Hessian Competence Center for HPC
"Debuggers are like fire extinguishers. As long as there is no fire you don’t need them. But if there is a fire, you want the best." - Dr. Iwainsky, HKHLR HPC expert
The Hessian Competence Center for High Performance Computing (HKHLR) supports university researchers in the state who are striving for the efficient and sustainable use of modern HPC systems. HKHLR was founded by the universities of Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Giessen, Kassel, and Marburg, and is funded by the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts. HKHLR offers a variety of different services to aid researchers, including courses and workshops for beginning and advanced HPC users.
HKHLR considered other debugging products, but TotalView for HPC offered several strengths over the competition, including reverse debugging and a single license agreement model for all Hessian universities. Two universities initially adopted TotalView, but HKHLR wanted to deploy the solution to more universities with larger HPC systems. TotalView is now the only officially supported debugger at the central computing installations at all universities participating in HKHLR.