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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) will again be held in digital format only. The event will take place from June 24 to July 2, and the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) will be there with a dedicated website and a virtual booth.

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre welcomes HPC enthusiasts from around the world to learn more about the inner workings of high-performance computing on SuperMUC-NG during its biannual workshop.

Europe’s largest effort to develop a robust federated data infrastructure welcomes Germany’s national high-performance computing organization.

Hardware company and research institute plan to focus on optimizing and port applications to Arm-based architectures.

On April 8, 2021, the GCS Board of Directors met to vote on its newest chairman. Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert, Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, was selected for the next two-year term and will lead GCS closer to the exascale threshold.

Week-long digital event provides opportunities for networking and presentations on the future of European HPC.

On March 17, 2021, Bavaria’s Minister-President, Markus Söder, officially inaugurated the Quantum Integration Centre (QIC) at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Garching near Munich. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was live streamed only.

Dr. Tim Dietrich, Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Potsdam and long-time user of Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) supercomputing resources, will receive the 2021 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, Germany’s premier award honoring early career researchers. He won the award for studying the dynamics of binary neutron stars.

This article serves as an overview of all research projects at the GCS centres HLRS, JSC, and LRZ that support mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic as of December 21, 2020.

Germany’s leading HPC centres collectively provide roughly 130 petaflops of performance, and the Jülich Supercomputing Centre’s Booster module for JUWELS leads to a top 3 ranking in the Green500 list.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, SC20, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis Conference, had to be reimagined. This year’s theme is, “SC20 Is Everywhere We Are”. The event, which originally was scheduled to be held at in Atlanta, GA (USA) in the Georgia World Congress Center, will take place as a virtual event running November 9–25. Representatives of GCS centres HLRS, JSC and LRZ will participate with various contributions to the digital event.

The three leading German HPC facilities have different approaches to tackling the issue of sustainable supercomputing, but all centres are dedicated to environmental stewardship.

Despite having had only modest plans for online training courses in 2020, COVID-19 demanded that GCS centres’ training staffs evolve to ensure the organization delivered on one of its core missions—training scientists to make the best use of HPC resources.

Today, the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) opened the 24th call for GCS Large-Scale Projects on the three GCS high-performance computing (HPC) systems, Hawk of HLRS, JUWELS of JSC, and SuperMUC-NG of LRZ. Scientists can now apply for computing time until August 17, 2020, at 5:00 PM CET.

For the first time in the history of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), the largest annual high-performance-computing-focused event on German ground, will be held as an online only event. Called ISC 2020 Digital, the event will take place from June 22–25. The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) and representatives of its member centres HLRS, JSC and LRZ will participate with various contributions to the digital event.

Multinational, multigenerational research team focuses on efficiently solving large systems of linear equations common in countless HPC applications.

With the 23rd Call for Large-Scale Projects, the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) allocated more than 2 billion computing core hours to challenging national research projects requiring the support of high-performance computing (HPC) technology. In total, the GCS scientific steering committee approved the allocation of 2.3 billion core hours of computing time—a number marking an all-time high—to 20 scientifically outstanding German research activities.

Scientists pursuing research aimed at prevention, containment, remediation, or cures related to the coronavirus pandemic will be given expedited access to HPC resources at the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing.

As the first major supercomputing center in all of Europe, GCS member High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) has received certification under the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). The accomplishment is the culmination of a multiyear effort to create and implement a comprehensive sustainability concept that guides HLRS's operation and will help shape its future growth.

HLRS, JSC, and LRZ staff collaborate to transfer files efficiently around the world in conjunction with the annual SC Asia conference.

Arrival of a new 26-petaflop high-performance computing system marks the beginning of a new era for advanced computational research in Stuttgart.

The 23rd call for GCS Large-Scale Projects is open for applications from German universities and publicly funded German research institutions – and it comes with revised criteria regarding the definition of “large-scale” projects. As of immediately, simulation projects fall into the category “large-scale” only if they require at least 100 million core-hours of computing time on Hawk of HLRS, or 15 Mcore-h on JUWELS of JSC, or 45 Mcore-h on SuperMUC-NG of LRZ over a period of 12 months. These values correspond to 2% of the systems’ annual production in terms of estimated availability. Scientists can apply for computing time on these three GCS HPC systems until February 10, 2020, 17:00hrs.

Stuttgart-based Gauss centre certified under the ISO 14001 norm and ISO 50001 framework.

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing proudly announces that it will partner with International Supercomputing Conference (ISC20) organizers to once again offer awards, which will take place in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) June 21-25, 2020. The GCS Award will honor the most outstanding research paper submitted to the ISC research paper sessions.

Bavaria-based GCS centre comes home from the annual Supercomputing Conference with award for the second year in a row.

Long-time GCS collaborator and user Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rüde discusses his views on the future of supercomputing.

Partnership between JSC, Atos, ParTec, und NVIDIA set to increase computing performance from 12 to 70 petaflops.

