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20 Years John von Neumann Institute for Computing/HLRZ,
50th Anniversary of John von Neumann's Death

February 8, 2007
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

In 1987 HLRZ (Höchstleistungsrechenzentrum), the first German supercomputing centre to be accessible nationwide, was founded. It opened the way for researchers to carry out scientific projects on the Cray X-MP supercomputer installed at that time in Jülich. In 1998 the HLRZ was reorganized, and the name "John von Neumann Institute for Computing" (NIC) was adopted. In 2007 we shall celebrate 20 years of successful operation of the HLRZ/NIC supercomputing centre.

The 8th February 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of John von Neumann. We have chosen this day to remember the outstanding contributions of this great scientist to the development of modern computers, as well as celebrating the 20th anniversary of HLRZ/NIC.

At present the John von Neumann Institute for Computing is a joint institute of DESY, FZ Jülich, and GSI. Its supercomputer facilities support computer simulations in various fields of science for about 130 research groups at universities and national labs.

The celebration of the anniversary took place at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Auditorium, on February 8, 2007.


Prof. Dr. Jörg Eschmeier, Saarland University, "John von Neumann - Life and Work",  John von Neumann - Life and Work (PDF, 3 MB)

Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Horst Rollnik, NIC Scientific Council, "The Beginning of the HLRZ"

Prof. Dr. Zoltan Fodor, University of Wuppertal, "Supercomputing: The origin of the universe and elementary particle physics

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert, NIC Managing Board of Directors, "Perspectives of supercomputing in the John von Neumann Institute for Computing"