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Hamburg to get EUR 45 million super climate computer

Helmholtz Association, Max-Planck Society and Hamburg agree funding

The German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) is to receive EUR 45 million in funds for a new high performance computer after a long-term agreement was signed Tuesday (October 24, 2017) by Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Dr. Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association and Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society.

State-of-the-art super computer

Until now, funding for the high performance computer was renegotiated every five years. In future, 45 per cent of funding will be provided by the Helmholtz Association, 40 per cent by the Max Planck Society and 15 per cent by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The next climate super computer is due to start operating in 2020.

Infrastructure for researchers

Prof. Dr. Thomas Ludwig, Managing Director of the German Climate Computing Center, said: “The agreement allows the DKRZ to schedule the follow-on acquisition of computer and storage infrastructure on time and to provide a new system from 2020 for scientists as well as the infrastructure for innovative research issues.”

DKRZ’s high performance computers, data storage and services form the central research infrastructure for simulation-based climate research in Germany. Its present computing system, HLRE-3 Mistral, has over 100,000 processors and a peak processing performance of 3.6 petaflops. Thus, DKRZ can simulate climate change and examine its regional impact such as the effects of air pollution on human health and the extent of man-made climate change.

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