With the 22nd GCS Large-Scale Call, the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) scientific steering committee approved the allocation of 703 million core hours of computing time to eleven scientifically outstanding German research projects relying on the support of petascale-performance high-performance computing (HPC) technology.

Multi-year effort culminates with LRZ receiving ISO/IEC 20000 and ISO/IEC 27001 certifications.

Meet the three GCS centres, the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre Garching (LRZ) at SC19 in Denver, Colorado (USA). The international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, this year held from Nov. 17–22, 2019 at the Colorado Convention Center, is the annually recurring premier event for the global high-performance computing (HPC) community.

From sponsoring students and awards, to speaking and moderating discussions, to hosting guests at its “HPC Happy Hour,” GCS and centres’ staffs were heavily involved in this year’s International Supercomputing Conference.

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) member centre, the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), will play a major role in the newly announced partnership between Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and Google that aims at accelerating research in the field of quantum computing.

The 22nd call for GCS Large-Scale Projects on the three GCS HPC systems Hazel Hen of HLRS, SuperMUC-NG of LRZ, and JUWELS of JSC has been opened. Scientists can now apply for computing time until August 5, 2019, 17:00hrs

On May 27, representatives from the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) and the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) signed an agreement to partner on the Terra_Byte project.

Meet GCS at ISC19 in Frankfurt am Main (June 16-20, 2019) at booth #B-1310.

Computational astrophysicists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich use HPC to recreate the universe’s origins. Their work recently informed a new planetarium exhibition. 

PRACEdays2019 takes place May 13-17, 2019 in Poznan, Poland. Attendees are encouraged to submit applications for posters and other contributions by March 11.

The 21st call for GCS Large-Scale Projects has been opened. Scientists can now apply for computing time on the three GCS HPC systems Hazel Hen of HLRS, SuperMUC-NG of LRZ, and JUWELS of JSC until February 11, 2019, 17:00hrs

The record-breaking galaxy formation simulation, Illustris, which ran on the GCS HPC systems SuperMUC of LRZ and Hazel Hen of HLRS, can now adorn letters across the globe on a newly released postage stamp. The research projects of a multi-institution team were led by researchers at the Heidelberg Institute of Theoretical Studies (HITS) who are long-time users of GCS HPC ressources.

GCS-sponsored student team deFAUlt, representing the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, wins “silver” and “bronze” awards at SC18 in coveted benchmark challenges, taking fifth place overall. The Student Cluster Competition (SCC) is part of the annual Supercomputing Conference, which this year was held in Dallas, Texas (USA).

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing will partner with ISC19 organizers to once again offer awards at the upcoming International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), which will take place in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) in June of 2019. The GCS Award will honor the most outstanding research paper submitted to the ISC research paper sessions.

The High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a joint collaboration to build a next-generation supercomputer. The new HPC system Hawk will be 3.5 times faster than HLRS’ current flagship HPC system Hazel Hen.

SC18, the leading international exhibition and conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, will take place in Dallas, Texas, USA, November 11-16, 2018. HLRS (High Performance Computing Center, Stuttgart), JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Centre), and LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching/Munich) will again participate in the conference.

The start-up phase of HPC system SuperMUC-NG was officially launched at LRZ on Monday, September 24, 2018. The transition from LRZ’s current SuperMUC machines (Phase I and II) to the third itineration of the SuperMUC series is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) celebrates the installation of a new modular HPC system, the first modular architecture in the world going into operation.

Three GCS sponsored German student teams competed in the Student Cluster Competition of ISC18, leading to awards and leadership roles in education workshops. The teams of bachelor students represented the Universität Hamburg, the Heidelberg University, and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).

Results of computationally intensive simulations, aimed at studying processes in the Earth’s mantle, can now be admired by the visitors of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. The newly added permanent exhibit was made possible thanks to a research project led by Professor Hans-Peter Bunge of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (LMU) run on HPC system SuperMUC of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ).

Scientists can apply for computing time on the three GCS HPC Systems until August 13, 2018, at 17:00hrs.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert, member of the GCS board and Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), was elected as Chair of the PRACE Council during the group’s 30th meeting, He begins a two-year term at the helm of the trans-European supercomputing organization.

Researchers from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg were awarded the 2018 Gauss Award during the opening session of ISC18 in Frankfurt, Germany. The award-winning research paper explores methods to more accurately model computer chip energy consumption.

GCS significantly increased its support of the Student Cluster Competition (SCC), the largest HPC contest for students, which is part of the annual supercomputing conferences. At ISC18, GCS supports three German university teams (out of 12 total teams) competing.

Two cooling technology solutions implanted at the Garching-based GCS centre recently took home first and second prize respectively in the 2018 German Data Centre Awards (Deutscher Rechenzentrumspreis).

Dr. Mie Andersen, from Technische Universität München (TUM), who is a Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) user, recently won the Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award 2018.

