CSCS provides the supercomputers and expertise that help keep Swiss science at the forefront of development worldwide. Supercomputers are the tools of today’s inventors. With them, researchers can demonstrate science that was never possible with theory and experimentation alone.

The centre operates the very latest supercomputers and works with the world’s leading computing centers and hardware manufacturers. This enables the centre to be the driving force behind innovation in computational research in Switzerland: the very latest computer architecture helps to ensure that users’ codes run quickly so they can focus more on their scientific results.

CSCS houses a diverse pool of supercomputers and these are dedicated to national and custom services. The supercomputers are in the machine room, which measures 2000 square meters with no single supporting pillar or any partitioning; this all to minimize restrictions to the installation and operation of supercomputers in the future.

System (computer name)Installation YearSurface in m2Energy consumption in KW under LinkpackCompute power in GFLOP/s (Peak)

Compute power in GFLOP/s (Max)

NEC SX3 (Adula)19921253605.55

NEC SX4 (Gottardo)


NEC SX5 (Prometeo)


- (Not listed in Top500)

IBM SP4 (MPP)200240801331.2736.6

CRAY XT3 Single Core
(Piz Palü)


CRAY XT3 Dual Core (Piz Palü)


CRAY XT5 (Monte Rosa)


CRAY XT5 Six Core)


CRAY XE6 (Monte Rosa)


CRAY XC30 (Piz Daint)


CRAY XC30 (Piz Daint- Hybrid)