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Rechenzentrum Garching

Rechenzentrum Garching (RZG) is the joint computing centre of the Max Planck Society (MPG) and the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP). RZG provides supercomputing power and archival services for Max Planck Institutes throughout Germany. Besides operation of the systems, application support is given to Max Planck Institutes with high-end computing needs in fusion research, materials science, astrophysics, and other fields. Large amounts of experimental data from the fusion devices of IPP (ASDEX Upgrade, formerly WENDELSTEIN 7-AS, and, later, WENDELSTEIN 7-X), satellite data of MPI of Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) at the Garching site, and data from supercomputer simulations are administered and stored with high lifetimes. The experimental data acquisition software development group for the new WENDELSTEIN 7-X fusion experiment and the current ASDEX Upgrade fusion experiment operates as part of RZG. RZG has developed and deployed a workflow engine for a bioinformatics platform (www.migenas.org) and is deeply involved in the EU FP6 DEISA project ("Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications") where it task leads the activities in global file systems, the joint research activities in materials science and plasma physics, and the application task force for extreme computing projects.

German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (GAVO):
  • the german contribution to the international Virtual Observatory network
  • publication of astronomical data archives and software applications
  • development of innovative computer resources
  • definition of protocol standards in collaboration with the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA)