Founded in 1996 as Germany's first national high-performance computing (HPC) center, HLRS provides leading-edge computing resources and solutions for research and technology development, offers expert training in HPC programming and simulation, and participates in research projects aimed at addressing critical global challenges.
Baden-Württemberg Prime Minister Lothar Späth approves funding for a Cray 2 supercomputer, establishing Stuttgart‘s reputation as a center for highperformance computing (HPC).
Baden-Württemberg Prime Minister Erwin Teufel and Edzard Reuter,
Chairman of the Board at Daimler-Benz AG, establish Höchstleistungsrechner
für Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft GmbH (HWW). HWW for the first
time ever brings industry and science together in one company for the use
of supercomputers, establishes a sustainable business model, and gives
Daimler and Porsche direct access to the fastest computers in the world.
Prime Minister Teufel founds the High-Performance Computing
Center Stuttgart (HLRS) as Germany‘s first national high-performance
computing center. HLRS is a division within the computing
center of the University of Stuttgart, and Prof. Rühle is
named director. At the founding ceremony, HLRS also announces
the beginning of production of a new Cray supercomputer, the
7th fastest system in the world.
HLRS initiates the first European project
for metacomputing (METODIS). Its success
convinces the EU to create its own funding
stream for metacomputing and grid computing,
and establishes HLRS as a leading HPC
research center at a Europe-wide level.
In partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing
Center (USA), HLRS for the first time connects two
supercomputers to solve a simulation problem.
In recognition of the achievement, HLRS receives
an award from the US National Science Foundation
(NSF) for Real Distributed Supercomputing.
· Prof. Rühle steps down as HLRS
director and hands leadership
over to Prof. Michael Resch.
· HLRS wins the HPC Challenge
at the SC Supercomputing
Conference in Phoenix, USA.
Baden-Württemberg Prime Minister Günther
Oettinger welcomes a new HLRS supercomputer,
a NEC SX-8, and opens the center‘s
new building on Nobelstraße. For the first
time, an HLRS computing system achieves
performance at the teraflop scale.
HLRS and supercomputing centers in Munich and Jülich
found the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS). Joining
the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE),
they begin providing resources to scientists across the EU.
· HLRS launches BW-Grid, financing supercomputers at six
locations across Baden-Württemberg.
With the creation of the Automotive Solution
Center for Simulation (ASCS), HLRS founds its
first Solution Center. This is followed in 2018
with the establishment of the Media Solution
Center, and a Medical Solution Center is planned
to start operation in 2022.
In cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of
Technology, HLRS founds SICOS BW to coordinate
operations between the two centers
and facilitate access to simulation technologies
among small and medium-sized enterprises.
· HLRS‘s power and cooling building begins
· With support of the State of Baden-Würtemberg,
HLRS starts Simulated Worlds,
an outreach project designed to bring the
theme of simulation into schools.
· Baden-Württemberg Prime Minister Winfried
Kretschmann celebrates the start of operation of
a new Cray XE6 supercomputer at HLRS. In the
coming years, the system is expanded and
renamed Hornet (2014) and Hazel Hen (2015).
· HLRS opens its new Research Building.
HLRS commits itself to
sustainability and starts
its first state-funded
HLRS creates a working group focusing
on the theory of science and
the societal relevance of simulation.
A state-funded project on these
themes begins in 2016.
· The State of Baden-Württemberg and German
federal government agree to financing in the amount
of 153 million Euros for HLRS for the coming.
10 years under the auspices of the project SiVeGCS.
· HLRS celebrates the opening of its new HPC training
· HLRS establishes a sociopolitical advisory board to identify how the
center could better address important themes and questions affecting
· HLRS assumes leadership of two European Centers of Excellence
focused on the engineering sciences (EXCELLERAT) and global systems
· Prime Minister Kretschmann inaugurates HLRS‘s next-generation
supercomputer, an HPE Apollo system named Hawk.
· HLRS receives certification under the Blue Angel Ecolabel and the
Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
· HLRS is named coordinating center for EuroCC and CASTIEL projects.
· HLRS produces daily simulations to predict demand for intensive care
unit beds resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.