A new CLAIX on the HPC map

Photo of the symbolic key handover Copyright: © IT Center  

Last Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the fastest university computer in Germany "Cluster Aix-la-Chapelle" (CLAIX) was officially inaugurated at a ceremony with top-class speakers and guests at the IT Center of RWTH Aachen University.

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister for Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Thomas Rachel MdB, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Marcel Philipp, Lord Mayor of Aachen, Professor Ulrich Rüdiger, Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Marcus Hermes, Managing Director of Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW, Yuichi Kojima, Managing Director of NEC Deutschland GmbH and Professor Matthias Müller, Head of the IT Center of RWTH, took part in the festivities.

After welcoming the guests and a series of ceremonial speeches, the keys were symbolically handed over, followed by a guided tour of the high-performance computer. The focus was not only on the technology, but also on the artistic visualisation of the CLAIX lettering of the Aachen artist Tim Berresheim on the case.

With CLAIX-2018, RWTH now has a high-performance computer of the national top class, which offers a location advantage both for current users and new emerging application classes.