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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

18.11.2020Press release: 177/2020

In the current list of the fastest supercomputers, Germany has one of the most energy-efficient computers in the world

At the same time as the annual “Supercomputing” conference in the USA, the current list of the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world was presented. The computers of the German Gauss Center for Supercomputing in Jülich, Munich and Stuttgart occupy places 7, 15 and 16. The supercomputer in Jülich is also the world’s most energy-efficient among the fastest 100 computers. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “Germany plays in the world league of supercomputers. This is good news for Germany as a country of innovation. Super-fast computers are an absolute future technology in the digital age. Our Gauss Center for Supercomputing with its three extremely powerful supercomputers in Jülich, Munich and Stuttgart has risen to the top in Europe. The supercomputers provide users from all areas of science with precisely tailored computing power. The applications range from the search for active ingredients against Covid-19 to the optimization of wind turbines and questions relating to particle physics. The three computers rely on different concepts that complement each other perfectly. The top computer in Jülich is particularly suitable for demanding data analyzes and applications of artificial intelligence. At the same time, it is the most energy-efficient computer among the top 100 supercomputers. This sets standards worldwide. The Gauss Center for Supercomputing also shows how well cooperation can work in federalism. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg are working together excellently. ”Background: Without simulation processes on high-performance computers, modern science is, for example, in energy research, materials and life sciences, or even Climate research unthinkable. The areas of application are diverse: the simulation of complex processes in our body (breast cancer, heart and asthma research), the optimization of combustion power plants and wind turbines or crash tests for the development of safe vehicles and driver assistance systems. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) promotes high-performance computing as the basis for scientific excellence in Germany and value-added potential in the economy through the expansion of computing capacities, networking and technologies. The three most powerful computing centers in Germany have been under the umbrella of the “Gauss Center for Supercomputing” since 2007 “(GCS) combines: the high-performance computing center Stuttgart (HLRS), the Leibniz computing center of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Garching near Munich (LRZ) and the Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC). To this end, the BMBF and the science ministries of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia signed an administrative agreement, and the second round of funding for high-performance computing in Germany has been going on since 2017. In addition to the further gradual expansion of the infrastructure, the focus is also on the further development of computer and software technologies. The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, is a conference of the American Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society. In parallel to the conference, the top 500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world is published every year.


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