How to use the HPI Future SOC Lab

The Lab provides researchers with free of charge access to a complete infrastructure of state of the art hardware and software. This infrastructure includes components, which might be too expensive for an ordinary research environment. The offerings address researchers particularly from but not limited to the areas of computer science and business information systems. Main areas of research include cloud computing, parallelization, and In-Memory technologies. 

To simplify the start with this heterogenous IT landscape, we are offering short tutorial videos. In case of questions, have a look on our website, post a question in the forum or contact us at

Successful researching! The HPI Future SOC Lab Team

Self-paced since October 1, 2019
Language: English

Course information

The HPI Future SOC (Service-Oriented Computing) Lab is a cooperation of the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the industry partners Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Dell EMC, Fujitsu, and SAP. Its mission is to enable and promote exchange and interaction between the research community and the industry partners.

We look forward to an active participation in Diskussionsforum in order to work out more detailed questions together.

The videos are about the first steps and frequently asked questions:

  • What is the HPI Future SOC Lab?
  • Which hardware do we have?
  • What are key projects?
  • What are the projects steps and expectations?
  • Connection via VPN (OpenVPN, Viscosity, Tunnelblick)
  • Password reset of the HPI Future SOC Lab account
  • Use of home directory and playground
  • and many more

Course contents

  • The HPI Future SOC Lab

  • VPN Connection:

    One of the first step is to establish a VPN connection to access our IT landscape. We show you the best way on the most used operating systems. Do you have another operating system? Just give us a sign.
  • Feedback and Discussions:

    Your Voice Matters! We always want to improve our HPI Future SOC Lab and provide simple onboarding material, best practices and hints regarding our IT landscape. Please help us by leaving comments. Feedback is appreciated!

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Course End
Oct 01, 2019
Course Start
Apr 10, 2019

This course is offered by

Prof. Dr. Andreas Polze

Prof. Andreas Polze's group Operating Systems and Middleware develops programming paradigms, design patterns and description methods for large, distributed component systems. The group’s work focuses on the integration of middleware with embedded systems and the predictability of their behavior with respect to real-time capability, fault tolerance and safety.

Bernhard Rabe

Bernhard Rabe has studied Computer Science at Humboldt University of Berlin and received a diploma in 2002. After working as research assistant at the Operating Systems and Middleware chair he is technical lead of the Hasso Plattner Institute Future SOC Lab since its beginnings in 2009. Bernhard is responsible for the whole hardware and software stack of Future SOC Lab, likes to automate processes to ease up the Lab usage for researchers and spend his spare time sailing and climbing.

Ayleen Oswald

Ayleen Oswald is the project manager of the Future SOC Lab of the Hasso Plattner Institute. She is working for SAP and supports the colleagues of HPI in process planning and execution, communication and promotion. SAP is one of the four industry partners of the HPI Future SOC Lab which provides researchers free of charge access to a powerful IT landscape. She graduated as Master of Science in Informatics and Economics from the University of Applied Sciences Berlin and had already supported the team for two years.