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As part of the Exascale Computing Project consortium, the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group "Fixed-Point Methods for Numerics at Exascale" receives funding of more than a million euro until 2022.The team headed by Hartwig Anzt will focus on the development of numerical methods and production-ready codes that can operate in lower arithmetic precision while still producing results of high precision. The consortium aims to provide powerful Exascale supercomputers and develop a sustainable software ecosystem for scientific simulations. It is part of the US National Strategic Computing Initiative which focuses on maximizing the benefits of High Performance Computing.
Persisting droughts increases the risk of forest fires. Identifying and containing endangered areas as well as sustainably reforesting burnt forests is the aim of the interdisciplinary project "Enhancing the ecological, silvicultural, and technical knowledge on forest fires". To that, Somidh Saha investigates i.a. the regenerative capacity of different tree species. Together with Nadine Rühr, he will test which seeds still germinate after real and simulated fires in a high-tech greenhouse. The Agency for Renewable Resources funds the project consortium with 1.5 million euros overall.FNR project
Larvae of mealworms are rich in protein and have a CO2 balance twice as good as beef. Processed as powder and used as ingredient for traditional foods like bread, it is conceivable that they may be introduced on the German market, so Azad Emin. His team uses an extrusion process similar to that used for pasta. This can be specifically adapted so that insect flours, despite their higher protein and fat content, do not differ noticeably in taste, baking properties, and texture from conventional baking flours. At the same time, the process deactivates enzymes, removes residues, and can promote improved digestibility.KIT Press info
Students of natural and engineering sciences will soon be able to learn measurement and simulation techniques in virtual collaboration labs. Platforms with 3D visualization provide a cost-effective and intuitively operable alternative to practical lab work. “At the same time, we best prepare the students for an increasingly digitalized work environment and make interdisciplinary cooperation possible,” says Mathias J. Krause. Funded by the MWK, he works together with researchers at KIT and the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences on further developing technologies to make them applicable for digital teaching and research.Lattice Boltzmann RG
Kathrin Valerius has secured a Helmholtz professorship at KIT in the line "Funding of first-time appointments of excellent female scientists (W2/W3)". Congratulations! Since becoming a YIN member in 2014, she has put a lot of time, commitment, and heart into shaping the network and striving for common goals of young academic leaders. For the last two and a half years, she was one of the representative speakers advocating YIN interests at many KIT committees. We are very happy to stay in touch with her as a YIN alumna. At KIT, she will continue the hunt for the neutrino mass and look into the nature of dark matter. Big thanks and all the best for the future!
Trotz Schmiermitteln erzeugt jede Reibung Energieverlust und Materialverschleiß. Um die Prozesse auf atomarer Ebene besser zu beobachten, hat das Team von Christian Greiner eine Zwillingsgrenze eingesetzt, an der sich die Kristall-Orientierung des verwendeten Kupfers ändert: Die Atomschichten sind anders ausgerichtet, weisen aber identische Material-eigenschaften auf. Bei Reibung verschieben sich die obersten Atomlagen und die Zwillings-Grenze wird geknickt. Unterm Elektronenmikroskop konnte das Team drei bisher unbekannte atomare Prozesse ausmachen, die langfristig in bessere Modelle zur Berechnung von Reibung einfließen.Nature Communications
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