Founded in 1829, the foremost aim of the Universität Stuttgart (USTUTT) in research and teaching lies in the fields of engineering and the natural sciences.
The close interconnection of research and teaching enables the university to both, to provide a very good education for students and to hold a top position in basic and applied research especially by its intensive co-operation with industry. Furthermore, the university with its 140 institutes distributed over 10 faculties, 5,000 employees, and about 20,000 students - among them 3,000 young men and women from all over the world - has a strong impact in Baden-Württemberg, Germany’s traditional high-tech region. The annual budget amounts to about 270 million Euros not counting construction costs. About 120 million Euros of this amount are provided by public and private sponsors for research projects. 36 per cent are provided by industry, about 17 per cent by the Ministry of Research and Technology and 13 per cent are now provided by the EU, 12 per cent by the ‘Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft’ , and special research projects take up 10 per cent.
Rechenzentrum Universität Stuttgart (RUS) is the university's computing center and acts as a central service facility for computing, networking and information services and has initiated and manages the State science network ‘BelWue’. High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), is operating the first German National supercomputer center for university research and is visible in this role at an international scale. The corresponding supercomputer resources are jointly financed and operated by the ‘hww’ (high-performance computing for science and industry) - an Ltd. Company owned by the State of Baden-Württemberg, Deutsche Telekom T-Systems, Porsche AG and Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Heidelberg University. These ‘public-private-partnership’ activities of the centre are an outcome of the long history of co-operation with industry.
Of the centre’s more than hundred persons staff about fifty are engaged in State, Federal, European and international projects. USTUTT-HLRS has a record in distributed and collaborative Virtual Reality, Transatlantic Metacomputing, networking, and information management. As a supercomputing centre, an industry partner and a member of Stuttgart University, USTUTT-HLRS develops and applies multimedia techniques for collaboration, teaching and support at large scale. USTUTT-RUS. Both RUS and HLRS have great experience in national and international research projects such as MAMS, Akogrimo, and Daidalos, to name only a few.