SOS24 Workshop

Vacancies available
CHF 300.00

The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre is pleased to announce that the SOS24 Workshop will be held from March 17 to 20, 2020 at the Hotel Laudinella in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

SOS is an invitation-only series of highly interactive workshops on Distributed Supercomputing organized by Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre.

The theme of SOS24 is Will HPC Survive the Cloud and in What Form?

Topics will include the following:

  • Science and Application Drivers for Cloud and Edge Computing
  • Wrestling with Data
  • Exascale Data Movement Orchestration in Cloudy HPC Era
  • Toward Effective and Efficient Next-Generation HPC Software Ecosystems
  • Advances in Non-Von Neumann Architectures
  • AI and Science – A Marriage Made In…
  • HPC and/or Cloud for Data Driven Workflows

SOS24 Workshop
March 17-20, 2020
Hotel Laudinella
St. Moritz, Switzerland

  • Registration

    The registration fee for SOS24 is CHF 300 and it covers the cost of the venue, as well as food and beverage for all lunches and social evening events.

    The dinner on Thursday, March 19 will take place in a restaurant located at 3'000m above the sea level, reachable only by cable car. You may bring a guest to this social event, by paying an extra fee of CHF 100.

    Please note that entrance to the workshop, conference materials, coffee breaks and lunches are intended for participants only (not guests).

    Registration does not include lodging. Lodging is each participant's responsibility. Please refer to the accommodation paragraph for additional information on room reservations.

    Registration fees:

    • CHF 300 > rate per attendee
    • CHF 400 > rate per attendee with additional guest for the night out (Thursday, March 19)

    Deadline for registration: March 1, 2020

    Please note that all registrations are final and fees cannot be reimbursed.

  • Agenda

    DAY 1

    07:50 – 08:00WELCOME AND OVERVIEWSession Chair: Sadaf Alam, CSCS
    08:00 – 10:00

    Session I: Science and Application Drivers for Cloud and Edge Computing

    Session Chair: Marie-Christine Sawley, Intel

    10:00 – 10:30COFFEE BREAK 
    10:30 – 12:30Session II: Wrestling with DataSession Chair: John Turner, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    12:30 – 13:30LUNCH 
    13:30 – 17:20AFTERNOON FREE
    (Ski / Side meetings)
    17:20 – 19:20Session III: Exascale Data Movement Orchestration in Cloudy HPC EraSession Chair: Francois Tessier, CSCS


    DAY 2

    08:00 – 10:00

    Session IV: Toward Effective and Efficient Next-Generation HPC Software Ecosystems

    Session Chair: Mike Heroux, Sandia National Laboratories
    10:00 – 10:30COFFEE BREAK 
    10:30 – 12:30Session V: HPC and/or Cloud for Data Driven WorkflowsSession Chair: Sadaf Alam, CSCS
    12:30 – 13:30LUNCH 
    13:30 – 17:20AFTERNOON FREE
    (Ski / Side meetings)
    18:30 – 22:30  NIGHT–OUT EVENT



    DAY 3

    08:00 – 10:00

    Session VI: AI and Science - A Marriage Made In...

    Session Chair: Valerie Taylor, Argonne National Laboratory

    10:00 – 10:30COFFEE BREAK 
    10:30 – 12:30Session VII: Advances in Non-Von Neumann ArchitecturesSession Chair: Barney Maccabe,Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    12:30 – 13:00

    Session: Crystal Ball

    Session Chair: Sadaf Alam, CSCS
    13:00 – 13:15

    Invitation to SOS25

    Ron Brightwell, Sandia National Laboratories

    13:15 – 14:15 LUNCH 
  • Conference dinner on Thursday, March 19, 2020

    The SOS24 Workshop dinner will be held at the Bellavista Panorama Restaurant located in the Berghaus Diavolezza. The restaurant lies at almost 3,000m above sea level and can easily be reached by cablecar from the valley station Diavolezza.

    Berghaus Diavolezza
    7504  Pontresina
    +41 81 839 39 00

    Regional recipes from Graubünden and Valtellina will be at the center of the menu. As a “side dish” to complete the meal, we hope that guests will enjoy the beautiful alpine scenery in the background. From up here "Diavolezza," the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps, lies at your feet.

    Dress warm and get ready for a unique night in a fairy-tale mountain scenery!

    For participants dinner and transportation are included in the registration fee. Guests can be registered through the event website prior to the meeting by paying an extra fee of CHF 100.




  • Accommodation

    SOS24 Workshop participants can benefit from the following special rates at Hotel Laudinella in St. Moritz, according to availability.

