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.

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.


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 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.

Based on Intel Xeon IceLake-SP processor and Nvidia A100 GPU: 1400 CPU-compute nodes, 100,800 CPU-cores, 375 TB RAM (DDR4), 7.5 PFlop/s theoretical peak performance (FP64), 192 GPU-accelerated nodes providing 768 Nvidia A100 GPUs, 30 TB GPU RAM (HBM2). HDR InfiniBand interconnect. Partly in operation since April 2021, full extension stage by July 2021.

MPG supercomputer Raven

Based on Intel Xeon IceLake-SP processor and Nvidia A100 GPU: 1400 CPU-compute nodes, 100,800 CPU-cores, 375 TB RAM (DDR4), 7.5 PFlop/s theoretical peak performance (FP64), 192 GPU-accelerated nodes providing 768 Nvidia A100 GPUs, 30 TB GPU RAM (HBM2). HDR InfiniBand interconnect. Partly in operation since April 2021, full extension stage by July 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.

StorageTek tape library

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.

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)

Mission

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.

Operational Information

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 support@mpcdf.mpg.de.

News at MPCDF

News

Deployment of new MPG supercomputer Raven

April 29, 2021

A first part of the new high-performance computing system Raven with 720 compute nodes based on the brand new Intel Xeon IceLake-SP processor has been made availlable for users on April 29, replacing the interim system which has been operational ...

Bits & Bytes  No. 206, April 2021

April 19, 2021

A new issue of the MPCDF computer bulletin Bits&Bytes was released. Read about high-performance computing and data analytics, containers, and news about MPCDF services and events.

Speeding up sequence alignment across the tree of life

April 07, 2021

A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institutes of Developmental Biology in Tübingen and the MPCDF develops new search capabilities that will allow to compare the biochemical makeup of different species from across the tree of life. Its ...

New webpages & technical documentation

March 24, 2021

The MPCDF has released a new homepage and a new technical documentation platform for users.

Upcoming Events

Advanced HPC Workshop

Nov 22, 2021 12:30 - Nov 25, 2021 17:00
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