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Germany approves €260m computing centre in Bavaria

by Liam Turner
A data centre

The German government has given the green light for a new €260m (c.£223m) computing centre in Bavaria, with construction set to soon begin.

The facility at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) will serve as a partner to the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Garching.

The go-ahead means the Free State of Bavaria will have invested more than €1.5bn (c.£1.3bn) on new construction projects at FAU since 2019.

‘Completely new dimensions’

Science minister Markus Blume, who approved the new North Bavarian High-Performance Computing Centre, said: “This milestone project will propel FAU into the first division, in terms of computer infrastructure and investments.

“This new high-performance computing center means we will have a second center in Bavaria in addition to the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Garching.

“It will enable us to advance to completely new dimensions in data processing.”

FAU president Prof. Dr Joachim Hornegger said: “Top-level research is increasingly reliant on processing immense volumes of data at extremely high speeds, and this is by no means limited to engineering, as it is also required everywhere where artificial intelligence is being used – whether in medicine, geosciences, or humanities.

“The new high-performance computing center will significantly improve research performance throughout Northern Bavaria.

“Once again, we will be able to demonstrate that excellent research requires powerful infrastructure that can hold its own on an international level.”

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