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Data center Erlangen expands its leading position

A look into the realm of FAU supercomputers (Picture: FAU/Erich Malter)

FAU Computer Center receives 7 million euros in DFG funding for high performance computing

FAU’s Regional Computer Center Erlangen (Ger. Regionales Rechenzentrum Erlangen, RRZE) is further expanding its leading position in high performance computing: The German Research Foundation (Ger. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) has approved two large-scale equipment proposals in the fields of high-performance computing and high-speed data networks. The RRZE will thus receive a total of more than seven million euros to expand its technology infrastructure. These investments are complemented by a new high-performance computing background storage system.

In the field of high-performance computing, RRZE will procure a system of the most modern performance class, which is designed for efficient, parallel simulations, especially in the context of atomistic modelling. Thus, the RRZE covers a broad range of computer-based research activities at FAU: from quantum chemistry and physics to material modelling and investigations to understand infectious diseases in biology and medicine. In contrast to the two current “supercomputers” at FAU, Emmy and Meggie, the new system will feature a hybrid architecture of standard processor and graphics processor (CPU/GPU), which will allow a significant acceleration of important application simulations. (A look behind the scenes of the supercomputers can be found at https://www.fau.de/2019/12/news/im-land-der-rechenriesen/). Read more…