Super computing EXPERIENCES

Who we are

EuroCC@GCS is the German national centre of excellence for high-performance computing (HPC). We are the first point of contact for the German and European HPC scene and operate a network of scientists, providers and users of supercomputers - from industry to research.

Tasks of the NCC are diverse, including (but not limited to):

What is Hpc


HPC, or high performance computing, is a way of processing a huge amount of data in a short time or executing complex calculations. The most common solution for HPC is supercomputers, which contain thousands of compute-nodes working parallel to solve the given task. High performance computing is fundamental to progress of any kind, since the analyses of data sets is crucial for solving most scientific or industrial problems. The performance of supercomputers is classified with their 'scale'. For example, petascale supercomputers can calculate at minimum 1015 calculations per second, while pre-exascale systems can perform at least 1017 Benefits of HPC for society are extensive, be they new medicine developments, weather predictions, climate simulations or cybersecurity. The industry sector can also benefit from using supercomputers by employing them, for example in reducing product design and production cycles, minimising costs and increasing resource efficiencies. And of course, HPC is a powerful tool for scientists, who can use supercomputers to make complex calculations with large amounts of data.

Project Description

EuroCC@GCS was founded in the course of the EU- and BMBF-funded EuroCC project, which brings together over 30 partners from Europe. The aim is to bring the participating European countries to a common high level in the fields of high-performance computing (HPC), high-performance data analytics (HPDA) and artificial intelligence (AI).

To this end, the EUROCC project has established national competence centres (NCC) in the participating countries during its first phase, which are responsible for mapping the HPC, HPDA and AI activities of the individual countries. Making HPC available to different users – from science, industry, public administration and society – continues as a driving force behind the second phase of the project, which was funded under the EUROHPC Joint Undertaking Digital Europe call.

With the overall objective of EuroCC2 to create a European base of excellence in HPC by further filling existing gaps, there is still a clear vision to offerer a broad portfolio of services in all HPC-related areas to a wider audience from industry, science, and public administration.

EuroCC2 works closely with the Coordination and Support Action (CSA) CASTIEL2 to link the national centres throughout Europe and to ensure successful knowledge exchange among the participating countries.

The mission of the Coordination and Support Action CASTIEL2 is to contribute to the success of the activities of the EuroCC2 project by promoting collaboration, knowledge, and skills exchange. The network of 33 NCCs identifies and closes gaps caused by the diverse levels of maturity in HPC among the different nations. CASTIEL2 delivers a framework of activities that will support the evolution of each single National Competence Centre and enable them step by step to get closer together in terms of capabilities and expertise – via specialised Working Groups, Workshops, and Trainings, thereby enabling exchange at the European level.

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