About the FLASH Center
The Flash Center for Computational Science is carrying out several projects, ranging from High-Energy Density Physics (HEDP) and Supernovae to Co-Design for Exascale. The common thread running through these diverse projects is FLASH, a publicly available multiphysics multiscale simulation code with a wide international user base. The Flash Center was originally funded by the DOE/NNSA under the ASC/Alliances program. The Flash Center is based at the University of Chicago and involves a collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory.
The objective of the (HEDP) project is to develop the FLASH code into a highly capable simulation code for the academic High-Energy Density Physics (HEDP) community. Another goal is to ensure that FLASH continues to perform and scale well on the upcoming petascale platforms. These activities are jointly supported by ASCR/Office of Science/DOE, and ASC/National Nuclear Security Administration/DOE.
In addition to the HEDP activities described above, The Flash HEDP Exascale Co-Design Center, currently under a planning grant as a part of DOE's exascale initiative, is an integral part of our HEDP and computational activities. The objectives of the Flash HEDP Exascale Co-Design Center are to enable the modeling and simulation of HEDP experiments on exascale computers, allowing scientists to address physical regimes and phenomena currently infeasible in the laboratory. The emphasis is on predictive capability through higher model fidelity, not higher mesh resolution. Through a rigorously defined co-design structure and process, the Center intends to apply domain research to identify and tune interdependences among the platforms, applied mathematics and computer science.
The Center continues its work on thermonuclear flashes through a grant
from NSF, Petascale Computing of Thermonuclear Supernova
Explosions. Other recent projects funded by the NSF include:
Petascale Algorithms for Multi-body Fluid-structure Interactions in
Viscous Incompressible Flow, funded by the PetaApps Program in the
Office of Cyberinfrastructure, and Developing an Implicit Solver on a
Parallel Block-Structured Adaptive Mesh Grid for FLASH, funded by the
Physics at the Information Frontier Program in the Division of
For more information contact:
Flash Center for Computational Science
5640 S. Ellis Ave, ERC 554
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone : 773 834 0849
Fax : 773 834 3230