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University IT and Data Center

The University IT and Data Center (Hochschulrechenzentrum, HRZ) is the central IT service provider of the University of Bonn

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Dies academicus at HRZ: HPC guided tour

As part of the Dies academicus of the University of Bonn on May 15, 2024, interested participants had the rare opportunity to take a look behind the scenes and the usually closed doors of the ultra-modern high-performance computer "Marvin". The supercomputer, which was ranked among the top 500 fastest computers in the world with its impressive computing capacity at its official inauguration in autumn 2023, has been in operation since March 2024 and has been available for use by all members of the university ever since.

The guided tour of the "Marvin" machine room offered participants at Dies academicus the opportunity to learn more about the technical details and the wide range of applications of the high-performance computer. Interested parties were able to get an idea of the impressive technology on site and ask questions directly to the experts in charge.


Technical insights and infrastructure

The high-performance computer "Marvin" has around 300 computing nodes, some of which are equipped with powerful NVIDIA GPUs and some with Intel CPUs. The University IT and Data Center (HRZ) of the University of Bonn is responsible for the installation and operation of the system, but due to its enormous size and the special requirements of the system, "Marvin" was housed in the premises of the Institute of Numeric Simulation (INS), as the HRZ itself did not have sufficient space. The HPC/A-Lab is the central point of contact for HPC-related research projects.

The tour was conducted by Jan Steiner, HPC team member at the University IT and Data Center. A particular focus of the tour was on the power and cooling requirements of "Marvin". Operating such a powerful supercomputer not only requires an enormous power supply, but also an extensive cooling system to efficiently dissipate the heat generated and maximize system performance.

WLAN-equipment - Application possible until the end of May

Providing a network infrastructure that meets all user requirements is a complex task and requires the right resources and technologies as well as thorough analysis and planning, especially at a university.

The network department at the University IT and Data Center of the University of Bonn is currently facing various challenges.

On the one hand, the network department is faced with the task of managing a large number of new leases and renovations at the University of Bonn. First of all, moving into a new building means connecting the premises to the network infrastructure and thus creating the basis for work at the university. The WLAN network connection is established by so-called “access points” (distribution points), which not only have to be installed once, but also regularly maintained and replaced. The rapid increase in APs to currently over 1,900 (as of May 2024) and limited personnel resources lead to various problems. There is always an enormous backlog when it comes to replacing obsolete access points that have reached “EOL” (end-of-life) status. These are discontinued products that are no longer produced or supported and therefore need to be replaced with new products. Consequently, the replacement of these APs must be prioritized based on their critical importance for the network. The network department of the University IT and Data Center also coordinates the installation of the APs by external service providers.

On the other hand, the expansion of WLAN and the increase in new spaces and refurbishment projects are leading to an increased need for new installations.

The entire WLAN-equipment process requires not only a structured schedule, but also the implementation of project teams and the automation of planning and deployment processes in order to meet the requirements and achieve the necessary speed of deployment.

HPC: Guided tours on Dies academicus

As part of the upcoming Dies academicus on May 15, 2024, the HPC team at the University IT and Data Center is offering two guided tours in the machine room of the new high-performance computer "Marvin":

Start of guided tour group 1: 1:00 pm
Start of guided tour group 2: 1:30 pm


Please note: The number of participants is limited to 15 people per group. Participation without prior registration and confirmation is unfortunately not possible. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jan Steiner (jan.steiner@uni-bonn.de) by e-mail by Monday, May 13, 2024 at the latest.

Together with the confirmation of participation, you will receive all further information (including the meeting point) by e-mail.

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The University IT and Data Center offers a variety of services and provides support for them. You can find all services here:

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The status of all systems of the University IT and Data Center, maintenance messages and current faults are available on a separate status overview at StatusPage.

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