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Leibniz Institut für Astrophysik (formerly Astrophysical Institute Potsdam) 

With a history going back 300 years, the Leibniz Institut für Astrophysik (AIP) is one of Germany's oldest institutes in astronomy and today's most important institute in astrophysics in the "Neue Bundesländer".
The AIP's two main research directions are:
  • Cosmic magnetic fields, solar and stellar activity
  • Extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology
AIP research areas:
  • Supercomputing:
    Numerical simulations, reduction and analysis of huge observational datasets
  • Optical instrumentation for large telescopes: the AIP is a partner of
  • Surveys:
  • Robotic Telescopes:
    • STELLA on Tenerife
    • Wolfgang and Amadeus in Arizona
    • RoboTel in Potsdam
Computing clusters:
  • Sanssouci (270 AMD Opteron CPUs)
  • Octopus (72 Pentium4 CPUs)
  • Omega (an 8 node Alpha cluster, each node featuring a GRAPE-5 board, calculating gravitational interactions in N-Body problems with a sustained performance of 400 Gflops per board)
Computation intensive astrophysical applications in magnetohydrodynamics, stellar and gas dynamics:
  • Open Source or publicly available codes: Gadget, ZEUS, ART
  • Codes originating in AIP: GRAPESPH, NIRVANA, AMIGA (MLAPM)
Competences for the GAC Computational Grid:
AIP is a member of the WGL: Leibniz Gemeinschaft.