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Namesakes for the HLRN-III complexes revealed
Kennziffer WA 40/13
Kennziffer: WA 39/13
The Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB) finances its scientific work mainly out of three sources: the basic financial stock of the Federal State of Berlin, the raised third-party funds of public sponsors as well as of industrial cooperations.
In 2012, too, ZIB has raised third-party funding for a large number of projects. Financing of the institute by means of public, project-related third-party funds has stayed approximately the same, the share of industrial third-party projects has decreased compared to last year. In economically difficult times, industrial funds are subject to fluctuations to a particularly high extent. Furthermore, ZIB does no longer have any financial reserves, which, however, are necessary in order to initiate industrial projects. Nevertheless, ZIB was once again able to acquire interesting research projects and remains an attractive cooperation partner for medium-sized, innovative companies.
In the year under review, the number of ZIB employees sank due to cost savings that have become necessary because of the lower subsidy by the Federal State of Berlin by 7.5% to 218 people. In 2011, 236 persons worked at ZIB (234 persons in 2010). In 2012, too, the institute had to make immense efforts in order to enthuse scientists for Berlin as a location. On the one hand, the number of highly-qualified mathematicians and computer scientists available on the market is sinking, on the other hand, salaries for public sector employees in Berlin are still significantly below those in other Federal states – even after the conversion of the tariff scale to TV-L.
The new high-performance computer of the North-German Federal States HLRN-III was tendered in 2012. In December 2012, the contract was awarded to CRAY. The new HLRN-III will be put into operation in September 2013. The institute’s long-term data storage was further expanded; fortunately, a large number for research cooperations with Berlin-based institutions in this area could be initiated.
For 2012, the Federal State of Berlin granted expenses affecting and consumptive allowances amounting to EUR 6,978,000 (without BRAIN and KOBV shares); ZIB’s investment-related activities were supported with EUR 424,000. Third-party funding from public and industrial projects amounted to EUR 5,071,000, which was EUR 416,000 less than in 2011. This can be attributed largely to a decrease in industrial funds. In 2012, with EUR 1,733,000 these were significantly lower than revenues in 2011 (EUR 2.161,000). Of course, all funds that have been forwarded to research partners within the framework of project cooperations are disregarded here and have not been included in the calculation. Third-party income for publicly funded projects remained constant compared to 2011 (EUR 3,967,000 in 2012 vs. 3,957,000 in 2011. Another important pillar were once again the projects of the DFG Research Center , which will expire in spring 2014.