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 Cobra

MPG supercomputer Cobra

Based on Intel Xeon Skylake-SP processors and Nvidia GPUs (V100, RTX5000): 3424 compute nodes, 136,960 CPU-cores, 128 Tesla V100-32 GPUs, 240 Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs, 529 TB CPU RAM (DDR4), 7.9 TB GPU RAM HBM2, 11.4 PFlop/s peak (FP64) + 2.64 PFlop/s peak (FP32). 100 Gb/s Interconnect (Omnipath, nonblocking fabric over individual islands of 626 nodes). Operational since April 2018.

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.

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.

Gitlab maintenance May 24-26

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


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 ...

New Max Planck supercomputer

February 10, 2023

The new supercomputer for the Max Planck Society to be built by Atos and based on latest AMD processor technologies will replace MPCDF’s Cobra system in the course of 2023 and 2024.

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Upcoming Events

Meet MPCDF: The new VIPER system

Jul 4, 2024 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
online via Zoom

International HPC Summer School 2024

Jul 7, 2024 - Jul 12, 2024
Kobe, Japan

Introduction to MPCDF Services

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