The bwForCluster MLS&WISO is a high-performance computing cluster for the fields of molecular life sciences (German acronym: MLS), economics, and social sciences (German acronym: WISO), and is operated at sites in Heidelberg and Mannheim. The bwForCluster MLS&WISO is a joint project between the URZ, the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (German acronym: IWR) of Heidelberg University, and the Computing Centre of the University of Mannheim (German acronym: RUM). While the production part of the cluster is used for research purposes in the fields mentioned above, its development part is used for developing new methods in the area of scientific computing. This development process is coordinated by the IWR.

Employees and students at Baden-Württemberg’s public universities can make use of the cluster for purposes related to the research areas mentioned above.

If you would like to access the cluster, you will need to start a registration process, which is described in detail in the bwHPC-Wiki.

According to the "Umsetzungskonzept der Universitäten des Landes Baden-Württemberg für das Hochleistungsrechnen bwHPC" (Plan of the State of Baden-Württemberg’s Universities for high-performance computing bwHPC) there are, aside from the basic supply system bwUniCluster, four bwForClusters at four different locations. Each of these can be used for specific subjects and research areas. The bwForCluster was financed by the Ministry for Sciences, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg (German acronym: MWK) and by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation; German acronym: DFG). If you want more information about the concept and about access to the systems, please refer to the bwHPC-Wiki.

Current status/ news about bwForCluster MLS&WISO

  • In November 2015, the coupled production parts of the bwForCluster MLS&WISO were benchmarked again. With 291,3 TFLOP/sec, this system ranked #343 on the new list which was published in November on the Supercomputing 15 in Austin. On the same list, the development part of the bwForCluster MLS&WISO ranked #462.
  • In November 2015, the production part of the bwForCluster MLS&WISO was put into service. Since then, scientists in Germany can use this system for their research projects in the areas of molecular life sciences, economics and social sciences. If you want to know how to access and how to use the Cluster, please see the bwHPC-Wiki.
  • Shortly after the hardware components had been delivered, the production part as well as the development part of the new bwForCluster MLS&WISO could qualify for the TOP500 fastest supercomputers in the world. Without being coupled to another part, the production part ranked #297 with 241,1 TFLOP/sec and the development part ranked #331 with 222,7 TFLOP/sec on the list TOP500, which was presented in July on the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt. On the list of the most efficient systems based on the Haswell architecture by Intel, the development part ranked number one and the production part number four. The supercomputers were benchmarked with the program LINPACK which measures the computing performance when solving systems of linear equations.

User meetings

The Community Forum Data-Intensive Computing (DIC) is an opportunity for current and potential users of Data-Intensive Computing Services at Heidelberg University to get informed about services like bwForCluster, other bw-resources and SDS@hd, meet with colleagues, and exchange ideas. If You are interested and would like to receive related news, You can sign up for the E-Mail-List CF-DIC.

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