The extensive use of supercomputers
and networks opens a new era of scientific methodology. An all-at-once accessibility of
computing power and scientific data around the globe is turning from desirable into feasible.
Our ambitious projects coupled with the vision of global resource use are collectively called
German Astronomy Community Grid is a joint
project of many major German astronomical research institutes as
well as computer science groups and high-performance computing centres. The AstroGrid-D will combine
resources of computing power, data storage and special hardware
and will simplify access and scientific use. The AIP eScience group is in overall charge of the German AstroGrid
development and deployment. It is the group's central project.
GAVO is a
BMBF sponsored project for building "Virtual Observatory"
platforms to support modern astronomical research in Germany. It
is the German contribution to the international activities
aiming at the evolution of the global Virtual Observatory (VO)
network. The work of the GAVO team aims at providing fast and standardised access to astronomical data archives and related
documentation. This also provides the capability to use
sophisticated software tools for new studies.
As a D-Grid project, WissGrid's objective is to establish long-term
organisational and technical D-Grid structures for the academic world.
WissGrid combines the heterogeneous needs from a variety of scientific
disciplines and develops concepts for the long-term sustainable use of
the organisational and technical grid infrastructure.
AIP is member of WissGrid and leader of Workpackage 2.
Numerical Astrophysics demands for enormous computational powers. AIP scientists run simulations in cosmology, stellar physics and MHD on different Top500 computers worldwide. However, the development of the simulation code such as Nirvana,
Amiga and Co5bold , the preparation and optimisation for simulations and post data processing are done locally
at AIP facilities. For that purpose AIP provides three clusters and a 240TB data storage server.