4 Jan 2019 Düsseldorf - The North Rhine-Westphalian universities are intensifying their cooperation in the field of high-performance computing (HPC). The basis for this is the HPC State Concept North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) adopted by the "Digital Hochschule NRW". Key points are better coordination of HPC activities in North Rhine-Westphalia and in the national context, the promotion and training of young scientists, better framework conditions and opportunities for cutting-edge research, and the introduction of new user groups to high-performance computing. From February 2019, the country will be promoting the establishment and establishment of an HPC competence network for a total of 6.2 million euro over a period of four years. The coordinating office of the network will be established at RWTH Aachen University.
"The processing of large amounts of data with the help of data science is today a crucial basis in many areas of scientific research. The new state strategy for high-performance computing makes the existing capacities at the universities in North Rhine-Westphalia more accessible to all scientists. This strengthens the science hub of North Rhine-Westphalia not only in national but also in international competition", stated Minister of Culture and Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen.
High performance computers are important infrastructures of the diverse scientific landscape in North Rhine-Westphalia. The country is characterized by a highly differentiated HPC infrastructure, which includes all levels of performance: with the Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC), North Rhine-Westphalia has one of the three high-performance computing centres at the federal level. The JSC is also involved as part of the Gauss Center for Supercomputing at the European level, for example in the network "Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe" (PRACE). In addition, RWTH Aachen University and the University of Paderborn with their supercomputers have established themselves as HPC centres with regional responsibilities at the state level (level 2). The University of Cologne is on its way to becoming a third HPC centre at this level of performance.
There are also many recognized activities and established HPC locations in North Rhine-Westphalia at the local level (level 3). The entire HPC infrastructure of the university locations in North Rhine-Westphalia can be graphically understood at the website of North Rhine-Westphalia .
The HPC state concept NRW is part of the digitization offensive, with which a digital service structure at the universities in North Rhine-Westphalia is to be established. The digitalization offensive is being developed and carried out by the "Digital University NRW" - a nationwide unique association of 42 universities, colleges and art and music colleges from North Rhine-Westphalia - together with the Ministry of Culture and Science. The primary goal is to exploit innovation potential and to provide impulses for the further development of teaching, studies, research, art, infrastructure and management.
More information about the HPC state concept is available at the NRW website.