Hello everyone! My name is Konstantinos Kellaris and I am 23 years old. I was born and grew up in Kiato, a small town in Greece. Right now, I’m in the fifth and final year of my undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and expect to graduate in October. My focus is on air and ground transportation vehicles, but I also have a strong interest in energy and environmental applications.
Summer of HPC motivation and expectations
Since I was young, I have wanted to know how and why things work and this led me to engineering. As an aspiring engineer, I learned early in my studies the value of Computational Methods and their applications in getting insight into challenging technical problems. Due to this, I have taken many courses and subsequently, work on plenty of projects that utilize methods such as the Finite Element Method or the Finite Volume Method in engineering. Furthermore, my Diploma Thesis dissertation is about Data Assimilation in Computational Fluid Dynamics using open-source software.
All of the above led me to really appreciate the value HPC systems provide in scientific and engineering computing in general. So when my supervisor informed me about the Summer of HPC opportunity PRACE provides and I saw that there were projects about Computational Fluid Dynamics I applied with excitement and thankfully I was selected.
I believe this opportunity will really help me get accustomed to HPC systems and I will be able to see how my simulations scale when utilizing lots of computational power.
The project I will be working on is conveniently named Computational Fluid Dynamics. This project will be carried out in person at the University of Luxemburg. I will use the open-source finite element code FEniCS to study the 3-dimensional turbulent flow around a simple geometry.
The training week has ended and from now on I will be working full time on my project, so stay tuned for updates!