Together with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, PSO scientists were awarded 28 million CPU hours on the JUQUEEN supercomputer at Jülich Supercomputing Centre for a collaboration project on the “Progenitor systems of thermonuclear supernovae”. These resources, allocated for November 2017 to October 2018, will be used to run a suite of models including simulations of the explosion phase with the hydrodynamics code LEAFS, nucleosynthesis calculations with the nuclear network code YANN and radiative transfer simulations with the Monte Carlo code ARTIS. This will allow us to directly confront astronomical observations to the physical conditions in thermonuclear explosions and thus derive constraints on their explosion mechanism and progenitor systems.
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.