A Short Interview with Head of Department Franz-Josef Pfreundt

»The diversity of the innovative projects and the liberties of the single departments are very special«

Franz-Josef Pfreundt works at the ITWM since 1995 and is head of the department »High Performance Computing« since its foundation more than 15 years ago.

1. Why is the work at the ITWM unique from your point of view? What do you like best?
The diversity of the innovative projects and the liberties of the single departments are very special. I have already been here since the founding days with Prof. Neunzert and raised three of the present departments on my own. The philosophy remains the same.


2. What was your most remarkable experience at the institute?
Life at Fraunhofer entails quite a few remarkable experiences. I, personally, have to emphasize the Fraunhofer Award for Microstructure Simulation and the IBM Faculty Award for the work on the IBM Cell Processor. These two events constitute the highlights of an unforgettable working phase.

Furthermore, the new construction of the building at its present location had a great importance to me. In the conceptualization as well as in the realization of the project, I could contribute many ideas and help to create a building, in which you enjoy working.


3. With which three aspects would you describe the department?
Three words are by far not enough to describe the department, but I think our Mission Statement sums it up quite well:

Mission Statement HPC
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Mission Statement HPC