The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) is Europe’s largest organisation for application-oriented research. Founded in 1949, the organisation undertakes applied research that drives economic development and serves the wider benefit of society. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration. The majority of the more than 20,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Mathematics (ITWM) in Kaiserslautern, Germany, focuses on mathematical approaches to practical challenges like optimization and visualisation. With computer simulations being an indispensable tool in the design and optimization of products and production processes, real models are being replaced by virtual models and mathematics play a fundamental role in the creation of this virtual world. Core competences of the ITWM include processing of large data sets, drafting of mathematical models, problem-solving in numerical algorithms, summarization of data sets, interactive optimization of solutions, and visualization of simulation and sensor data.

As part of Fraunhofer ITWM, the Competence Center for High Performance Computing (CC-HPC) develops innovative HPC solutions for the industry and participates in national and international research programs. Since its foundation in 2002, the CC-HPC focuses primarily on parallel application development and development of HPC tools. This includes the communication middleware GPI (Global Address Space Programming Interface), the GPI-Space programming environment for HPC and Big Data applications, and the BeeGFS File System. Additionally Fraunhofer ITWM takes part in the European Processor Initiative (EPI) in the design and development of the STX accelerator.