26 Jun 2017 Wiesbaden - Science Minister Boris Rhein from the German state of Hesse has announced that the Joint Science Conference (GWK) has decided to sponsor two scientific high-performance computers at the university locations in Darmstadt and Frankfurt. The federal government and the state are sharing investment costs of 22,5 million euro. "The expansion of supercomputing is a crucial building block in the Hessian digitization strategy. The new high-performance computers will help our scientists to carry out their research at the top level. At the same time, the granting by the GWK is an important indicator of the efficiency of the state of Hesse as a scientific location", stated the minister.
Using high-performance computing, scientists model and simulate complex situations for which time-consuming, expensive and expensive experiments were required or for which no experiments can be carried out.
With the supercomputer "Lichtenberg II" from the Technical University of Darmstadt, the researchers want to examine mainly questions in the engineering sciences. "Computational Engineering" (CE) stands for an interdisciplinary approach. CE has been one of the profound core competences of the TU Darmstadt for many years. A total of 15 million euro is to be invested at the site in two separate procurement projects of 7.5 million euro in 2018 and 2020 respectively.
The "Center for Scientific Computing" (CSC) is to operate the new "GOETHE" supercomputer of the Goethe University Frankfurt. Also in two successive tenders will be procured new computer hardware for a total of 7.5 million euro at this location. In Frankfurt the focus is on life sciences, biology, physics and the research of highly efficient algorithms and procedures. In this environment, many new synergies are to be created between specialist and methodological sciences.
To ensure that the expensive hardware can be used efficiently, Hesse also promotes the expansion of method competence. 2,8 million euro will go to the Hessian Competence Center for High Performance Calculators (HKHLR) from 2016 to 2020. The experts in the HKHLR support the scientists at all Hessian universities.
"With the success of the two applications in combination with our promotion of the expertise, Hesse remains one of the most efficient locations for HPC in Germany", concluded Minister of Science Boris Rhein.