Current Collaborations


Materials at eXascale (MaX) is one of the eight “European Centres of Excellence for HPC applications” supported by the EU under its H2020 e-INFRA-2015 call. MaX was created to support developers and end users of advanced applications for materials simulations, design and discovery, and works at the frontiers of the current and future High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies. ETH Zurich represented by CSCS is the legal partner of the MaX consortium.

Contact person: Anton Kozhevnikov, kozhevnikov(at)

For more information please visit the MaX website.

CHIPP/WLCG Worldwide LHC Computing Grid

CSCS operates a Tier-2 center for the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) on behalf of the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP). It is the biggest Tier-2 center in Switzerland. Tier-3 centers are operated by PSI, the University of Bern and the University of Geneva. Switzerland as a member state of CERN contributes to the distributed data storage and analysis infrastructure for the users of the ATLAS, CMS and LHCb experiments at the Large Hadron Collider - the largest scientific instrument on the planet.

Contact person: Miguel Gila, miguel.gila(at)

HPC Advisory Council

The HPC Advisory Council, a leading worldwide organization for high-performance computing research, development, outreach and education, on August 17th, 2010 announced the formation of its regional Centers of Excellence, broadening the scope and mission of the Council’s programs throughout the world. The HPC Advisory Council Centers of Excellence aim to provide local support for the HPC Advisory Council’s programs, local workshops and conferences, as well as host local computing centers that can be used to extend such activities. CSCS was named as one of the inaugural HPC Advisory Council’s Centers of Excellence, covering HPC research, outreach and educational activities within Europe.

hpc-ch - The Swiss Service Provider Community

CSCS is one of the promoter of hpc-ch, the Swiss Service Provider Community. The goal of hpc-ch is to support and foster the knowledge exchange between providers of HPC systems at Swiss universities. 11 organizations are already member of hpc-ch and 3 joined as guest.

Contact person: Michele De Lorenzi, michele.delorenzi(at)

For more information please visit hpc-ch website.

The Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project is part of the FET Flagship Programme, an initiative launched by the European Commission as part of its Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative. The goal is to encourage visionary, "mission-oriented" research with the potential to deliver breakthroughs in information technology with major benefits for European society and industry. The HBP in particular will make fundamental contributions to neuroscience, to medicine and to future computing technology, rising the challenge of understanding the human brain.

Contact person: Colin McMurtrie, colin.mcmurtrie(at)

For more information please visit the Human Brain Project website.

Hybrid Multicore Consortium

CSCS is one of the organizing members of the Hybrid Multicore Consortium together with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Berkeley National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Georgia Tech University. The consortium aims to explore hybrid multicore architectures as a significant, yet unrealized promise for delivering high-end production computing capabilities for the most demanding science applications.

Contact person: Michele De Lorenzi, michele.delorenzi(at) 

For more information please visit the Hybrid Multicore Consortium website.


In January 2008 CSCS institutionalized its staff exchange program with the US American supercomputing centre NERSC at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The aim of this exchange program was to build on the similarities of both centres to share and further the scientific and technical know-how of both institutions. Berkeley Lab Associate Director for Computing Sciences Horst Simon is a member of the CSCS advisory board. Both centers share a common technological focus, having selected Cray XT supercomputers as their primary systems after thorough reviews of various systems. The two sites regularly interact and exchange on systems, applications and facilities.

For more information please visit NERSC website.


The Swiss Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC) overarching goal is to position Swiss computational sciences in the emerging exascale-era and aims to provide the Swiss scientific community with the tools to make the best use of the new generations of supercomputing machines to solve key problems for science and society. It addresses important scientific research issues in high-performance computing and computational science in different domain sciences through interdisciplinary collaborations between domain scientists, computational scientists, software developers, computing centres and hardware developers.

PASC is a joint effort of all Swiss universities, coordinated by the CSCS and the Università della Svizzera italiana and will create a long-term research-driven cooperation network in computational science between Swiss Universities.

Contact person: Claudio Gheller, claudio.gheller(at)

For more information please visit PASC website.

PLAN-E - Platform of National eScience/Data Research Centers in Europe

PLAN-E is a new Platform of National eScience/Data Research Centers in Europe. The Platform unites the efforts of escience and data research groups across Europe in order to strengthen the European position in the escience and data research domain.

Contact person: Michele De Lorenzi, michele.delorenzi(at)

For more information please visit PLAN-E website.

PRACE - Partnership for Advance Computing in Europe

PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, aims to create a pan-European high performance computing (HPC) service and enable high impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE seeks to realize this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process. PRACE also seeks to strengthen the European users of HPC in industry through various initiatives. PRACE has a strong interest in improving energy efficiency of computing systems and reducing their environmental impact.

ETH Zurich, represented by CSCS, is a General Partner in the PRACE international not-for-profit association (AISBL) and participates in all PRACE projects.

Contact person: Maria Grazia Giuffreda, giuffreda(at)

For more information please visit PRACE website.