Giovanni Lapenta from the KU Leuven on how supercomputing supports his astrophysical research on solar winds known as “space weather”.

In the second video of the SEA video series, Prof. Giovanni Lapenta from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) shows how AI and supercomputing are helping scientists calculate solar winds and deal with massive amounts of data. Space weather is one of 19 DEEP application projects that use HPC computation capabilities in their research. The project studies the impact of solar activity on human life and technology.

As part of the DEEP projects, the KU Leuven has developed the particle-in-cell code xPic, which studies the effects of solar plasma on the environment of planets in the solar system. In this video, Lapenta shows how the DEEP projects have greatly benefitted his research field.

You can find the video on the SEA projects’ joint Youtube channel.