The North-German Supercomputing Alliance (Norddeutscher Verbund zur Förderung des Hoch- und Höchstleistungsrechnens - HLRN) is a joint project of seven North-German states Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein. The HLRN alliance, established in 2001, jointly operates a distributed supercomputer system hosted at Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB) and at Regionales Rechenzentrum für Niedersachsen (RRZN) at Leibniz University Hannover.
Installation of the HLRN-III supercomputer system started in mid July 2013, when the storage appliances for the file systems were delivered.
Delivery of the XC30 compute system started on August 7th. The system was already up and running by the end of August. Users started to use the system beginning of October.
When fully installed, Phase II ends in late 2014, the combined HLRN-III system (Berlin plus Hannover) will have a peak performance of about 2,6 PetaFlop/s. The combined storage system will have 7,2 PetaByte of parallel Lustre cluster file system and 1 PetaByte of home directory file system.
More information is available at http://www.hlrn.de