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GCS Announces New Chairman of the Board

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert Elected as New Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing

Berlin/Germany, April 30, 2015 – The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), Germany’s Tier-0 supercomputing institution, announces Professor Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Professor Lippert, Director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, was elected to this position in mid April during a regular GCS assembly meeting in Munich/Germany.

According to the statutes of GCS, the assignment of the former GCS Chairman of the Board, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. mult. Michael M. Resch (Director of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart), had expired after the pre-defined period of two years. At the assembly meeting, the members of GCS elected Prof. Resch and Professor Dr. Heinz-Gerd Hegering of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre Garching/Munich to the positions of GCS Vice Chairmen for the next term of office of two years.

“GCS is Germany’s top-level supercomputing institution providing cutting-edge HPC technologies, service and support to the most demanding scientists and researchers,” says the new Chairman of GCS, Professor Lippert. GCS supports scientists from all over Germany, Europe and around the globe in achieving a large number of breakthrough results: They range from simulations of the origin of life itself by synthesis of peptides outside of cells to medical challenges like aneurysms in the brain, or from properties of the miracle material Graphene to answers to the geophysical enigma like the creation of Earth’s magnetic field. “In the past years, GCS has significantly strengthened its position as a world-wide number-one infrastructure in High Performance Computing (HPC). It is my firm intention to continue expanding this reputation during my term of office,” explains Professor Lippert.

GCS 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 HPC institution. It is supported by the Research Ministries of the federal government and of the three states Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. GCS offers the highest-performing supercomputing infrastructure in all of Europe for German and European science and research activities: In sum more than 10 petaflops of computing power are available, number growing.

The three GCS centres feature system architectures and designs complementary to each other and thus ensure their users, which come from a wide range of scientific fields, the availability of the optimally suited computing environment for their most demanding requirements.

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 supercomputing 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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