A project jointly funded by the German federal and state governments and the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will deliver Europe’s fastest supercomputer and the first to cross the exascale threshold on the continent.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.