High-performance computing and data analytics application support for the MPG

High-performance computing and data analytics application support for the MPG

The MPCDF provides high-level support for the development, optimization, analysis and visualization of high-performance computing (HPC) and data analytics (HPDA) 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.

MPG supercomputer Viper

MPG supercomputer Viper

Based on AMD EPYC Genoa 9554 processors: 768 CPU compute nodes, 98304 CPU cores, 432 TB RAM (DDR5), 4.9 PFlop/s theoretical peak performance (FP64). 200 Gb/s Interconnect (Nvidia NDR200, nonblocking fabric over all nodes). Operational since June 2024.

MPG supercomputer Raven

MPG supercomputer Raven

Based on Intel Xeon IceLake-SP processor 8360Y and Nvidia A100 GPU: 1592 CPU-compute nodes, 114,624 CPU-cores, 457 TB RAM (DDR4), 8.8 PFlop/s theoretical peak performance (FP64), 192 GPU-accelerated nodes providing 768 Nvidia A100 GPUs, 30 TB GPU RAM (HBM2), 16 PFlop/s theoretical peak performance (FP64, including tensor cores and host CPUs). HDR InfiniBand interconnect.

IBM Tape library at MPCDF (Photo by Klaus Zilker, MPCDF)

IBM tape library

IBM TS4500 tape library. In total, MPCDF tape libraries provide a capacity of more than 105,000 LTO tape slots and 200 LTO tape drives and store more than 300 Petabytes of long-term archives (HPSS) and backups (IBM Spectrum Protect). The data archives of Max-Planck scientists include experiment and simulation data from many science areas, e.g. from life and materials sciences, astro and fusion research, and also treasures of the World Heritage like sound recordings of endangered languages or images of historic frescoes.


National and international projects

National and international projects

The MPCDF, in partnership with different Max Planck Institutes is engaged in several national and international projects and research consortia, such as EU Centers of Excellence, with a focus in high-performance computing, data analytics and data management.

Science use cases

Science use cases

The brochure "High-Performance Computing and Data Science in the Max Planck Society" shows examples of cutting-edge science in the Max Planck Society that have been supported by MPCDF services.

Welcome to the 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. In close collaboration with domain scientists from the Max Planck Institutes the MPCDF is engaged in the development and optimization of algorithms and applications for high performance computing and data analytics as well as in the design and implementation of solutions for data-intensive projects. The MPCDF operates state-of-the-art supercomputers, 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.


Operational Information

MPCDF compute, data and network services operate normally.

Important notice for IPP and MPQ: email services have been migrated to GWDG. For IPP users, information is available in the IPP Intranet. Please contact the IPP Service Desks in Garching or Greifswald for problems or questions.

In case of problems or questions concering MPCDF services please use one of these communication channels:

News at MPCDF


The first phase of the new supercomputer Viper of the Max Planck Society is now open for early user operation.

A new issue of the MPCDF computer bulletin Bits&Bytes was released. Read about high-performance computing, including software news about the AlphaFold2 deployment at MPCDF, new Intel compilers and CUDA toolchains, and a new release of the eigensolver ...

Researchers develop novel method to predict the morphology of sugar coats on clinically relevant proteins within minutes. GlycoSHIELD, a new computational approach to study the sugar shields of proteins, is resource-reducing, time-efficient and ...

Large scale numerical simulations performed by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) on the supercomputers Cobra and Raven at the MPCDF led to new findings that challenge the conventional understanding of solar ...

Upcoming Events

Open Day Campus Garching

Oct 3, 2024 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Garching Campus Building D2

Introduction to MPCDF Services

Oct 24, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
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