Steinbuch Centre of Computing (SCC) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) operates a high-performance research computer (ForHLR) that enables scientists from all over Germany to solve complex application problems. The ForHLR I (high performance research computer phase I) is suitable for parallel application problems running on several hundred processors, while the ForHLR II (phase II) cluster is ideal for parallel problems that need to be calculated on more than a thousand processors simultaneously.
The duration for computing time projects is between one and a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension, so that projects can be continued seamlessly. Projects on the ForHLR I can request up to 15 million core hours of computing time and up to 4 terabytes of permanent storage space; projects on the ForHLR II include up to 30 million core hours of computing time and 5 TB of hard disk space.
Applications can be submitted at any time using the web-based online form. The projects submitted will be reviewed by the HLRS Steering Committee within eight weeks. The reports are carried out by experts in the respective scientific field. Besides the scientific relevance of the project, an important criterion for the allocation of computing resources is that the computer is used meaningfully and a large number of processors are used in parallel for the calculations. SCC offers support in several application disciplines already during the application process and also via the Simulation Labs of the SCC during the duration of a project.