The JUWELS Booster module, hosted at Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)—one of the three centres comprising the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS)—remains the most powerful high-performance computing (HPC) system in all of Europe. This was confirmed with the 57th edition of the Top500 list, showcasing the world’s fastest supercomputers, which was released on June 28, 2021 during the ISC High-Performance 2021 Digital conference. Delivering a peak performance of 71 Petaflops, the Atos-built Jülich HPC system is listed 8th in the latest Top500 rankings.

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) continues its role as sponsor of student teams up to the challenge of competing in international contests aimed at showcasing their high-performance computing (HPC) expertise. At the upcoming Student Cluster Competition (SCC), which is an integral part of the annually held International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), GCS proudly supports “The Heidelbears”. The six students from Heidelberg University are representing Germany in a field of 13 international teams that qualified for this year’s student contest, which will take place from May 24 to June 28, 2021. Other competitors come from China, Singapore, Taiwan, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

On May 1, 2021, the latest round of leading-edge large-scale projects began for users of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing’s (GCS) three high-performance computing (HPC) systems—Hawk at the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), JUWELS at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) and SuperMUC-NG at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich. As part of the organization’s 25th Call for Large-Scale Projects, GCS leadership approved 1.6 billion core hours for research projects for 14 simulation projects that met the strict qualification criteria set by the GCS Steering Committee.

The 24th Call for Large-Scale Projects welcomes users onto two of the latest GCS HPC systems—the Hawk system at HLRS and the JUWELS Booster module at JSC—in addition to LRZ’s flagship system, SuperMUC-NG. Both new and returning users representing a variety of scientific disciplines will see a significant performance increase from the new systems.

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) is repeating its role as sponsor of undergraduate students participating in the Student Cluster Competition at the Supercomputing Conference 2020 (SC20). In an effort to get young and enthusiastic talent interested in the world of high-performance computing (HPC), GCS continues to support German student teams regardless of the fact that the competition will be held as an online-only event. Team deFAUlt, which represents the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), is the only German participant in the group of 19 international teams that qualified for this year’s contest. Competitors come from China, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the USA.

HPC Projects EuroCC and CASTIEL aim at creating a Europe-wide network of national high-performance computing competence centers to enhance HPC skills, promote cooperation, and support the implementation of best practices across Europe.