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: Niklas Eiling


Research Projects of the Team


I-GReta: Intelligent FIWARE-based Generic Energy Storage Services for Environmentally Responsible Communities and Cities

The goal of I-GReta is to develop solutions for planning and operation of highly flexible energy systems benefitting from storage capacities. These will be capable of integrating high shares of renewables in regional and local energy networks via demand flexibility, forecasting of buildings and control based on large-scale optimization of electrical, heating and cooling consumption. More


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

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