Through the development of IT over the last 20 years, which is also massively reflected in the media, the need for computing time, but above all also for algorithmic competence in this area, has increased strongly. Realistic representations require more and more computation time, especially when it comes to interactive scenarios: be it as animations in art, entertainment or information (eg in museums), as an interactive design model in early stages of product development (eg cars) Tool for the filming of animation films. The media sector is thus a young, dynamic and fast-growing sector, which in the coming years can benefit enormously from the use of IT technologies, especially high-performance computing (HPC).
Since 2007, the state of Baden-Württemberg has pursued the strategy of specifically supporting the cooperation between research and industry in the area of high-performance computing by establishing HPC Solution Centers. Precisely because the topic of “media and HPC” is still very young, the opportunity is here to offer a lasting impetus, which in the medium term can strengthen the media location BW on the research side as well as on the economic side.
Against this background, the partners of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe and the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) have joined forces to jointly take up the challenges that these developments offer , In which these challenges can be addressed. This combination of partners makes it possible to combine the existing know-how in the fields of film, media and art as well as in the high-performance calculation in an ideal way and thus lay the foundation for innovative applications. The activities are coordinated by SICOS BW GmbH.