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HPCforPP is a joint research project (see partners below) whose complete title is: “High Performance Computing simulations for studying the optical properties of Photonic Crystals/Glasses and Plasmonic Structures”. It relies on the high performance computing resources of the CINECA consortium which, after approval of our project proposal, allows now us to use his Fermi Parallel Supercomputer (ranked nr. 12 in the top 500 world most performing supercomputers) for an amount of 1,000,000 hours. The project has been approved in the context of the so called ISCRA (Italian Supercomputing Resource Allocation) programme, in the C class.


The project aims to create a kind of virtual laboratory to numerically model photonic crystals/glasses samples and/or plasmonic structures, interacting with the light’s electromagnetic field. The calculation are performed using parallelized MPI, highly resource demanding and scalable code developed by us, mainly FDTD (Finite Difference Time Domain), which runs on the CINECA supercomputer using thousands of cores. The goal is to study, test and fully characterize existing structures and to be able to design new evolutive ones. Relevant results can be manufactured and experimentally tested by the CSFMO laboratory of the CNR-IFN.

Monday, 1 July, 2013 to Wednesday, 30 April, 2014
10 months

It is a joint project among the REET FBK unit, the CINECA consortium, the CNR-IFN CSFMO laboratory of Trento, the LISC FBK unit, the Politecnico di Bari and the  of the Provincia Autonoma di Trento.

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