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Golden Spike Award

For the 17th 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 57 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 2014, a total of 26 talks plus 21 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 2014 Golden Spike Awards:

o   Discontinuous Galerkin for High Performance Computational Fluid Dynamics 
     Dipl.-Ing. Muhammed Atak
     (Institut für Aero- und Gasdynamik, Universität Stuttgart ) 

o   Towards large multi-scale particle simulations with conjugate heat transfer
     on heterogeneous super computers
     Dipl.-Ing. Gonzalo Brito Gadeschi, Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Siewert,  Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Lintermann
     (Lehrstuhl für Strömungslehre und Aerodynamisches Institut, RWTH Aachen) 

o   Thermodynamics with 2+1+1 dynamical quark flavors
     Dr. Stefan Krieg
     (Fachbereich C - Physik, Bergische Universität Wuppertal)


Two of the awardees of the 2014 Golden Spike Award, Dr. Stefan Krieg of University of Wuppertal (left) and Dipl.-Ing. Muhammed Atak of University of Stuttgart (right) surround the Co-Chairman of the HLRS steering committee Prof. Dr. Dietmar H. Kröner of University of Freiburg (middle) on the left image.

The third awardee is Dipl.-Ing. Gonzalo Brito Gadeschi of RWTH Aachen University on the right image.


The Golden Spike Award winners will publish a detailed project report in the upcoming InSiDE magazine to be issued in Spring 2015. 

All of the HLRS Review Workshop participants will have their scientific projects published in the conference proceedings which will be published in late 2014:

High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering '14,
Transactions of the High Performance Computing Center, Stuttgart (HLRS) 2014,
Wolfgang. E. Nagel, Dietmar H. Kröner, Michael M. Resch (Editors),
Springer Cham Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London,
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
ISBN 978-3-319-10809-4


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