History

2016

  • 25th anniversary.
  • "Piz Daint" upgraded to enable a consolidation of scientific computing and data analytics services.
  • MeteoSwiss moves its operational numerical weather prediction suite to a hybrid multi-GPU compure nodes system.

2015

  • Installation of a micro hydro plant at the CSCS pumping station to generate electricity using cooling water from the supercomputers.

2014

  • First PASC Conference: PASC14.
  • Inauguration of the upgraded "Piz Daint", the first hybrid petascale supercomputer in Europe.

2013

  • "Piz Daint" upgraded to hybrid (multicore + GPU accelerator).

2012

  • Cray XC30 "Piz Daint" (multicore)
  • Launch of the Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC) initiative.
  • Official inauguration of the new building.
  • Move from Manno to the new location in Lugano.

2011

  • Completion of construction work at the Parco Ciani pumping station.

2010

  • Start of construction of the new building in Lugano.

2009

  • First European Workshop on HPC Centre Infrastructures.
  • Launch of the High Performance and High Productivity Computing (HP2C) initiative.
  • Cray XT5 "Monte Rosa".
  • Implementation of the national High-Performance Computing and Networking Strategy (HPCN).

2007

  • Presentation of a national strategy for ensuring timely participation of Swiss research in international developments toward petascale computing.
  • Start of hosting the cluster for the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP).
  • IBM P5-575 "Blanc".

2005

  • Cray XT3 "Piz Palu".

2002

  • IBM SP4 "Venus".

2001

  • MeteoSwiss begins computing weather forecasts at CSCS.

1999

  • NEC SX5 "Prometeo".

1996

  • NEC SX4 "Gottardo".

1993

  • CSCS selected by NEC Corporation as the site for NEC's High-Performance Computing Software Development Center; collaboration in Parallel Processing.

1992

  • 1st October: official inauguration.

1991

  • "SWITCH" network established, linking the Federal Institutes of Technology with CSCS.
  • CSCS begins operation on 30 September 1991.
  • Installation of the first supercomputer, a NEC SX-3/22 "Adula".

1990

  • The center's location is decided: a new building in Manno.

1988

  • Start of discussions on locating the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre in Ticino.

1986

  • Validity of the Federal decree limited to five years starting 1 October 1986; funding thus had to be used by 30 September 1991.

1985

  • Federal decision to invest 40 million Swiss francs in a high performance computing center (> CSCS) and 15 million Swiss francs in developing a national research network for making the supercomputer accessible to Switzerland's leading universities (> SWITCH).

1980

  • The Federal Government identifies a lack of well-trained computer scientists in Switzerland.