The John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC) provides supercomputer capacity for projects in science, research and industry in the fields of modelling and computer simulation. As a joint foundation of the three Helmholtz Centres Forschungszentrum Jülich, Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron DESY, and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung it supports computational science in Germany and Europe. NIC was founded in 1997 and took over the functions and tasks of the former High Performance Computer Centre (HLRZ) established in 1987 and continues this centre's successful work in the field of supercomputing and its applications:
- Provision of supercomputer capacity for projects in science, research and industry in the fields of modelling and computer simulation including their methods.
Research proposals can be submitted by German scientists. The supercomputers with the required information technology infrastructure are operated by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) in Jülich.
- Supercomputer-oriented research and development in selected fields of physics and other sciences, especially in elementary-particle physics, by research groups for supercomputing applications.
- Education and training in the fields of scientific computing by symposia, workshops, summer schools, seminars, courses, and guest programs for scientists and students.