Local Resources in Innsbruck operated by the ZID

HPC in Innsbruck - LEO

In close collaboration with the central IT-services of the University of Innsbruck (ZID) the Research Area Scientific Computing hosts and hosted several high-performance computers:


Visual Interaction Lab 1669

This visualisation laboratory makes high-end, up-to-date 3-D visualisation of Big Data possible for research, academic training and the public at large. It is the result of a cooperation between the Research Area Scientific Computing and the ZID at the University of Innsbruck encompassing fields such as computer science, mathematics, computational engineering, architecture, ancient oriental studies, chemistry, meteorology and physics - to mention just a few.


Austrian Resources

HPC in Vienna - Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC)

In addition the University of Innsbruck is one of several Austrian partner universities joined together in a consortium with the goal to satisfy the demand for high performance computing (HPC). In order to achieve this aim the Vienna Scientific Cluster, which consists of several cluster systems, was designed.

As of August 2013 two computational systems (VSC-1 and VSC-2) were in operation. A new large system (VSC-3) was added in the first half of 2014. All systems are large clusters of infiniband-connected X86-64 machines, similar in architecture to the existing LEO systems at the University of Innsbruck.


HPC in Linz - MACH2

In close cooperation with the University of Linz as part of an ACSC - Austrian Centre of Scientific Computing infrastructure initiative the supercomputer MACH is accessible by researchers of the University of Innsbruck:


European Resources

HPC in Europe - PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe)

On July 11, 2018 Austria joined PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) as a member. For projects with requirements exceeding the specifications of the Austrian resources users have the opportunity to access the European high- perfomance computers.

For further information please see the following links:

- General information on PRACE

- VSC News/Austria joins PRACE
- ACOnet/Community/PRACE in Austria

General Information

Optimal Interconnectedness

The excellent integration of these machines into all the facilities of the University of Innsbruck, as well as the outstanding maintenance and support by the central IT-services guarantees an optimal access for each user. The Research Area Scientific Computing not only coordinates the maintenance and extension of these resources, but also provides for knowledge transfer  and communication within and between the individual research groups.


Centralised Infrastructure Managment

The core area of high performance computing (HPC) within the Resarch Area Scientific Computing has diversified within time and is increasingly called upon also by non traditional research branches, like ancient history and oriental philology. Moreover, the overall number of users from natural and technical sciences has grown substantially. The existing HPC resources are used to their full capacities and the demand is steadily increasing. As operating HPC infrastructure of the size of the LEO computers would exceed the financial possibilities of individual institutes, and because locally distributed facilities are rather inefficient, a centralised management for HPC infrastructure presents the most expedient solution and provides various synergies (load-balancing, centralised know-how, efficient exertion of human resources, financial advantages).


Updating Infrastructure

The Research Area Scientific Computing endeavours to further develop both personal as well as infrastructural resources in the field of high performance computing in close cooperation with the central IT-services management. This contributes significantly to maintaining the Universtity's competitiveness as a research site.



The Research Area Scientific Computing is dedicated to enhance e-infrastructure. The aim is to provide an optimal electronic network for scientific exchange as well as shared computing resources both within and outside the University of Innsbruck.

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