International Data Corporation (IDC) announced the seventh round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the ISC’14 supercomputer industry conference in Leipzig, Germany.
The HPC Innovation Excellence Award recognizes noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing (HPC) technologies. The program’s main goals are to showcase return on investment (ROI) and scientific success stories involving HPC; to help other users better understand the benefits of adopting HPC and justify HPC investments, especially for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs); to demonstrate the value of HPC to funding bodies and politicians; and to expand public support for increased HPC investments.
Cineca with Thesan srl, an Italian SME active in the renewable energy sector, was named a winner for developing simulation-driven engineering of hydroelectric turbines.
The research was conducted in the framework of the PRACE SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) Initiative. The engineers and researchers built an HPC-based workflow to optimize the design of a new class of hydroelectric turbines. Using CFD Thesan could generate cost savings through reducing or eliminating the production of physical prototypes, better understanding the flaws of earlier design setups, and critically shortening the time to market.
Lead: Raffaele Ponzini (Cineca), Roberto Vadori (Thesan), Giovanni Erbacci (Cineca), Claudio Arlandini (Cineca)
Other winners of this year’s HPC Innovation Excellence Awards are University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.S.); Argonne National Laboratory, Caterpillar, Convergent Science (U.S.); Pipistrel d.o.o. (Slovenia); Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, EPCC at the University of Edinburgh, York Plasma Institute at the University of York, and Lund University; Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, ORNL (U.S.); and Rolls-Royce, Procter and Gamble, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Cray Inc., Livermore Software Technology Corporation (U.S.).
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