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Monday, October 5 • 14:00 - 14:50
How to do Affordable Supercomputing at Home - Kristina Kapanova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Jean Michel Sellier, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

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In this talk we introduce an open source, home-brew, Beowulf architecture which was recently developed at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The nodes of this minicluster are constituted of Radxa Pro single board computer, based on the (quadcore) ARM Cortex-A9 CPU. We demonstrate that it is possible to achieve performances exploitable even for scientific (computationally demanding) codes by running several parallel GNU packages such as nano-archimedes. In particular we show that it is possible to achieve very advanced simulations in the field of quantum computing.

Jean Michel Sellier will show how to use the previously described novel parallel hardware to simulate time-dependent quantum systems, which are well known to be computationally very demanding, such as candidate semiconductor devices for quantum computing (by exploiting single dopants at room temperature) and spintronics (by exploiting the spin of one or more interacting electrons). These simulations will be performed during the talk to show that affordable parallel scientific computing is really at our reach. 

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Kristina Kapanova

Researcher, IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
K.Kapanova is a PhD student at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She is working on the implementation of algorithms related to Neural Networks and on the development of alternative and affordable Beowulf cluster for scientific parallel computing. She is actively collaborating with Prof. Dimov and Prof. Sellier, two reknown experts in Monte Carlo methods and Quantum Mechanics. She is also a Linux system administrator at the same Institution.

Jean Michel Sellier

Jean Michel Sellier is an Associate Professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is also the creator and maintainer of several GNU packages for the simulation of electron transport in CMOS devices (Archimedes), and the simulation of single- and many-body quantum systems occurring in the field of quantum computing, spintronics and quantum chemistry (nano-archimedes).

Monday October 5, 2015 14:00 - 14:50
Liffey Hall 1