    Hotel Laudinella
    Via Tegiatscha 17
    T +41 81 836 00 00

    Double room standard for single use: 159 CHF (for double use: 179 CHF)
    Double room superior for single use: 184 CHF (for double use: 204 CHF)
    All prices are per night and include breakfast buffet and VAT service. Tourists have to pay taxes per person/night in the amount of CHF 3.05.

    Booking Procedure

    Bookings are to be made through the hotel portal:
    1- Go to www.laudinella.ch/en  
    2- Click “book your room” on the top of the page, scroll down and choose “book Hotel Laudinella”
    3- Enter the details (arrival, departure, occupancy) and enter the promo code "Swiss-Conferences-2020"
    4- Click “continue” and enter the requested details (contact data, credit card details), accept the terms and click “book bindingly”

    For special requests (such as an extension of your stay), guests should contact reservations(at)laudinella.ch or call +41 81 836 08 61 and mention the room block code: "Swiss-Conferences-2020"


    Shuttle Transfer
    Hotel Laudinella offers a free pick-up service from the train station to the hotel during the working hours h.08:00 - 21:00. If interested, please get in touch with the hotel.


  • Getting there
    • Rail

    Swiss Federal Railways

    Tickets can be purchased at any station and at Zurich Airport.

    Travel times:

    Zurich - St. Moritz 3h21min

    Milan - St. Moritz 4h50min

    Basel -St. Moritz 4h25min

    Munich - St. Moritz ~7h

    Innsbruck - St. Moritz 5h14min

    • Car

    You can reach the Engadin by car from anywhere in Switzerland, Italy, Germany or Austria. Please bear in mind that this is the heart of the Alps - please ensure you have a winter proof car and a driver who knows how to use it. 

    Travel distances and times:

    Zurich - St. Moritz


    200 km


    3 hours

    Milan - St. Moritz


    175 km


    3 hours

    Munich - St. Moritz


    280 km


    4 hours

    Basel - St. Moritz


    250 km


    4 hours

     If snow has fallen, crossing the passes is only permitted with snow chains or in 4x4 vehicles.

    The speed limit on Swiss motorways is 120km/h, and that of urban motorways between 60 and 100 km/h. There is a toll to pay (CHF 40) for the use of most motorways. The motorway Vignette is available for purchase at post offices, petrol stations and TCS offices (Touring Club Switzerland). Route planner.

  • St. Moritz at a glance

    St. Moritz is situated in the Engadin Valley at 1856 meters altitude. It is the place of birth of Alpine winter tourism dating back to 1864 and winter sports took its baby steps here in 1884.

    The quality of winter sports on offer in St. Moritz is outstanding – from the local mountain, Corviglia/Piz Nair, with its 100 kilometres of slopes, to the legendary Cresta Run and the only natural-ice bobsleigh track in the world.

    Be inspired by the Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus website with great sightseeing tips and information about places and points of interest in St. Moritz and surrounding areas.

    Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus
    Via San Gian 30
    T +41 81 830 00 01

  • Ski passes & Equipment rental

    Please click here to see the prices for the ski passes. Buy your ski pass now and you will get early booking discounts.

    You may also decide to buy ski passes from the hotel reception. Please note by using this options you will need to buy a ski pass for the entire duration at your stay (45.-CHF/day).


    • Passes are personal and non-transferable
    • Children under 6 years of age travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult (excluding Aela, Cristins, Celerina Provulèr, San Spiert, Survih, Müsella and Bügls)
    • 50% special (50 % off on 1 to 14 days): Kitzbühel, Livigno, Bormio, S. Caterina Valfurva, Scuol, Samnaun, Val Müstair, Casaccia in the Val Bregaglia, Bivio, Bergün, Spindlermühle (CZ), Atzmännig
    • Valid at the following resorts in Upper Engadin: Aela, Furtschellas, Corvatsch, Cristins, Suvretta, Corviglia, Piz Nair, Marguns, Celerina Provulèr, Muottas Muragl, Survih, San Spiert / Languard, Diavolezza, Lagalb, Müsella, ski lifts Zuoz and Bügls
    • Valid for the following public transport in winter: Maloja–Cinuos-chel / Brail, Samedan–Pontresina, St. Moritz–Alp Grüm, Bever–Spinas (RhB – 2nd class, including night bus)


    You can rent skis or skiing boots by sending an email to info(at)reine-victoria.ch. We recommend you book them in advance since availability is limited. Price list available here.





  • Organizers

    General Chair

    Thomas Schulthess, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre

    Program Committee

    Sadaf Alam, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre

    Ronald Brightwell, Sandia National Laboratories

    John Turner, Oak Ridge National Laboratories

    Local Arrangements

    Raluca Hodoroaba, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre

    Tatjana Ruefli, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre

  • Sponsors

    We would like to acknowledge the following sponsors for their generous support of the SOS24 Workshop.

    Gold Sponsors