List of Projects & Cooperations
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"Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries" Excellence Cluster
The aim of the 5G-Industry Campus Europe is to research and practically investigate the new 5G technology in the manufacturing industry. New applications and systems are being developed to further digitalize and network production. Edge-cloud systems will also be used to test the fastest possible data processing. The network of the 5G-Industry Campus covers an outdoor area of about one square kilometre and 7000 m² in the machine halls of the participating partners. The project partners will investigate various application scenarios there over the next three years. These different scenarios will focus, among other things, on 5G sensor technology for monitoring and controlling manufacturing processes, mobile robotics and logistics, and the development of cross-location production chains.
As a cooperation partner, the IT Center is responsible for the fiber optic connection of the various subnetworks, the operation of the 5G network and the outdoor antennas of the 5G Industry Campus. more
"Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries" Excellence Cluster
25 RWTH professors from the field of materials and production engineering, along with several affiliated institutes and Fraunhofer institutions, are involved in the Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries.” The cluster investigates production technologies with the help of which the competitive disadvantage of high-wage countries in production can be overcome. more
AICES (Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science)
AICES represents a new doctoral program under the auspices of the Excellence Initiative of the German state and federal governments. RWTH Aachen University—one of the leading technical universities in Europe—has been establishing educational structures to meet the future research challenges in computational engineering science (CES). AICES is spearheaded by 15 RWTH institutes from 4 departments, and it includes participation from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf. The VR Group at the IT Center of RWTH Aachen University develops innovative methods of interactive visualization in order to establish an intuitive analysis of the conducted simulations within the scope of the AICES projects. more
Applying Interoperable Metadata Standards (AIMS)
The Applying Interoperable Metadata Standards (AIMS) project aims to enable scientists to create, share and reuse metadata standards. Therefore, tools and workflows for the effortless creation of standardized metadata during research are being developed, which at the same time increase the efficiency of data processing. As an integral part, the created standards will be stored, indexed and made publicly available. By implementing a concept for adaptation, inheritance and versioning of the created metadata standards, the generation of backward compatible derivatives, which increase the reusability of the standards and accelerate collaboration, will be a process in which a standard develops to community-wide acceptance.
The IT Center is working on the project as a cooperation partner together with the WZL of the RWTH Aachen University, the Institute of Fluid System Technology and the University and State Library of the TU Darmstadt.
Center für Lehr- und Lernservices (CLS)
The Lernplattform Management (LPM) department within the Center für Lehr- und Lernservices (CLS) is one of the e-learning service centers of RWTH Aachen University and an integral part of the university's e-learning strategy. It advises and supports participants in all questions concerning the use of e-learning in organization, administration, study and teaching. CLS/LPM provides training and consulting services to support lecturers in particular in the development and implementation of modern, student-focused and didactically high-quality blended learning events that combine classic classroom teaching with concepts of media-supported teaching. The aim is to promote active, self-determined learning by students.
