Supercomputing and Simulation Science

The Institute for Advanced Simulation unites Simulation Sciences and supercomputing under one roof. Thus, disciplinary, methodic and technological competences can be combined to manage the future challenges in the Simulation Sciences.

Supercomputer JUWELS


Jülich Supercomputing Centre operates computers of the highest performance class. The supercomputers JUWELS and JURECA are currently among the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Der Dynamik lebender Materie auf der Spur

Life in Motion

Living matter is characterized by activity and energy consumption. What are the structures, dynamics, and collective behaviours, which develop under such non-equilibrium conditions? IAS-2 employs theoretical methods and numerical simulations to address such questions in systems from macromolecules to cells and tissues.


Quantum Information Processing

IAS-3 works at the fundamental level on the theory of quantum information processing, developing new concepts for qubits and multi-qubit modules. 

Protein folded

HPC-based multi-scale molecular simulations

IAS-5/INM-9 develops and applies HPC-based multi-scale molecular simulation tools, along with structural bioinformatics and data science approaches, to investigate molecular processes playing important roles for neuronal (dys-)function. This knowledge is then exploited for in silico ligand design.

Three bottleneck experiments with varying crowdsizes

Crowd and fire dynamics

The subinstitute’s main focus of research is on crowd and fire dynamics in the context of civil engineering and safety science.



Science: How Brain Research Makes New Demands on Supercomputing

In the latest issue of Science, Katrin Amunts and Thomas Lippert explain how advances in neuroscience demand high-performance computing technology and will ultimately need exascale computing power. The construction of a supercomputer capable of 10 to the power of 18 computing operations per second has been considered the next big step in supercomputing for many years.


Skyrmion Research: Braids of Nanovortices Discovered

A team of scientists from Germany, Sweden and China has discovered a new physical phenomenon: complex braided structures made of tiny magnetic vortices known as skyrmions. Skyrmions could provide a possible basis for innovative concepts in information processing that offer better performance and lower energy consumption.