from the very beginning, SCC has been combining IT research and services in such a way that research results are fed into the design and development of our IT services and infrastructure and, conversely, research benefits from the close integration. The report on the progress of the state project bwNET100G+ on page 13 shows that the cooperation between science and data center operation leads to impressive results even beyond the KIT borders.
By merging the SCC with the KIT's administrative IT in summer 2017, the IT-services part was significantly expanded (p. 25 ff.). The SCC is now central service provider for information processing and information delivery in research, teaching, innovation and associated administration of the KIT. The SCC also operates large-scale research IT facilities and conducts its own research and teaching in the field of data-intensive computing.
Dr. Martin Nußbaumer has accompanied the consolidation from the very beginning as Transition Manager. As of August 2017, he was appointed as a new Director of the SCC and is responsible for integrating and optimizing IT services into KIT's business processes. This also includes the introduction of two-factor authentication into the KIT's enterprise applications, which we report on page 8.
Scientific computing plays an important role in the research portfolio of SCC. Professor Dr. Martin Frank, who is strengthening the SCC’s board of directors since September 2017, researches and teaches in precisely this field, focusing his work on computational models and mathematical methods as well as the responsibility for our simulation labs.
We would like to welcome both new colleagues very warmly to the now four-member board of directors. Both of them introduce themselves on page 24.
Enjoy reading. Bernhard Neumair, Achim Streit