ChEESE awarded over 90M core hours for tsunami and earthquake research
29 September 2020
SuperMUC-NG machine


ChEESE has been awarded over 90 million core hours to be used towards HPC-related research in tsunamis and earthquakes after winning two separate project access grants.

A total of 70 million core hours were awarded to the project by the 21st PRACE Project Access call. The compute hours, which are valid from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021, will allow access to CINECA´s Marconi100 supercomputer in order to support ChEESE´s Exascale pilot demonstrator on Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Assessment.  

Additionally, 21.24 million core hours were awarded to ChEESE researchers by Germany´s Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) as part of a GCS regular project to utilise the SuperMUC-NG machine at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre. These compute hours will be mostly used for the project´s research in Physics-Based Tsunami-Earthquake Interaction and Physics-Based Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment.

ChEESE presents at the 106th Congresso Nazionale
22 September 2020
Arnau Folch - 106th Congresso Nazionale


Italy´s Congresso Nazionale is an annual five-day conference that brings roughly 600 physicists together to discuss advances, challenges and updates in physics among different scientific sectors.  This year´s event, 106° Congresso Nazionale (106th National Congress), was held virtually on 14-18 September 2020.

Although the congress usually focuses on Italian researchers and their work, ChEESE coordinator Arnau Folch was invited to give a presentation due to his close working relationship with Italian institutions such as Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia  and CINECA. His talk, which took place under the Geophysics and physics of the environment session on 18 September 2020 at 15:00, was titled “A computational model for atmospheric transport and deposition of tephra,dust, SO2and radionuclides”. 

The presentation focused on one of ChEESE´s flagship codes, FALL3D, and how it was used to simulate test cases such as the SO2 cloud dispersal from the 2019 Raikoke eruption, the tephra dispersal of the 23 February 2013 Etna eruption, and the dispersal of radionuclides during the 1986 Chernobyl accident.

“It was a great opportunity to be invited to speak at this event,” said Folch. “The Congresso Nazionale is the premiere congress for physicists in Italy and a great avenue for disseminating the results of the ChEESE project.”

View the presentation here.