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GCS Announces New Chairman of the Board

Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch Elected as New Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gauss Centre for Supercomputing

Berlin/Germany, June 13, 2013 – The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), Germany’s Tier-0 supercomputing institution, announces Professor Dr. Michael M. Resch as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prof. Resch was elected to this position in late May during a regular GCS Board meeting. Prof. Resch, Director of High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), succeeds Prof. Heinz-Gerd Hegering of Leibniz Supercomputing Centre who had served as GCS Chairman for five years.

“GCS has been very successful in the last years under the guidance of Prof. Hegering and we will continue this path in the coming years. Given my background in engineering and the close links that HLRS has with industry I will bring in a different perspective. With respect to Europe, GCS will continue its strategy of co-operation based on excellence and mutual trust,” explains Prof. Resch, who has been on the GCS Board ever since the centre’s inception in 2007.

The GCS, which offers the by far most powerful supercomputing infrastructure in all Europe for German and European science and research activities, combines the three German HPC centres High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ, Garching near Munich) into one national institution. GCS’s Petascale system infrastructure of the three centres features complimentary system architectures to ensure its many-fold user communities the availability of the best possible platform for their specific requirements. The GCS supercomputers, which provide in sum more than 10 petaflops of computing power, also excel in terms of energy efficiency: Not only take the GCS systems repeatedly top spots in the renowned TOP500 list but also on the Green500 ranking.

The success of GCS is based on a well thought-through business model in which the three centres focus, although not exclusively, on specific science fields. The HPC infrastructure, system architecture, scientific expertise, and the respective education and training program of the three GCS centres pursue a complementary concept. Through this approach, GCS is in a well-suited position to provide German and European scientists and researchers of different fields with an optimal environment for manifold scientific computing challenges. “HPC and computer simulations have inevitably become indispensable tools for research and development in Germany and Europe. In an ever faster changing world, GCS will move towards a Center of Excellence that pushes the limit of both science and development in research and industry,” concludes Professor Resch. Further details about the GCS HPC Centre of Excellence will be unveiled soon.

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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