Germany Doubles Down on Supercomputing, Commits to Investments in "Smart Scale"

22 June 2017

The German federal ministry announced increased support for supercomputing, focusing on improving power, efficiency, and training.

MinDir. Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, Head of the Key Technologies Unit at the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF), lauded the Gauss Centre of Supercomputing (GCS) and its three member centres—the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre Garching near Munich—as one of Germany’s great scientific success stories, and indicated that the federal government would be investing deeper in high-performance computing (HPC).

In describing the next decade of funding for GCS, Lukas emphasized that German supercomputing would be focused on “smart scale” along its path toward exascale computing—a thousand-fold increase in computing power over current-generation petascale machines, capable of at least 1 quadrillion calculations per second.

“GCS is about smart scale; it isn’t only about computers, but computing,” he said. GCS’s smart exascale efforts are funded through the BMBF’s smart scale initiative.

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