HLRS Receives HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award for Best Use of HPC in Automotive

November 17, 2015

AUSTIN, Tex., Nov. 17 — GCS member centre High Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) announced today that it has received top honours in the 2015 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, which were presented at the 2015 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC15) in Austin, Texas. HLRS has been recognized as HPCwire Readers’ Choice in the category “Best Use of HPC in Automotive” for a project executed by HLRS in cooperation with data storage supplier DataDirect Networks (DDN) and the Automotive Simulation Center Stuttgart (ASCS).

The 2015 HPCwire readers’ and editors’ choice was made for a challenging simulation project run on the HLRS high-performance computing (HPC) system Hornet, a Cray XC40-system. In cooperation with its partner DDN and supported by the ASCS, HLRS ran more than 1,000 car crash simulations within 24 hours. Exploiting the petascale computing power of the HLRS supercomputer, DDN storage was leveraged to overcome the Input/Output bottleneck challenges that previously limited the ability to increase simulations in computational fluid dynamic (CFD) workflows.

“Winning this award is a big honour for the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart. We are particularly pleased about our project receiving this level of acknowledgement and public attention because it is an excellent example of how HLRS can contribute to industrial progress with its partners,” pointed out Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael M. Resch, Director of HLRS. HLRS is located right in the heart of one of Europe’s economically strongest and most innovative regions, Stuttgart, which is particularly famous for its well-known global players in the automotive industry. Thus HLRS with all its HPC expertise has always had a major focus on Scientific Engineering. We’d like to thank HPCwire for enabling our participation in this poll and particularly do thank all HPCwire readers for their support.” The award was received by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael M. Resch, Director of HLRS, and Dr. Bastian Koller, Managing Director of HLRS.

“The groundbreaking work of the HLRS and the Automotive Simulation Center demonstrates the benefit that HPC technology delivers in far-ranging industry applications. Its scientific achievements, such as the results driven by the collaboration between HLRS and its industrial partners, are the inspiration for our innovation at DDN,” said Molly Rector, CMO at DDN. “DDN is pleased to join HPCWire in congratulating HLRS for their inventive work in leveraging HPC technology to accelerate time to market for global enterprises while making the world a safer place to live.”

The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community. These awards are revealed each year to kick off the annual supercomputing conference, which showcases high performance computing, networking, storage, and data analysis.

HPCwire readers are among the most informed in the HPC community and these awards are ultimately given to the organizations that are making the greatest impact in advancing technology and humanity itself through high performance computing,” said Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire. “The HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards send a strong message of support and appreciation from those in the global HPC community. We are proud to be able to recognize these efforts each your and our congratulations go out to all the winners.”

More information on these awards can be found at the HPCwire website (http://www.HPCwire.com) or on Twitter through the following hashtag: #HPCwireAwards.

About HLRS

The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart is one of the three German supercomputer institutions forming the national Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. HLRS supports German and pan-European researchers as well as industrial users with leading-edge supercomputing technology. It’s Cray XC40 system complements the system architectures provided by the other two GCS member centres Leibniz Supercomputing Centre Garching/Munich (IBM System X iDataPlex plus Lenovo NeXtScale WCT system) and Jülich Supercomputing Centre (IBM BlueGene/Q).

About DDN

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world’s leading big data storage supplier to data-intensive, global organizations. For more than 15 years, DDN storage has designed, developed, deployed and optimized systems, software and storage solutions that enable enterprises, service providers, universities and government agencies to generate more value and to accelerate time to insight from their data and information, on premise and in the cloud. Organizations leverage the power of DDN storage technology and the deep technical expertise of its team to capture, store, process, analyze, collaborate and distribute data, information and content at largest scale in the most efficient, reliable and cost effective manner. DDN customers include many of the world’s leading financial services firms and banks, healthcare and life science organizations, manufacturing and energy companies, government and research facilities, and web and cloud service providers. For more information, go to www.ddn.com or call 1-800-837-2298.

About ASCS

The ASCS provides its members with the possibility to advance new simulation methods for the virtual vehicle development fast and efficiently – particularly if these place high demands on the computing power and data volume. The ASCS promotes, supports and realizes the method development in the field of automotive simulation. Being an interest group and multiplier it can offer its members a wide range of services and activities in this field. The main focus of its activities is the concentration of expertise from automotive and supply industry, software and hardware manufacturers, engineering service providers and research institutes. The ASCS brings various player in the field of virtual vehicle development together with the right project partners and gains new impulses for the development of their products and business strategy of its members.

About HPCwire

HPCwire is the #1 news and information resource covering the fastest computers in the world and the people who run them. With a legacy dating back to 1986, HPCwire has enjoyed a legacy of world-class editorial and journalism, making it the news source of choice selected by science, technology and business professionals interested in high performance and data-intensive computing. Visit HPCwire at www.hpcwire.com.

About GCS

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) combines the three national supercomputing centres HLRS (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart), JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Centre), and LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching near Munich) into Germany’s Tier-0 supercomputing institution. Concertedly, the three centres provide the largest and most powerful supercomputing infrastructure in all of Europe to serve a wide range of industrial and research activities in various disciplines. They also provide top-class training and education for the national as well as the European High-Performance Computing (HPC) community. GCS is the German member of PRACE (Partnership for Advance Computing in Europe), an international non-profit association consisting of 25 member countries, whose representative organizations create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level.

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