SimTech Named National Center of Excellence

05 October 2018

A University of Stuttgart research consortium focused on data-integrated simulation technologies has been awarded a prestigious seven-year grant as part of Germany's national strategy for scientific excellence.

Initially founded in 2007, the Excellenzcluster SimTech (SimTech Center of Excellence) has fostered the development of a multidisciplinary community based at the University of Stuttgart focused on the field of simulation. The cluster includes developers of models, methods, and other simulation technologies as well as computational scientists who use simulation in research fields such as molecular and particle physics, mechanics, dynamic systems, and numerical mathematics.

Recognizing the University of Stuttgart's ongoing role as a national leader in simulation technology and applications, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) announced on September 27, 2018 its selection of SimTech as a national center of excellence in its latest round of funding. This highly selective program supports key research centers that are advancing German's national strategy for scientific excellence.

The new grant will enable SimTech to grow in new directions. For the next seven years, the Center of Excellence will focus on increasing capacities for data-driven simulation. Such applications are important to the future of many different fields in which large amounts of data are produced using sensors, experiments, simulations, and other methods.

High-performance computing offers great potential for creating simulations based on such datasets and right now, improving supercomputing infrastructure to enable efficient and effective high-performance data analytics is one of the key problems facing the field. For this reason, the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart is an important partner in the SimTech cluster, with HLRS Director Michael Resch participating as a principal investigator for high-performance computing systems.

"HLRS is well networked within the SimTech cluster and so we are delighted to see it once again recognized as a national center of excellence," said Dr. Resch. "We are looking forward to working with the research projects involved on new methods, as practical collaborations with investigators working on new simulation methods will not only support exciting new discoveries, but also enable HLRS to continue to improve its capabilities in high-performance computing."

Christopher Williams