The central element of the CLS/LPM services is the university-wide teaching and learning platform RWTHmoodle. Its online learning rooms provide teachers with the necessary blended learning infrastructure. The platform is (further) developed and operated in cooperation with the university's IT Center and integrated into the central IT processes of university teaching. more
Two years after the Gauss-Centre has been created to coordinate the European supercomputing activities, Germany took the next step to shape the future of high performance computing (HPC) on a national level. On December 3rd 2008 the nations leading supercomputing centers met in Bonn to create the Gauß-Allianz. While the Gauss-Centre was successfully addressing the needs on the top end, it was clear from the beginning that an additional layer of support was required to maintain the longevity with a network of competence centers across whole Germany. This gap is now addressed by the Gauß-Allianz, where regional and topical centers team up to create the necessary infrastructure. more
Human Brain Project - Interactive Visualization, Analysis, and Control
Within the Human Brain Project (HBP) started in October 2013, the Virtual Reality Group is leading a work package “Interactive Visualization, Analysis, and Control”. The work package is part of the HBP subproject “Interactive Supercomputing” headed by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, and includes partners from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the Swiss Supercomputing Centre, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid. Furthermore, the KAUST University in Saudi Arabia will serve as an associate partner in this work package. more
Hyperslice Visualization of Metamodels for Manufacturing Processes
In the second phase of the Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries” the Virtual Production Intelligence (VPI) platform is being developed. It is a holistic and integrative concept for the support of collaborative planning, monitoring and control of core processes within production and product development in various application fields. In the context of the VPI we are developing a tool for the explorative visualization of multi-dimensional meta-model data, which is based on the concept of hyperslices, linked with a 3D volume representation. The tool is applicable to various scenarios of multi-dimensional data analysis, but the concrete use case in the current project is to find ideal configuration parameters for laser cutting machines in the context of factory planning. more
Interactive Physically-based Sound Synthesis
While visual feedback is often the main focus in Virtual Environments, sound is another important modality. Auditory feedback can enhance the immersion and believability of virtual scenes. However, the common approach of using pre-recorded sound samples is often not feasible for highly interactive environments, because too many sounds would have to be recorded or designed upfront. Especially with physically simulated objects, a lot of sounds are generated by collisions between objects. The sound of such collisions depends on different factors: the material and shape of the objects, as well as the positions, strength and temporal distribution of the collision forces. Especially the latter aspects are difficult to reproduce with sound samples. more
Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance
The Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, JARA for short, a cooperation between RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich, provides a top-level research environment that is in the top international league and is attractive to the brightest researchers worldwide. In five sections, JARA conducts research in Translational Brain Medicine , Nuclear and Particle Physics , Future Information Technologies, High-Performance Computing, and Sustainable Energy.
The RWTH Aachen IT Center provides support to the JARA-HPC section, which first and foremost aims to contribute to making full use of the opportunities offered by high-performance computers and computer simulations to address current research issues. Furthermore, it seeks to provide a joint infrastructure for research and teaching in the fields of high-performance computing and visualization. more
NFDI4Ing - National Data Infrastructure for Engineering
NFDI4Ing focuses on the creation of necessary infrastructures for the engineering sciences and the further development of the disciplines process analysis and description, research data publication and citation as a criteria of scientific reputation. Formalized qualification and training concepts for scientific personnel and experts in the infrastructure facilities are also offered.
The FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles for the recording and re-use of research data, most of which are already internationally accepted, are developed in a discipline-conform way.
In addition, the focus is on the appropriate networking and coordination of the various stakeholders, representatives of the respective disciplines and research data infrastructures.
Among other things, the consortium deals with cross-sectional topics in the engineering sciences and acts as a reliable partner in the NFDI. The tasks arising from the cross-sectional topics are solved in close cooperation with other consortia.
The consortium is headed by Prof. Robert Schmitt from RWTH Aachen University. The head office is located at the IT Center and at the TU Darmstadt. more
NFDI4Chem - National Data Infrastructure for Chemistry
The National Research Data Infrastructure for Chemistry, NFDI4Chem, represents all scientific disciplines in chemistry.
The vision of NFDI4Chem is to digitize all major steps in chemical research to support scientific personnel in the collection, storage, processing, analysis, disclosure and reuse of research data.
The consortium is headed by the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. Prof. Sonja Herres-Pawlis from RWTH Aachen University acts as co-spokesperson, the IT Center is a participant. more
OpenMP - Focus on Shared-Memory-Parallelization
Since 1998 the High Performance Comuting Team of the Center for Computing and Communication of the RWTH Aachen University is engaged in the topic of Shared-Memory-Parallelisierung with OpenMP. OpenMP is productively used on the currently largest Shared- Memory Computers of the Center for Computing and Communication with up to 1024 processor cores. OpenMP meanwhile supports also heterogeneous computers as well as vectorization. more
Performance, Optimization and Productivity - POP
Using performance analysis tools and optimizing code for HPC architectures is a cumbersome task which often requires in depth expert knowledge in HPC. Because of current trends of computing architectures to use accelerators, more cores and deeper memory hierarchies, this complexity is going to increase further in the foreseeable future. Therefore, the POP (Performance, Optimization and Productivity) project offers services in performance analysis and performance optimization to code developers in industry and academia to connect code developers and HPC experts. This shall allow to integrate performance optimization in the software development process of HPC applications. The POP project gathers experts from the Barcelona Supercomputer Center (BSC), the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), the Numerical Algebra Group (NAG), TERATEC und the IT Center of RWTH Aachen University.
