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GCS Awards 1358 Million Computing Core Hours to National Scientific Large-Scale Projects

All-Time High of Computing Time Allocated

PRESS RELEASE 17/2015:

Berlin/Germany, December 8, 2015 – The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) announced today that with the 14th Call for Large-Scale Projects it achieved new All-Time Highs in various categories: 1358 million awarded core hours of compute time mark the largest amount of compute hours ever assigned within the framework of a GCS Large-Scale Call. The granted computing time will be divided between a hitherto unachieved number of 19 national outstanding scientific large-scale projects from the fields of Aerodynamics and Fluid Dynamics, Astrophysics, Biology and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Climate and Meteorology, Elementary Particle Physics, Material Sciences, and Theoretical Chemistry. Finally, the assignment of 200 million core hours of compute time on supercomputer Hazel Hen of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), awarded to a research project by the Institute of Aerodynamics (AIA) of the RWTH Aachen University, means a new record amount of core hours allocated to an individual scientific simulation project.

For its 14th Call for Large-Scale Projects the GCS received a total of 24 applications, which sets yet another new record. 1903 million core hours of compute time were requested – an amount also marking a new all-time high in the history of GCS. 19 national computational science projects met the strict GCS large-scale project qualification criteria and were awarded computing time on the GCS supercomputers Hazel Hen of HLRS, JUQUEEN of JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Centre), and SuperMUC of LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching near Munich). The national researchers whose projects were selected will have access to these GCS high-performance computing (HPC) resources as of immediately for a period of 12 months.

“The ever growing number of applications for GCS large-scale projects plus the steady rise in the requested amount of computing core hours per individual project confirm the growing demand for high-performance computing,“ said Professor Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Wagner, Chairman of the GCS Scientific Steering Committee. “It is rewarding to note that the services and support provided by the GCS centres pay off: The HPC expertise acquired by our users puts them in a position to run applications scaling over tens or even hundreds of thousands of compute cores as provided by the GCS supercomputers. Availability creates demand, and the demand for computing time on our petascale HPC systems remains unbroken—as is the request for the availability of even more powerful HPC technologies. There is just no end of this trend in sight,” stressed Professor Wagner.

With the 14th GCS Large-Scale Call, the largest individual allotments of computing core hours per scientific field were granted to the following projects:

Aerodynamics/Scientific Engineering:

200 Mill core hours on Hazel Hen of HLRS for a project under leadership of Dr. Matthias Meinke (Institute of Aerodynamics, RWTH Aachen University)

Astrophysics:

44 Mill core hours on SuperMUC of LRZ for a project under leadership of Prof. Dr. Ralf Klessen (Zentrum für Astronomie, Universität Heidelberg)

Biology and Life Sciences:

84.3 Mill core hours on SuperMUC of LRZ for a project under leadership of Prof. Dr. Helmut Grubmüller (Max Planck Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen

Chemistry:

50 Mill core hours on JUQUEEN of JSC for a project under leadership of Prof. Dr. Dominik Marx (Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Elementary Particle Physics:

84 Mill core hours divided between JUQUEEN of JSC (70 mill core hours) and SuperMUC of LRZ (14 Mill core hours) for a project under leadership of Dr. Rainer Sommer (DESY Zeuthen)

Material Sciences:

35 Mill core hours on JUQUEEN of JSC for a project under leadership of
Dr. Robert O. Jones (Peter-Grünberg-Institut 1, Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Meteorology/Climate:

88 Mill core hours on SuperMUC of LRZ for a project under leadership of
Prof. Dr. Ralf Ludwig (Department of Geography, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Computing time allocations for GCS Large-Scale Projects are granted based on scientific criteria and their technical feasibility through independent reviewers in a peer-review process led by the GCS Scientific Steering Committee. Computing time is available for a period of 12 months. The complete list of approved GCS Large Scale Projects (14th Call) can be found at http://www.gauss-centre.eu/gauss-centre/EN/Projects/LargeScaleProjects/call-14.html

About GCS Large-Scale Projects: In accordance with the mission of the Gauss Centre for Super-computing, all scientists and researchers in Germany are eligible to apply for computing time on the petascale HPC systems of Germany’s leading supercomputing institution. Projects are classified as "large-scale" if they require more than 35 million core-hours in one year on a GCS member centre's high-end system. Computing time on the GCS systems is allocated by the GCS Scientific 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.

The GCS Calls for Large-Scale Projects application procedure and criteria for decision is described in detail at www.gauss-centre.eu/large-scale-application

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.

Contact:

Regina Weigand, GCS Public Relations
+49 711 685-87261
r.weigand@gauss-centre.eu

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