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Next HPC Installation Step Initiated at High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS)

Supercomputing Infrastructure at HLRS to be Expanded With HPC System ‘Hornet’, Delivering Peak Performance of 4 Petaflops

May 16, 2013 – The supercomputing infrastructure of GCS centre HLRS (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart) at the University of Stuttgart will soon enter the next step of its HPC systems installation phase. Prof. Michael M. Resch, director of HLRS, and Dr. Ulla Thiel, Vice President Cray Europe, signed the contract for a Cray XC30 to be deployed at HLRS. Code-named Hornet, the future HLRS supercomputer will gradually be installed at the Stuttgart HPC facility, guaranteeing the vast user community of HLRS a smooth transition from current supercomputer Hermit to Cray’s next generation high-end HPC system. Hornet in its final configuration, which is expected to be up and running by second half of 2014, will deliver a peak performance of 4 Petaflops, outperforming Hermit’s maximum performance by a factor of about 4.

The installation of Hornet is carried out according to the earlier agreed HPC systems roadmap of HLRS, which defined Hermit as the initial installation step. With Hornet’s
implementation to be gradually conducted over the coming 18 months, the next installation phase will be completed by second half of 2014. The new Cray XC30 supercomputer of HLRS will provide 500 TB of Main Memory and about 6 PB of disc space. It will be equipped with about 100,000 computing cores and will feature Intel’s next generation of micro processors which – according to the manufacturer – are specifically designed to optimize power savings and promise significant performance enhancements. “A large percentage of our user community comes from the field of scientific engineering where highly memory demanding applications are typical,” explains Professor Resch of HLRS. “Especially in the automotive and aerospace research and industries, HPC users are depending on systems that feature leading-edge supercomputing technology and at the same time high sustained performance. HPC systems are an indispensable tool in the researchers and scientists’ pursuit to achieve breakthrough discoveries and innovations, and they ultimately help to strengthen the world-renown reputation of German Engineering as a synonym for innovation and quality of the highest degree.”

“The Cray ‘Hermit’ supercomputer has proven to be a highly valuable HPC resource for the broad HLRS user community as well as for scientists and researchers across Europe through the PRACE initiative, and we are excited that the Cray XC30 system will be a powerful successor,” says Dr. Ulla Thiel, Vice President Cray Europe. “The Hornet system will be one of the largest Cray XC30 supercomputers in the world, providing HLRS’ users, including engineers in the automotive and aerospace industries, with our most advanced supercomputing system. We have enjoyed a successful, long-term relationship with HLRS and we are very excited that our joint collaboration will continue.”

As with Hermit, the system expansion at HLRS is funded through project PetaGCS with support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Higher
Education, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg.

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 near Munich) 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 large-scale 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
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This press release as pdf file:
 Press Release 04/2013: Next HPC Installation Step Initiated at High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) (PDF, 620 kB)