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New chairman for Gauss Centre

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), Germany’s Tier-0 supercomputing institution, has appointed Michael Resch as its new chairman of the board of directors.

Professor Resch, a director of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), succeeds Heinz-Gerd Hegering, of Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, who had served as GCS Chairman for five years.

'GCS has been very successful in the last years under the guidance of Professor Hegering and we will continue this path in the coming years. Given my background in engineering and the close links that HLRS has with industry I will bring in a different perspective.

'With respect to Europe, GCS will continue its strategy of co-operation based on excellence and mutual trust,' said Prof. Resch, who has been on the GCS Board ever since the centre’s inception in 2007.

The GCS, which offers the most powerful supercomputing infrastructure in Europe, combines three German HPC centres High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC), and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ, Garching near Munich) into one national institution.

GCS’s Petascale system infrastructure of the three centres features complimentary system architectures to ensure its many-fold user communities the availability of the best possible platform for their specific requirements. The GCS supercomputers, which provide more than 10 petaflops of computing power in total, also excel in terms of energy efficiency, repeatedly taking top spots in the renowned Top500 list and on the Green500 ranking.

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