Progress in understanding the exciting development of the Universe from the Big Bang to the emergence of life requires considerable computational effort. This includes producing theoretical models as well as extracting and interpreting observational and experimental data. The resulting computing and developmental needs in astrophysics, biophysics and particle physics therefore have increased significantly in recent years and will continue to increase in the future.
To meet these ever-growing demands, the Computational Center for Particle and Astrophysics (C2PAP) is a vital part of the Excellence Cluster ORIGINS. It is built around the collaboration with the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) and allows members of the ORIGINS cluster to keep pace and harvest the progress of the continuously broadening developments in the high-performance computing (HPC) domain.
C2PAP operates its own computing cluster with 2048 processor cores, in addition to one large memory node. Its own data storage system amounts to 300 terabyte for data intensive projects. By employing two full-time staff members, C2PAP provides key personnel with expertise in all areas of scientific computing such as high-performance computing, parallelization, algorithm development, and novel computing architectures as well as further aspects of large-scale computing like usage of modern software packages, database design, data preservation and visualization to allow members of the ORIGINS cluster to achieve their scientific goals.