A ceremony of awarding the winners of high-performance computing project contest held by the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies and Intel took place

05 December 2008

Moscow, December 5, 2008 – A ceremony of awarding the winners of high-performance computing project contest held by the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO) and Intel took place today. The contest was aimed at fostering the teams of scientists using the supercomputing power in their work.

The ceremony was carried out in the framework of the Nanotechnology International Forum at the Central Exhibition Complex “Expocenter”.
The criteria of evaluation the projects submitted to the panel of judges were using the high-performance supercomputers for scientific needs, adequacy of the level of tasks being set to the high-performance computing capacity, paralleling efficiency and scaling ability, absolute performance required to achieve the desired results, ingenuity and complexity of application implementation.

The projects had been accepted for contest until November 10. The works of 33 teams were accepted from Moscow and Moscow Region, Saint-Petersburg, Volgograd, Vladivostok, Kazan, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Yaroslavl (Russia), Lugansk and Kharkov (Ukraine), and other cities.

The panel of judges consisted of 12 representatives of research institutes and universities. The judges decided to award winners with five prizes.

«The Intel Corporation is well used to popularizing the IT-industry. We hold various contests between students, young scientists and IT-professionals on a regular basis, which promote the high technologies in Russia and other CIS countries, - noted Dmitry Konash, regional director, Intel Russia & CIS. – By arranging the contest of projects in the field of high-performance computing we planned to discover the scientific teams which are able to realize effectively the potential of newest supercomputers. The panel of judges received 33 works and each one of them is worth to be represented on the international level. We consider the contest successfully completed with outstanding results. The Intel Corporation in Russia and CIS plans to hold such competitions each year».

«Successful usage of the exact numerical calculations is a key tool which will allow our scientists, engineers and industrialists to earn an appropriate place on the market of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies – said Alexander Losyukov, RUSNANO deputy director general. – Due to the complexity of nanostructures all serious works require preliminary modeling and computations to evaluate the perspectives of practical implementation on further stages of the way down to mass production. We welcome the teams intensively using computational methods in their work and hope that more such crews will cooperate with our Corporation in future».

«No valuable results can be expected without high-performance computing in many fields of modern science. It’s especially important in physics, chemistry, astronomy and nanotechnology – disciplines requiring in the first place processing of huge amounts of information within the multi-criteria models with unobvious cross coupling, – outlined Boris Chetverushkin, Director of Institute of Mathematical Modelling of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). – It wasn’t an easy task to select the winners of the contest. We are glad that Russian specialists can be proud of themselves in this case – both in Russia and worldwide».

Contest results

The first prize in the amount of 250 thousand rubles, was given to the work “FPIC3D – parallel code for modeling the processes of ion beams interaction with solid-state matter”, submitted to the contest by Igor Lomonosov, professor of the Institute of Chemistry Physics Problems of RAS (Chernogolovka, Moscow Region). D.A. Grigoriev, V.V. Kim, A.V. Matveichev, A.V. Ostrik, V.G. Sultanov, A.V. Shutov also took part in the project.

Four more works were awarded special prizes:

The prize for the best project in the field of high-performance computing for nanotechnology and nanoindustry in the amount of 250 thousand rubles was awarded and split between two works:

«Using supercomputers in constructing the nanomagnets» was submitted by an international team of authors: A.I. Lichtenstein, (professor of the University of Hamburg, Germany), E.V. Gorelov (Institut für Festkörperforschung Forschungszentrum, Jülich, Germany), Yu.N. Gornostyrev (CJSC «Institute of quantum materials science», Magnitogorsk), A.I. Poteryaev (Metal Physics Institute, Ekaterinburg), A.N. Rubtsov (Moscow State University Physics Faculty); and

«Modeling the properties of nanomaterials using the methods of classical and quantum dynamics», submitted by the head of laboratory of the United Institute of High-Temperature of RAS (OIVTRAN) Vladimir Stegailov. The work was co-authored by members of OIVTRAN and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) G.E. Norman, A.Yu. Kuksin, A.V. Yanilkin, S.V Starikov, P.A. Zhil’aev, V.V. Pisarev, O.V. Sergeev.

The Intel prize in amount of 250 thousand rubles was split between the two teams: A.V. Frolov, R.M. Vilfand, E.D. Astakhova, Yu.V. Alferov, V.I. Tsvetkov, T.Ya. Ponomareva with the work “Numeric modeling of atmospheric processes aimed at forecasting the weather using the spectral method” from the State Computational Centre of Hydrometeorological Centre of Russia and Yu.G. Evtushenko, I.Kh. Sigal, M.A. Posypkin, A.L.Ignat’ev with the work “Library for solving the tasks of finite-dimensional optimization on the multi-processor computational systems” from the Dorodnitsyn computational center of RAS.

Every contest winner team also received the grant for one oral presentation at the international conference for supercomputing, the Intel software certificate for development of the projects in the field of high-performance computing and access to the largest Russian supercomputing facilities in the RAS Joint Supercomputing Center, Moscow State University and the Siberian Branch of RAS.

The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO) was founded under Federal Law No.139-FZ dated July 19, 2007 for «implementation of the government policy in the sphere of nanotechnologies, innovation infrastructure development in the sphere of nanotechnologies, implementation of projects on creating perspective nanotechnologies and nanoindustry». The Corporation resolves this objective acting as a co-investor in nanotechnological projects with a significant economic or social impact. The Corporation’s financial involvement at early stages of projects reduces risks of its partners – private investors. The Corporation participates in establishment of the nanotechnological infrastructure, such as centers for collective use, business-incubators and early-stage investment funds. RUSNANO chooses the first-priority directions in investment based on long-term development forecasts (foresights) developed by the leading Russian and world experts. In 2007 the Government of the Russian Federation allocated 130 billion rubles for the Corporation’s activity. The management bodies are the Supervisory Council, Board of Directors and Director General. RUSNANO Director General is Anatoly Chubais.

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