PRESS RELEASES

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) proudly announces that it is sponsoring the two German student teams participating in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the upcoming International Supercomputing Conference (ISC19). 

Demand for computing time for large-scale simulation projects requiring access to leading-edge high-performance computing (HPC) technologies continues on an unabated high in Germany. With the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing’s (GCS’s) 21st Large-Scale Call, the GCS scientific steering committee approved the allocation of 1.171 billion core hours of computing time to 13 outstanding national research projects.

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) announces Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Chair of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Garching near Munich, as its new Chair of the Board of Directors. He was elected to chair the GCS board in late April during a GCS council meeting in Garching. It is Prof. Kranzlmüller’s first term as GCS’ Chair of the Board.

The awards, presented this year at the Supercomputing Conference (SC18) in Dallas, Texas, recognize outstanding technical and scientific achievements at high-performance computing (HPC) centres. LRZ has been a driving force in energy efficient HPC, ensuring that each successive supercomputing would be designed with energy efficiency and reuse in mind.

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre’s (LRZ’s) newest supercomputer, SuperMUC-NG, brought GCS back into the biannual list’s top 10 fastest supercomputers in the world. The machine registered 19.46 petaflops in the Linpack benchmark, ranking it in 8th place.

GCS users from Germany’s leading academic institutions are now able to move data to and from GCS facilities significantly faster—HLRS, JSC, and LRZ will be able to push Germany’s high-speed X-WiN network to its limits. Each GCS centre is connected by 2x100 gigabit-per-second data transfer speed, which is the fastest individual connection to X-WiN.

GCS grants hundreds of millions of computing core hours to leading-edge national science projects. With the 20th Call for Large-Scale Projects, 13 applications met the strict qualification criteria set by the GCS Steering Committee and were awarded in total 816.3 million core hours of computing time on the three GCS HPC systems Hazel Hen, JUWELS and SuperMUC-NG.

GCS proudly supports student team “deFAUlt” in the student cluster competition at the Supercomputing Cconference 2018 (SC18) in Dallas, Texas (USA). The team of six students of the Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) of Erlangen-Nuremberg represents Germany in a field of 15 international student teams taking part in the SC18 student challenge.

Prof. Dr. Arndt Bode, former Chairman of the Executive Board of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), has been awarded the Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany). The honor is the highest national award for public service in the country.

GCS has sponsored SCC teams for four consecutive years in order to encourage students to take a deeper interest in HPC and develop more HPC skills in Germany. This is the first time GCS has helped three German teams participate in the event.

The 17 ambitious research teams who recieved computing hours represent a wide range of scientific disciplines, including astrophysics, atomic and nuclear physics, biology, condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, meteorology, and scientific engineering, among others.

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) announced that a contract with Intel and Lenovo was signed to build SuperMUC-NG, the next generation of the centre’s leading-edge supercomputers. SuperMUC-NG will be capable of 26.7 petaflops at its theoretical peak.

GCS approved 23 large-scale projects during the 18th call for large-scale proposals. GCS awards large-scale allocations to researchers focused on solving the world’s most pressing problems as they relate to a wide range of disciplines.

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) is pleased to announce that it is continuing to serve as a co-sponsor of undergraduate students participating in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the Supercomputing Conference 2017 (SC17) in Denver, Colorado/USA (Nov. 12-17, 2017).

GCS-sponsored team FAU Boyzz, six students of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany (FAU), walked away from the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at ISC17 with the trophy for the coveted SCC High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark challenge.

GCS has secured funding for another decade of excellence and innovation in high-performance computing from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the science ministries of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, and North Rhein-Westphalia.

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing approved 30 large-scale projects during the 17th call for large-scale proposals, set to run from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Combined, these projects received 2.1 billion core hours, marking the highest total ever delivered by the three GCS centres.

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing is pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch is the new chairman of the GCS Board of Directors. Resch has served as director of the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) for more than a decade, and is also director of the Institute for High-Performance Computing (IHR) at the University of Stuttgart.

Effective April 1, 2017, Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors at GCS member Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Garching. Kranzlmüller succeeds Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Arndt Bode, who has been Chairman of the Board since October 1, 2008.

By extending its partnership as a PRACE 2 hosting member, GCS will again take a leading role in HPC in Europe and will significantly contribute to boost scientific and industrial advancement by offering principal investigators access to GCS's world-class HPC infrastructure to be used for approved large-scale research activities.

An international team of scientists collected soil samples, including the microbes living in them, in lowland rainforests of Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador. The DNA was extracted and sequenced, and then more than 130 million sequences were analyzed using the SuperMUC supercomputer.

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.

With the conclusion of the 16th Large-Scale Call, GCS approved the allocation of in sum 1,068 million core hours of computing time to 17 scientifically outstanding German research activities. Projects come from the fields of Astrophysics, Chemistry, Earth and Environment, Elementary Particle Physics, Life Sciences, Materials Sciences, and Scientific Engineering.

GCS will provide financial support for two German teams that were accepted for the multi-disciplinary HPC challenge at SC16 in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA): team PhiClub of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and team segFAUlt representing the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).

A team of researchers was able to predict whether a specific standard drug for the treatment of breast cancer will help an individual patient or not, and they achieved it with help of SuperMUC at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), with all its resources at their disposal to generate and plough through a vast amount of data.

With the 15th GCS Large-Scale Call, the scientific steering committee of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) approved the allocation of 1,650 million core hours of computing time to 21 scientifically outstanding national research projects. Both numbers mark all-time highs in the history of GCS.

The prime goal of these workshops, for which more than 20 application teams had qualified, was to improve the computational efficiency of applications by expanding their parallel scalability across the hundreds of thousands of compute cores of the GCS supercomputers JUQUEEN and SuperMUC.