IT Center Blog

Tell-a-Fairy-Tale Day 2024

February 26th, 2024 | by
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Welcome to the fascinating world of IT fairy tales! Today, on the occasion of “Tell a Fairy Tale Day”, we dive into the rich tradition of storytelling and discover how fairy tales not only inspire our imagination, but also play a role in the IT world. The “Tell a Fairy Tale Day” was created to celebrate the art of storytelling and promote the joy of storytelling and listening.

But why is this day also important for IT?

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Change at the RWTH Aachen Software Shop

February 23rd, 2024 | by
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To simplify the procurement processes in the area of software, the IT Center has been operating the RWTH Software Shop in cooperation with asknet Solutions AG for years.

asknet Solutions AG is currently in self-administered insolvency proceedings. RWTH has therefore decided to terminate the current contract in the first quarter of 2024, on March 25, 2024.

In this context, an alternative provider for a new software store is required. This needs a thorough specification of the desired functions and requirements with a corresponding invitation to tender in order to ensure sustainable operation. Due to the short-term nature of the events, the IT Center will offer an interim solution with the most important functionalities for the transition period during the procurement of a new system.

On March 26, 2024, the interim solution AcadCloud from SoftwareOne will be launched with limited functions. Read below to find out exactly what this means.

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Reason to Celebrate – The DKZ.2R Has Started

February 21st, 2024 | by
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We are celebrating the launch of the Rhine-Ruhr Center for Scientific Data Literacy (DKZ.2R)! The overarching goal of the Rhine-Ruhr Data Competence Center is to offer researchers a space to support their projects and build methodological expertise in data science, high performance computing (HPC), research data management (RDM) and machine learning.

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Carnival Celebration at the IT Center 2024

February 19th, 2024 | by
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The highlight of the carnival season – Fat Thursday or Weiberfastnacht – was also duly heralded at the IT Center. Many look forward to this day all year round and on February 8, 2024, it finally happened!

On this day, the IT Center’s employees met in their most colorful costumes in the foyer of the IT-ServiceDesk at Seffenter Weg 23 to celebrate the fifth season. From 10:30 am, the departments arrived one by one and the carnival party could get started!

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IPv6 beta operation license server for software at RWTH Aachen

February 16th, 2024 | by

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The Internet, which provides us with information, entertainment and communication options on a daily basis, is based on a complex system of protocols and addressing. IP addresses play a crucial role in the architecture of the Internet. Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) was originally developed for this purpose and has successfully managed data traffic on the Internet for many years. However, with the constantly growing number of IP addresses required, IPv4 reached its limits. To meet these challenges and support the future development of the Internet, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) was introduced. As a renowned university, RWTH Aachen University strives to keep pace with this development. For this reason, we are planning to commission the license servers for software via IPv6.*


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Romance Without Risk: IT Security

February 14th, 2024 | by
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Valentine’s Day, a time of love and affection, brings with it not only romantic gestures but also potential online threats. In a world where digital connections are just as important as personal relationships; it is crucial to protect your own data.

In this article, you can find out how to order flowers online, buy Valentine’s Day gifts and use online dating platforms while staying digitally safe. Take care, friends!

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CLAIX-2023: New Supercomputer at the RWTH

February 9th, 2024 | by
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Alongside theory and experiment, computer-aided simulations are described as the third pillar of science. It is therefore of great importance for technical universities such as RWTH Aachen University to continuously expand their capacities in the field of high-performance computing and to further develop their capabilities. We are therefore delighted that the full installation of the new Aix-la-Chapelle (CLAIX) cluster will soon be completed! Under the label CLAIX-2023, the new high-performance computer not only offers powerful Intel Xeon 8468 Sapphire Rapids CPUs with a total of 96 cores per computing node for a significant increase in performance. In addition, it has 52 special servers for artificial intelligence and machine learning applications, each with four NVIDIA H100 GPUs, which enables an impressive total performance of over 14 PFLOPS in the ML segment alone.
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Overleaf in Regular Operation

February 7th, 2024 | by
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Last year we already introduced Overleaf to you and reported about the extension of the pilot phase. Now the popular service, which enables the collaborative editing of LaTeX documents, is going into regular operation. In collaboration between the IT Center of RWTH Aachen University and the Technical University of Darmstadt, Overleaf offers its users the possibility to work together on scientific publications without having to perform a local installation.

In this blog post you will learn more about the features and innovations that come with the regular operation of Overleaf.


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A Comprehensive Guide to eduroam

February 5th, 2024 | by

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At the IT Center of RWTH Aachen University, we understand the importance of reliable and secure network connectivity for our students, lecturers, and employees. That’s why we are proud to offer eduroam, a global Wi-Fi service that provides access to the internet across campuses and in teaching and research institutions worldwide.

In this blog post, we will delve into the key features and benefits of eduroam, as well as provide you useful information.

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Invitation to All Cluster Users

February 2nd, 2024 | by

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Hit the keys and join our HPC events in March 2024!

Are you interested in parallel programming, the new CLAIX-2023 platforms, HPC applications in general or would you like to benefit from personal support on site?

Porting & Tuning Workshop & PPCES 2024 – there is something helpful for every cluster user!

Find out in this article where you can register for free today.

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