Cooperations

As a competence and service centre for information technology (IT) at TU Darmstadt, the University Computer Centre (HRZ) provides and supports the central IT services for research, teaching and studies.

Whether it's the Athena Card, TU-ID or extensive IT services in TU Darmstadt's institutions: The HRZ is the first point of contact for all information and communication technology requirements that support everyday work and study at the TU Darmstadt.

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The Gauß Allianz is an association of German computer centers engaged in high performance computing. The alliance supports the scientific community in Germany with ways and methods for a sustainable and efficient use of Germany's largest and highest performing computer systems.

The alliance also aims at promoting high performance computing (HPC) as a distinct and strategic research area, to raise the international visibility of German research efforts in this field.

TU Darmstadt is a member of the Gauß Allianz.

The alliance has a newsletter (in German) about recent developments in the German HPC community.

The TU Darmstadt is a member of the National High Performance Computing Network (NHR), which is funded by the Federal Government and the Länder. At its meeting on 13 November 2020, the Joint Science Conference (GWK) decided to admit TU Darmstadt together with RWTH Aachen University to the consortium. This was preceded by a competitive and science-led selection procedure. The TU Darmstadt has applied for funding of 75 million euros for the next ten years.

The NHR includes university computer centres of supra-regional importance as NHR centres. This form of cooperation ensures that scientists at German universities receive the best possible support for high-performance computing. The inclusion of computing centres in the funding scheme is carried out in a multi-level, science-led competition. The new funding concept provides for the Federal Government and the Länder to jointly cover not only investment costs but also operating and personnel costs. Up to 62.5 million euros are available annually for the entire NHR network.

National High Performance Computing Center for Computational Engineering Sciences (NHR4CES) is part of the association for National High Performance Computing (NHR). NHR aims to provide scientists at German universities with the computing capacity they need for their research, and strengthen their skills for the efficient use of this resource.

In NHR4CES, RWTH Aachen University and Technical University Darmstadt join forces to combine their strengths in HPC applications, algorithms and methods, and the efficient use of HPC hardware. Our goal is to create an ecosystem combining best practices of HPC and research data management to address questions that are of central importance for technical developments in economy and society.

NHR4CES supports the development of scalable algorithms and software for the investigation, development, design, construction, evaluation, and production of engineering applications with a particular focus on engineering and materials science as well as engineering-oriented physics, chemistry and medicine.

To achieve these goals, scientists in NHR4CES collaborate in topic-specific so-called Simulation and Data Laboratories and Cross-Sectional Groups. They provide a point of contact for HPC users in Germany and furthermore ensure the connection between users and the HPC infrastructure.

TU Darmstadt is member of the HKHLR (Competence Center for High Performance Computing in Hesse), a cooperative unit of five hessian HPC centers.

Primary aim of the Competence Center for High Performance Computing in Hesse is to assist scientists in using modern HPC systems efficiently and sustainably. For that, HPC Hesse offers workshops, consultancy and high-level user support. Staff members at each university take care of supporting local users.

The following centers provide HPC resources for scientific calculations:

  • the Lichtenberg Cluster at Technical University Darmstadt,
  • Goethe-University Frankfurt: the Center for Scientific Computing (CSC) with LOEWE-CSC and FUCHS,
  • Justus-Liebig University Giessen: the HLR Skylla,
  • University Kassel: the Linux-Cluster and
  • Philipps University Marburg the Marburger RechenCluster 2 (MaRC2).

The Competence Center for High Performance Computing in Hesse was founded by the universities of Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Giessen, Kassel, and Marburg.

It is funded by Hesse's State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts.

The Institute for Scientific Computing works on various aspects of computational sciences, with a focus on high-performance computing, performance engineering, and algorithmic differentiation.

Its research includes tools and methodologies to support domain scientists in developing correct and efficient applications.

Scientific Computing was installed as part of the Department of Computer Science when Professor Dr. Christian Bischof was called to the Technical University of Darmstadt. As part of this chair the institute offers teaching activities on parallel computers, parallel programming, and computer science foundations of simulation technology.