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1st CMSI Young Researcher Technical Workshop

The first Young Researcher Technical Workshop was held on July 7-8, 2011. This was the first event to be held at the new CMSI Kobe Branch and served as an opportunity for young CMSI researchers to gather at the Advanced Institute for Computational Science to discuss technology-related issues.
The first day featured presentations by seven young CMSI researchers who have already begun experimental use of the K Computer. They spoke about cutting-edge large-scale computing techniques and problem-solving approaches, including the problems they had encountered in coding. The attendees asked many expertiserelated questions. The invited speaker, Yutaka Ishikawa, a professor in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, gave a presentation entitled “The Path to Exascale Computing,” in which he gave the attendees a real sense that the move to develop the next supercomputer was already underway.
In the evening, the poster session was held at a different venue. Presenters and attendees could be seen engaged in animated discussions, and the debate spilled over into the roundtable discussion. Many of the young researchers were meeting each other for the first time, but the common ground of computational materials science enabled them to speak freely to one another, resulting in a very lively session.
The second day featured a presentation by Naoki Kawashima, a professor in the Institute for Solid State Physics at the University of Tokyo, entitled “The Achievements We Anticipate from Division Researchers.” This was followed by a session featuring self-introductions from the new Division Researchers who will work to advance the field, in which they presented the content of their research up to now and spoke of their future ambitions. Shinji Tsuneyuki, Representative Director of CMSI, also spoke about his hopes for the activities of the Division Researchers. The meeting served to reaffirm the activities and mission of CMSI.
Takahisa Kouno, Yusuke Konishi, Kazuhito Shida and Takehiro Yonehara will plan the second and subsequent Young Researcher Technical Workshops as organizers of this fiscal year. The Technical Workshops, organized and held by the young researchers themselves, will be a valuable activity for the achievement of dramatic progress in computational materials science, integrating the fields of condensed matter physics, molecular science and materials science.