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

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

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.

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.

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 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:


News at MPCDF


A new issue of the MPCDF computer bulletin Bits&Bytes was released. Read about various tips and tricks for using the high-performance computing systems Raven and Cobra, new releases of the ELPA eigensolver library, binding Python to C++, software ...

The MPCDF has issued a brochure on "High-Performance Computing and Data Science in the Max Planck Society" with examples of science that is currently being supported by the MPCDF services.

The newly deployed supercomputer of the MPG, Raven, was ranked in the June 2021 edition of the biannual Top500 and Green500 lists of fastest and most energy-efficient supercomputers.

The deployment of the new high-performance computing system Raven has been completed. Users from the Max Planck Society have access to 1592 compute nodes based on the brand new Intel Xeon IceLake-SP processor, and  192 GPU compute nodes with 4 Nvidia ...

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 ...

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