Brussels, 13 Jul 2006
Germany's top three sites for computing have joined together to create the largest super computing network in Europe.
The sites are linked by a high-speed network, and scientists will also collaborate on research. Between 2007 and 2009 the network will receive funding of €30 million from the German government. The Ministry of Education and Research is hoping that, by optimising structures and organisation, the network will be able to place itself in a leading position in international competition.
'An efficient computing infrastructure is of enormous importance for science and the economy in Germany. The strategic alliance of the three high performance computing centres in Jülich, Munich/Garching and Stuttgart strengthens Germany in international competition,' said Germany's Education and Research, Minister Annette Schavan.
Super computing can have an impact in diverse research fields. Climate research, high energy physics, astronomy and basic medical research would often not be possible without computer simulation. Super computers also have a key role in the test phase of new cars, planes, ships and machines.