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Combining Big Data and HPC in a GRIDScalar Environment at BASF

Dr. Stephan Schenk is head of HPC at BSF.

In this video from the DDN User Group at ISC 2019, Dr. Stephan Schenk from BASF presents: Combining Big Data and HPC in a GRIDScalar Environment.

The talk will give an overview of recent activities in Digitalization of BASF’s R&D. It will focus in particular on how Big Data and HPC workflows can be combined and complement each other. Technical aspects as well as applications are discussed.”

At BASF, HPC supports research projects for a broad variety of applications, all powered by the company’s new supercomputer, QURIOSITY.

BASF’s strategic goal is to decisively take advantage of the enormous opportunities that digitalization offers along the entire value chain. In doing so, research and development play a key role when it comes to further increasing innovative strength and competitiveness by using new technologies. With 1.75 petaflops, our supercomputer QURIOSITY offers around 10 times the computing power that BASF currently has dedicated to scientific computing. In the ranking of the 500 largest computing systems in the world, the BASF supercomputer is currently number 71.”

QURIOSITY makes it possible to answer complex questions and reduce the time required to obtain results from several months to days across all research areas. As part of BASF’s digitalization strategy, the company plans to significantly expand its capabilities to run virtual experiments with the supercomputer. It will help BASF reduce time to market and costs by, for example, simulating processes on catalyst surfaces more precisely or accelerating the design of new polymers with pre-defined properties.

Dr. Stephan Schenk is Product Owner Global HPC at BASF SE. He made his first contact with HPC during his studies in chemistry in 2000. He remained in this field obtaining a PhD in Computational Chemistry in 2006. After a postdoctoral stat at ETH Zurich he joined BASF as a scientist in Advanced Materials and Systems Research. Hi is currently leading a team responsible for HPC and Big Data infrastructure inside the department for Digitalization of Research and Development. Stephan is also Product Owner for Global HPC including responsibility for BASF’s supercomputer QURIOSITY. His main interest is now the further development of HPC, AI, and Big Data in the context of Modeling, Data Management, and Data Analytics.

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