Hotel De La Paix

The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre is pleased to announce the HPC User Forum that will be held from October 7 to 8, 2019 at the Hotel De La Paix in Lugano, located in the Italian area of Switzerland.

It is the first time that CSCS has the pleasure to host the HPC User Forum. The meeting will offer a review of key trends in high-performance computing, with representation of Swiss, European and U.S. perspectives. Special focus will be given to the positioning of Switzerland in the (European) HPC landscape with a presentation by Peter Brönnimann (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) and by the Director of CSCS, Thomas Schulthess. Leonardo Flores (European Commission) will additionally update about the latest developments in EuroHPC. Additionally Thomas Lippert (PRACE Council Chair) with update about PRACE and Kimmo Koski (CSC) will present the goals for the Pan-European supercomputer.

Different presentations on the second day will focus on topics related to weather predictions and climate. Andreas Mueller (ECMWF) will focus on energy efficiency of meteorological codes at exascala, Rob Aulwes (Los Alamos National Laboratory) will speak about accelerating Climate codes on GPU. David Bader (Los Alamos National Laboratory) will present on the atmosphere General Circulation Model on Hybrid Leadership Architectures. Additional presentations from international speakers will inform you about other developments in HPC.

The HPC User Forum Steering Committee and Hyperion Research invite interested HPC community members to reserve a seat at one or both HPC User Forum meetings that will take place during the same week in Lugano, where the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) is located, and EPCC/University of Edinburgh in October.  The meetings will begin and end at midday, to make same-day travel easier. Registration and food/refreshments are free, but space is strictly limited. Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Preliminary Agenda


12:00     Lunch

13:00     Welcome/Introductions

Thomas Schulthess, CSCS; Paul Muzio, Earl Joseph and Steve Conway, HPC User Forum

13:15     HPC and Switzerland

Peter Brönnimann, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation

13:30    CSCS and European Supercomputing

Thomas Schulthess

14:00     EuroHPC Update

Leonardo Flores, European Commission

14:30    PRACE Update

Thomas Lippert, PRACE Council Chair (invited)

15:00    Networking Break

15:30    Vendor Technical Update: AMD

15:45    Vendor Technical Update: Panasas

16:00    Goals for the Pan-European Supercomputer

Kimmo Koski, CSC

16:30    The Exascale Computing Project's Application Software Strategy

Mike Heroux, Sandia National Laboratories

17:00    ARM and The UK Catalyst Project

Simon Burbidge, University of Bristol

17:30    End of First Day Meeting



9:00       Welcome/Logistics

Paul Muzio, HPC User Forum Steering Committee Chair

9:10       HPC Market Update

Earl Joseph & Steve Conway, Hyperion Research

9:30       Energy Efficient Scalable Algorithms For Weather Prediction At Exascale

Andreas Mueller, ECMWF

10:00    Climate: Accelerating MPAS-Ocean on GPUs

Rob Aulwes, Los Alamos National Laboratory

10:30     The E3SMMMF Atmosphere General Circulation Model on Hybrid Leadership Architectures

David Bader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

11:00    Networking Break

11:30    Metadata and Archiving: Recap of April 2019 HPC User Forum Session

Paul Muzio

12:00    Energy-Efficient Scalable Algorithms For Weather Prediction at Exascale

Andreas Mueller, ECMWF

12:30    Advanced Computing at NASA

Rupak Biswas, NASA Ames

13:00    Meeting wrap up and plans for future HPC User Forum meetings

Earl Joseph & Steve Conway

13:15 Meeting ends


Additional Information & Registration

For further information on the meetings and for registration please refer to: https://www.hpcuserforum.com/events.html.

We look forward to welcoming you in Lugano in October!