Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG)

The GWDG is a common institution of the Georg-August University of Göttingen and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. It is the IT computer centre for the Georg-August-University Göttingen and a computer and IT competence centre for the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and it provides a lot of services for the scientific data processing.

Especially the operation of high-performance computers (parallel computers), the provision of special systems and the care for the transmission network GÖNET, which connects the institutes of Göttingen, are part of the tasks of the GWDG. Via the GWDG the GÖNET is connected to the national science network X-WiN and the internet.

As an IT competence centre the GWDG advises and supports the associated institutes with regard to all questions concerning scientific data processing.


Am Faßberg 11
37077 Göttingen
Phone: +49 551 201-1510
Fax: +49 551 201-2150

PhD opportunities

This institute has no International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).

There is always the possibility to do a PhD. Please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute.

Numerically intensive simulations on an integrated computing infrastructure

2018 Brücher, Martina(1); Ehlers, Tim(1); End, Vanessa(1); Köhler, Christian(1); Korte, Fabian(2)(1): Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen(2): Universität Göttingen, Institut für Informatik
Computer Science
Cloud services, high-performance computing (HPC) clusters, computers with special accelerator cards? The selection of the optimal application and computing resource is a success factor for scientific simulations. In view of the heterogeneous infrastructure of modern data centers, this is often tricky. Learning the technical details is time-consuming. The aim of the cooperation project launched in 2016 between GWDG and the Simulation Science Center Clausthal-Göttingen is to automate the selection and provision of the resource. more

SharePoint as a platform for collaboration and publishing for the Max Planck Society

2017 Thies, Hans Henning; Buck, Christina
Computer Science

Since 2014 the GWDG has been operating a platform for collaboration and publishing for the Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society using Microsoft SharePoint. In 2016 it was updated to the version “SharePoint 2016”, whereby great care was taken to ensure both smooth scalability as well as constant availability of the platform.

Due to rapid technological progress bioinformatics becomes to be a key technology of molecular biology. Intensive statistical analysis of such high mounds of data requires considerable compute power and elaborate concepts of data handling like backup, storage and long-term archiving. Because local workgroups and IT divisions are mostly overstrained to carry this out, they need to be supported by computing centres. Internationalization of workflows in research projects requires encrypted pathways to transfer data and collaborating tools on save servers. A proven concept of support is given. more

More self-service with the new GWDG customer portal

2015 Pohl, Christof
Computer Science

In summer 2014 the new GWDG customer portal has been put into productive operation. It provides information about the service portfolio as well as means to order and manage services for all customers at any time. Additionally, the customer portal contains advanced self-service functionalities and security enhancements for user accounts. In the future, it will be extended to serve as a central point of access for all GWDG services. Together with a new, clearly structured website concept the customer portal will be a strategic component of a modern user experience.


GWDG data management

2014 Schwardmann, Ulrich
Computer Science
Together with the growing importance and mass of scientific data in the research process the management of the life cycle of scientific data becomes more and more important. This holds for the emerging of the data, for experiment data as well as for simulations, to the presentation of the data and to its long term availability. There is a growing need for a registration of these resources in the repositories, where the data stays unchanged, becoming referable and citeable. more

Cloud services for scientists

2013 Yahyapour, Ramin; Wieder, Philipp
Computer Science

Cloud-based services are increasingly used for scientific application scenarios as they offer benefits like elasticity, scalability and measured service usage. GWDG already offer a selection of cloud services to support the institutes of the Max Planck Society, among which are GWDG Cloud Share providing data sharing and synchronization, and GWDG Compute Cloud offering virtual server capabilities. In addition, GWDG participates in various research and development projects to advance and complement existing services.


Challenges of modern storage management

2012 Eckhard Handke; Reinhard Sippel
Computer Science
The ever-increasing flood of data in the scientific realm is a constant challenge for storage concepts. This article describes the GWDG's storage network and global file system with integrated tape archiving. This combination makes it possible to provide the institutes with fast, fail-safe storage, that can be expanded at any time, implemented using up-to-date technology. more

MPG-AAI – a MPG wide authentication and authorization infrastructure

2011 Andreas Ißleiber, Sebastian Rieger
Computer Science
The MPG-AAI is a Max Planck wide authentication and authorization infrastructure, which was planned and developed as a joint project between the GWDG, the MPDL and the RZG. This infrastructure serves primarily as a secure way for authentication with web applications via Shibboleth and provides single sign-on. A user only needs to sign on once with a web service and is subsequently granted access to further web applications within his federation. The MPG-AAI currently runs in test mode and is used productively. The road is now open to integrate additional Max-Planck Institutes. more
Today, numerous ongoing developments in research institutes and universities are influencing the IT. Innovation in information technology is progressing rapidly as well. Scientific computing centres therefore have to analyze carefully where the main challenges in the mid-term may be found and what outlook is resulting. The paper surveys these developments and derives future requirements and the areas where particular efforts are essential. The main emphasis is on those developments which are of primary importance in research institutes when compared to industry. more
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