As I write this blog I'm sitting in my hotel room on the 22nd floor having just had lunch Chengdu style, which is a hotpot where you have your personal pot boiling away. The base stock for me was mushroom and you can then add in various ingredients from meat, fish or vegetable. There are also side ingredients and I went for a healthy portion of garlic, chopped spring onions, and some chilli as we are in one of the spicey areas of China.
Before arriving in Chengdu it was Beijing where I gave a talk in Beihang University. Having arrived just four hours earlier it seemed to go ok! The talk was followed by a Beijing-style hotpot dinner, which is a shared hotpot so quite different from the Chengdu meal. The next day was a morning visit to the Chinese Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) to discuss work on rarefied flows, code coupling, HPC and CFD. In a talk by the CAAA they explained their code had a variety of slip models which included not only the standard Maxwell model but an implementation of the Lockerby model. The person who had implemented this model was not available to explain which particular model it was referring to but still nice to know our work is being used. Naturally the talks were followed by lunch and one of the CAAA's skills is brewing beer and we "had" to sample a very nice home-brewed wheat beer with our meal.
The Thursday afternoon was a talk to EDF China about our work before flying to Chengdu for a meeting with the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC). Saturday morning was a visit to Sichuan University where my colleagues and their students gave presentations. Sunday I will travel to Wuxi for a Monday visit to the world famous Sunway TaihuLight Supercomputer, currently the most powerful computer in the world. The plan is to install Code_Saturne and try to run a simulation on the whole machine.