Who is allowed to use the RWTH Compute Cluster?


  • Employees of RWTH Aachen University can use the RWTH Compute Cluster in the context of education and publicly funded research projects of their institutes without any fees. The amount of resources they can use is limited. For more resources an application for a computing project has to be submitted which then is reviewed.
  • Students of RWTH Aachen University can use the the RWTH Compute Cluster in the context of their studies without any fees. The amount of resources they can use is limited. In the context of lectures the lecturer can apply for resources for participating students. In the context of theses the adviser can apply for more resources.
  • Employees of Research Center Jülich can submit proposals for using the RWTH Compute Cluster for computing projects which then will be reviewed. A one-time registration in the RWTH Identity Management system is a prerequisite.
  • Scientists of other German institutions in education and research can submit proposals for using the RWTH Compute Cluster for large computing projects which then will be reviewed.
    They can as well take part as computing project members if the principle investigator of this project is an employee of RWTH Aachen University or the Research Center Jülich.

Apart from using local compute resources scientists at RWTH can apply for resources on

Such an application is carefully reviewed taking technical and scientific aspects into account. The used software packages must be very well suited to the respective hardware architecture of the target machinery. Typically, the appropriate scalability of parallel applications has to be proved. In many cases the scientific soundness of such a proposal can be underpinned by approved scientific research grants.

Citizens of countries that are subject to the export control policy of the German Federal Government may need additional authorization from the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) before they are allowed to use the RWTH Compute Cluster.

How to apply for compute resources?

Please find more information at http://www.itc.rwth-aachen.de/hpc-project

How to get an account?


In order to obtain an account for the RWTH Compute Cluster, you should first log into the RWTH identity management system (IdM) and create an account for the service "Hochleistungsrechnen RWTH Aachen". If you still do not have an account for our IdM system, please refer to this page.

The IdM system allows you to create only one account for the RWTH Compute Cluster. In order to facilitate collaboration with other users we can on request create further accounts for you. These secondary accounts are configured in such a way that a login is not possible (which implies that they do not allow to submit batch jobs).

External scientists can get an account in the context of an approved computing project, please refer to this page .

How to connect to the cluster?


The following methods of connecting to one of the dialog systems of the RWTH Compute Cluster are available:

The RWTH Compute Cluster is directly accessible only from the RWTH network and from other universities in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the latter case your computer additionally needs a valid DNS entry in order to get access. In all other cases you have to first establish a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection in order to get an RWTH network address.

Available dialog systems

The list of available dialog systems can be found here.