HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access Meeting (TAM2020)

Author: Catherine Inglis
Posted: 5 Nov 2020 | 11:25

The HPC-Europa3 Transnational Access programme funds short collaborative research visits for computational scientists working in any discipline which can use HPC.

Former HPC-Europa visitors are invited to attend the Transnational Access Meeting (TAM), to present the results of their visits. With approximately 40% of visitors being postgraduates, for many it also provides a supportive environment for their first conference presentation.

The second HPC-Europa3 TAM was held in October 2020. Like so many other events this year, it was initially rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic and then changed to an online event.

While an online event does not allow the same networking opportunities as a face-to-face meeting, it can be opened up to many more attendees. Over 100 people registered, while attendance would normally be limited to around 40. The attendees included visitors to each of the nine Transnational Access partner centres, as well as host researchers and members of the selection panel.

The TAM began with a very interesting keynote talk from John Davis of the European Laboratory for Open Computer Architecture (LOCA), a new venture which aims to develop energy-efficient high-performance computing chips for future exascale supercomputers.

Over the two days, 21 former visitors gave talks, and a further nine presented posters. The range of topics covered in the presentations reflected the multidisciplinary nature of the programme, and included:

  • Unveiling tropical forests: new approaches using 3D terrestrial LiDAR
  • The effect of unsteady blade row interactions on performance of multi-stage turbomachines
  • Machine-learning interatomic potential for W-Mo alloys.  

First post-lockdown HPC-Europa3 visitor arrives in Edinburgh

In October, EPCC welcomed the first HPC-Europa3 visitor to arrive in Edinburgh since February. 

Sudip Kumar Mondal (pictured right) of the Jadavpur University Geodynamics group (Kolkata, India) will spend three months working on his project in collaboration with Dr Andreas Hermann of the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh.

“Prior to my visit, email conversations with the HPC-Europa3 team at EPCC led to a hassle-free experience organising everything. After reaching Edinburgh, setting up a Cirrus account also went smoothly, thanks to Dr William Lucas of EPCC and my host Dr Andreas Hermann, who both helped me via Skype meetings during my self-isolation period.”
Sudip Kumar Mondal, our first HPC-Europa3 visitor since March.

HPC-Europa3 is funded by the EU.

TAM2020 material


Catherine Inglis, EPCC

Picture at top shows some of TAM2020’s participants. Image: Alexey Cheptsov, HLRS.

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