Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing

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Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing

The Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC²) is a scientific institute of Paderborn University. Since 1991 it is a competence center for parallel and distributed computing of the state North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW). Its mission is the operation of transregional computing centers and the development of technologies and applications within national and international research projects. The PC² considers itself an interdisciplinary research center, which—together with users from the areas of computer science, mathematics, engineering and natural sciences—works on scientific and industrial issues regarding high-performance computing and datacenter management.

HPC Expertise

  • Provisioning of HPC infrastructure and services for computational sciences, where our main users are coming from our university's profile areas "Optoelectronics and photonics" and "Lightweight design with hybrid systems" (material sciences).

  • Development of new methods for HPC simulation codes and contribution of these codes to widely used open source codes (e.g., CP2K, ls1 MarDyn, ms2, QuantumESPRESSO, ADOL-C).

  • Computing systems research for energy-efficient high-performance computing with an emphasis on heterogeneous and accelerated computing with Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and Manycore architectures.

HPC Systems

Noctua - Cray CS500

since November 2018 - learn more
FPGA nodes MPP system Tier 2 hpc system
835 TFlop/s
Peak Performance
272 Nodes
Intel Omnipath
52 TB
Main Memory
10,880 CPU Cores
32 FPGAs

XCL FPGA-Cluster - Arbor Workstation 2HE C612 INTEL

since May 2017 - learn more
FPGA nodes Tier 3 hpc system
8 Nodes
512 GB
Main Memory
32 CPU Cores
16 FPGAs
Alpha Data

OCuLUS - Clustervision CV-AIRE5

since June 2013 - learn more -
GPU nodes MPP system SMP system Tier 3 hpc system
240 TFlop/s
Peak Performance
616 Nodes
Mellanox QDR-Infiniband
47 TB
Main Memory
9,920 CPU Cores

File Systems

WORK file system


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500 TB
disk storage

Scratch (ClusterStor)

since November 2018
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720 TB
disk storage


Domain-specific programming and target-aware compiler infrastructure for algorithms on unstructured grids
The goal of HighPerMeshes is to develop a practically usable domain-specific framework for the efficient, parallel and scaling implementation of iterative algorithms on unstructured grids.
2 months remaining
Software Parallele Programming
Performance and Efficiency in HPC with Custom Computing
PerficienCC improves the use of application specific hardware accelerators - FPGA - through specific implementations and analysis.
5 months remaining
Energy Efficiency Performance Analysis


Prof. Dr. Christian Plessl
Universität Paderborn
Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn

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Universität Paderborn
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn