The Center of Excellence in Combustion (CoEC) has been created in order to apply exascale computing technologies to promote and develop advanced simulation software that can support the decarbonisation goals of the European Union within the energy and transportation sectors.



To target scientific breakthroughs in combustion enabled by Exascale computing.
To achieve significant advances in bringing combustion simulation technologies to market.
To develop HPC software and algorithms for the efficient exploitation of Exascale systems.
To promote and strengthen collaboration between the well-established European combustion and HPC communities, creating the European Exascale Combustion Community.
To develop a services portfolio that includes standardized workflows and databases - targeting relevant stakeholders of the academic, industrial and Public Governance Bodies.



Combustion science

CoEC partners are highly regarded for their work in developing CFD codes in the field of turbulent multiphase reacting flows. The project is a joint effort to leverage their knowledge in order to revise the state-of-the-art in combustion simulation methodologies seeking for more advanced approaches enabled by Exascale computing. 

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HPC combustion algorithms

CoEC has the know-how in HPC software engineering that will result in Exa-enabling combustion simulation codes, which require the design and efficient implementation of new algorithms and data processing and analysis tools. The project targets Exascale combustion simulation workflows for co-design activities since combustion is an Exascale problem and meaningful benchmarks can be naturally generated. CoEC will ensure the performance portability of the complete combustion simulation workflow on emerging supercomputing systems.

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HPC combustion codes

CoEC is composed of the main developers of European combustion simulation codes and advanced users in the field of computational combustion. The CoEC consortium is a good representation of the European leadership in exascale-oriented codes and innovative algorithms and methodologies for the modelling and simulation of power and propulsion systems. CoEC represents a joint effort from the HPC and combustion community seeking to address key scientific and societal challenges related to the decarbonization of transportation and the power generation sector.
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Team Leaders

Benedicte Cuenot

Senior researcher, head of the combustion group, CERFACS

Christos Frouzakis

Senior researcher, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering. ETH Zurich

Jens Henrik Göbbert

Research Assistant in Algorithms, Tools & Methods Laboratory "Visualization", Jülich Supercomputing Centre

Christian Hasse

Professor for Simulation of Reactive Thermo-Fluid Systems, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Stoyan Markov

Founder and Head of NCSA

Epaminondas Mastorakos

Hopkinson/ICI Professor of Applied Thermodynamics, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge

Vincent Moureau

CNRS researcher, CORIA, Normandie University

Daniel Mira

Senior researcher, Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Heinz Pitsch

Professor and Director, Institute for Combustion Technology, RWTH Aachen University

Ananias Tomboulides

Professor Lab. of Applied Thermodynamics Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Jeroen van Oijen

Full professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Eindhoven University of Technology



Focus CoE

FocusCoE contributes to the success of the European high-performance computing “ecosystem”. They support the Centers of Excellence in high-performance computing to more effectively fulfil their role, which is to ensure that extreme scale applications result in tangible benefits for addressing scientific, industrial or societal challenges.

All dissemination activities done by CoEC will be further disseminated by Focus CoE through its various communication channels.

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The European Research Community On Flow Turbulence And Combustion (ERCOFTAC) is a leading international association with about 180 institutional members, academic and commercial, in the technology sectors flow dynamics, turbulence and combustion. One of its key mission objectives is to provide its members with access to all sources of useful information on flow, turbulence and combustion. CoEC will collaborate with ERCOFTAC to provide advanced training courses in combustion simulations from HPC algorithms to high-fidelity simulation of practical combustion systems.

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The mission of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is to enable high-impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE seeks to realise this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process.

PRACE will be the main source of computing resources for the CoEC project though its well-established allocation mechanisms. Furthermore, CoEC will organise specific training events in collaboration with PRACE Training Centres.

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