The High Performance Computing Centre (HLRS) is a research and service institution affiliated to the University of Stuttgart (USTUTT). It was the first national supercomputing centre in Germany and offers services to academic users and industry. Since 2011 USTUTT operates Hermit, a petaflop-class Cray XE6 system, which is scheduled to be updated in 2014 and 2016, respectively. The High Performance Computing Center at the USTUTT work focus is oriented towards:
• Operation of supercomputers owned by hww GmbH, a public-private partnership consortium comprising among others the German Telecom and Porsche AG.
• Services and consultancy for scientific and industrial users.
• Teaching in distributed systems, software engineering and parallel programming models.
• Research in the area of supercomputer architectures, simulation
software, as well as parallel programming models and development tools.
The High Performance Computing Center has also actively driven the rise of grid technologies as a means to make high performance computing accessible from anywhere. Since recently, The High Performance Computing Center also actively investigates into exploiting mixed modalities of scale (cloud and HPC) for supporting future use case models. The institute is also actively involved in the development of distributed programming models, e.g. through active participation in the OpenMPI
The High Performance Computing Center is also taking a major role in projects such as PRACE which actively assess and propose the future development of supercomputing architectures and applications with leading HPC centres in Europe. More recently, The High Performance Computing Center has participated in the project TEXT contributing the development of Temanejo, a debugger for task-based programming models, as well as porting several applications to the SMPSs flavour of the StarSs programming model.