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Since 2021 GWDG and the University of Göttingen have been one of eight Centers for National High Performance Computing (NHR Centers) nationwide. For GWDG and the University of Göttingen this represents a continuation of the HLRN project, in which additional funding is now available for computing resources, research, teaching and user consulting. The special focus is on expanding competencies in the areas of life sciences, earth system sciences, fluid mechanics, AI and Big Data, and digital humanities. Here, GWDG forms the NHR-North together with the ZIB and their joint expert consulting network.

Your Requirement

You need complex model computations or extensive data analysis for your research. The software you use for this purpose has special requirements, and is therefore not suited for standard servers.

Our Offer

We offer you a comprehensive range of high performance computing (HPC) resources, i.e., servers with high processing power, large memory or disk space, or a powerful high speed interconnect for parallel applications, along with the corresponding consulting services.

High Performance Computing

High Performance Computing (HPC) gained a lot of relevance in numerous scientific fields in the last few years. Whereas this has been the case for numerical simulations in natural sciences and engineering for a long time, there is currently also a pronounced increase of HPC usage for big data analyses and bioinformatics applications. With new scientific fields there are also new challenges for the operators of HPC-systems, which are tackled in collaborative projects.

The GWDG hosts the local "Scientific Compute Cluster" (SCC), which enables all researchers of the Max Planck Society and the University of Göttingen to run their parallel data- and compute-intensive applications. The GWDG can also help in the procurement process of department-owned resources - from the proposal to the operation. These resources can be hosted within the integrated operational concept for HPC resources or, in case of special requirements, as standalone systems.

The most powerful HPC systems operated by GWDG are the Göttingen sites of the North German Supercomputing Alliance ("Norddeutscher Verbund für Hoch- und Höchstleistungsrechnen" - HLRN) and, from end of 2020, of the German Aerospace Center ("Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt" - DLR).


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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