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Prestigious Award for User of GCS HPC Systems

Britta Nestler of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Wins Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2017


Berlin/Germany, December 9, 2016 – The management and steering committee of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) would like to sincerely congratulate Professor Dr. Britta Nestler of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on having been awarded the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2017 of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The award is in recognition of Professor Nestler's internationally acknowledged research in computer based materials sciences and her efforts in the development of new material models using multiscale and multiphysical approaches which leverage highly flexible and complex simulation environments.

Britta Nestler of KITProfessor Dr. Britta Nestler
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The world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) power required for these computationally extremely intense simulation models is provided to Professor Nestler and her team by GCS, which offers the by far most powerful HPC infrastructure in all of Europe for science and industrial research.

"For our research and progress in computational materials science, supercomputing centers are the essential infrastructure to conduct extreme scale computations. The high performance computing power provided by GCS enables our team to explore new dimensions of microstructure simulations and to gain insight into complex multiphysics and multiscale processes in material systems under various influences. I am very thankful for the support and professional assistance of GCS, my team experienced over the past years, facilitating our research on up-to-date systems," says Professor Dr. Britta Nestler of the Institute of Applied Materials, Computational Materials Science, at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Official Announcement by DFG

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.


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