State Minister Announces New HPC Strategy, Praises HLRS as Key Component

25 August 2017

During a press conference at HLRS, the Baden-Württemberg Minister for Science, Research, and the Arts announced 500 million Euro to support HPC efforts as part of the state wide digitalization strategy.

At an August 24 visit to the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Theresia Bauer, Baden-Württemberg Minister for Science, Research, and the Arts, pointed to HLRS as a key component in the state’s digitalization strategy and pledged €500 million toward further advancing the state’s high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities over the next decade.

“Digitalization permeates education, research, and technology usage in almost all areas of study,” Bauer said. “Digitalization not only promotes research, it highlights the clear benefits technology has on society and industry.”

Bauer continued, noting that the success of the state’s digitalization strategy not only depends on infrastructure—building bigger, faster machines—but also on cooperation between academia and industry and the ability to train next-generation HPC experts. She pointed to HLRS’ partnerships with industrial users as an example of the center’s commitment to not only building some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, but also training researchers from a variety of science and engineering disciplines how to use these tools.

The HLRS visit offered reporters a chance to speak with both Bauer and HLRS Director Michael Resch about the center’s future plans and how this funding will impact both HLRS’ and Baden-Württemberg’s competitive position as a hotbed of research and innovation. The visit focused primarily on three lesser-known research areas where supercomputing has accelerated innovation or helped solve problems—industry and design, participation in democracy, and security.

Resch contextualized how HLRS’ goals ultimately help researchers solve some of the hardest challenges facing humanity. “The overall goal of HLRS is to bring together HPC technologies and the expertise of scientists to solve problems not only in science but also problems that affect the lives of everybody in fields like mobility, energy supply, health and the environment,” he said.

Resch described the state's HPC infrastructure and explained how companies, from small enterprises to multinational corporations, can apply for time on HLRS resources. Afterwards, he invited the minister and press to tour the HLRS CAVE visualization environment, where the HLRS visualization team presented immersive 3D visualizations of industrial design, city planning models for the Baden-Württemberg city of Herrenberg, and forensics research being done in cooperation with the State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) Baden-Württemberg, as well as a tour of the HLRS computer room.

-Eric Gedenk