POP is one of the eight Centers of Excellence in HPC that have been promoted by the European Commission within Horizon 2020.
Further information on the project and how you can engage the services of POP can be found here.
Regional Anesthesia Simulator and Assistant
The aim of this project is to gather European experts from very diverse fields, from computer sciences to anesthesiology, to bring an innovative tool in the hands of the medical doctors to perform safer regional anesthesia for the patient at reduced cost for the society. For that purpose, a virtual reality simulator and assistant will be developed, providing an innovative way for medical doctors to train extensively on virtual patients and to be assisted by additional patient-specific information during the procedure. The project started on 1st of November 2013 for three years, gathers experts from 10 European countries in a consortium of 14 academic, industrial and clinical partners. more
SPEC -Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation
Since 2013, the IT Center of RWTH Aachen University is part of SPEC and actively engaged in its High Performance Group (HPG). SPEC’s HPG is a forum for discussing and developing benchmark methodologies for High Performance Computing (HPC) systems. At the same time, the group releases production quality benchmark suites like SPEC MPI2007, SPEC OMP2012, and SPEC ACCEL, that can evaluate all dimensions of parallelism. These benchmark suites are used in academia and industry to conduct research in HPC systems, facilitate procurement, testing, and tuning of HPC systems. more
UNiform Integrated Tool Environment - UNITE
High-performance clusters often provide multiple MPI libraries and compiler suites for parallel programming. This means that parallel programming tools which often depend on a specific MPI library, and sometimes on a specific compiler, need to be installed multiple times, once for each combination of MPI library and compiler which has to be supported. In addition, over time, newer versions of the tools also get released and installed. One way to manage many different versions of software packages, used by many computing centers all over the world, is the "module" software. However, each center provides a different set of tools, has a different policy on how and where to install different software packages, and how to name the different versions. UNITE tries to improve this situation for debugging and performance tools. more
Virtual Institute - High Productivity Supercomputing©Vi-HPS
Sponsored by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers the Virtual Institute - High Productivity Supercomputing (VI-HPS) aims at improving the quality and accelerate the development process of complex simulation programs in science and engineering that are being designed for the most advanced parallel computer systems. The IT Center of the RWTH Aachen University is focussed on improving the usability of the state-of-the-art programming tools for high-performance computing developped by the partner institutions. more
Virtual Reality-based Medical Training Simulator for Bilateral Sagittal Split Osteotomy
This project aims at developing a specialized training system dedicated to the teaching of a major maxillofacial surgery procedure based on Virtual Reality technology. The medical procedure of interest, the bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO), allows the displacement of the lower jaw in all three spatial dimensions, e.g., to correct an under- or overbid. The procedure is performed via an intraoral approach and includes the creation of an osteotomy line in the mandible using a saw or a burr, followed by a controlled splitting of the bone by a reversed twisting of one or two chisels inserted into the line. more
VisNEST – Visualization of Neural Brain Activity
The general idea of brain simulation is to reverse engineer the brain using large-scale simulations.
To understand the relationships between structure and dynamics on multiple scales, ranging from microscopic circuits to networks at brain scale, forms a formidable challenge in neuroscience and produces a large amount of data. This data has to be analyzed in a timely fashion to understand the simulated model and extract insight about its functioning at the aforementioned scales. more
Central University Administration of RWTH Aachen University
The Central University Administration, ZHV for short, sees to it that the University's responsibilities in planning, administration, and legal matters are fulfilled. The ZHV views itself as a service provider for students, departments, university institutions, and externally for the ecnomony, industry, municipalities, associations, and school students. Likewise, it provides a broad range of services.
The IT Center collaborates with the ZHV in various areas, such as teaching, room management, procurement, and quality management. IT Center and ZHV are conducting several joint information technology projects. Particularly prominent examples are the Campus Management projects and PuL, which is concerned with the reorganization of processes surrounding exam and course management.