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11th GCS Call For Large Scale Projects

GCS Awards Close to 400 Million Computing Core Hours to National Large Scale Science Projects

Berlin/Germany, May 15, 2014 – The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing announced today that seven outstanding scientific projects, selected from nine proposals, will share almost 400 million processor core hours awarded by the most recent 11th GCS Call for Large Scale Projects. The consortia of national researchers and scientists whose projects were selected for funding are provided access to the supercomputing infrastructures of the three GCS member centres HLRS, JSC, and LRZ starting immediately. The supported ambitious simulation projects represent leading-edge research activities in scientific fields such as Elementary Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Theoretical Chemistry, Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics.

Computing time granted to GCS Large Scale Projects is based on scientific criteria and their technical feasibility through independent reviewers in a peer-review process led by the GCS Steering Committee. The awarded projects are distributed to the three GCS HPC systems Hermit of High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), JUQUEEN of Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and SuperMUC of Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich (LRZ). All three GCS systems provide computing performance well beyond the Petaflops stage (1 Petaflops = 1 Quadrillion floating point operations per second) and are of complementary system design and architecture. Thus GCS is in the unique position to optimally respond to the needs of the researchers, developers and scientists and their diverse and disperse requirements on computing platforms. In total, GCS has more than 10 Petaflops of computing power available.

The 11th GCS Call for Large-Scale Projects, which closed in late February 2014, saw some of the largest individual allotments of computing hours granted to the following projects:

(1) QCD Thermodynamics and the Phase Diagram (Prof. Dr. Zoltán Fodor, University of Wuppertal, Institute of Theoretical Particle Physics)
71M core hours on JUQUEEN of Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)

(2) Simulation of Jet Engine and Axial Fan Noise (Dr.-Ing. Matthias Meinke, RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Aerodynamics)
70M core hours on Hermit of High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS)

(3) Gravoturbulent Planetesimal Formation: A Key to Understand Planet Formation
(PD Dr. H. Hubertus Klahr, Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg)
60M core hours on JUQUEEN of Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)

Access to the GCS system resources is provided to all 11th Call Large-Scale Projects until end of April 2015, i.e. for a period of 12 months. The next Large-Scale Call (12th Call) will be issued at the end of July 2014 and will close on August 29, 2014.

Complete list of approved GCS Large Scale Projects (11th Call)

Information on how to apply for computing time at GCS

About GCS Large Scale Projects

The mission of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing is to provide all scientists and researchers in Germany access to the petascale HPC systems of Germany’s leading supercomputing institution. Projects are classified as "large-scale" if they require more than 35 million computing core-hours within one year on a GCS member centre's high-end system. Computing time on the GCS systems is allocated by the GCS Steering Committee to scientifically leading, ground-breaking projects which deal with complex, demanding, and innovative simulations that would not be possible without the GCS petascale infrastructure. The projects are evaluated via a strict peer-review process on the basis of the project’s scientific and technical excellence.

GCS Calls for Large-Scale Projects application procedure and criteria for decision

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 all of 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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 Press Release 02/2014: GCS Awards Close to 400 Million Computing Core Hours to National Large Scale Science Projects (PDF, 634 kB)