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Within the ChEESE Center of Excellence for Exascale in Solid Earth (ChEESE),  the earthquake simulation software SeisSol, one of the 10 ChEESE flagship codes, is being ported to GPU-based supercomputers. First simulations have now been  executed on Marconi100 and Piz Daint, two of the largest European supercomputers.

Jorge Macías is a researcher from the University of Malaga and a member of the Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis and Applications (EDANYA) group. EDANYA is an internationally renowned group in tsunami modelling and the developers of the Tsunami-HySEA code, a software used in predicting the behaviour and effects of tsunamis.

ChEESE partner Alice-Agnes Gabriel, an assistant professor at the Institute of Geophysics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, has won the Seismological Society of America´s 2020 Charles F. Richter Early Career Award.

A component of ChEESE´s pilot demonstrator on Geomagnetic Forecasts (PD11) comprises the simulation and analysis of geomagnetic reversals, which are exceptional periods in the Earth’s history when the magnetic North becomes South, and vice-versa. This is a process which occurred over the history of the Earth. Over the past 10 million years, there were about four to five such reversals per million years.  The last reversal took place about 780,000 years ago, which indicates that the next one may be overdue.

ChEESE has been awarded almost 110 million core hours to be used towards HPC-related research in earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis after winning 3 Project Access proposals in the 20th PRACE call. The allocated core hours will specifically be used to support several of ChEESE´s Exascale pilot demonstrators on seismic tomography, volcanic ash hazard and forecast and tsunami early warning.

he ChEESE paper "A Microservices Approach for Parallel Applications Design: A Case Study for CFD Simulation in Geoscience Domain" has won the Best Paper Award at the Twelfth International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications, and Services (GEOProcessing 2020) to be held in Valencia, Spain on 21- 25 November 2020.
The WMS system developed in ChEESE, called WMS-light, strives to provide a flexible framework of light-weight and portable software tools and services that can simplify the development and execution of workflow-based applications while possibly introducing the lowest overhead to the infrastructure resources' system software stack.
ChEESE coordinator Arnau Folch presented a talk titled “Predicting techniques for global hazards, earthquakes and volcanoes: ChEESE” at the High Performance Innovation Conference.
The ChEESE publication “Anak Krakatau triggers volcanic freezer in the upper troposphere”, available in open access in Nature Scientific Reports, has gained a lot of press traction in the weeks following its publication. Spearheaded by researchers Andrew Prata and Arnau Folch from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the paper and the study within it have been featured in various mainstream media websites such as BBC, National Geographic, and most recently, Forbes.
On October 1, 2019, the University of Malaga (UMA) became the Spanish partner of the ARISTOTLE-ENHSP consortium, a project funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations of the European Commission (ECHO). The objective of this project is to provide 24/7 scientific advice on various hazards and natural disasters to the Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC). The role of UMA in the ARISTOTLE project is the implementation, in collaboration with National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), of the Tsunami Service. Both UMA and INGV are partners of ChEESE Consortium.
An Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegation recently participated in a training course titled “HPC and natural hazards: modelling tsunamis and volcanic plumes using European flagship codes”, organized by the EU-funded ChEESE (Center of Excellence for Exascale in Solid Earth) in collaboration with the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE).

February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. In celebration of this special occasion, ChEESE would like to acknowledge the women scientists and support staff who are working to make the project a success.