Golden Spike Award

For the 19th 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 66 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 on October 13. and 14., 2016, a total of 23 talks plus 22 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:

  • Scientific relevance (top in their research field)
  • Imperative of high performance computing for their research
  • Optimal usage of HPC equipment in terms of optimization, parallelization and overall performance
  • Presentation format of the results at the Review Workshop.


Prof. Dr. Christoph van Wüllen of University of Kaiserslautern, Member of the HLRS steering committee, announced the following three research projects as winners of the 2016 Golden Spike Awards:

Modeling of the deformation dynamics of single and twin fluid droplets exposed to aerodynamic loads and Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics for Numerical Predictions of Primary Atomization
Samuel Braun (Institut für Thermische Strömungsmaschinen, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie)

Large Scale I/O of an open-source earthquake simulation package
Sebastian Rettenberger (Chair of Scientific Computing, Department of Informatics, Technical University of Munich)

The Illustris++ Project: The Next Generation of Cosmological Hydrodynamical Simulations of Galaxy Formation
Volker Springel (Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Zentrum für Astronomie, Heidelberg University)


A list of all awardees of HLRS Results and Review Workshops can be found here.

Two of the three awardees of the 2016 Golden Spike Award, Samuel Braun and Sebastian Rettenberger (left, front), together with members of the steering committee and Mrs. Agnes Lampke, Head of Administration & Information at HLRS.
Golden Spike 2016

The third awardee of the 2016 Golden Spike Award, Prof. Dr. Volker Springel.
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The third awardee of the 2016 Golden Spike Award, Prof. Dr. Volker Springel.