New supercomputer for Bielefeld's high-energy physicists
Federal and state governments investing 1.1 million Euros
Bielefeld University's Faculty of Physics is getting a new high-performance computer. Researchers will be using it to study strongly interacting matter in order to learn about the properties of matter as it existed in the early universe immediately after the Big Bang. The supercomputer, costing 1.1 million Euros, is being financed with federal and state government funds. On Wednesday 25 January from 4 p.m. onwards, it will be presented at an inauguration colloquium in the university lecture hall H2.
To study the ‘beginning of the universe' experimentally, researchers are using particle accelerators to create dense matter like those prevailing in the early universe. They can do this for a short time in a small volume with the Large Hadron Collider of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research CERN and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider in Brookhaven, New York. In close cooperation with researchers at these two locations, the new Bielefeld computer will be used to study the quark–gluon plasma in detail through computer simulations.
Edwin Laermann, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Bielefeld University is expecting great opportunities from the new supercomputer: 'We are excited about the new possibilities the GPU cluster will bring to research on strongly interacting hot and dense matter at Bielefeld University'. Laermann is a member of the 'lattice gauge theory' research group that will be working with the new supercomputer. Dr. Olaf Kaczmarek reports that this high-performance computer builds on more than 15 years of experience acquired in Bielefeld in the use of special computers for quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of strong interactions between quarks and gluons. 'We are pleased with the successful cooperation with the QCD support team at NVIDIA, who are providing technological support for the new high-performance computer, and the American research colleagues in the USQCD consortium who are using similar hardware architectures for their research on strong interaction physics', says Frithjof Karsch, Professor at Bielefeld University and Brookhaven National Laboratory in the USA.
Research on strongly interacting matter is part of the Theoretical Sciences research profile at Bielefeld University, a cooperation between mathematics, theoretical physics, and mathematical economics.
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Dr. Olaf Kaczmarek, Bielefeld University
Faculty of Physics
Telephone: 0521 / 106- 6212