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The University of Göttingen, the German Aerospace Center (“Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt” - DLR) and the GWDG signed a declaration of intent regarding a closer cooperation in compute- and data-intensive research in June 2018. The DLR has now developed a new HPC-strategy in which it will distribute its HPC resources onto two sites. The first, running, site is in Dresden. The DLR has a cooperation with the Centre for Information Services and High Performance Computing (“Zentrum für Informationsdienste und Hochleistungsrechnen” - ZIH) of the TU Dresden. The second site will be Göttingen. The system shall ensure the sustainable access to efficient HPC resources for all institutes of the DLR and will be hosted by the GWDG in the new data center.

At the moment, the GWDG is supporting the DLR in the procurement process of the new HPC-system, which will be installed in the new data center of the University of Göttingen end of 2020. The system architecture shall be similar to that in Dresden to enable an easy change of sites for the DLR employees.

Comparable to the HLRN, the DLR system will be used by an already existing community. The embedding requires additional infrastructural measures, like the connection to the DLR (intra-)network and the DLR user administration.


Information and help on the usage of the HPC services for the university and MPG (SCC and GöHPC systems).

HPC on Campus

HPC-Systems hosted by GWDG on the Göttingen campus.

The GWDG, as the joint data center of the University of Göttingen and the Max Planck Society, hosts the Scientific Compute Cluster (SCC) to ensure access to a local HPC-system for all scientists. In this role, the GWGD also hosts intitute-owned systems in the scope of the GöHPC cooperation in an integrated hosting concept. In addition, the GWDG will be hosting two external systems: already now the Göttingen HLRN-IV system and from the end of 2020 on the Göttingen site of the HPC initiative of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Research and Science

Research, teaching and consultation on HPC on the Göttingen campus.

In addition to IT operations, one of the GWDG's main areas of activity is research and  science. This is underlined by the various projects and the chairs of Prof. Dr. Ramin Yahyapour and Prof. Dr. Philipp Wieder. The HPC team is also commited to the promotion of young scientists by supporting teaching and supervising master and doctoral theses.

The GWDG and in particular the HPC team are in close contact with the researchers who work on the HPC systems of the GWDG. This results in various methodological and application science synergies and projects, which are consolidated under the label GöHPC.

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