The Alliance for National High Performance Computing (NHR Network) is a consolidation of nine level 2 or Tier 2 university high-performance centers (NHR Centers) funded by the federal and state governments. In the field of high-performance computing, the NHR Network provides a nationally coordinated, high-performance computing infrastructure that is internationally connectable and competitive, and offers consulting and training services for users. The centers have founded the NHR Association to coordinate their joint activities. The infrastructure is financed in equal parts by the federal government and the countries in which the NHR Centers are located.
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. It bundles and coordinates the joint activities of the NHR Centers. The seat of the association is Berlin.
The three-member board consists of the chairman Prof. Christof Schütte (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 main purpose of the association is the promotion of science and research to gain new technical and scientific knowledge and experience in the field of high-performance computing as well as the promotion of education and young scientists in this field. For this purpose, the NHR Association operates a graduate school. The framework conditions for the organization of the association and its activities are decisively defined in the statutes.
The office supports the association, its bodies and committees as well as the strategy committee appointed by the GWK. Our office is responsible for the joint activities and projects within the association and additionally serves as a contact point for our NHR members. The NHR Graduate School is also coordinated from our office. The office is jointly managed by Dr. Barbara Diederich and Dr.-Ing. Dörte Sternel. You can find our contact details here.
The Strategy Committee was established in 2019 by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) as an autonomous and independent body. It makes recommendations to the GWK on the NHR, including the inclusion of computing centers in the funding, procedures and financing of National High Performance Computing and the annual economic planning of the NHR Centers. The strategy committee includes eight scientific members, eight representatives of the states, and one representative 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.