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September 2022: Amina Guermouche is now an associate professor at Bordeaux INP

Entrance of the Bordeaux INP building.

Many good things are happening to MICROCARD members this year. Amina Guermouche, until recently a research engineer at Inria, won a position as maître de conférences (associate professor) at the engineering school Bordeaux INP. Next to her new teaching duties she will continue working on the MICROCARD project, but most of her tasks will be taken over by Mariem Makni who moved from WP7 to WP2.

Francesco Brarda, who worked as an engineer on WP7, left for a PhD student position at Emory University. To replace him and Mariem, Laetitia Mottet and Corentin Prigent will join us in October.

July 2022: Hartwig Anzt nominated director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory

Portrait of Hartwig Anzt and Frontier, currently the fastests
	 listed supercomputer in the world

It is now official: Hartwig Anzt, one of our Work Package leaders, is the new director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory at the University of Tennessee. In this position he is succeeding Jack Dongarra, laureate of the 2021 Turing Award. We are very proud of this prestigious nomination and relieved to know that Hartwig has retained a part-time professorship at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, which allows him and his team members to continue participating in the MICROCARD project.

6 and 7 July 2022: the first in-person MICROCARD workshop

photo of the Liryc building in bright summer light

On the 6th and 7th of July 2022 our second workshop took place, this time face-to-face in the amphitheatre of the Liryc institute in Pessac, near Bordeaux. The meeting opened with an introduction by project coordinator Mark Potse followed by a keynote lecture by the computer scientist Professor William Jalby. Twelve presentations were given by project members, about their work in the project. Two presentations were planned to be given by members of our end-user advisory board, Eva Rog-Zielinska and Carol Ann Remme, but as Dr Remme had to cancel at the last minute, Dr Richard Walton from Liryc stood in with a presentation about micro-CT imaging. The meeting was completed with a guided tour of the experimental platforms of the Liryc institute. The complete program of the workshop is available on the events page.

We received 37 participants on-site and a dozen more online. Four of us had to return home due to a canceled train in Germany, one was forced to spend an unforeseen night at an airport hotel in Spain, and one made it barely ahead of a railway strike in France. In the end, only one presentation had to be given online.

June 2022: MICROCARD in Hamburg, Oslo, Paris, Milan, Budapest, and online

map of europe showing Oslo, Hamburg, Paris, Budapest and Milan

This month, the MICROCARD project was presented at the Teratec Forum 2022 on 14 and 15 June in Paris, and at the 5th Workshop on Heterogeneous and Low-Power Data Center technologies in the EuroHPC Projects Context (HeLP–DC) which is part of the HiPEAC meeting in Budapest on June 20–22.

Amina Guermouche presented MICROCARD results at the 4th Workshop on Resource Arbitration for Dynamic Runtimes (RADR), part of the IEEE IPDPS meeting. In her talk "Combining Uncore Frequency and Dynamic Power Capping to Improve Power Savings" she discussed new methods to reduce power consumption of large-scale computations by automatically adapting the speed of different computer parts to the needs of the program. The IPDPS meeting was 100% online this year.

Marie Houillon talked about the integration of the Ginkgo library in the openCARP software at the ISC High Performance meeting on May 29 to June 2 in Hamburg.

Giacomo Rosilho de Souza and Mark Potse presented MICROCARD work at the ECCOMAS meeting on 5-9 June in Oslo.

Giacomo will also present work on parallel-in-time methods at the CMBE meeting on 27-29 June in Milan.

1 June 2022: News from the ISC22 meeting

Anders Dam Jensen speaking about MICROCARD

The ISC High Performance meeting took place from May 29 to June 2 in Hamburg. MICROCARD was present in several ways: Partner and supercomputer manufacturer MEGWARE took part in the exposition. Marie Houillon presented the integration of the Ginkgo library in the openCARP software, which is an important step in our work. And we were happy to see that EuroHPC executive director Anders Dam Jensen mentioned us specifically in his presentation.

Also at ISC22, Jack Dongarra unveiled the new top-500 of the world's fastest supercomputers. It included the first acknowledged exascale supercomputer, and had the recently installed French supercomputer Adastra in the top-10 with 46 Pflop/s. We will need exascale machines for our work and although we'll probably not get our hands on them soon, this first instance is good news for us.

Hartwig Anzt, Martin Frank, and Jack Dongarra between the racks of
	  the HoreKa supercomputer at KIT

Prior to the ISC meeting Dr Dongarra, whom we also know as creator of famous linear algebra software packages such as LINPACK and winner of the 2021 Turing Award, had made a visit to our partner KIT where he gave a lecture at the Steinbuch Computing Center, introduced by his former pupil Hartwig Anzt. The photo shows Hartwig Anzt, Steinbuch director Martin Frank, and Jack Dongarra between the racks of the HoreKa supercomputer at KIT. In the background, from left to right, Stefano Maurogiovanni, Vasilis Georgiou, Rached Chaaben, and Mike Tsai.

