High-Performance Computing & Simulation

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As a German national supercomputing center, HLRS offers world-class high-performance computing systems and expertise that can support the most computationally demanding simulation projects. Our HPC resources enable scientists to conduct research at the frontiers of science, private companies to develop globally competitive products, and public administration to make data-informed decisions.

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Our flagship supercomputer: Hawk

With a peak performance of 26 petaflops, Hawk is among Europe's fastest HPC systems and is optimized to provide large-scale computing power for complex simulations. It also includes a GPU partition to support hybrid HPC / AI applications.

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Other systems for high-performance computing and simulation

NEC Cluster (Vulcan)

This standard PC cluster is continually adapted to meet increasing demands and provide requirement-optimized solutions, including CPU, GPU, and vector computing components.

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HPSS Data Management

HLRS's high-performance storage system is designed to safely manage and archive petabytes of data generated by large-scale simulation projects.

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New to supercomputing? We can help.

Programming high-performance computing systems requires special expertise. HLRS's comprehensive HPC training and user support programs help our system users to use them more effectively.

Expert Training Program

Taught by experienced HPC professionals, our courses can help you develop the skills to program highly parallel computing clusters like Hawk confidently and effectively.

User Support

Our staff works closely with new and experienced system users to optimize their codes and enable new applications of HPC.

Are you a scientist or engineer who is interested in using our computing systems? Click here to learn more about getting access.

Compute at HLRS
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HLRS facilitates access to commonly used ISV and open source application software packages for science and engineering. Our systems are also installed with tools, compilers, and libraries to support users who bring their own codes.

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Featured projects

Staff scientists at HLRS participate in funded research projects that are addressing key technical problems facing the future of high-performance computing. These activities include efforts to scale codes to larger supercomputing architectures, improve data management procedures for large-scale datasets, and enable better integration of HPC with other computing infrastructures. These activities contribute to the continuing evolution of high-performance computing and enable us to build expertise that we pass on to our system users.


Focusing on critical applications for the prediction of geohazards, the Centre of Excellence for Exascale in Solid Earth aims to become a hub for HPC software within the solid earth community.

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In the first ever project to connect computers in wind parks with an HPC center, WindHPC aims to reduce energy consumption by improving efficiency in simulation codes, HPC workflows, and data management.

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This project aims to identify and reduce bottlenecks in performance scaling for computational fluid dynamics applications on massively powerful HPC systems, with emphases on preprocessing, postprocessing, and I/O.

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