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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Annual Report 2012

Creatingknowledge 43 J UQUEEN has taken up residence at Forschungszentrum Jülich. With a peak performance of 5.9 quadril- lion arithmetic operations per sec- ond and its energy efficiency, JUQUEEN is indeed the queen of European su- percomputers. During its official inau- guration on 14 February 2013, Thomas Rachel, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research, said, “With JUQUEEN, Forschungszentrum Jülich once again positions itself as a leading institution for highly complex scientific calcula- tions. The supercomputer is an impor- tant step in expanding the European computer infrastructure.” Jülich’s new supercomputer can be used by scientists from all over Europe. Two thirds of the computing time is allo- cated by two supercomputing collabora- tions. One is the Gauss Centre for Su- percomputing (GCS), an alliance of the they use the enormous mathematical prowess of Jülich’s supercomputers, but the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) and its ‘SimLabs’ are also perfectly organized to support users. SimLabs (short for Simulation Laboratories) cur- rently exist for biology, plasma physics, neuroscience, climate research, the geosciences, engineering, and molecu- lar physics and quantum chemistry. SimLabs are groups of JSC staff who have a university degree in the respec- tive subject and also conduct research on simulation methods and algorithms for supercomputers. Their main task is to assist other scientists from their discipline in making optimum use of the supercomputers. Computer Simulation on a Royal Level Annual Report 2012 | Forschungszentrum Jülich three national supercomputing centres in Jülich, Garching, and Stuttgart. The other is the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). The re- maining third of the computing time is reserved for scientists at Forschungs- zentrum Jülich and the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA). State Secretary Helmut Dockter from the North Rhine-Westphalia Science Ministry expressed his conviction during the inauguration event for the super- computer that it will also boost North Rhine-Westphalia’s reputation as an at- tractive location for science. “JUQUEEN benefits a number of universities as well as companies in NRW,” said Dockter. Scientists profit from ideal condi- tions at Jülich for performing their complex climate and atmosphere simu- lations, for example, for creating models of the brain and investigating new materials and particles. Not only can A glimpse into the inner workings of Forschungszentrum Jülich’s supercomputer JUQUEEN during installation. Background information