The LRZ is the computer centre for Munich's universities and for the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. It takes care of the scientific data network in Munich, it offers a variety of data services, and it provides high-end computing facilities for the scientific community in Germany and beyond.

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (Leibniz-Rechenzentrum, LRZ) provides the following services to the scientific and academic communities in Munich:

  • General IT services for more than 100,000 university customers in Munich and for the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW),
  • A powerful communications infrastructure called the Munich Scientific Network (M√ľnchner Wissenschaftsnetz, MWN), and a competence centre for data communication networks
  • Archiving and backup of large amounts of data on extensive disk and automated magnetic tape storage
  • A technical and scientific high performance Supercomputing Centre for all German universities

Additionally to these services the LRZ has established the centre for Virtual Reality and Visualization in 2012. With this centre the LRZ hosts state of the art visualisation and virtual reality equipment. The newly established team supporting the visualization services of the LRZ is led by Christoph Anthes, who has a 10 year experience in the field. During the last years he has been working on many VR appications and related software development. Two major demonstration applications from the domain of VR and new media art involving development teams of 10 to 30 people were coordinated and lead in the area of technical design and overall application design. Both the net'O'drom and the SpaceTrash application were presented at international festivals in Athens (medi@terra '06) and Laval (Laval Virtual '08).

During the last years the open source VR framework inVRs was developed under the lead of Christoph Anthes and has been presented twice at the IEEE VR (in form of a tutorial in 2009 and 2010) and as well at the JVRC. inVRs focuses on the general development of VR applications, especially networked ones and allows to interface arbitrary input devices and output devices.

The LRZ cooperates in the domain of VR and visualisation with a variety of institutes from the Technical University in Munich and the Ludwig-Maximilians University. The application areas range from visualisation in Architecture, Archeology, to abstract data visualisation in the monitoring of energy consumption in supercomputers.