Efficient Computing and Storage

Arbeitsgruppe Brinkmann / Research group Brinkmann


High performance computing (HPC) is currently reaching the exascale level and compute clusters will combine the performance of millions of cores to perform more than 1018 operations per second soon. Additionally to the challenges resulting from going to exascale computing, HPC is in the transition from being compute-centric to being data-centric. The management and handling of data become more and more important, and it will be crucial to scale data capacity and data bandwidth.

Our group Efficient Computing and Storage at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is focusing on the areas storage systems and scalable computing.

PetabyteWe are focusing both on block and file level storage. We are developing protocols and architectures, which are able to efficiently use the underlying storage medias and integrate these architectures within scalable environments. New storage technologies, like solid state disks (SSDs) and non-volatile main memory (NVMM), are integrated within these environments and help us to deliver optimized storage systems, e.g., in the context of parallel file systems, data deduplication, and backup.

Combining the performance of accelerators and processors is investigated in the context of different HPC codes and our extensions to these codes and to HPC middleware environments help applications to better utilize CPU and GPU computing resources, while improving energy efficiency is also investigated in the context of Cloud Computing, which helps to simplify the access to scientific applications.

Most recent publications


  • Eric Rodrigues Borba. 2023. Stochastic Modeling of Data Storage Systems for Evaluating Performance, Dependability, and Energy Consumption. Author/Publisher URL
  • Fabian Kreppel, Christian Melzer, Diego Olvera Millán, Janis Wagner, Janine Hilder, Ulrich Poschinger, Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler, and André Brinkmann. 2023. Quantum Circuit Compiler for a Shuttling-Based Trapped-Ion Quantum Computer. Quantum 7: 1176–1176. DOI
  • Jesus Carretero, Javier Garcia-Blas, Marco Aldinucci, Jean Baptiste Besnard, Jean-Thomas Acquaviva, André Brinkmann, Marc-André Vef, Emmanuel Jeannot, Alberto Miranda, Ramon Nou, Morris Riedel, Massimo Torquati, and Felix Wolf. 2023. Adaptive multi-tier intelligent data manager for Exascale. In Proceedings of the 20th ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers. DOI
  • Marc-André Vef. 2023. New techniques for tracing and designing HPC storage systems. Author/Publisher URL
  • Nafiseh Moti, André Brinkmann, Marc-André Vef, Philippe Deniel, Jesus Carretero, Philip Carns, Jean-Thomas Acquaviva, and Reza Salkhordeh. 2023. The I/O Trace Initiative: Building a Collaborative I/O Archive to Advance HPC. In Proceedings of the SC ’23 Workshops of The International Conference on High Performance Computing, Network, Storage, and Analysis. DOI