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 high-performance computing - from industry to research.
Tasks of the NCC are diverse, including (but not limited to):
HPC, or high performance computing, is a way of processing huge amount of data in a short time or executing complex calculations. The most common solution for HPC are supercomputers, which contain thousands of compute-nodes, which work parallel to solve the given task. High performance computing is fundamental for 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 by their “scale”. For example, petascale supercomputers are capable of at least 1015 calculations per second while pre-exascale systems can do 1017 calculations in the same timeframe.
Benefits of HPC for society are extensive, may it be new medicine developments, weather predictions, climate simulations or cybersecurity. The industry sector can also benefit from using supercomputers by employing them for example for 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.
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 will establish national competence centres (NCC) in the participating countries, which will be 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 – is a driving force behind this activity, which was funded under EUROHPC Joint Undertaking call in Horizon2020.
With the overall objective of EuroCC to create a European base of excellence in HPC by filling existing gaps, there is a clear vision: offering a broad portfolio of services in all HPC-related areas, tailored to the needs of industry, science and public administrations.
EuroCC works closely together with the Coordination and Support Action (CSA) CASTIEL to link the national centres throughout Europe and to ensure successful transfer between the participating countries.
The mission of the Coordination and Support Action CASTIEL is to contribute to the success of the activities of the EuroCC project, by promoting collaboration, knowledge and skills exchange. The network of 33 NCCs will identify and close gaps due to the diverse levels of maturity in HPC between the different nations. CASTIEL will setup 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 as well as Workshops and Trainings, thereby enabling exchange at the European level.