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We use high-performance computing on supercomputers and parallel clusters to solve complex problems in physics that would otherwise impossible to solve via analytical methods. Our main research areas are presently to understand the physics of soft matter systems in general, with a particular emphasis on charged systems like polyelectrolytes, charged colloids, ferrofluids and ionic liquids. In addition we are interested in various biophysical problems, flow phenomena, and porous media. Our methods are not only computer simulations, but we also apply statistical physics approaches like density functional methods, fractional calculus, and other approaches. The simulations are performed on parallel computers with help of the simulation package ESPResSo, and we continue to develop algorithms for long range interactions.


  • The ICP conducts for the second time an introduction into their MD program EsPResSo. The course is held as an official EsPResSo CECAM tutorial , but can also used as a credit course for students of Stuttgart University. Dates are October 2011.
  • The ICP-team around R. Hilfer provides on this website the worldwide largest discretized porous microstructures. For the first time a correlated and calibrated microstructure of Fontainebleau sandstone of centimeter size was imaged at resolutions covering nearly three decades from submillimeter to submicron (nano-)scales. For more information and for downloading the data of digital 3d images click here.
  • The SimGPU 2011 symposium on GPU computing in simulations will take place from May 30 - June 1, 2011, in Schloss Waldthausen near Mainz, Germany. For further information, see here.
  • The European Union has a project that allows European researchers to visit other institutions in Europe (e.g. ICP) for HPC-related (high performance computing) projects. If you are interested, apply at . Next deadline is September 5, 2011


Prof. Dr. Christian Holm (Director)
Rudolf Hilfer
JP Dr. Axel Arnold

Office:Henriette Patzelt
Phone: 49-(0)711/685-6-3593
Fax: 49-(0)711/685-6-3658
Institute for Computational Physics
Universität Stuttgart
Pfaffenwaldring 27
70569 Stuttgart

How to find us?
Professor Holm's Office Hours: Monday, 13:15 - 14:00
Professor Hilfer Sprechstunde: Donnerstag 13:00 - 13:30
JP Arnold's Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 - 17:00

The Group

ICP group, October 2010