Getting Up Close and Personal with HPC

Getting Up Close and Personal with HPC

About Me:

My name is Shiva Dinesh. I come from India, but I am right now in the beautiful Franconian city of Erlangen. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Computational Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. In my free time, I love playing strategy games.

How I met HPC and SoHPC:

I got introduced to the High-Performance Computing in a course in my first semester of my Master’s. I was intrigued by the concept of HPC and realized its need and importance. I then took another course on HPC in which they recommended me to go to ISC Frankfurt – an HPC event. This was where I came to know about PRACE, and they made me aware of SoHPC. I undoubtedly wanted to take part in SoHPC, so I decided to apply for it in the next application period. Voila! I am here writing a blog on their website.

Me awkwardly posing at the ISC Frankfurt 2019 at the release of the 53rd edition of Top 500 List. This was the first time all top 500 HPCs were faster than one Petaflop.

The Project:

The idea of simulating flow around the submarines has captured my interest, so I have chosen the project #2021:Submarine Computational Fluid Dynamics. Considering my background in mechanical engineering, I believed that this would be the ideal topic where I could integrate fluid mechanics and HPC.

Training Week in Vienna:

Due to the pandemic, most of the summer schools got canceled but, luckily for me, not SoHPC. I am glad that the organizing team has managed to set up an online version of the summer school and have done a commendable job till now. The training week was well scheduled, which introduced us to the basics of parallel programming and gave us hands-on experience on the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC). The exercise and yoga breaks in between the lectures were well thought out, as it released the stress of sitting in front of a screen for long hours. It also gave me an opportunity to interact with like-minded people from the community, and I had fun interacting with them.

First Weeks at Luxembourg:

I am still daydreaming that I am in Luxembourg, and we will let it be that way for the moment. I got started to work on my project after the training week mentored by researchers from the University of Luxembourg. I began getting acquainted with the CFD concepts and visualization tools required to simulate the flow around the submarines, alongside my project partner Matt. So, for the next six weeks, I would delve into the realms of HPC and CFD.

If you are still here, Thank you for reading, and I will keep you updated about my project here.

“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”

Paulo Coelho The Alchemist

Hoping to have a great journey here and learn a lot of new things. Have a nice day, and stay safe! See you soon.

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