Christian Plessl

Christian Plessl is professor (W3) for High-Performance Computing at the department of Computer Science at Paderborn University. He is also managing director of the Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC²), which is a central scientific institute of Paderborn University and a National High-Performance Computing center in the NHR alliance. He is a member of the board of directors of the NHR association.

Dr. Plessl earned a PhD degree (Dr. sc. ETH) in Computer Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2006, and a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering in 2001, also from ETH Zurich. He has been a principal investigator in numerous national and transnational research projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the State of North Rhine-Westfalia, and the European Commission. His research has also received support from industry, for example, by grants from AMD/Xilinx, Intel/Altera, Fujitsu, and others.

Dr. Plessl has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been honored with several awards, e.g., the significant paper award 2015 of FPL conference, the best paper awards at HEART 2023, ReConFig 2014 and 2012, the Paderborn University Research Award 2018 and 2009, and the SEW-EURODRIVE Studienpreis award in 2001. He is a senior member of the IEEE, member of the ACM, Gesellschaft für Infromatik (GI), and the HiPEAC Network of Excellence. He is a regular reviewer for scientific journals and serves on the program committee of major international conferences. His research interests include architecture and tools for high-performance parallel and reconfigurable computing, scientific computing, and adaptive computing systems.


Multi-FPGA Designs and Scaling of HPC Challenge Benchmarks via MPI and Circuit-Switched Inter-FPGA Networks
M. Meyer, T. Kenter, C. Plessl, ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems (2023).
Compute Centers I: Heterogeneous Execution Environments
T. Hansmeier, T. Kenter, M. Meyer, H. Riebler, M. Platzner, C. Plessl, in: C.-J. Haake, F. Meyer auf der Heide, M. Platzner, H. Wachsmuth, H. Wehrheim (Eds.), On-The-Fly Computing -- Individualized IT-Services in Dynamic Markets, Heinz Nixdorf Institut, Universität Paderborn, Paderborn, 2023, pp. 165–182.
Mutation Tree Reconstruction of Tumor Cells on FPGAs Using a Bit-Level Matrix Representation
J.-O. Opdenhövel, C. Plessl, T. Kenter, in: Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Highly Efficient Accelerators and Reconfigurable Technologies, ACM, 2023.
Scalable Multi-FPGA Design of a Discontinuous Galerkin Shallow-Water Model on Unstructured Meshes
J. Faj, T. Kenter, S. Faghih-Naini, C. Plessl, V. Aizinger, in: Proceedings of the Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing Conference, ACM, 2023.
Computing and Compressing Electron Repulsion Integrals on FPGAs
X. Wu, T. Kenter, R. Schade, T. Kühne, C. Plessl, in: 2023 IEEE 31st Annual International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM), 2023, pp. 162–173.
Breaking the exascale barrier for the electronic structure problem in ab-initio molecular dynamics
R. Schade, T. Kenter, H. Elgabarty, M. Lass, T. Kühne, C. Plessl, The International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications (2023).
Shallow Water DG Simulations on FPGAs: Design and Comparison of a Novel Code Generation Pipeline
C. Alt, T. Kenter, S. Faghih-Naini, J. Faj, J.-O. Opdenhövel, C. Plessl, V. Aizinger, J. Hönig, H. Köstler, in: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Nature Switzerland, Cham, 2023.
A computation of D(9) using FPGA Supercomputing
L. Van Hirtum, P. De Causmaecker, J. Goemaere, T. Kenter, H. Riebler, M. Lass, C. Plessl, ArXiv:2304.03039 (2023).
Roadmap on Electronic Structure Codes in the Exascale Era
V. Gavini, S. Baroni, V. Blum, D.R. Bowler, A. Buccheri, J.R. Chelikowsky, S. Das, W. Dawson, P. Delugas, M. Dogan, C. Draxl, G. Galli, L. Genovese, P. Giannozzi, M. Giantomassi, X. Gonze, M. Govoni, A. Gulans, F. Gygi, J.M. Herbert, S. Kokott, T. Kühne, K.-H. Liou, T. Miyazaki, P. Motamarri, A. Nakata, J.E. Pask, C. Plessl, L.E. Ratcliff, R.M. Richard, M. Rossi, R. Schade, M. Scheffler, O. Schütt, P. Suryanarayana, M. Torrent, L. Truflandier, T.L. Windus, Q. Xu, V.W.-Z. Yu, D. Perez, ArXiv:2209.12747 (2022).
A High-Fidelity Flow Solver for Unstructured Meshes on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays: Design, Evaluation, and Future Challenges
M. Karp, A. Podobas, T. Kenter, N. Jansson, C. Plessl, P. Schlatter, S. Markidis, in: International Conference on High Performance Computing in Asia-Pacific Region, ACM, 2022.
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Prof. Dr. Christian Plessl

High-Performance Computing

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