Clock now ticking on Gauss Centre projects

Computing time on the three supercomputers of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) has started for 14 national research projects that were granted access to the HPC resources of GCS in the context of its latest 'Call for Large-Scale Projects', for initiatives that need millions of core hours of computing run time.

The ninth edition of GCS’s call, which closed in spring 2013, saw a record-breaking number of computing hours allocated: a total of 683.7 million were granted to 14 research activities that passed the qualification criteria.

The largest allocations received projects in the fields of quantum chromo-dynamics/QCD (73M core hours), astrophysics (64M core hours), and scientific engineering (53M core hours).

'We are proud to see the number of applications for large-scale projects steadily rise ever since the inauguration of GCS in 2008,' said Siegfried Wagner, chairman of the GCS steering committee. 'The ultimate goal of GCS is to offer world-class HPC resources to aid in scientific computing for Germany as well as Europe. We are in the favourable position to do exactly this as we, since 2012, have petascale supercomputers installed in all of our three GCS member centres.

'Yet, at times we still struggle to fulfil the research community’s ever increasing demand for computing power in their quest of answers to scientific challenges – in some cases we cannot even supply the need.'

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