Astro and Plasma Physics Application Lab (AstroLab)

Background Ideas

LRZ, one of the European Tier-0 supercomputing centres, hosts the Top500 HPC systems SuperMUC Phase 1 and Phase 2. Our HPC system SuperMUC with a combined peak performance 6.8 PFlops/s has been in successful operation a few years now and will be replaced by a follow up system with the newest generation of hardware in the coming years. It is always a major challenge to fully exploit such huge computational resources. Our engagement to help the computational science communities with substantial high-level technical efforts to leverage such massively parallel resources is inevitable.

To strengthen this engagement LRZ has recently taken an initiative to focus on domain specific community-oriented support and research infrastructure. These entities, known as “Application Labs”, will play a leading role in supporting the scientific communities to bring the most out of their applications exploiting the LRZ HPC facilities. Astrophysics being a major computation dominated scientific research area, LRZ has established the “AstroLab” as a dedicated team to provide advanced high-level support for efficient HPC in utilisation, scalable parallel algorithm design and cooperation to the Astro and Plasma communities. The AstroLab team consists of motivated HPC application experts from LRZ's Application Support (APP) group to provide top-notch high-level support and consulting for massively parallel computing in the astrophysics and plasma physics domain.

High-Level Support

Projects and Collaborations


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Team Members

Stephan Hachinger*, Nicolay Hammer, Luigi Iapichino,
Vytautas Jančauskas*, Michele Martone, Antonio Ragagnin

* Members of the Distributed Resource Group (VER)