GCS Partners with NHR on Joint Initiative Supporting AI Applications Through High-Performance Computing
Newsflash 10/2023 –

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) and the National High-Performance Computing Network (NHR) have launched a joint collaboration to support users in accessing computing time for artificial intelligence (AI) applications on high-performance computing (HPC) resources.

While there has always been the possibility of obtaining computing time for AI on the most powerful systems in Germany, and in particular the so-called Tier 1 and Tier 2 HPC systems that primarily make up GCS portfolio of computing resources, there is significant interest in expanding the access and improving the visibility of these capabilities. As a result, GCS and NHR decided to launch this new venture.

Webinar and Q&A café

An initial webinar titled, “AI – From Laptop to Supercomputer,” was offered in which experts from GCS and NHR gave an overview of the HPC landscape in Germany, provide an introduction of HPC architecture, and where and how to apply for compute time. The webinar marked a starting point for the new users in the AI community to aim their compute time application at a German Tier 1 or 2 HPC centre. The webinar will take place again on Thursday, February 1st, 2024, 14:00 – 16:00.

The webinar is now followed by a weekly Q&A session guided by the experts from NHR and GCS that will answer all participants’ questions that deal with how to get access and how to make best use of the resources. GCS and NHR will continuously accompany the interested community and users.

“We are aware of how AI has gained in importance for the research community in recent years, said Dr. Claus-Axel Müller, Managing Director of GCS. “A lot of effort has gone into getting this cooperation started on short notice and we want thank all involved colleagues and NHR for having taking the driver’s seat to further enable more users to take advantage of our world-class infrastructure,”, says Claus Axel Müller, Managing Director of GCS.

Please find more information about the Q&A sessions and upcoming webinar here:

Questions & Answers: every Thursday 14:00 - 15:00,

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GCS is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the German State of Baden-Württemberg, and the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts.