GCS is Germany’s leading supercomputing institution. It is a non-profit organization, combining the three national supercomputing centres—HLRS, JSC, and LRZ into Germany’s most powerful supercomputing organization. Its world-class HPC resources are openly available to national and European researchers from academia and industry. 

GCS - Who Are We?

Founded in 2007 as a joint initiative between federal and state government, the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing is Germany’s leading and most powerful supercomputing institution. It combines the three national supercomputing centres—the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching (LRZ). Our world-class supercomputing resources are openly available to national and European researchers from adademia and industry.


The main mission for GCS is fostering scientific discovery through use of high-performance computing (HPC) and the sustained development of computer-aided scientific research in Germany and Europe. We achieve our goals by providing the highest level of HPC expertise, services, and support, as well as state-of-the art HPC resources.


GCS Centres

GCS combines the three national high-performance computing centres in Stuttgart (High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgarg/HLRS), Jülich (Jülich Supercomputing Centre/JSC), and Garching near Munich (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre/LRZ) into Germany’s leading supercomputing institution.



GCS operates as a registered association (eingetragener Verein, e.V.). As a non-profit organization, GCS is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the respective ministries of the states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, and North Rhine-Westphalia. The organization is led by a board of directors, a project steering committee (funding bodies) and a scientific steering committee (acting as an advisory council), all of which are elected on a rotating basis.


Funding Bodies

As a national research institution, GCS is jointly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the German State of Baden-Württemberg, the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts, and the Ministry of Culture and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


National and International Alliances 

GCS plays a leading role in HPC-related collaborations and initiatives. At the national level, GCS is a founding member of the Gauß Allianz, the German HPC partnership that coordinates HPC-related activities at the state level. At the European level, GCS is a hosting of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), an international non-profit associated headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.