Sys­tems and Ser­vices

Below you will find an overview of our HPC systems, available software and our HPC-optimized data center.

Availa­ble Sys­tems

Noc­tua 2

Noctua 2 was inaugurated on April 29, 2022. It is the first NHR HPC system in Paderborn.

Technical Description

Noc­tua 1

Noctua 1 was inaugurated on September 21, 2018. It is the first system of a two phase installation.

Technical Description

FPGA Re­sea­rch Clus­ters

Current and Recent FPGA Systems at PC2

Technical Description

Next Su­per­com­pu­ter

Our next cluster system will be inaugurated in 2025.


Availa­ble Soft­ware

A wide range of license-free standard software, development tools and domain-specific software is installed on our systems. The software we provide is already specially adapted for the processors, networks and hardware accelerators of our supercomputers. You can find an overview of the available software and application-specific instructions for effective use in our documentation.

We can also install additional software at the customer's request. Users can also use the existing development tools to compile their own software on the systems and install it in user or group directories. For more complex software environments, we also support the use of container images using the Singularity container software. Our support team will be happy to assist you with the translation, installation and adaptation of your software to our environment.

HPC Com­pu­te Cen­ter (Buil­ding X)

Our data center was designed from the ground up for the highly efficient, cost-effective and sustainable operation of HPC systems. This is realized through a consistent focus on supercomputers with indirect hot water cooling, a tailor-made redundancy concept for the power and cooling supply and compliance with the latest environmental standards. This ensures highly reliable operation and outstanding energy efficiency. The building was put into operation in 2020 with the installation of the first supercomputer. The infrastructure offers space for the simultaneous operation of three Tier 2 HPC systems. A detailed description of the building infrastructure can be found here.