Simulation Infrastructure and HPC


The team "Simulation Infrastructure and HPC" works on innovative solutions for the efficient use of simulation infrastructure (high performance computers, digital real-time simulators) as well as their coupling and deployment through appropriate hardware and software interfaces. Acceleration methods for (real-time) simulation of electrical grids and sector-coupling energy systems are researched. Furthermore, the team addresses the development of underlying system software with a focus on scalability and performance.


Team Leader: Sonja Happ


Research Projects of the Team



Next Generation IoT as part of Next Generation Internet (IoT-NGIN) is a research project with the aim to develop new concepts and technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT). These concepts will then become the engine of the next generation internet. More


“Integrated Coupling of Energy Carriers for Grid-Coupled Customer Supply with a Focus and Mobility and DC Applications” is a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the scope of the Forschungscampus Elektrische Netze (FEN). The project started in 2020 and has a period of five years. More

ERIGrid 2.0

ERIGrid 2.0 expands the research services and tools of the research infrastructure of the ERIGrid-1 project for validating smart energy networks with an electric backbone. More


The realization of new laboratory facilities for design and assessment of next generation urban energy systems is on the way at RWTH Aachen University within the Urban Energy Lab 4.0 project. The InFIS, a subproject of Urban Enegy Lab 4.0 will enable the interconnection of laboratories into a unique research infrastructure for the holistic simulation and flexible testing of novel devices and solutions. The virtually interconnected research infrastructure comprises a real-time simulation environment, test bench for PV-Battery systems, wind turbine nacelle test bench (CWD), test bench for heat pumps (HELENA), user comfort and user behavior testing environment (Raumklimalabor) and test bed for building components (FlexFass). More


New laboratory facilities for the design and assessment of next generation urban energy systems are under construction at RWTH Aachen University within the Urban Energy Lab 4.0 (UEL) project. Within the subproject RTlab, our institute’s laboratory equipment related to research in the field of electrical grids is substantially extended to support the revolutionary simulation & testing paradigm of parallel UEL project InFIS. More

HermitCore - A Unikernel for Extreme-Scale Computing

The project HermitCore is a novel unikernel targeting a scalable and predictable runtime behavior for HPC and cloud environments. HermitCore could be used a classical unikernel within a virtual machine. In addition, it extends the multi-kernel approach with unikernel features to provide better programmability and scalability for hierarchical systems. More