As the largest annual HPC conference gets set to kick off in the United States, staff members at GCS centres are preparing for an active week of discussions, networking, and presentations.

The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) and the German-French supercomputer consortium ParTec-Eviden supercomputer consortium have signed a contract for the construction of JUPITER. JUPITER will be the first exascale supercomputer in Europe, hosted at Forschungszentrum Jülich, member of GCS, in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia. The system, designed for large-scale simulations and artificial intelligence (AI) applications in science and industry alike, is expected to launch in 2024.

In June, leadership of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking agreed in principle on Europe’s first exascale machine coming to Germany. Now it is official, with the Jülich Supercomputing Centre signing a hosting agreement in Luxemburg this month

A 7-year research mission using the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope collected massive amounts of data aimed at illuminating our understanding of the night sky. Throughout the project, researchers have been using the Jülich Supercomputing Centre to analyse, process, and host the data. 

The first D-Wave Advantage system built outside of North America comes out of an 8-year collaboration between D-Wave Systems and the Jülich Supercomputing Centre.

With the 26th Call for Large-Scale Projects, the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) allocated roughly 1.4 billion computing core hours to challenging national research projects requiring the support of high-performance computing (HPC) technology. In total, the GCS scientific steering granted 15 project access to Germany’s three national HPC centres.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) will again be held in digital format only. The event will take place from June 24 to July 2, and the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) will be there with a dedicated website and a virtual booth.

Hardware company and research institute plan to focus on optimizing and port applications to Arm-based architectures.

On April 8, 2021, the GCS Board of Directors met to vote on its newest chairman. Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert, Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, was selected for the next two-year term and will lead GCS closer to the exascale threshold.

Week-long digital event provides opportunities for networking and presentations on the future of European HPC.

Germany’s leading HPC centres collectively provide roughly 130 petaflops of performance, and the Jülich Supercomputing Centre’s Booster module for JUWELS leads to a top 3 ranking in the Green500 list.

The three leading German HPC facilities have different approaches to tackling the issue of sustainable supercomputing, but all centres are dedicated to environmental stewardship.

Despite having had only modest plans for online training courses in 2020, COVID-19 demanded that GCS centres’ training staffs evolve to ensure the organization delivered on one of its core missions—training scientists to make the best use of HPC resources.

Scientists pursuing research aimed at prevention, containment, remediation, or cures related to the coronavirus pandemic will be given expedited access to HPC resources at the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing.

HLRS, JSC, and LRZ staff collaborate to transfer files efficiently around the world in conjunction with the annual SC Asia conference.