19 May 2022: Local meeting in Bordeaux

Today the project members in Bordeaux had a bilingual, interdisciplinary, interinstitutional and inter-work package meeting. Presentations by Emmanuelle Saillard (WP2), Zeina Chehade (WP3), Vincent Alba (WP2), Algiane Froehly (WP7), Francesco Brarda (WP7), and Mark Potse (WP7) represented the multidisciplinary character of the project, covering mathematical proofs, code optimization, large-scale parallel remeshing, and construction of tissue models. It was great to benefit from the wide range of expertise present.

9 May 2022: Interview with Stefano Maurogiovanni, ERASMUS+ intern at KIT

Rached Chaaben and Stefano  Maurogiovanni in front of the Steinbuch
   Centre for Computing

Stefano Maurogiovanni is an MSc student at the University of Pavia who is currently doing an internship in the group of Hartwig Anzt at KIT, where he is implementing a distributed solver based on algebraic multigrid (AMG) methods in the Ginkgo library, to support the MICROCARD project. In this article published by KIT Stefano and his colleague Rached Chaaben talk about their experience at KIT's Steinbuch Centre for Computing.

In Pavia Stefano is directed by Stefano Gualandi and Luca Pavarino. His stay at KIT was made possible by the ERASMUS+ program of the European Union and strengthens the collaboration within the MICROCARD project.

29 April 2022: MICROCARD leading the way in European supercomputing

cover image of the CORDIS brochure Leading the way in European supercomputing

MICROCARD is one of nine European supercomputing projects showcased in the brochure Leading the way in European supercomputing issued by CORDIS on behalf of the European Commission. These short stories give an easy to understand overview of what problems supercomputers are solving today.

9 April 2022: follow us on LinkedIn

We're now on LinkedIn as Project MICROCARD

Upcoming: summer school on cardiac electrophysiology

The Liryc summer school on cardiac electrophysiology is now open for registation. It will take place shortly before our project workshop in July 2022, at the same location. It is combined with a 2-day meeting of the PersonalizeAF project.

4 February 2022: first MICROCARD workshop

Our first project workshop took place on 4 February 2021. This edition was fully online; we hope for an in-person meeting in the summer.

22 December 2021

The European Processor Initiative writes: "The main result of general-purpose processor activities in EPI phase one, the Rhea processor, will be instrumental for the launch of European exascale supercomputers in 2023."

Friday 10 December 2021: our first conference abstracts

Our first conference abstracts have been submitted to the ECCOMAS meeting taking place in Oslo, Norway, June 2022, and to the WCCM-APCOM meeting in Yokohama, Japan, August 2022.

Tuesday 31 August 2021

Cover of the 2021 ETP4HPC Handbook

The 2021 edition of the ETP4HPC handbook of European High-Performance Computing Projects is published, covering MICROCARD among 68 European HPC projects. If you don't like ads and cookies you can also download it in PDF format here.

Friday 27 August 2021

One new job opening in Lugano and two other positions still open on our jobs page.

Friday 2 July 2021

One new job opening and three other positions still open on our jobs page.

Wednesday 14 April 2021: funding complete

Today the German BMBF confirmed that the project will be co-funded from their side, so now we are sure that the project is completely funded.

12 February 2021

Today the Austrian FFG signed the funding contract for our Austrian partner, Numericor. Thus, five of the six national funding agencies that are involved have confirmed their co-funding for the project. Only the German BMBF is still working on it.

18 December 2020: Grant Agreement signed, ready for take-off!

This week the Grant Agreement for the MICROCARD project was signed by EuroHPC and by the partner institutes. We are now sure that the project will start on 1 April 2021.

24 September 2020

The project made its first public appearance today at the TERATEC Forum.

14 July 2020

The EU confirms that the MICROCARD project passed the evaluation stage. This means that it will be funded, if all of the parties agree with the Grant Agreement that is now to be prepared.

14 January 2020

After 3 months of very intensive work the MICROCARD proposal was submitted to EuroHPC.

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Tuesday 20 September

14:00 WP2+6 meeting

Wednesday 21 September

15:00 implementation taskforce meeting

Friday 23 September

14:00 WP7 meeting

Monday 26 September

15:00 WP1 meeting (core partners)

Tuesday 4 October

14:00 executive board meeting

full agenda

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