With the ongoing cyberattacks against Germany's government institutions in mind, ARD-alpha, a Germany public TV station offering educational programming, broadcasted a telecast dedicated to the topic "Internet Security".

GCS mourns the loss of Professor Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Wagner, founding member of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) and former Chairman of the GCS Scientific Steering Committee. Professor Wagner was a tireless advocate of high-performance computing (HPC) and its value to scientific engineering. He served as head of the Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics of the University of Stuttgart from 1991 until 2004. 

Scientists can apply for computing time on the three GCS HPC Systems installed at the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre at Garching near Munich (LRZ), until February 23, 2018.

A two-day workshop at the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) brought together infrastructure experts from German supercomputing centers to discuss strategies for building more sustainable systems.

The GCS-sponsored team TUMany segFAUlts recently returned from this year's student cluster competition (SCC) at SC17 in Boulder, Colorado. Unforeseen technical difficulties nearly prevented the six-student team from competing, but they didn't give up so easily.

The three GCS centres HLRS (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart), JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Centre) and LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching near Munich) are working to implement better network tools and cooperation.

A multidisciplinary team recreated the 2004 Sumatra earthquake and tsunami event in the largest, longest multiphysics earthquake simulation to date. The team was awarded Best Paper at the world’s premier supercomputing conference, SC17.

The three GCS centres HLRS, JSC, and LRZ are participating in this year's Supercomputing Conference (SC17) from November 12 -17, in Denver, Colorado (USA).

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing's 10 years at the leading edge was highlighted through awards and prominent roles at the ISC High Performance conference, held June 18–22 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The three GCS HPC systems deliver in sum a peak performance of currently more than 20 Petaflops. Scientists can apply for computing time on the three GCS HPC Systems until August 14, 2017, at 17:00hrs.

For this edition, GCS published both a German and an English version of its image brochure, which highlights the ways the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing is contributing to HPC research in Germany and across Europe.

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing has been a unified force for ten years, combining the strength of Germany's three HPC centers to support leading edge computing research. A recent feature was published that highlights the past, present and future of GCS.

The German federal ministry praised GCS's accomplishments and announced newly increased support for supercomputing. The primary focus will be on improving power, efficiency, and training as computing moves toward exascale.

Team “FAUboyzz” will be representing the Friedrich-Alexander Universät Erlangen Nürnberg at ISC17. The multi-disciplinary team consists of six students studying computational engineering, computer science and medical engineering at FAU.

Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister for Education and Research, was one of many who visited HLRS's booth at this year's CeBIT to learn more about AR technology and the benefits of high-performance computing.

The new training center of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) opened on March 7. The 2,003 sqm complex will now provide excellent facilities for the various types of HPC and IT trainings offered by HLRS.

Meet the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) at CeBIT 2017 in Hannover (March 20-24). Representatives of the HRLS visualization department will demonstrate how HPC plays an essential role in vehicle development and safety research.

Scientists can apply for computing time on the three GCS HPC Systems until February 20, 2017, 17:00hrs

GCS member Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) has scheduled another Big Blue Gene Week January 25 to February 1, 2017. The BlueGene/Q supercomputer JUQUEEN at JSC will be dedicated exclusively to large-scale massively parallel computations.

The workshop provides selected application teams the opportunity to scale their codes up to 1.8 million hardware threads via exclusive access to the entire Blue Gene/Q at JSC.

SC16, the world’s largest supercomputing conference, took place in Salt Lake City, USA. College undergraduates from across the globe attended, vying for victory in the Student Cluster Competition. The only European participants were two teams from Germany.

The new supercomputing world record was set by scaling ANSYS Fluent to more than 170,000 computer cores on the GCS high performance computing (HPC) system Hazel Hen hosted at HLRS.

Two German undergraduate teams are in the news for their inclusion in the 2016 Student Cluster Competition, a 48-hour challenge held on the SC16 showground. The two teams will be the only teams from Europe competing this year.

An international team of researchers achieved a major break-through in the ongoing quest to profile dark matter. The spectacular findings were given additional honour by the Editorial Board of NATURE Magazine, where they were published on November 2.

The three member centres of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing will present their research activities in the field of High Performance Computing (HPC) in their respective booths at this year's Supercomputing Conference (SC16), held Nov. 13-18 in Salt Lake City, USA.

Representatives from the three Gauss Centres attended the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) from June 19-23 in Frankfurt. Activities at ISC16 included exhibitions, workshops, awards and much more.

The European Physical Society (EPS) recognizes Meißner’s developments and applications of effective field theories in hadron and nuclear physics.

GCS will act as official sponsor of this event, the Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry (STC2016), which will take place at the campus of the Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB) from September 26 - 29, 2016.

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Kröner and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wellein are the new Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively of the GCS Steering Committee, a panel overseeing the assignment of computing time on the GCS HPC systems.

An international team of researchers presents a new method in the current issue of Nature Magazine that uses supercomputers to produce detailed simulations of how heavy metals form inside stars.