About the GCOE
TU Dresden has a standing history of having multiple professor partnerships and was awarded with a CUDA Research Center in 2011 and a GPU Center of Excellence in 2015. The awarded GCOE extends this work to include 14 partners from four different institutions. The founding partners are: The Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) under the roof of the DRESDEN-concept – a non-profit organization which serves as a common roof for all research institutions in Dresden as well as SimuNova.
The GPU Center of Excellence in Dresden is unique in multiple ways. First, it joins a broad range of CUDA-driven research in natural and life sciences into a single center concentrating development in these fields in the Dresden area. Second, teaching and student participation in the research projects increases the number of developers familiar with CUDA as well as its application to new projects. Third, workshops will increase the visibility of the CUDA-related research in the Dresden area and will foster new collaborations. Finally, the success of CUDA-enabled research will reach out via collaborations and institutional contacts, thus making the use of CUDA in research areas more popular.
Research groups utilizing GPU computing as part of this GCOE include: Prof. Cowan (HZDR, Radiation Physics), Dr. Gerbeth (HZDR, Fluid Dynamics), Dr. Gottschling (SimuNova), Prof. Gumhold (TU Dresden, Computer Science, Computer Graphics and Visualization), Prof. Hochberger (TU Dresden, Computer Science, Embedded Systems), Prof. Koch (TU Dresden, Medical Faculty), Prof. Lehner (TU Dresden, Computer Science, Databases), Prof. Nagel (TU Dresden, ZIH / Computer Science, Computer Architecture), Dr. Posselt/Dr . Heinig (HZDR, Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research), Prof. Schroer (TU Dresden , Structural Physics), PD Dr. Stiller (TU Dresden, Fluid Dynamics), Prof. Tetzlaff (TU Dresden, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering), Prof. Voigt (TU Dresden, Scientific Computing), and Prof. Zerial (MPI-CBG).
About the TU Dresden
The TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and Europe: 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. TU Dresden is the largest university in Saxony with over 36500 students. As a “synergetical university” TU Dresden closely cooperates with external research institutions, cultural, industrial and social organisations. In 2009 TU Dresden started an association of 14 cultural and research institutions called DRESDEN-concept (Dresden Research and Education Synergies for the Development of Excellence and Novelty), which is unique in Germany.
About the HZDR
Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf focuses on the following topics: How does matter behave in strong fields and at small-scale dimensions? How can malignant tumors be identified at an early stage and treated effectively? How can resources and energy be used safely and efficiently? To answer these scientific questions, five large-scale research facilities provide, in part, unique research opportunities. These facilities are also accessible to external users. The HZDR has been a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest research organization, since January 1, 2011. It has four locations in Dresden, Freiberg, Leipzig, and Grenoble and employs around 800 people – 400 of whom are scientists including 130 doctoral candidates.
About the MPI-CBG
The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) is one of 80 institutes of the Max Planck Society, an independent, non-profit organization in Germany. MPI-CBG was founded in 1998 and since February 2001, scientists from over 40 nations have been working under one roof. The Institute has a core staff of about 400 scientists, who form a network of 25 research groups covering different topics at the interface of cell biology and developmental biology including research investigating illnesses such as cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. For example, at the MPI-CBG researchers study how the growth of cells is controlled and why this control process fails to function properly in cancer cells. Once science has an understanding of how cellular control systems work, currently incurable illnesses may be diagnosed earlier with a view to developing more effective treatments. The MPI-CBG has forged partnerships with technology providers in many of its major areas of research since it believes that the greatest insight and new discoveries are made when innovations in new technologies allow problems in research to be addressed or investigated in new ways.
About the PI
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang E. Nagel holds the Chair for Computer Architecture at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). After his university studies of computer science at RWTH Aachen from 1979 to 1985, he worked in the area of parallel computing at the Central Institute for Applied Mathematics, Research Center Jülich, and at the Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR), Caltech. Since 1997, he is director of the Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) – the former Center for HPC (ZHR) – at TUD, which were founded by him. From 2006 to 2009, he served as dean of the Computer Science department at TUD. His research profile covers modern programming concepts and software tools to support complex compute intensive applications, analysis of innovative computer architectures, and the development of efficient algorithms and methods. He published about 110 papers in those areas, and contributed as program committee member, program chair, or general chair to more than 45 conferences and workshops.