High-performance computing (HPC) cluster

HPC-Clus­ter

High-performance computing
High-per­for­mance com­put­ing
Image 1/4, Credit: DLR

High-performance computing

Three quadrillion com­pu­ta­tions per sec­ond.
HPC-Cluster
High-per­for­mance com­put­ing
Image 2/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

High-performance computing

The per­for­mance of the CARA clus­ter in Dres­den, which be­gan op­er­a­tion in 2019, is al­ready equiv­a­lent to that of about 10,000 stan­dard per­son­al com­put­ers.
HPC-Cluster
High-per­for­mance com­put­ing
Image 3/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

High-performance computing

The HPC clus­ter at the In­sti­tute of Aero­dy­nam­ics and Flow Tech­nol­o­gy in Göt­tin­gen/Braun­schweig.
HPC-Cluster
High-per­for­mance com­put­ing
Image 4/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

High-performance computing

The per­for­mance of the CARA clus­ter in Dres­den, which be­gan op­er­a­tion in 2019, is al­ready equiv­a­lent to that of about 10,000 stan­dard per­son­al com­put­ers.

The high-performance computing network of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is a basis and a tool to, for example, accelerate the introduction of new technologies for more economical, environmentally friendly and safer flying – while ensuring better control of technology-related risks. It has many other potential applications in the aeronautics and space sectors, as well as in energy and ground-based transport.

Three quadrillion computations per second

The performance of the CARA cluster in Dresden, which began operation in 2019, is already equivalent to that of about 10,000 standard personal computers. Expansions planned for 2020 in Dresden (by approximately 25 percent) and Göttingen (by approximately 60 percent), will take the capacity of the DLR high-performance computing network to well over three petaFLOPS. This means that the network will be able to perform over 3,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second, making it the biggest facility of its kind in Europe to be used almost exclusively for aerospace applications.

This large-scale facility is vital for the implementation of ambitious DLR projects such as the virtual (i.e., solely computer-created) aircraft. Among other things, it is intended to enable the future certification of aircraft by computer. The complex, high-precision simulations necessary for developments in future space transport or next-generation trains can only be generated with computing power on this scale.

Contact
  • Volker Speelmann
    Head of Cen­tral Ex­pen­di­ture Man­age­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4103
    Fax: +49 2203 601 4115
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
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  • Dieter Schwamborn
    Chair­man of the DLR HPC steer­ing com­mit­tee
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­sti­tute of Aero­dy­nam­ics and Flow Tech­nol­o­gy
    Telephone: +49 551 709 2271
    Fax: +49 551 709 2416
    Bunsenstraße 10
    37073 Göttingen
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