About PC2

The Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing, PC2, is a central scientific institute of Paderborn University, Germany. Our mission is to promote interdisciplinary research in parallel and distributed computing with innovative computer systems. As a National High-Performance Computing Center and member of the National HPC Alliance (NHR), we operate several high-performance computing systems to provide a research and service infrastructure for academic users in Germany.

Our expertise and services are focused on the following areas:

  • Atomistic simulations in physics, chemistry and materials science, optoelectronics and quantum photonics, and scientific machine learning for science and engineering.
  • Development of massively parallel simulation methods, algorithms and numerical methods in computational science and engineering, targeting heterogeneous computer architectures.
  • Energy-efficient computing with FPGA-based hardware accelerators

We exploit the synergies of this unique combination of services and research to meet the needs of the computational sciences while addressing the major challenges in computing systems research: energy efficiency, scalability and programmability.

Our team of HPC and domain experts has deep expertise in these areas, enabling us to advance the state of the art and develop applications science and methodologies in collaboration with the users of our infrastructure. We actively contribute to strengthening the methodological skills of our users by offering and co-organising specialised training courses, scientific workshops and summer schools. We also contribute our developments to widely used scientific software and libraries to make the results available to the wider research community.

„The first-class HPC infrastructure and services at PC2 and the membership in the NHR network enable scientists from Paderborn and nationwide to conduct cutting-edge research in various scientific fields.”

Prof. Dr. Christian Plessl,
Managing Director

Boards & Staff

Man­age­ment Board

Ad­vis­ory Board

Latest Mile­stones


Atos BullSequana XH2000 ("Noctua 2")

Inauguration of the new high-performance computing center with the "Noctua 2" supercomputer (#121 / Top500)


PC2 becomes NHR center

PC2 is selected by the Joint Science Conference as one of 8 centers in the National High Performance Computing Network (NHR)


Cray CS500 ("Noctua 1")

At the time of installation, it was the worlds largest academic installation of FPGAs in a HPC cluster


Promotion to Tier-2 HPC Center

With a research infrastructure grant and therefore a new computing center (building X), the PC2 becomes a Tier-2 HPC center

Travel Ad­vice


Paderborn University has two locations. Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing is located in building X at the main site (Campus Warburgerstrasse) south of the city center. The building address is Mersinweg 5, 33098 Paderborn. Here is a map of the campus.

Below you can find specific travel instructions for arriving by public transport or by car.

Public Transport

Arrive by train at Paderborn Hbf / Hauptbahnhof (main station). For schedules and booking of tickets, you can use the Deutsche Bahn website.

Local busses in Paderborn are operated by PaderSprinter. Leaving the train station you find the bus station to your left on the same side of the road. The fastest connection is line 100, which takes you directly from the station to the university campus (exit at bus stop Uni/Südring) during weekdays. You may also take line 1 towards Kaukenberg or line 4 towards Dahl and exit at bus top Uni/Südring. You find the exact schedule and fare information at the pages of the PaderSprinter.

After leaving the bus at the Uni/Südring stop, you can reach us in about 5 minutes by walking. Walk back Südring street where your bus has been driving about 100 meters (towards the direction of Südringcenter shopping mall) until you reach the intersection Südring/Pohlweg. Cross the street and turn into Pohlweg. Follow Pohlweg and turn left on the first intersection into Mersingweg. Building X is easily recognizable by its antracite-colored facade.

Net­work & Fund­ing

Na­tion­al High Per­form­ance Com­put­ing (NHR)

We are a founding member of the National High Performance Computing Center in the NHR Association, which provides a nationwide HPC research infrastructure and services for academic users.

Visit NHR Verein


As a member of the Gauß-Allianz (Gauss Alliance), we contribute to the cross-level HPC ecosystem in Germany and contribute our expertise, training services and infrastructure.

Visit Gauß Allianz


The HPC.nrw competence network coordinates the HPC centers in the federal state of NRW and promotes the exchange of know-how between the operators of the centers and the cooperation for a statewide access to computing resources and consultation of the users.


Fed­er­al Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Re­search

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides the federal share of funding for our National HPC Center.

Visit BMBF

Min­istry of Cul­ture and Sci­ence (NRW)

The NRW Ministry of Culture and Science provides the state's share of funding for our National HPC Center and supports our services and research in other projects, such as HPC.nrw.

Visit MKW


Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC2)

Room X1.105
Paderborn University
Mersinweg 5
33100 Paderborn