28. 02. 12
Cray XE6 Hermit inaugurated
On February 24, 2012 HLRS inaugurated its Cray XE6 system code named „Hermit“. The Minister-President of the state of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann and the German Federal Minister for Education and Science Annette Schavan officially inaugurated the new German national supercomputer at HLRS@GCS.
80 guests enjoyed the inauguration ceremony that took place at HLRS on February 24 when Europe’s fastest civil system was officially made available to scientists. The Minister-President of the state of Baden-Württemberg highlighted the necessity of supercomputing simulation for the economic changes required in the future. German Federal Minister for Education and Science Annette Schavan emphasized that HLRS is taking the leading role in simulation in engineering supporting its partners in Juelich (biology) and Garching (astrophysics) in setting up not only supercomputing centers but centers of excellence in simulation. The president of the University of Stuttgart Wolfram Ressel pointed at the important role of HLRS in turning the University of Stuttgart into the leading university in the field of simulation science. Pete Ungaro CEO of Cray was excited about installing the first Petflops system of Cray outside the US and highlighted the importance of the collaboration of HLRS and Cray in Exascale developments. Christoph Gümbel, director of virtual vehicle design at Porsche AG, pointed at the outstanding importance of simulation for car manufacturers aiming at keeping their lead in a worldwide competition. Lars Stevenson from Human Machine Intelligence (HMI – winner of the German innovation award in 2011 – gave an insight into how a small company relies on access to supercomputers. The ceremony was perfected by a talk of Prof Peter Weibel director of the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Under the motto “Who is afraid of algorithms” Prof. Weibel set out to investigate how algorithms that control information relate to existing cultural concepts like chains of letters. He emphasized that algorithms are nothing to be worried about but are made by humans.
Among the guests were members of the Bundestag and the state parliament. The major of the City of Stuttgart Wolfgang Schuster stated his support for HLRS by joining the ceremony and expressing his congratulations to the center and the university.