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About HPC in Germany

HLRS is a leading provider of world-class HPC resources for scientific and industrial research acitivities and is one of the three national High Performance Computing (HPC) member centers of the German Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) founded in 2007. The GCS combines the three national supercomputing centres HLRS, JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Centre), and LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching near Munich) into a European Tier-0 center and at the same time Germany’s Tier-0 supercomputing institution. Concertedly, GCS has about 10 petaflops of computing power for use (number growing), providing the largest and most powerful supercomputing infrastructure in all of Europe to serve a wide range of industrial and research activities in various disciplines.

Twice a year, the GCS publishes the journal inSiDE (Innovatives Supercomputing in Deutschland) which gives a comprehensive overview of the wide ranging HPC research activities happening at HLRS as well as the other two national GCS member centers, JSC and LRZ.

Following a consistent German HPC strategy to complement GCS, which addresses the needs on the very top end of national and European HPC efforts, Germany's medium sized supercomputing centers joined forces in 2008 and founded the Gauß-Allianz (GA). The Gauss Allianz serves the national HPC community with a layer of Tier-1 supercomputing resources provided by regional and topical supercomputing centers, making up a network of HPC competence centers across all Germany that provide the necessary HPC infrastructure and support to further strengthen Germany's position in high performance computing.