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The RRZK collaborates with other national or international departments, universities, and institutes. This is an overview of current and past projects.


German Human Genome-Phenome Archive (GHGA)

The aim of the GHGA is to optimize the procedures and processes for the storage and access to human data records. An infrastructure for an open handling of Omics-data is to be created, which at the same time ensures safe storage of personal data. The aim is to achieve the greatest possible technical and organisational simplification, while ensuring full compliance with the latest and highest data protection and security standards.

Researchers should be given access via a simple data access portal. This requires integrating and optimising a diverse and distributed data infrastructure with considerable data generators and scalable cloud technologies. In addition, communication with data access committees and the technical details for regulating distributed data access must be optimized.

Project participants:

  • The German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg (Koordinierende Institution)
    • Direktorium: Prof Dr. Oliver Stegle (Sprecher), Prof. Dr. Oliver Kohlbacher, Dr. Jan Korbel, Prof. Dr. Eva Winkler
  • The German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg: Oliver Stegle, Benedikt Brors, Ivo Buchhalter, Daniel Hübschmann, Martin Lablans, Peter Lichter
  • Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen: Oliver Kohlbacher, Jens Krüger, Sven Nahnsen, Thomas Walter
  • University Hospital Tübingen: Holm Graessner, Nisar Malek, Stephan Ossowski, Olaf Rieß
  • Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin: Michael Hummel, Thorsten Schlomm
  • Technische Universität München: Julien Gagneur, Thomas Meitinger, Juliane Winkelmann
  • Europäisches Laboratorium für Molekularbiologie, Heidelberg: Oliver Stegle, Peer Bork, Wolfgang Huber, Jan Korbel
  • Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin: Dieter Beule, Uwe Ohler
  • Technische Universität Dresden: Andreas Dahl, Wolfgang E. Nagel
  • University Hospital Heidelberg: Dirk Jäger, Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Christoph Schickhardt, Eva Winkler
  • Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Heidelberg: Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor
  • Universität zu Köln: Viktor Achter, Ulrich Lang, Susanne Motameny
  • Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel: Philip Rosenstiel
  • Helmholtz Zentrum München: Thomas Meitinger, Annette Peters, Juliane Winkelmann
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e.V., Bonn: Joachim Schultze
  • Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken: Jörn Walter
  • German National Cohort, Heidelberg  

Project duration: since October 2020


High Performance Computing (HPC)

ORKA-HPC - OpenMP for reconfigurable heterogenous architectures

Support Code: 01lH17003A

The ORKA-HPC project deals with heterogeneous HPC architectures using FPGA accelerators. The reconfigurable nature of FPGAs enables highly efficient implementations of selected algorithmic kernels of heterogeneous application classes. As programming FPGAs is a highly specialised area and very time-consuming, they are rarely used in current HPC applications. Recent developments address better coupling between the FPGA subsystem and host. ORKA-HPC intends to make FPGAs accessible to software developers in the HPC domain and to significantly reduce the effort of porting software to FPGAs.
This includes utilizing FGPAs productively via OpenMP, which has proven to be the most strongly adapted shared memory programming model to date. Previous OpenMP implementation attempts have focused on specific aspects and do not address the performance aspects relevant in the HPC field. For an integrated approach, research into new ways of representing program code and heuristic methods for optimizing inherently parallel architectures is required.

Contact: Viktor Achter

Involved in the project:

  • Universität zu Köln: Regionales Rechenzentrum - Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lang (Projektkoordination)
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Algorithmen und wissenschaftliches Rechnen (SCAI): Horst Schwichtenberg
  • Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen: Lehrstuhl für Programmiersysteme - Prof. Dr. Michael Philippsen
  • Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB): Dr. Thomas Steinke
  • Assoziierter Partner: Intel GmbH

Project Duration: 1 Nov 2017 - 31 July 2021

Teaching and Administration


With a state-wide service for processing, managing and distributing video content is being built. The focus is on video use in education, teaching and research. North Rhine-Westphalia universities that participate in the project can take part in a test run starting in the summer semester of 2021. The aim is to make this service available to all universities in NRW. At the end of the funding period should be dynamically scalable and put into permanent operation.

In order to enable optimal usability for future 'normal operation', an accompanying support concept is being developed and made available at the same time. This will make it easier for interested universities to operate the system, but it will also help others to get started later on. Different university-specific needs are just as much a part of the development as the development / further development of plug-ins for the integration of the two most widely used learning management systems in NRW - 'Moodle' and 'ILIAS'. The connection to the Landesportal ORCA is another important task of the project.

Contact: Ruth Lang, Daniel Ebbert -  Contact Opencast


  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (consortium leader)
  • Universität zu Köln
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen

Project duration: since WS 2020


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