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.
Based on Intel Xeon Cascadelake-AP processors: 516 compute nodes, 49,536 CPU-cores, 193 TB RAM, 3.5 PFlop/s theoretical peak (FP64), 100 Gb/s Interconnect (HDR 100, nonblocking fabric).
The system is operational since September 2020 and serves as an interim for the final machine to be deployed in 2021.
Data archive with research results of Max-Planck scientists. Here: picture of STK SL8500 tape library. Robots on the shelf rows reach each volume keeping the information available around the clock. Further tape libraries in operation from IBM. Data include experiment and simulated data from many science areas, e.g. from 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.
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.
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 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.
MPCDF compute, data and network services continue regularly since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following official recommendations, however, employees are working mainly remotely from home. Therefore for contacting MPCDF staff please do not try to phone, but use these options:
2021-04-13: Some services related to management of user accounts are currently unavailable. In urgent cases please contact MPCDF support at firstname.lastname@example.org.