Between 2008 and 2013 the HLRN-II system was operated at the two compute sites Zuse-Institut Berlin (ZIB) and Regionales Rechenzentrum für Niedersachsen (RRZN, today Leibniz Universität IT Services) in Hannover.
From the global system view HLRN-II consisted of two identical compute systems from the company SGI. Both complexes were coupled by the HLRN link, a dedicated fiber connection. The systems were named BICE (Berlin Altix ICE) and HICE (Hannover Altix ICE). The final system setup consisted of the partitions MPP and SMP on each of the sites.