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In the scope of a cooperation between the GWDG, the University of Göttingen and the German Aerospace Center (“Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt” - DLR), the GWDG hosts one of two central systems of the DLR since Spring 2022. The Göttingen system CARO is used mainly for the solution of complex problems in numerical fluid dynamics by DLR researchers from all over Germany. Its sibling, CARA, is hosted by the Centre for Information Services and High Performance Computing (“Zentrum für Informationsdienste und Hochleistungsrechnen” - ZIH) of the TU Dresden.

CARO was the first HPC system installed in the new data center at the Burckhardtweg. It has 1370 nodes with more than 174000 AMD-CPU-cores, more than 370 TB memory and a 8.4 PB storage system. The cluster reached 3.46 PFlops in LINPACK, ranking 135th in the TOP500 list of November 2021.

A team of GWDG members ensures the operation of CARO and provides HPC-support, herein working closely with the CARA-team in Dresden. The cooperation with researchers from the DLR and ZIH is intensified in research and development projects.

The GWDG-team is available for DLR users via different support channels:

  • Tickets: Request e-mails to uhd@dlr.de (User-Help-Desk) with "HPC-CARO" at the beginning of the subject line
  • Chat: direct communication with the support and other DLR users
  • DLR-Wiki: system documentation with commenting possibilities
  • User meeting: monthly meetings with talks on different HPC topics
  • E-Mail-list: all users receive current information on the system via caro-info@dlr.de



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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