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GCS Supercomputers Contribute to European Research

620 Mio. Core Hours Computing Time Awarded on Hermit, JUQUEEN and SuperMUC by 6th PRACE Regular Call

Berlin/Germany, March 8, 2013 – The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing continues to massively contribute to European large-scale scientific and engineering research. 620 mio. core hours of computing time divided up between the three GCS HPC systems Hermit (160 Mh), JUQUEEN (260 Mh) and SuperMUC (200 Mh) were allocated through the latest Call for Proposals by PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. Researchers awarded access to the GCS infrastructure started using their allocated core hours in early March 2013. The assigned computing time is good for 12 months.

Evaluated by leading scientists and highly qualified technical experts, all proposals submitted in response to the bi-annual PRACE calls must undergo a very strict and clearly
defined peer-review process in which the scientific excellence of the proposed projects is assessed. The 6th PRACE Regular Call for proposals, which was open from 18 September 2012 to 14 November 2012, received 88 applications for computing time on one or more of the 6 PRACE systems offered. 57 research projects were allocated core hours on the available HPC systems. 21 of these projects will make use of the vast computing power of the three GCS supercomputers Hermit, JUQUEEN and SuperMUC with the largest allocations being the following:

Engineering, Mathematics & Computational Sciences
Prof. Christophe Prud’homme (University of Strasbourg, France): 60 million core hours on SuperMUC @ LRZ Garching near Munich

Biochemistry & Life Sciences
Prof. Ilpo Vattulainen (Tampere University of Technology, Finland): 60 million core hours on Hermit @ HLRS Stuttgart

Fundamental physics
Prof. Zoltan Fodor (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany): 91 million core hours on JUQUEEN @ JSC Jülich

The complete list of allocations of the PRACE 6th Regular Call can be viewed at All proposals that were awarded access to
the infrastructure are at the highest level of scientific and technical maturity. The results of these projects will be published in high-quality scientific journals. For further information on the PRACE Call for proposals please refer to

About GCS:

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) combines the three national supercomputing centres HLRS (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart), JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Centre), and LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching) into Germany’s Tier-0 Supercomputing institution. Concertedly, the three centres provide the largest and most powerful supercomputer infrastructure in Europe to serve a wide range of industrial and research activities in various disciplines. They also provide top-class training and education for the national as well as the European High Performance Computing (HPC) community. GCS is the German member of PRACE (Partnership for Advance Computing in Europe), an international non-profit association consisting of 25 member countries, whose representative organizations create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for largescale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level.

GCS is jointly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia.

GCS has its headquarters in Berlin/Germany.


Regina Weigand, GCS Public Relations
+49 711 685-87261

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 Press Release 02/2013: GCS Supercomputers Contribute to European Research (PDF, 620 kB)