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Supercomputer Hornet of High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart to Deliver More Than 7 Petaflops by End of 2015

Contract for Installation Phase II of Cray XC30 Supercomputer Hornet Signed at University of Stuttgart

Berlin/Germany, November 19, 2013 – The planned system expansion of supercomputer Hornet of High Performance Computing Center of University Stuttgart (HLRS) has officially been sealed with all involved parties signing the contract for “Installation Step II of HPC system Hornet” today at University Stuttgart. The system expansion is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. HLRS system Hornet will then deliver a peak performance of more than seven petaflops (quadrillion mathematical calculations per second) of high performance computing (HPC) power and feature 2.3 petabytes of additional file system storage.

“We are happy to continue our close collaboration with Cray to provide our researchers and scientists, as well as our industrial partners in the automotive and aerospace industries, with the computational resources of highly advanced supercomputing systems,” said Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch, director of HLRS. “Reliability, performance, support and customer service are vitally important to us, and Cray and its supercomputers continue to meet the requirements of our organization and our vast user community. We are excited that the Cray XC30 supercomputer will power our research for the next several years.”

Today’s signed contract guarantees the second implementation step of supercomputer Hornet, a system expansion that happens according to the earlier agreed HPC systems roadmap of HLRS. The first step of Hornet is currently in the process of being gradually implemented and will, over the next 15 months, ensure a smooth transition from HLRS’s
Cray XE6 system Hermit to Hornet’s XC30-technology.

The multi-year contract signed with Cray, Inc. consists of products and services and is valued at more than $30 million. 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.

HLRS is one of the three member centres of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), the national HPC institution offering world-class supercomputing capabilities for scientific and industrial research. As with Hermit, the new HLRS HPC system Hornet complements the system architectures provided by the other two GCS member centres Leibniz
Supercomputing Centre Garching/Munich (LRZ), which runs a System X iDataPlex from IBM, and Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), which hosts an IBM BlueGene/Q system nicknamed JUQUEEN. By combining these three Tier-0 supercomputing centres into one national institution, GCS offers the by far largest and most powerful supercomputing infrastructure in all of Europe.

About HLRS

The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart is one of the three German supercomputer institutions forming the national Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. HLRS supports German and pan-European researchers as well as industrial users with leading edge supercomputing technology. HLRS’s HPC system Hermit is the No. 2 supercomputer world-wide used for industrial science and research activities (TOP500, November 2013, sub-list “industry”).

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 10/2013: Supercomputer Hornet of HLRS to Deliver More Than 7 Petaflops by End of 2015 (PDF, 642 kB)