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High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering (Garching/Munich 2016)

SuperMUC_book_2016Our contribution to the book “High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering, Garching/Munich 2016” has been published. The book can be downloaded for free in pdf format from this link. The book collects the main results from simulations run on the supercomputers at LRZ.

You can find our contribution titled “General Relativistic Simulations of Binary Neutron Star Mergers” at page 50. These simulations were run as part of our PRACE proposal “2014112625 – GRSimStar – General Relativistic Simulations of binary neutron Star mergers “.

Einstein Toolkit EU School and Workshop

W_220_15_imgHPFrom June 13 to 17 we hosted the first European school of the Einstein Toolkit and its second European workshop. Approximatively 40 people attended the event from both inside and outside Europe.

Slides of lectures and talks can be downloaded from the event web page at

Talk on “EM Counterparts of LIGO-Virgo Events” at INAF

Yesterday I attended the “INAF after GW150914” meeting in Rome. I was asked to give a short theoretical overview on electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources (pdf slides can be downloaded here). The focus of the meeting was to better understand the important role that the Italian Astrophysical Research Institute (INAF) can play in the gravitational wave era. The whole meeting was broadcasted live and you can watch it (in Italian) on INAF YouTube channel. Below instead you can listen to my talk (in Italian).

Public outreach talk by the cWB group in Trento

Today Giovanni Prodi and his collaborators gave an excellent public outreach talk on the discovery of gravitational waves and their important contribution to this amazing result. The video below is in Italian and was filmed at the University of Trento.

Gravitational Waves!

Today the discovery of gravitational waves was finally announced. Below you can find the video of the NSF press conference and a simple video explaining what gravitational waves are 🙂

Italian National Scientific Qualification

Today I got the Italian National Scientific Qualification to become an Associate Professor. This “habilitation” will be valid until January 2020. 🙂

Messages from the Abyss

neutron_star_accretionJILA published a research highlight on my recent work on “General Relativistic Simulations of Accretion Induced Collapse of Neutron Stars to Black Holes“. The text can be found on JILA webpage at

Simulations Uncover ‘Flashy’ Secrets of Merging Black Holes

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center circulated a press release on my recent paper published on the Astrophysical Journal Letters and titled “General Relativistic Simulations of Magnetized Plasmas around Merging Supermassive Black Holes“. The press release can be found at

Colliding Neutron Stars Create Black Hole and Gamma-ray Burst

NASA circulated a press release on my article published on the Astrophysical Journal Letters: “The Missing Link: Merging Neutron Stars Naturally Produce Jet-like Structures and Can Power Short Gamma-ray Bursts“. The press release can be found here and more video and images can also be found here.

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