CSCS User Lab Day – Meet the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre

Kongresszentrum Kreuz
Vacancies available

Dear Members of the CSCS User Community,

We would like to invite you to join CSCS Staff for the event “CSCS User Lab Day – Meet the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre” to be held on Friday, September 2, 2022 at the Kongresszentrum Kreuz, located in Bern, Switzerland. The event will end with an apero to allow further discussions and questions. 

Kongresszentrum Kreuz
Zeughausgasse 41
3011 Bern


10:00 – 10:25 Registration and Coffee
10:25 – 10:30 Welcome and Agenda
10:30 – 11:15 Scientific Keynote: Professor Christoph Raible, Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern, "Glacial times – mechanisms and impacts over the Alps"
11:15 – 11:45 Plenary Session: Maxime Martinasso, Head of Engineering, CSCS, "MultiFactor Authentication at CSCS"

11:45 – 12:45 Morning Parallel Sessions: 

1. How to build HPC software at CSCS: a practical introduction (Luca Marsella, Alberto Invernizzi, Harmen Stoppels)

  • Cray Programming Environment
  • EasyBuild framework
  • Spack workflows (hands-on)                                  

 2.  Continuous Integration and Development Tools (Theophilos Manitaras, Andreas fink)

  • Jenkins service for CI/CD
  • Prototype of CI/CD service based on GitLab runners

3. Interactive Supercomputing on Piz Daint (Part 1: Innovative HPC Access Methods) (Tim Robinson, Eirini Koutsaniti)

  • Introduction to JupyterLab: A web-based interactive development environment for notebooks, code and data
  • Introduction to FirecREST: a REST interface for programming access to HPC resources

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:30   Plenary Session: Benjamin Cumming, Software Engineer, CSCS, "User Programming on Alps at CSCS"

14:30 – 15:30  Afternoon Parallel Sessions

1. Containers: Towards Reproducibility of Data and Flexibility (Theophilos Manitaras, Rafael Sarmiento)

  • Advances in containers for HPC
  • Creating container images
  • Run at scale with mpi and gpu support at CSCS
  • Classical HPC and machine learning use cases

 2. Software Performance and your project proposal: How can we help? (Victor Holanda, Erini Koustaniti)

  • Continuous validation of software performance at CSCS: How can you contribute?
  • Automating project proposal submission workflow

3. Interactive Supercomputing on Piz Daint (Part 2: Julia and ParaView in Jupyter environments) (Samuel Omlin, Jean Favre)

  • Using Julia with Jupyter notebooks
  • Using ParaView with Jupyter notebooks

Plenary Session:

15:30 – 16:15 Thomas Schulthess, Director of CSCS & Professor of Computational Physics, ETH Zurich, ”Update on CSCS Roadmap

16:15 - 16:30 Maria Grazia Giuffreda, Associate Director, CSCS, "Final Remarks and Announcements"

16:30 – 17:30 Farewell Coffee Apero


Registration is mandatory but without charge.

Deadline for registration: Friday, August 26, 2022

Thank you to everyone who already registered for the event. The response has been overwhelming, and we are now at full capacity.


Please contact Maria Grazia Giuffreda (mgg@cscs.ch) for questions related to the event content and info@cscs.ch for questions related to the event logistics.

We look forward to seeing you in Bern on Friday, September 2, 2022!