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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 MPCDF 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 MPCDF involvment












RDA - Research Data Alliance (formerly iCORDI)

National and international Projects with MPCDF involvment

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Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF)

The Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF, formerly known as RZG) is a cross-institutional competence centre of the Max Planck Society to support computational and data sciences. It originated as the computing centre of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) which was founded 1960 by Werner Heisenberg and the Max Planck Society (MPS).

In close collaboration with domain scientists from different Max Planck Institutes the MPCDF is engaged in the development and optimization of algorithms and applications for high performance computing as well as in the design and implementation of solutions for data-intensive projects. The MPCDF operates a state-of-the-art supercomputer, several mid-range compute systems and data repositories for various Max Planck institutes, and provides an up-to-date infrastructure for data management including long-term archival.

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