Tianhe-2 - the world fastest supercomputer opens new scenarios for VPH

The VPH Institute has recently agreed with the National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou (NSCC-Guangzhou) - China, to launch a grand challenge to the VPH community worldwide. Give us your contribute! Deadline for contribution: May 2nd, 2014

NSCC-Guangzhou is the home of Tianhe-2, a 33.86 petaflops supercomputer, which was developed by a team of 1300 scientists and engineers, and according to the TOP500 list is currently the World fastest supercomputer.

For more information visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianhe-2

The scope of this challenge is to identify a limited set of codes that if ported to the Tianhe-2 HPC platform would in principle allow breakthroughs in computational biomedicine.

The codes we aim to identify need to have some potentials:

  • from one side, they should be of interest for a significant number of VPH researchers worldwide
  • from the other side, they should enable the solution of problems that otherwise would be difficult (or impossible) to solve with more conventional computers because of their excessive solution time.

If the VPH community will be able to find codes that respond to these requirements, the Guangzhou team will consider investing some of their experts’ time to port them to the Tianhe-2 HPC platform, in collaboration with the code developers. 

Running VPH codes in the World fastest supercomputer will certainly bring a great value not only to our research community, but also to computational biomedicine at large. The VPH Institute is proud to have been selected as facilitators for this exciting process of exploring what are the codes that could be suitable for this grand challenge, but to succeed we need the collaboration of all of you.

How you can contribute

Your research experience will be precious in the process of identifying the candidate codes to be ported to Tianhe-2. What we would need from you is to respond to these simple questions:

  1. Problems: What are the computational biomedicine problems that you experience if your daily research?
  2. Methods: Could these problems be solved with numerical methods?
  3. Codes: Are there open source codes or commercial codes that can solve them efficiently?

We have created a google doc where you can include your contributions: 


Feel free to distribute this link to any of your colleagues who could be interested in the topic. We really wish to get the views of the largest number of people from the community. Once this list will be ready, the VPH Institute will conduct a poll to select the most valuable codes to propose for the porting.

New Deadline for contribution: May 30th, 2014



Date: 02/04/2014 | Tag: | News: 245 of 1581
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