Minisymposium on HPC Applications: Molecular Nanomagnet Simulations


This Minisymposium will be part of the PARA 2008 Workshop on State-of-the-Art in Scientific and Parallel Computing, to be held in Trondheim, Norway, on May 13-16, 2008.

See for general information and author information including link to the PARA 2008 Submission system


Molecular nanomagnets are intensively studied due to their interesting physical properties and expected technological applications. They are characterized by th e well defined structure and magnetic properties and fill up a gap between class ical and quantum objects so that the crossover from macroscopic to quantum behav iour can be observed for them. They also provide a new class of materials for ul tra high-density storage elements and for quantum information processing.

Modeling and numerical simulations have become important tools in analysis of th e molecular nanomagnets. Significant results have been achieved in simulations o f static and dynamic properties. However, there is a need to present state-of-th e-art in this developing field which could address the following topics: a) the limits for ‚giant spin approximation‚ which assumes that the total spin S is a good quantum number; b) the overlap between the ab-initio and phenomenologica l modeling as far as magnetic couplings and anisotropies are concerned; c) non-c lassical dynamics of the single-chain magnets; d) new approaches and simulations methods; e) new tools and environments in materials science computations.

Scientific success of this mini-symposium will result not only from an overview of high-performance computing in molecular magnetism, but also from recognizing the limitations of the available theoretical tools and from the identification of challenging areas where new efforts will be required to further advance the field.


  • Alessandro Bencini, University of Florence (Italy)
  • Grzegorz Kamieniarz, A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan (Poland)


    Abstracts and original papers are invited for the Minisymposium. Authors should send their contributions through the link .

    The deadlines for the submissions are as follows:

  • February 29, a short abstract (max 500 words) in plain text to be published on the web site

  • March 05, an extended abstract of 3-4 pages in Springer LNCS format (may be published on web site and/or book of abstracts)

  • May 02, full paper in Springer LNCS format, published after acceptance in the Springer Series of Lectures Notes in Computer Science.

    For specific information about this Minisymposium, please contact Alessandro Ben cini (e-mail: alessandro.bencini -at- or Grzegorz Kamieniarz (e-mail: gjk -at