University of Innsbruck

University of InnsbruckInnsbruck, Innrain 52, A-6020 Innsbruck


Distributed and Parallel Systems groupInstitute for Computer Science
University of Innsbruck
Technikerstraβe 21a
A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria


Institution Background
University of Innsbruck’s main mandate is to focus on research and development, teaching and continuing professional education and training. In all these fields its regional status is to be deepened and its high ranking in the European academic area is to be guaranteed. This is laid down in the Mission Statement of the University of Innsbruck. The University is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and students, irrespective of gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, and religious belief, and membership of the traveling community.

Founded in 1669, the University of Innsbruck looks back to a long and variable history. The University has always been a supporting pillar of the Tyrolean society and has influenced the region tremendously. The importance of its status as a research and educating institution can be seen in the numerous award winning alumni and current and former scientists teaching and researching at the University. Many scientific cutting-edge discoveries have been made at this institution.

Today the University comprises of 16 faculties and 78 institutes. For more information on the structure and size of the University visit our sites University in Numbers, Student Numbers and Organisational Structure. You find relevant numbers on last year’s performances at the Intellectual Capital site, and strategies and plans for the next few years at Development Plan. For finding the location of the various faculties, departments and other university institutions go to Maps and Directions. The site University Life gives you information on academic and cultural activities and events at the University.

Research Group Background

University of Innsbruck is a global Top-200 university and the second largest University in Austria with a long history in parallel and distributed computing. Besides numerous funded research programs in the area of distributed computing for business and scientific applications, in 2010 an international doctoral school in computational interdisciplinary modelling (FWF Austrian Science Fund — Doctoral Programme) has been established where highly qualified international PhD students are trained in modelling, simulation, numerical mathematics, and techniques for parallel and distributed computing. Apart from interdisciplinary, an innovative teaching concept combined with strong international networking are key to this program. University of Innsbruck has been involved in a large number of national and international Grid and Cloud computing projects.

The Distributed and Parallel Systems group led by Prof. Thomas Fahringer is continuously researching and developing application development environments, programming paradigms and tools to simplify the effective use of multiprocessor architectures and geographically distributed heterogeneous resources as the bases for the next generation of performance-oriented applications.
Among others, the tool set includes:
– ASKALON (, an application development and computing environment for parallel and distributed performance-oriented applications, and
– Insieme (, a parallelising and optimising compiler for heterogeneous Multicore based parallel computing systems.

Major Interest in Action Scientific Topics
– high-performance scientific computing
– distributed computing
– cloud computing
– parallel programming models and languages
– compiler construction
– performance analysis and tuning
– scheduling and optimisation
– energy efficiency