Switching backups to CESNET AWS S3 system

Our provider of backup for simulation data is CESNET. Due to technical issue, they had to decommission our backup server and to transfer it to the newer S3 system.

However, this system is no longer compatible with SSH/RSYNC. Transition to AWS S3 is being made from today. This slows down TDDFT data collection to our servers, but does not prevent it.

More info

[Resolved] Interruption of TDDFT production due to IT maintenance

We have several months of delay in the delivery of scientific results for our collaborators (Charles University, Max Börn Institute, BAM, CSIC, …). Origin of these delays are provided below.

Our national supercomputers IT4I have performed a 1-month maintenance of the Karolina machine.

HiLASE IT department has changed numerous things (policy, people, mailboxes, certificates, proxy, …), leading to interruption of our production chain for now several months.

We are reporting on the 6-years Marie Curie project “ATLANTIC”, as executive coordinator.

We hope these elements that are out of our control will not damage our collaborations.

Situation should come back to normal in few days, still with an incompressible delay.

Marie Curie networking action “ATLANTIC” RISE has ended!

Started in March 2019, the project Marie Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) networking project “ATLANTIC” has ended in Feb. 2024. We submitted the periodic report yesterday.

What is “ATLANTIC”?

ATLANTIC stands for “Advanced theoretical network for modeling light matter interactIon”
Website is http://www.atlantic-rise.eu/

Overall, this project has connected 14 institutions of theoreticians in light-matter interaction together.

What are the outcomes?

Most of the outcomes of the project are:

  • several professors and students could spend months in Prague and visit us from various countries (Argentina, Uzbekistan, Japan, Belarus & Russia – until Feb. 2022);
  • we also spent months in these countries;
  • knowledge and cultural exchanges were taking place through a number of scientific stays, conferences and workshops.
  • as a result, 19 scientific publications are carrying acknowledgment to this project, including outstanding theoretical works on electron-photon-phonon coupling, dissipation in light-matter interaction, and some other ones making extensive usage of high power computation (time-dependent density functional theory).
  • our group also produced 8 deliverables on plasmonics, light-electron excitation of solids, effect of intense on light materials mixtures, calculation of optical response of solids, new kinds of two-temperature models, and a more commercial overview of our modeling activities.
  • An important outcome is also a strong training on geopolitical & economical aspects of international projects. The project was implemented went through COVID, breakout of war in Ukrain, and experienced the 200% yearly inflation of Argentina.

What is next?

The final report will be available publicly on CORDIS platform in next weeks, and outfalls of this project will appear here and there in the next months.

We are delighted to have hosted this project of 6 years. We are also happy to have finished it, as it is a pretty heavy load in term of administration. As a whole, our group within HiLASE Centre played the role of executive coordinator, an activity which took 20% on our creative scientific time. This well demonstrated our responsibility and our capacity to coordinate a complex international public funding from the Horizon programs, along with enriching our portfolio of simulation techniques thanks to the fruitful interactions enabled by the project.

Deep changes in our IT infrastructure

Our management decided to make numerous changes in the IT infrastructure.

  • Transfer of everything to Microsoft Office 365, decreasing modularity for our group. Workaround methods have been found.
  • Transfer of @fzu.cz mailboxes to @hilase.cz.
  • Change of proxy.

This unfortunately slowed down the production of our group that is based 100% on the HiLASE IT infrastructure.

We hope our collaborators will excuse us for this delay induced by decisions that are out of our control.

Invited seminar in the Theory group of MPSD, Hamburg

On Wed. 10th April, 10am, T. J.-Y. Derrien will present an invited seminar at the Max Planck institute for Structure and Dynamics of matter (MPSD), in the Theory Department of Prof. Angel Rubio.

Announced title of the seminar is “Time-dependent density functional theory for femtosecond laser engineering of solids”.

In 2016, TJY Derrien spent 6 months in the Theory Department of Prof. A. Rubio as guest scientist of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (Individual Fellowship). In 2018, he spent 1 year at MPSD as a post-doctoral scientist. There he was introduced to Quantum Electrodynamics and applied for ERC funding, with help from Dr. Micheal Ruggenthaler who is now permanent group leader at the MPSD.

There, he also met with numerous other excellent scientists among whom several joined the group of Prof. Prineha Narang located in Harvard (USA) at that time. In 2024, Prof. Narang (now permanent at UCLA) visited the Czech Republic as “Quantum ambassador” via the Embassy of United States in the Czech Republic.

March 2024: two new contributions got accepted for publication

This month, TJY Derrien contributed to two publications to appear online within few days:

Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) ONLINE info day: 5th Feb. 2024

TJY Derrien will be delighted to participate into the “Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships as a tool for bilateral cooperation”, a webinar that will be held on Feb. 5th 2024 – 10h-12h (link to be precised).

The current envisioned program is meant to represent a number of diplomatic landscapes for funding scientific research between France, Czech Republic and Slovakia. It will cover the following parts.

  • Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellowships (MSCA/PF),
  • ERA Fellowships / ERA talents,
  • Program Hubert Curien (PHC) “Barrande” for PhD scholarships between France and Czech Republic,
  • a summary of Czech, Slovak and French landscapes for funding researchers,
  • an applicant guideline on how to find a host,
  • a testimony of experience by Thibault JY Derrien (Marie Curie Individual Fellowship 2015 – 2017, and RISE fellow 2019 – 2024).

2-months visit (Marie Curie RISE) of 2 PhD students from University of Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina)

2 PhD students from the University of Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina) Andrés I. Bertoni and Micaela J. Sosa have visited the HiLASE laboratory during 2 months. While hot summer took place in Argentina, Andrés and Micaela have successfully braved the Czech winter.

Their 2-months stay was funded by the Marie Curie project ATLANTIC.

Out of their stay, they managed to enlarge the scope of the group activities to biology and to chemistry using microscopic modeling. They both contributed to the ATLANTIC project deliverables and knowledge exchange, a mission that Marie Curie Actions stand for.

The cultural exchange has also been excellent, sharing empanadas (!), music events, discussions in Spanish, and even in Czech. As a result, Czech-Argentinian relations have never been so well developed.

Their stay is definitely what Marie Curie Actions can offer at its best. We look forward to seeing them again with greatest pleasure.

From left to right: Marika Kurova, Andrés Bertoni (University de Cuyo, Argentina), Diego, Micaela J. Sosa (University de Cuyo, Argentina), Dr. Thibault JY Derrien (Hilase Centre, Czech Acad. Sci.)

Funding extended

The SLA department that hosts our research group has obtained a joint project OPJAK (Ministry of Research) in collaboration with several groups of the Institute of Physics (AS CR).

Our group is therefore prolonged by 1 year up to 2 FTE, counting 1 FTE for Dr. TJY Derrien, 0.5 FTE for Krystof Hlinomaz and 0.5 FTE for Kristyna Gazdova, effective from January 1st.

Krystof is planned to spend 0.5 FTE at TopTec (Turnov) and Kristyna has equivalent PhD contract in Brno.