GCS operates as a registered association (e.V.). The non-profit organization is led by a board of directors, a steering committee (funding bodies) and a scientific steering committee.
The GCS steering committee is made up of representatives of the agencies funding GCS: The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science, Research, and the Arts, the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts and Ministry of Culture and Science of the state of North Rhein-Westphalia. The chair is held by the BMBF representative, and the vice-chair rotates every two years. The committee is responsible for forming and guiding the GCS strategy as well as setting the rules and conditions for using GCS HPC resources, setting the process for reviewing and awarding computing time, and reviewing and approving allocations recommended by the scientific steering committee.
The GCS Scientific Steering Committee advises the GCS Council instrategic and scientific decisions. It awards computing time grants on the GCS HPC systems to scientifically excellent research projects. All GCS projects are evaluated by a peer-review process strictly based on scientific and technical excellence.
The Scientific Steering Committee consists of three representatives (chair, vice chair, head of operations) from the current institutions on the GCS Council. A list of the current GCS Scientific Steering Committee members can be found here.
The GCS Council is the deliberative body of GCS and decides on all matters of the association. It is composed of institutional and private members. The current institutions represented the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and the University of Stuttgart. Private members are representatives of the three GCS HPC centres.
The GCS Board of Directors is elected by the GCS Council for a period of two years. It consists of a Chair and two Vice-Chairs. The current Chairman of the Board is Dieter Kranzlmüller (LRZ), the vice-chairs are Thomas Lippert (JSC) and Michael Resch (HLRS).
GCS management is responsible for all operations of the association and running the organization’s project management office, which is responsible for all projects supported by GCS as well as inter-European HPC initiatives.
The GCS Managing Director is Claus Axel Müller.