New high-performance computers for wind energy research

In March 2023, the first two components of the new high-performance computers at the University of Oldenburg, called STORM and MOUSE, were delivered. At the end of July, the last components of the clusters were delivered, replacing the two research mainframes CARL and EDDY. ForWind and Fraunhofer IWES will use this new HPC infrastructure for complex simulations and calculations.

Several million euros floated through the air on a crane and were safely transported in two steps through an opening in the roof into the university's computer centre, where they will provide an even better research infrastructure. Each of the five racks weighs up to 1,200 kilograms and is 2.40 metres high. The networked computing nodes enable parallel calculations with data transfers of up to 100 gigabits per second and a large part of the waste heat from the computers is fed into the university's heating system.

The new computing cluster consists of three parts that are used for different projects: ROSA is open for use by all university members for computationally intensive research projects. STORM and MOUSE are used by ForWind for wind energy research. The German Research Foundation, the EU and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action as well as the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture fund the projects.

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