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Retrospective of the 10th NIC Symposium

The John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC) supports research projects from a broad scientific spectrum including topics from astrophysics, biology, chemistry, elementary particle physics, material and matter sciences, earth and environment, computer sciences and numerical mathematics, fluid mechanics, and plasma physics. On 27 and 28 February 2020, computational scientists presented their research results at the 10th NIC symposium in Jülich. Since the first NIC symposium almost 20 years ago in 2001, this series of biannual meetings has become a valued tradition, highlighting a diverse range of computational sciences at NIC. As in previous years, the symposium was well attended this year with over 200 participants.

The participants were welcomed by the Director of JSC and NIC, Prof. Thomas Lippert. In his talk, Prof. Lippert emphasized the enormous importance of exascale computing, which will shape the HPC landscape in the coming years, and gave some insights into the development of exascale computing at JSC. Additionally, he provided information on the latest status of the JUWELS Booster Module, which is scheduled to be installed and made available to scientists during the course of this year.

Recent results of the NIC projects were presented in 15 insightful talks and on about 120 posters. The symposium produced fruitful discussions after the talks and during the poster session and provided plenty of space for the exchange of ideas and experience in an interdisciplinary scientific environment. Following long-standing tradition, accounts of recent activities within projects on the Jülich supercomputers were compiled in the NIC proceedings. All accompanying materials are available at

Contact: Dr. Alexander Trautmann,

from JSC News, No. 270, 13 March 2020