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The projects bring together Finnish and Coloradan and Finnish and Japanese researchers and were selected based on an Open Call for Expressions of Interest. They will utilize supercomputer LUMI’s computing resources to address top-level research topics in climate science, clean energy, physics and astronomy.

The five new projects are part of a broader CSC-coordinated project aiming to boost the global impact of the LUMI infrastructure and establish collaboration with Coloradan and Japanese research communities, under which two projects were launched already in the beginning of 2023.

The projects are enabled by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

Finland – Colorado projects

Dr. Tuula Aalto from the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s (FMI) Carbon Cycle group leads one of the selected projects on CO2 Sources and Sinks. Her team will collaborate with a research group from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) and Colorado State University (CSU).

Professor Antti Karttunen from the School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University leads a project with the aim to use high-performance computing to accelerate materials discovery for clean energy and zero emission vehicles. His Inorganic Materials Modelling research group will work in cooperation with researchers from the Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines.

Dr. Antti Penttilä from the Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki leads a project addressing the multi-scale problem in (computational) light scattering and collaborates with partners in the Space Science Institute in Colorado.

Professor Christina Williamson and Professor Risto Makkonen from Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research at the University of Helsinki (INAR) lead a project on climate modelling aiming to reduce aerosol RF uncertainty in an earth system model. They will be collaborating with researchers from NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) and University of Colorado.

Finland – Japan projects

Dr. Hanindyo Kuncarayakti from the Stellar Explosions research group at the University of Turku leads a project on supernovae explosions that aims construct physically realistic, state-of-the-art models of SN explosion and interaction with the surrounding medium. He will collaborate with researchers from Kyoto University, University of Tokyo and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

The project adds to the two previous Finland-Japan research collaboration projects on glaciology and privacy-preserving machine learning.

Projects last till fall 2025

The projects started in the beginning of June and will last until September 2025.

The collaboration with Coloradan researchers builds on the state level Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Finland and the State of Colorado focusing especially on computing technologies and green economy. The MoU was signed in February 2022.

The collaboration with Japan is based on the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in May 2022 between CSC and Japan’s leading HPC center, RIKEN Center