The GWDG is a service organization that works in conjunction with the University of Göttingen and the Max Planck Society as a data and IT service center.  It also carries out independent research in the field of computer science and provides support in preparing future professionals for a career in information technology. 

Particularly, tasks include the operation of high-performance computers, the provision of specialized systems, and support of the transmission network GÖNET, which connects institutes in Göttingen. Through the GWDG, GÖNET is connected to the national research and education network X-WiN and the internet. As an IT competence center, the GWDG advises and supports all associated institutes concerning all questions on scientific data processing.