As part of her „summer tour”, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, visited the Lichtenberg II high-performance computer at TU Darmstadt. Hessian Minister of State for Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts Angela Dorn-Rancke also took part in the tour.
The ministers were impressed by the scientific infrastructure of the high-performance computer. Equipped with the latest technology, Lichtenberg II meets the highest criteria for performance and energy efficiency. As part of NHR4CES, Lichtenberg II is a member of the Alliance for National High Performance Computing (NHR) and supports the supraregional provision of computing resources for sciences in a particularly sustainable and resource-efficient manner.
The focus of NHR4CES at TU Darmstadt is on engineering and materials sciences as well as engineering-oriented physics and chemistry. Methodological approaches such as numerical simulation or artificial intelligence are dovetailed with integrated solutions for high-performance computing and research data management.
During their visit, the ministers also spoke with researchers at TU Darmstadt.
For example, Professor Christian Hasse, Principal Investigator of our SDL Energy Conversion, outlined realistic scenarios for the high-energy and widely available material iron as a storage and transport medium. Professor Bai-Xiang Xu, Principal Investigator of our SDL Materials Design, provided insights into her research on smart materials, which are of high importance for a sustainable energy transition, for example to substitute valuable metals and rare earths.
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