German government to fund €260m supercomputing centre in Bavaria

Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen (FAU)
The government of Germany has agreed to fund the construction of a €260m supercomputing centre in Bavaria, tech website EE News reports.

The project at the Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) was approved last week by German science minister Markus Blume. The project will be a sister facility to the high-performance computing centre in Leibniz, and brings German investment in supercomputers to more than €1.5bn.

Blume said: “This project of the century catapults FAU into the top league in terms of computing infrastructure and investments. With the new high-performance data centre in Erlangen, we get a second Bavarian IT heartbeat next to the Leibniz data centre in Garching, and we are breaking new ground in data processing.

“Networking is the keyword here: all universities and all disciplines – from the humanities to quantum research – benefit from the new outstanding infrastructure.”

The construction costs of the centre will be covered by state and federal governments, and operations costs will also be paid for over the first 10 years of the facility’s operation.

Joachim Hornegger, the president of FAU, said: “Top research is increasingly dependent on being able to process immense amounts of data at top speed – and this applies not only to engineering sciences, but also wherever AI is used, whether in medicine, geosciences or certain humanities subjects. The new high-performance computing center will once again drastically catapult research performance at the science location in northern Bavaria.”

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