Since its admission to the National High Performance Computing Alliance (NHR) in 2021, the NHR Süd-West consortium has existed – consisting of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the TU Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU), the Goethe University Frankfurt and Saarland University – has taken an important step towards building a powerful, modern research infrastructure with the inauguration of the new high-performance computer (HPC) MOGON NHR Süd-West at JGU.
The NHR Süd-West is funded by the national high-performance computing program of the federal and state governments with 7.5 million euros, of which 3.75 million euros by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate alone.
“The NHR Süd-West was able to make significant progress in further expanding its technical computing power. The new computer helps the NHR Süd-West to ensure that not only researchers from the four participating universities, but from all over Germany have sufficient computing capacity for their computing power. The use of high-performance computers is due to the large amounts of data and the complexity of simulation calculations in many research areas long been indispensable,” said Clemens Hoch, Science Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate.
“Basic research in the natural and life sciences requires adequately dimensioned computing resources,” emphasizes Professor Stefan Müller-Stach, Vice President for Research and Young Scientists at JGU. “Working groups in many scientific disciplines depend on powerful high-performance computers in order to maintain and further expand their supremacy in various research fields. We are therefore very pleased to have this state-of-the-art IT infrastructure at hand – in view of the increasing number of competition between universities at home and abroad in general and in the field of data processing in particular.”
The new computer MOGON NHR South-West will allow research groups to request computing time to advance research or in the fields of high energy physics, condensed matter physics and the life sciences.
At JGU’s opening ceremony, Prof. Friederike Schmid explained the need for HPC using the example of the Multiscale Simulation Methods for Soft Matter Systems research project. As a member of the corresponding Collaborative Research Center funded by the German Research Foundation, she investigates soft matter on different scales and timescales.
“The long-term goal of our research is to upgrade multiscale techniques so that they can be used in routine simulations of real soft material applications. Multiscale techniques are used to solve problems where important processes occur at different scales in space and/or time. Our goal is to be able to make predictions and suggestions on how material properties can be noticeably improved, and we can only do that with powerful computers in the background,” she added.
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