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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 COBRA

Intel Skylake processor based system (~ 3200 nodes with 40 cores @ 2.4 GHz each) since April 2018. Extension by 64 nodes each with 2 Nvidia V100 GPUs in December 2018.

Total number of cores: ~ 120.000, total memory: ~0.5 PByte.

Interconnect: Intel OmniPath 100.

High energy efficiency through ground water cooling.

MPG Supercomputer COBRA
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 Project Involvments
National and international Project Involvments

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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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