Innovatives Supercomputing in Deutschland
inSiDE • Vol. 9 No. 1 • Spring 2011
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Jülich established as CECAM Node

Forschungszentrum Jülich has joined the Centre Européan de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM) as an active Node. Traditionally CECAM is known as a European organization, which promotes activities in the fields of atomistic simulations, e.g. quantum ab initio calculations or molecular dynamics, and development of methods and algorithms for bridging time and length scales in simulations via organizing workshops, tutorials or visitor programs. When CECAM headquarters moved from Lyon to Lausanne in 2008 the structure of CECAM was transformed into an international multi-site structure, where nodes were established in different European countries, supporting activities and running official CECAM programs. Up to now, nodes were established in 7 European countries, i.e. Ireland (Atlantic Centre for Atomistic Modeling), France (Ile de France, Rhône-Alpes), United Kingdom (Hartree Centre Daresbury), Spain (ZCAM Zaragoza), Germany (multi-site node in Berlin-Bremen-Frankfurt-Halle as well as in Berlin - Freie Universität), Netherlands (Amsterdam-Leiden) and Italy (Trieste-Bologna, Pisa), which all have their different thematic focus. Besides promoting and establishing leading research activities in the fields of molecular simulations, multi-scale modeling, and algorithms, the nodes form a network structure, working together towards a European software and knowledge base.

Forschungszentrum Jülich has been a supporting member of CECAM since years and is represented in its Scientific Council. In July 2010, Forschungs- zentrum Jülich signed an agreement to establish an active CECAM node in Jülich with a thematic focus on Soft Matter Physics, Materials Science, and Computational Science. The Institute for Advanced Simulation is in charge of organizing and running CECAM specific activities like workshops, tutorials, schools, and visitor programs, which all are approved by the CECAM Council and Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Godehard Sutmann from JSC was appointed director of the Jülich Node and will coordinate local and international activities. This year a workshop on Soft Matter, tutorials on DFT methods and fast algorithms in molecular simulations as well as an international guest student program on scientific computing are organized in Jülich as CECAM activities. In the future, also a limited number of workshops in the field of scientific computing from external groups is envisioned. For further information, please visit the CECAM web pages:,

or send e-mail to:

• Godehard Sutmann
Jülich Supercomputing Centre

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