Prof. Dr. Rainer SpurzemProfessor, Chinese Academy of Sciences & University of Heidelberg
Rainer Spurzem is a German astronomer at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut in Heidelberg, Germany. Currently Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences at National Astronomical Observatories of China for the Silk Road Project.
He is a leading expert in the field of N-body simulation ofgalaxies and star clusters.
With Sverre Aarseth, he was the first to simulate core collapse of a star cluster using a direct N-body algorithm on a Cray supercomputer. Rainer Spurzem is a leader of the GRACE project, which uses reconfigurable hardware for astrophysical particle simulations. The GRACE project was funded via grants from the Volkswagen Foundation and from the Ministry of Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg. He also designed gravitySimulator, a special-purpose computer based on GRAPE accelerator boards at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
He is one of the co-authors of the paper that won the PRACE award at ISC this year entitled "Astrophysical Particle Simulations for GPU clusters on 3 Continents".