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High-performance Computing Application Services for the MPG

The MPCDF provides high-level support for the development, optimization, analysis and visualization of high-performance-computing applications to Max-Planck Institutes with high-end computing needs, e.g. in astrophysics, fusion research, materials and bio sciences, polymer research, and theoretical chemistry.

High-performance Computing Application Services for the MPG
MPG Supercomputer HYDRA

IBM iDataPlex system with Intel Ivy Bridge processors (~ 3500 nodes with 20 cores @ 2.8 GHz each) since Oct 2013, in addition to the Intel Sandy Bridge-EP processors (610 nodes with 16 cores @ 2.6 GHz each) that are available since Sept 2012.

338 of the Ivy Bridge nodes are equipped with 2 NVIDIA K20X GPGPUs each, 12 nodes with 2 Intel Xeon Phi cards each.

Total number of cores: ~ 80.000, total memory: 260 TByte. Interconnect: InfiniBand FDR14.

High energy efficiency through ground water cooling.

MPG Supercomputer HYDRA
StorageTek Tape Library

Data archive with research results of Max-Planck scientists: With 30,000 tapes - based on a STK SL8500 tape library - the archive at RZG can hold a maximum data capacity of 90 PetaByte.  Robots on the shelf rows reach each volume keeping the information available around the clock. Data of all sections belong to the stock, e.g. simulations of life and materials sciences or astro and fusion research, but also treasures of the World Heritage like sound recordings of endangered languages or images of rare frescoes.

StorageTek Tape Library
National and international Projects with RZG involvment
National and international Projects with RZG involvment
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Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF)

The Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF), formerly known as RZG ("Rechenzentrum Garching"), is a competence centre of the Max Planck Society located in Garching near Munich. It originated in 1962 as the computing centre of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) which was founded by Werner Heisenberg and the Max Planck Society (MPS).

Key tasks for Max Planck Institutes all over Germany include application development and optimization, data management for big data projects,  operation of a central supercomputer and compute clusters for institutes, and operation of a modern data infrastructure including long-term archival.

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