HLRS steering committee Prof. Dr. Dietmar H. Kröner of University of Freiburg (right)

The third awardee is Dr. Ana-Catalina Plesa of German Aerospace Center, Berlin.


The Golden Spike Award winners will publish a detailed project report in the upcoming InSiDE magazine to be issued in Spring 2016. 

All of the HLRS Review Workshop participants will have their scientific projects published in the conference proceedings which will be published in late 2015:

High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering '15,
Transactions of the High Performance Computing Center, Stuttgart (HLRS) 2015,
Wolfgang. E. Nagel, Dietmar H. Kröner, Michael M. Resch (Editors),
Springer Cham Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London,
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
ISBN 978-3-319-24631-4


For a complete list of all Golden Spike Award Recipients, please click here