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 Physics.
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    For more information contact:
      Ellen Harder
      Flash Center for Computational Science
      5747 S. Ellis Ave, 3rd flr
      Jones Laboratories
      Chicago, IL 60637
      Phone : 773 834 0849
      Fax : 773 834 3230
      E-mail: ellenh@flash.uchicago.edu