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Lattice QCD and computational physics on parallel computers


The goal of the LaComPaC project is to enable high-quality research in Lattice QCD and other fields in computational science on apeNEXT parallel computers, which are the latest generation of dedicated computer development in Europe.

The scientific research objectives are to investigate the physics potential of improved formulations of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) on the Lattice in large-scale numerical simulations, to implement and investigate new algorithms for simulations with dynamical fermions, an d to extend the usability of the new apeNEXT machines to compute-intensive problems from other disciplines, in particular structural biology.

Other research projects on apeNEXT can profit from the optimisation and programming efforts carried out within the LaComPaC project for the efficient implementation of basic computational tasks, like FFT or other libraries. Moreover, the systematic benchmarking and performance analysis, which is part of the project, will lead to a more efficient exploitation of the machine and may provide input for the development of future architectures.

The LaComPaC project will achieve these aims by combining multi-disciplinary expertise in theoretical physics, in numerical algorithms, and in the application-driven development of software and hardware for dedicated computer systems.

The project will have a rich mutual transfer of expertise between the host and the research fellow and will strengthen the fellows's ability for future multi-disciplinary and independent research. Moreover, the project will reinforce the links and competitivenes of the lattice QCD research community within Europe.

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