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Forum Teratec 2021
Plenary session
Wednesday 23 June 2021 (morning)

Moving Towards Exascale Computing
Jülich’s Strategy and Contributions

Wolfgang Marquardt, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of the largest research centers in Europe with a research portfolio in information, energy and climate as well as bioeconomy. It operates JUWELS, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, representing an innovative, dynamic modular architecture as the result of a two-year codesign process with pertinent partners from industry.

HPC technology development at Jülich is not an end in itself, but rather provides competences and infrastructures for extreme-scale computing to enable and shape future research, innovation and industrial application in diverse areas. The implementation of a direct feedback loop between computing tool developers and its users at the Jülich ecosystem is key to application-driven development of future computing technologies such as quantum and neuromorphic computing and their seamless integration with HPC systems.

Wolfgang Marquardt, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich, shares insight in Jülich’s research strategy, with scalable simulation, data analytics and machine learning as enablers of multi-disciplinary research and innovation to address the grand societal challenges as part of a strong network of pan-European partners from research and industry.

Biography : Wolfgang Marquardt has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich and Vice-President of the Helmholtz Association for the research field “Information” since July 2014. From 2011 to 2014, he was Chairman of the German Council of Science and Humanities. He has a background in chemical engineering and was Professor for Process Systems Engineering at RWTH Aachen University from 1993 to 2014. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, and the National Academy of Engineering (USA).

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