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New partners in Austria's leading computer cluster

Expansion of the Vienna Scientific Cluster VSC 3+ - Töchterle: "Lived university plan"

Vienna (OTS) -

Austria's science is expanding. Together with the new partners University of Innsbruck and the universities in the South Cluster (TU Graz, University of Graz, University of Klagenfurt, Mining University), TU Vienna, University of Vienna and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences together with Federal Minister Töchterle present the expansion of the Vienna Scientific Cluster VSC 3+. The cooperation initiated by the Vienna University of Technology, the University of Vienna and BOKU has proven itself: the Vienna Scientific (VSC) was Austria's most powerful computer and enabled research groups to achieve considerable scientific success. Now the Vienna Scientific Cluster is being expanded and, as VSC 3+, offers new partners such as the University of Innsbruck and the universities of the Cluster South (TU Graz, Uni Graz, Uni Klagenfurt and Montanuniversität) access to the high-performance computer. This is linked to the financing of this large-scale system, which the participating universities jointly undertake as part of their performance agreements with the Ministry of Science and Research. Building on the computing power of the VSC 2 (56th place in the world rankings, November 2012), the cluster is to become even more powerful and energy efficient. The rapid technological development of hardware and software requires investments in the expansion of the cluster in order to keep it in the top field worldwide. The cooperation in VSC 3+ was expanded on June 10th by Science and Research Minister Karlheinz Töchterle and the rectorate representatives of the participating universities: Sabine Seidler (TU Vienna), Heinz W. Engl (University of Vienna), Georg Haberhauer (BOKU), and Franz Wotawa (TU Graz), and Sabine Schindler (University of Innsbruck), who signed the participation in the VSC 3+ for the University of Innsbruck. VSC3 +: The nucleus of a constructive cooperation From materials science to meteorology - the fields of application of the top Austrian computer are diverse. "With the next VSC expansion stage, the participating universities will secure their international competitiveness in the field of computer-aided sciences," said Rector Heinz W. Engl. "Computer-aided methods are used in numerous disciplines. astronomy and chemistry and mathematics. For the quality of scientific work in the field of computer-aided sciences, the technical equipment is of decisive importance and therefore the next stage of development is of great importance. " The Vice Rector for Research Johannes Fröhlich (TU Wien) has high expectations of the VSC 3+: "Up to now, powerful mainframes have been an indispensable tool for our research. With the expansion of the user community and the expansion of computing power, Austria's universities remain international in high-performance computing competitive. " The Vice Rector for Research at the University of Innsbruck Sabine Schindler sees it similarly: "This cooperation in the field of high performance computing will take the researchers at our universities a significant step forward and increase the international competitiveness and thus the visibility of Austrian research projects in the long term. We have taken numerous steps at the University of Innsbruck in recent years to strengthen scientific computing and have already had good experience with a shared mainframe computer at the University of Linz. A major advantage of this cooperation is the exchange of knowledge and experience between the high-performance computing companies. Experts and scientists from the participating universities. In addition, everyone in their research projects benefits from the increased performance of such jointly financed and operated mainframe computers. " Science and Research Minister Karlheinz Töchterle was delighted with the expansion of the cooperation project: "The existing funds of the universities are used very efficiently through such Austria-wide cooperation in the research infrastructure. This cooperation is in the best sense a lived university plan and necessary to further increase Austria's innovative performance. This is the only way we can keep up with international research in this area. " Green cutting-edge technology In addition to the computing power, the environmental balance is decisive for high-performance computers. With processors that are as energy-saving as possible and an efficient cooling system at the Vienna University of Technology's Arsenal location, energy efficiency (computing power per energy used) is constantly increasing. "Our goal is to find a sensible compromise between costs, energy consumption and computing power for this expansion stage. With the expansion, we are aiming for a place in the top 100 of the world rankings for our computer", says Prof. Herbert Störi (Vienna University of Technology) , scientific director of the VSC project.

Inquiries & contact:

Prof. Herbert Störi
technical University of Vienna
Institute for Applied Physics, scientific director of the "VSC" project
Wiedner Hauptstr. 8, 1040 Vienna
T: + 43-1-58801-13460
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Prof. Alexander Ostermann
University of Innsbruck
Institute for Mathematics
Speaker of the research focus "Scientific Computing"
T: + 43-512-507-6823
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Prof. Christoph Dellago
University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics
Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna, Austria
T: + 43-1-4277-51260
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Elisabeth Grabenweger
Federal Ministry for Science and Research
Minoritenplatz 5, 1014 Vienna
T: + 43-1-53120-9014
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Bettina Neunteufl

technical University of Vienna
Public Relations Office
Operngasse 11, 1040 Vienna
T: + 43-1-58801-41025
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