The LRZ supports ground-breaking research and teaching in a wide range of scientific disciplines by offering highly available, secure and energy-effi cient services that make full use of cuttingedge IT technology. Today it is one of the foremost European computing centres of those serving the scientifi c, research, and academic communities
The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (Leibniz-Rechenzentrum, LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities is the IT Service Provider for the Munich universities and colleges as well as a growing number of research organisations in Munich and throughout Bavaria. In addition to this regional focus, the LRZ also plays an important role as a supercomputing centre on the national as well as the European stage. The LRZ was founded in 1962 in Munich and is now located on the Research Campus in Garching.
Warm-water cooling, Energy Aware Supercomputing, an adsorption chiller system, energy monitoring – these are but a few of the measures undertaken by the LRZ to keep the energy usage for IT and supercomputing as low as possible. Proactive initiatives and active research ranging from hardware improvements to energy effi cient algorithms, all the way to optimizing facilities management are all hallmarks of the commitment at the LRZ for Green IT. Furthermore, 100% of the electricity we use comes from renewable energy sources.
540 locations – from Munich to the top of the alpine mountain Wendelstein and even to the peak of the Zugspitze, Germany‘s highest mountain – 1,500 net components, 3,000 WiFi access points, and over 180,000 attached devices: The Munich Scientific Network (MWN) operated by the LRZ for universities, colleges, the Max-Planck-Institutes, and various other scientific research organisations is remarkably capable. The various MWN facilities and the LRZ are connected via an intranet with up to 100 Gbit/s and to the Internet with a fast connection in excess of 23 Gbit/s. Within the MWN scientifi c network, 20 Petabytes of data are transferred every month. Of those 20 Petabytes, approximately 2 Petabytes are sent or received over the Internet.
The V2C at the LRZ offers the most up-to-date technology for visualising scientifi c data. This technology allows for a more rapid advancement and signifi cant enrichment of scientifi c knowledge. The ability for scientists to understand their data and discover interconnections therein is vastly improved by the three dimensional, high-resolution data projection on the Powerwall, by the use of the fi ve-sided projection installation, and by the interactive navigation possible in the V2C. Scientists are even able to make breakthroughs in understanding by using this virtual and interactive visualisation technology. In addition to being used in the natural sciences and in technology, results in humanities and social science research are also visualised using the V2C, for instance in the fi elds of arts and multimedia, archaeology, and psychology.