High-Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster


Previously, DLR relied on an IT service provider for the provision of high-performance computing (HPC). However, the new HPC strategy adopted in 2017 included the decision for the organisation to acquire its own high-performance computers and to upgrade them regularly. The two resulting high-performance systems are hosted and operated within modern data centres in university environments – CARA in the Lehmann-Zentrum Rechenzentrum (LZR) at TU Dresden and CARO by the Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung (GWDG) at the University of Göttingen.

The DLR Institute of Software Methods for Product Virtualization, founded in 2017 at the site in Dresden, was tasked with procuring and operating the systems, as well as advising users. This advisory service extends to all active users and, importantly, potential future users who could use high-performance computers to solve research questions. Organisationally, the service is embedded within the HPC Competence Centre. The service can be contacted at HPC-Kompetenzzentrum[at]dlr.de.


Volker Speelmann

Head of Research Infrastructures
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Executive Board department for Innovation, Transfer and Research Infrastructure
Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne

Dieter Schwamborn

Chairman of the DLR HPC steering committee
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology
Bunsenstraße 10, 37073 Göttingen