High-Performance Computing for Industry

For more than 25 years, HLRS has been an important partner for companies that rely on simulation, visualization, and data analysis for the development of new products. We invite industry to take advantage of our world-class supercomputing resources, our expert consulting and user support services, and our continuing professional education programs.

HPC solutions for enterprises and SME's

HLRS provides essential HPC tools and expertise both for large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's). This includes comprehensive solutions that extend beyond simply providing computing time. Learn more about our solutions and services.

HPC & Simulation

With one of Europe's fastest supercomputers, we support the most demanding simulation projects.

Visualization

Our virtual reality and augmented reality technologies make it easier to gain insights from large datasets.

AI & Data Analytics

We work with companies to test new applications of machine learning and deep learning technologies.


How to get started

A contract between HLRS and an end user is required for industrial use of our systems. To create a user account on the HLRS/HWW systems, please complete, print, sign, and mail the following form to HLRS: 

Download application for industrial usage.

To learn more using about HLRS's supercomputing resources and solutions, you can also contact us as follows:

legal conditions and pricing

general information about services for enterprises & SME's

Dr. Natalie Lewandowski
Head of Business & Project Management, HLRS
tel: +49 711 685-87210
industrie(at)hlrs.de

Dr. Ing. Andreas Wierse
Managing Director, SICOS BW
tel: +49 711-342033-0
wierse(at)sicos-bw.de

Are you new to supercomputing? We can help.

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Many companies turn to HLRS when their computing needs exceed the capabilities of their own resources. Scaling up to HPC systems, however, can be challenging. Our goal is to provide one-stop services that support industrial HPC users in making this transition.

SICOS BW

Consulting for small and medium-sized enterprises

If your company is new to high-performance computing, our partners at SICOS-BW can answer your questions, connect you with expert technical advice, and facilitate access to HLRS's computing resources. (Click to visit sicos-bw.de)

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The Supercomputing Academy

HPC training for industry professionals

HLRS's Supercomputing-Akademie enables working professionals to develop high-performance computing skills and knowledge alongside their other obligations. (Learn more about the Supercomputing Academy)

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Frequently asked questions

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Click on a question below to find information about our solutions and services. If you have additional questions, you can contact us at industry(at)hlrs.de.

HLRS maintains multiple high-performance computing systems that are optimized for simulation, visualization, and artificial intelligence and data analytics, including machine learning and deep learning. To learn more about the full range of our resources, expertise, and offerings, please visit our page Solutions.

Companies both large and small use HLRS's supercomputing resources. These include globally recognized corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for whom access to HPC solutions can promote innovation and competitiveness.

Many of HLRS's industrial users are active in fields related to computational engineering. However, we are always interested in exploring fields in which simulation, artificial intelligence, and visualization can open opportunities for new kinds of products and solutions.

Past users of our systems have come from high-tech engineering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, energy, and manufacturing, as well as from architecture and the media arts, among others.

Use of HLRS's computing systems can be surprisingly affordable, particularly considering the fact that we offer companies the opportunity to gain access to large-scale, state-of-the-art computing resources on an as-needed basis. Using HLRS's systems can also dramatically accelerate industrial research and development, reducing development costs, enabling the creation of higher-quality products, and improving speed to market.

Please see Costs and Fee Schedules for information about pricing for industrial usage.

For more information about pricing please contact us at industrie(at)hlrs.de. After discussing your project with you, we can provide a cost estimate based on your needs.

As a national high-performance computing center, our emphasis is on supporting large-scale computational projects that are not practical using smaller computing systems. This does not mean, however, that all users of our supercomputer need access to the entire system. Paid access projects should not be so small that the amount of overhead to manage them exceeds the cost, but we are glad to disuss your needs and to help determine whether HLRS resources offer the best solution for addressing them.

When you sign a contract for computing time at HLRS, it will include an estimate of the the size of your project.

Access to HLRS resources for an industrial user can be granted quickly. After contacting us with a request for use of HLRS's computing resources, you will receive a contract for computing time. As soon as the contract is signed and returned to HLRS, we can create user logins and an accounting code for your project.

HLRS systems support a wide range of software for simulation, visualization, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. Visit Software to find links to specific information about the application packages that HLRS makes available.

Licenses for ISV application packages

As a public institution, HLRS is unfortunately not able to maintain licenses for industrial users interested in using commercial software packages. Private sector users interested in utilizing such software need to secure access independently. Licenses can be hosted by the user, by the software vendor, or by HLRS. We recommend talking with HLRS staff about the software you require and discussing a plan for securing necessary licenses before signing a contract for computing time.

Open source software

HLRS can provide users access to and assistance in using many commonly used open source application software packages in the area of high-performance computer simulations for science and engineering. We have also developed powerful software for immersive, 3D data visualization, and support the most popular frameworks for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Custom software

For users developing their own codes, we also offer software development tools, compilers, and libraries that make it possible to run algorithms on our systems. These include integrated development environments, MPI, communication libraries, debuggers, tools for performance analysis, compilers, numerical libraries, visualization tools, and storage formats.

As a long-time supporter of industrial research on its systems, HLRS is familiar with the needs within private industry to protect proprietary data. In 2021, we formalized this commitment by completing a formal information security assessment processes.

The University of Stuttgart has been registered on behalf of the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) as a participant in the Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange (TISAX). Governed by the ENX Association on behalf of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), TISAX prescribes a standardized set of strict requirements for the management of data centers that are intended to protect data confidentiality, data integrity, and data availability.

Following registration with TISAX, HLRS's data security practices were assessed by an independent, accredited audit provider. Results are available on the ENX Portal.

For more than a decade, sustainability has been a key focus at HLRS. We have developed comprehensive environmental management and energy management plans that have been formally certified under the Blue Angel seal for energy efficient data center operation and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), the world's most demanding framework for environmental management. See Sustainability & Environment for more information.


Solution Centers promote innovation with HPC

HLRS has helped found organizations that promote usage of HPC and related technologies in industries where it offers unique opportunities. These solution centers bring together multidisciplinary expertise to develop solutions for industry-wide challenges.

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Automotive Solution Center for Simulation e.V.

The asc(s connects companies from across the automotive branch to share knowledge, access HPC resources, and develop solutions for industry-wide challenges. (Click to visit asc-s.de)

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CASE4Med: the Medical Solution Center

CASE4Med supports companies in the medical technology industry in developing solutions that use high-performance computing, simulation, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. (Click to visit CASE4Med.de)

Media Solution Center Baden-Württemberg

International in its scope, the MSC brings computational scientists and technologists together with practitioners in the visual, performing, and media arts to use advanced computing technologies. (Click to visit msc-bw.com)


Preparing industry for the future of supercomputing

HLRS doesn't just operate world-class hardware but also leads research projects that are shaping the future of high-performance computing. Our research scientists share their expertise with our system users, promoting technology transfer from academia to industry. We also lead EU-funded projects that facilitate access to high-performance computing for industry and to prepare industry to reap the advantages of tomorrow's exascale systems.


EXCELLERAT

EXCELLERAT is a European Centre of Excellence for Engineering Applications organized to promote the development of next-generation engineering applications.

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FF4EuroHPC

This project conducts outreach to and offers support for Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in order for them to profit from the innovation advantages offered by advanced HPC technologies and services.

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HWW

(Höchstleistungsrechner für Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft, GmbH)

This joint venture of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Stuttgart, and the companies T-Systems and Porsche facilitates access to top-class supercomputers and HPC know-how for science and industry. (Click to visit hww.de.)


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