The TU Dresden is one of eleven German universities that were identified by the German government as an ‘excellence university’. TU Dresden has about 36,500 students and almost 5319 employees, 507 professors among them, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today. TU Dresden is strong in research, offering first-rate programmes with an overwhelming diversity, with close ties to culture, industry and society. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range making it one of a very few in Germany.
The university emphasises interdisciplinary cooperation, and in both teaching and research its students participate early on in research. More specifically: interdisciplinary cooperation among various fields is a strength of the TUD, whose researchers also benefit from collaborations with the region's numerous science institutions, including Fraunhofer institutes and Max Planck institutes. In recognition of the TUD’s emphasis on applications in both teaching and research, leading companies have honoured the university with currently fifteen endowed chairs. The TUD prides itself for its international flavour and has partnerships with more than 70 universities worldwide. Furthermore, TUD is the only university in East Germany, which has been granted a graduate school and a cluster of excellence in Germany’s excellence initiative.
The Centre for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) is a central scientific unit of the TU Dresden with a broad spectrum of services and research activities. With its interdisciplinary orientation, ZIH supports other departments and institutions in their research and education for all matters related to information technology and computer science. In its mission to be a competence centre for scientific computing, parallel programming, and performance optimization, ZIH offers HPC resources to academic users as well as support for HPC application development, and it provides support and training in state-of-the-art programming methods, techniques and tools. The Vampir performance tool suite, developed at ZIIH, has become a commercial standard in the HPC community. In that respect, ZIH will act as tool provider within NEXTGenIO. ZIH also has a strong interest in data intensive computing. Their daily work on very large data volumes has resulted in sophisticated know-how on scalable I/O infrastructure, which will be brought into the NEXTGenIO project as second major contribution.
Role in NEXTGenIO
TUD’s Vampir performance tool suite has become a commercial standard in the HPC community and is one of the tools that will be used within NEXTGenIO. ZIH’s interest in work on very large data volumes has resulted in sophisticated know-how on scalable I/O infrastructure, which is brought into the NEXTGenIO project as second major contribution.