An international collaboration of researchers led by Wolfgang Hillebrandt from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching and including the head of the PSO group, Friedrich Röpke successfully applied for 30 million core hours of computing time on the supercomputer JUQUEEN at JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Center), Jülich. The goal of the project is to model Type Ia supernova explosions arising from different progenitor evolution scenarios.
HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.