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

The EU-funded project ”Open Forecast” is developing a generic platform for processing open, freely available data implementing automated data analysis pipelines and integrating high-performance computing ressources. Two use cases based on this platform are realised: smart cities and smart farming. In the first case, a complex meteorological 3D model is used to calculate forecasts of particulate matter pollution for the greater Stuttgart area. In the second case, forecasts for agriculture are generated based on satellite data from the Copernicus earth observation program.


The GMPG research programme is dedicated to investigating the History of the Max Planck Society. An integral part of the program is the mass digitization of files and the long-term preservation and provision of resulting research data. The project “Archival Cultural Heritage Online” was established to provide the necessary infrastructure to integrate the digitization workflow, a long-term archiving service and a virtual working environment. This article describes the underlying concept and the implemented service.


Numerically intensive simulations on an integrated computing infrastructure

2017 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.


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

2016 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.

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