German Supercomputing Sites Become Centers of Excellence for Horizon 2020

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horizon2020-prezivisual-309-235Today the European Commission announced that all three of its GCS centers (HLRS, JSC, and LRZ) have been named “Centers of Excellence for computing applications.”

Funded by the EC and the Horizon 2020 program, the new Centers of Excellence will provide their petascale HPC infrastructure for developing services for European users in science and industry.

“We are proud to be part of this major EU-initiative. The three GCS centers will contribute with their HPC-related expertise as well as with their unique know-how in analyzing and scaling applications on massively parallel supercomputers. In this way, GCS aims to foster scientific breakthroughs by re-engineering important simulation codes while at the same time developing cutting-edge methods and visualization tools to enable future applications to fully harness the potential of Exascale computing”, said Professor Thomas Lippert, GCS Chairman of the Board. “We are confident, that the EC-funded programs will benefit to a great deal from our vast HPC know-how and expertise as well as of our Tier-0 platforms.”

The primary objective of the newly formed CoEs is to help strengthen Europe’s leadership in HPC applications by tackling various challenges in important areas like renewable energy, materials modeling and design, molecular and atomic modeling, climate change, Global Systems Science, bio-molecular research, and tools to improve HPC applications performance. The three GCS centres, which provide the by far highest-performing and most comprehensive HPC systems infrastructure, services, and know-how in all of Europe, will decisively contribute to these efforts.

The CoEs will start operation on November 1 on the following projects:

Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)

  • EoCoE – Energy oriented Centre of Excellence for computer applications.
  • MaX – Materials design at the eXascale
  • E-CAM – An e-infrastructure for software, training and consultancy in simulation and modeling

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ)

  • NoMaD – The Novel Materials Discovery Laboratory

High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS)

  • COEGSS – Center of Excellence for Global Systems Science


  • POP – Performance Optimisation and Productivity

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