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HPC Training and Research for Earth Sciences (HPC-TRES)

OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics) and CINECA drew up an agreement to implement a training program focussed on High Performance Computing (HPC) applications for Earth Sciences, the “HPC Training and Research for Earth Sciences” (HPC-TRES). The program is co-sponsored by the Minister of Education, University and Research (MIUR) under its extraordinary contribute for the Italian participation to activities related to the international infrastructure PRACE – The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe.

The major objectives of the program are: capacity building, enhancement of human resources, and advanced training in the fields of Earth System modelling (atmosphere, hydrosphere, litosphere and biosphere) and numerical models, the latter considered as a strategic cross-cutting element for modelling activities. These objectives will be pursued through the use of national and European HPC infrastructures and services in the framework of PRACE, the optimization of algorithms and numerical codes, the optimal management of “Earth Sciences Big Data”, and the graphical visualization techniques for multidisciplinary applications in the Earth Sciences, also in the frame of the “Blue Growth” strategy.

Therefore, HPC-TRES agreement will establish, sponsor and oversee training and research awards (i.e. contributes for training and research activities set up according to current regulations that regulate scholarships – to be also used for masters and specialized courses in HPC -, research grants and PhDs) that will support the research lines scientific plan of the HPC-TRES program.

Some Italian research groups and institutions (INGV-Pisa, CNR/ISAC, CNR/IGG, CMCC, ICTP-ESP), where the external members of the HPC-TRES Steering Committee lead their research activities and personally contributed to define the scientific plan of the HPC-TRES program, have already subscribed the HPC-TRES initiative, offering logistic support and hospitality to the winners of the training and research awards sponsored by OGS.

OGS recognizes the scientific excellence of the hosting institutions as strategic to the educational and professional growth of the awarded young researchers. OGS strives to extend the participation to the scientific plan to other national research groups involved in HPC applications for Earth Sciences (2016: MOX-Polimi, ENEA-SSPT, INGV-SST, INGV-CNT, Univ. Bicocca, CRS4; 2017: EURAC, ARPA-FVG; 2018: CIMA Foundation), so that these groups could propose new training and research activities in the next HPC-TRES Calls.

The first HPC-TRES workshop held on March 2018, at the Area di Ricerca CNR in Pisa. The Book of Abstract is at the bottom of the page.

The second workshop is planned for November 2019.

For further information, please contact: ssalon@ogs.trieste.it

Click on the pdf in attachment to download the HPC TRES scientific plan. 

 

Ninth Call for application (see links for details and deadlines)

In the 9th Call for applications, HPC-TRES will sponsor:
  • 2 scholarships on the topic “High Performance Computing (HPC) for Earth System” on the following research lines of the HPC-TRES scientific plan: 
    - “Development of a High Performance hydrological model” (line C7, PI: G. Bertoldi, EURAC; info email: giacomo.bertoldi@eurac.edu)
    - "Imaging and numerical geophysics" (line B10, PI: E. Bonomi & D. Theis, CRS4; info email: ernesto@crs4.it & theis@crs4.it)

Eighth Call for application (see link for details - deadline 2 May 2019)

In the 8th Call for applications, HPC-TRES will sponsor:
  • fellowhips on the topic “High Performance Computing (HPC) for Earth System” on the following research lines of the HPC-TRES scientific plan:
    "Fast GPU-based tsunami simulations and its application to probabilistic tsunami hazard and forecast" (line B9, PI: A. Piatanesi, INGV-Roma1; info email: alessio.piatanesi@ingv.it)
    "Development of parallel CFD solvers on Graphic Processing Units (GPU) for the simulation of granular flows in volcanic environments" (line B7, PI: T. Esposti Ongaro, INGV-Pisa; info email: tomaso.espostiongaro@ingv.it)
    "High-resolution global climate simulations" (line D2, PI: J. Von Hardenberg, CNR-ISAC-Torino; info email: j.vonhardenberg@isac.cnr.it)
    "Development and optimization of a three-model chain (RegCM-CHyM-CA2D) to estimate the climate change impact on the flood hazard for the Euro-CORDEX region" (line C6, PI: F. Giorgi and E. Coppola, ICTP; info email: giorgi@ictp.it - coppolae@ictp.it)

Seventh Call for application (see links for details on deadlines)

In the 7th Call for applications, HPC-TRES will sponsor:

 

Sixth Call for application (Deadline 5 October 2017)

In the 6th Call for applications, HPC-TRES will sponsor 4 scholarships professionalizing:
  • 1 in the field of "Multi-component operational modelling systems for Regional Environmental Protection" (line A6 of the HPC-TRES scientific plan) 
  • 1 in the field of "Numerical simulation of earthquake ground motion in 3D models of the Earth's crust" (line B1 of the HPC-TRES scientific plan)
  • 1 in the field of “Development of a global search inversion technique for studying moderate-to-great earthquakes” (line B9 of the HPC-TRES scientific plan)
  • 1 in the field of “Ensemble simulations of paleoclimates, extreme climates and exoclimates” (line D6 of the HPC-TRES scientific plan)

Details on research lines can be found on the HPC-TRES scientific plan (see below in the page).

 

Fifth Call for application (see links for details on deadlines)

In the 5th Call for applications, HPC-TRES will sponsor 4 scholarships for the Master in High Performance Computing on the following themes and related research lines of the HPC-TRES scientific plan:
  • High Performance Computing for Oceanography and Biogeochemistry modelling - Line A1 “Biogeochemical forecast skill assessment for Operational Oceanography”
  • High Performance Computing for Solid Earth modelling - Line B10 “Imaging and numerical geophysics” 
  • High Performance Computing for hydrological modelling - Line C7 “Development of on High Performance hydrological model” 
  • “BigData” in Earth Sciences - Line E5 “Analysis and modelling of large-scale datasets from seismology and geophysics”
 
Note: Certificates of pre-enrollment or enrollment to specialized post-graduated courses in HPC will be required among the evaluating titles.
 

Open call for undergraduate thesis

HPC-TRES offers a series of proposals for thesis to be carried out in collaboration with Italian Universities (for students in Physics, Mathematics, Engeneering, Computational Sciences) as strategic action to increase the awareness of undergraduate students about HPC topics and their applications to Earth Sciences. This initiative will support the technological and scientific education of those students who will be interested in starting a career in the framework of computational applications for Earth Sciences.

 

Fourth Call for application (see links for details on deadlines)

In the 4th Call for applications, HPC-TRES will sponsor:

 

Third Call for application (see links for details on deadlines)

In the 3rd Call for applications, HPC-TRES will sponsor 2 scholarships (borse di studio) for the Master in High Performance Computing on the following themes and related research lines of the HPC-TRES scientific plan:

High Performance Computing for Oceanography and Biogeochemistry modelling - Line A1
High Performance Computing for Solid Earth modelling - Line B10
Note: Certificates of pre-enrollment or enrollment to specialized post-graduated courses in HPC will be required among the evaluating titles.

 

 

Second Call for applications (deadline 9 and 19 September 2015)

In the 2nd Call for applications, HPC-TRES will sponsor:

 

First Call for applications (Deadline 17 July 2015)

 
In the 1st Call for applications, HPC-TRES will sponsor:
              3. “BigData” in Earth Sciences