NHR@FAU at a glance: self-perception and key activities
NHR@FAU aims to be the focal point of all HPC activities at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). The organizational concept of the center is designed to address high performance computing (HPC) in all its facets, including HPC infrastructure design and operation, user support, in-depth collaborations with developers and application scientists, HPC training, HPC research, and application expertise for customers from FAU and from all over Germany.
NHR@FAU is also responsible for FAU’s local HPC infrastructure and HPC services. These offerings, which have been provided by RRZE before 2021, are open to FAU researchers (and the regional RRZE-supported universities) only. Though being a separate organization within FAU, the NHR@FAU closely collaborates with RRZE in many directions, most notably in the areas of infrastructure maintenance and development, system administration, networks, and IdM-related services. Reflecting its national (Tier 2) and local (Tier 3) HPC service offerings, the NHR@FAU receives annual funding from the NHR program and the FAU.
NHR@FAU is also a pillar of the HPC activities in the State of Bavaria. It complements the Tier-0/1 compute resources and support services of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and hosts one of the two KONWIHR offices. Within KONWIHR, NHR@FAU and LRZ jointly work with scientists at Bavarian universities to exploit the potential of the large computational power available in their research.