Michael Resch Named Chairman of GCS Board of Directors

27 April 2017

Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch, director of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, has been named the new chairman of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) Board of Directors.

Resch succeeds Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert, director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation at Forschungszentrum Jülich and head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre.

Resch is enthusiastic about leading the next chapter of leading-edge German HPC. “As GCS enters its next phase of funding, I am excited to take the lead and, together with my two colleagues from Jülich and Munich, shape the future of supercomputing in Germany,” he said.

GCS unites the three major German supercomputing centres—the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching near Munich—into a single entity aimed at delivering complementary system architectures and expertise to scientists and engineers across Europe. GCS consistently maintains three of Europe’s most powerful supercomputers.

Each center sends 3 representatives to vote on the chair, including each center’s director, leadership from the center's managing academic institution, and chair of each center's scientific steering committee. Resch takes over as the three GCS facilities prepare to acquire their respective next-generation supercomputers.

“Over the coming years, GCS is devoted to keeping its leading European position in HPC,” Resch said. "With all the challenges of architectural diversity and varying user requirements, we strongly believe that GCS will face the challenge and deliver performance not just in terms of flops, but more importantly in terms of best solutions and practices for our scientific and industrial users.”