The Alliance for National High Performance Computing (NHR Alliance) is a consolidation of nine level 2 or Tier 2 university high-performance computing centers (NHR Centers). In the field of high-performance computing, the NHR Alliance provides a nationally coordinated high-performance computing infrastructure that is internationally compatibale and able to compete, and offers consulting and training services for users. The Federal Government and the states in which the NHR centers are located finance the infrastructure in equal parts. NHR-centers collaborate within the structures of the NHR-Verein e.V.
The Verein für Nationales Hochleistungsrechnen - NHR-Verein e.V. was founded on August 23, 2021 by the legal sponsors of the NHR Centers, the universities. The NHR-Association bundles and coordinates the joint activities of the NHR Centers. The association is based in Berlin.
The main purpose of the association is the furtherment of science and research to generate new technical and scientific knowledge in the field of high-performance computing. Promoting the education and fostering the development of young researchers is one of the main goals of NHR. For this purpose, the association has founded its own Graduate School. The rules and structures of the association and its activities are defined in its statutes.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of Prof. Christof Schütte (chairman, Zuse Institute Berlin), Prof. Gerhard Wellein (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg) and Prof. Christian Plessl (University of Paderborn).
Professor Dr. Christof Schütte
Christof Schütte has been chairman of the executive board since 2021. In addition, Mr. Schütte is President of the Zuse Institute, Professor of Mathematics at Freie Universität in Berlin, and spokesperson for the MATH+ Cluster of Excellence.
Professor Dr. Gerhard Wellein
Gerhard Wellein has been vice chairman since 2021 and works at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg as professor for high-performance computing. Furthermore, Mr. Wellein is head of the Center for National High Performance Computing Erlangen.
The office supports the association, its bodies and committees as well as the strategy committee appointed by the GWK. The office is responsible for the joint activities and projects within the association and additionally serves as a contact point for NHR members. It is also responsible for the coordination of the NHR Graduate School. The office is jointly managed by Dr. Barbara Diederich and Dr.-Ing. Dörte Sternel. You can find its contact details here.
The Strategy Committee was established in 2019 by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) as an autonomous and independent body. It gives recommendations to the GWK on NHR matters, including the procedures and financing of National High Performance Computing. The Strategy Committee includes scientific members, representatives of the states and of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which represents the Federal Government. Currently, Prof. Rolf Krause of the University of Lugano chairs the committee. Prof. Miriam Schulte from the University of Stuttgart acts as deputy.
Professor Dr. Miriam Schulte
Prof. Dr. Miriam Schulte has been vice chair of the strategy committee since 2021. She works as a professor at the Institute for Parallel and Distributed Systems / Simulation of Large Systems at the University in Stuttgart.
The Betreiberausschuss is the NHR operators-committee. It coordinates the technical and operational development of the NHR centers, scientific consultation services for researchers and educational offers for NHR staff. Central procurements of new mainframe computers and other critical investments are coordinated in the Betreiberausschuss. Prof. Gerhard Wellein and Prof. Christian Plessl are the Betreiberausschuss-spokesmen.
The Nutzungsausschuss ensures a fair, science-led process in the allocation of computing time. It also monitors the computing resources available in the alliance. Within the Nutzungsausschuss, NHR has pooled the widest possible qualifications and expertise.
NHR-Scientific Advisory Board
The international Scientific Advisory Board advises the NHR Association in core questions of scientific-technical nature and of strategic importance. It consists of five external members. The first SAB-meeting was held in Hamburg, Germany in June 2022.