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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. 

Alice-Agnes Gabriel, a ChEESE partner from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Geophysics at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU), won the 2020 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC for her contributions to and impact on HPC in Europe. 
The Center of Excellence for Exascale in Solid Earth (ChEESE) has doubled the speedup of seismic wave propagation code SPECFEM3D through the software optimization efforts of project partner Bull/Atos.
Mauricio Hanzich and Claudia Rosas presented a webinar that focused on the work of ChEESE in integrating HPC and data across Solid Earth related disciplines in Europe and how POP conducts performance assessments on all the codes that ChEESE uses.
Mitiga Solutions is a Barcelona Supercomputing Center spinoff that uses ChEESE pilot demonstrators and codes to predict and mitigate the impact of natural hazards to air traffic management.
ChEESE researchers recently participated in the CINECA GPU Hackathon which took place in CINECA Rome.
Through the optimization work of BULL/ATOS, SPECFEM3D can now take advantage of modern x86 SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple data) instructions sets such as AVX2 or AVX512. These optimizations allow higher processing rates by allowing each core to handle multiple computations simultaneously. This has already allowed the code to obtain a speedup of 2x on one of CHEESE test cases on ATOS’ BullSequana machine equipped with Intel processor Skylake 6148, thus enabling a faster execution of the Pilot Demonstrators.
ChEESE partners recently came together at INGV in Rome, Italy for a Project Supervisory Board (PSB) meeting on September 18, 2019 followed by an inter-work package technical face-to-face meeting to discuss technical work package updates on September 19-20, 2019.