4th European HPC Infrastructure Workshop

In its 4th edition, the highly successful series of European Workshops on HPC Infrastructures will return to Lugano, Switzerland, on April 23/24, 2013. The aim of this series of workshops is to bring together specialists for HPC centre design and operation to discuss the latest trends and technologies for infrastructure of supercomputing centres.  Given that the requirements for HPC centres differ significantly from traditional data centres this workshop provides a unique forum to exchange with other sites that have similar requirements and challenges. It will be followed by an internal PRACE HPC infrastructure session on Apr 25, 2013.

This years event will focus on a number of interesting updates from various HPC sites around Europe and beyond, Energy Efficient Computing, Infrastructure Technologies as well as some considerations about future developments in HPC.

The Lugano workshop will take place at the Hotel Cadro Panoramica, situated above Lugano and at a short drive from the new CSCS site.

Registration deadline: 15th March 2013


Time              April 22nd                                                                                       
18:30 Welcoming dinner
April 23rd
08:15-08:30 Welcoming
Session I – Current Building Projects
08:30 – 09:00 Site Presentation Leibniz-Rechenzentrum », H. Huber
09:00 – 09:30 Site Presentation NERSC Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories », J. Broughton
09:30 – 10:00 Highlights of Early Facility Experience at the New High Efficiency NCAR », A. Andersen, NCAR
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:00 Site Presentation CEA »,  J.-M. Ducos
11:00 -11:30 Site Presentation PSNC », N. Meyer
11:30 – 12:00

Site Presentation EPCC »,  J. Sweet

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Session II – Energy Efficient Computing
14:30 – 14:45 IBM, L. Brochard, IBM STG – Deep Computing »
14:45 – 15:00 Cray, P. Williams, Senior VP HPC Systems »
15:00 – 15:15 SGI, R. Wolff, Principal Engineer »
15:15 – 15:30 Bull, L. Cargemel, R&D Manager »
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:45 Panel Discussion
Time April 24th
Session III -Infrastructure Technologies
08:30 – 09:00 Ultracapacitors », S. Vrabiescu, Maxwell Technologies SA
09:00 – 09:30 Intelligent Energy Management integrated (IEMi and eBoost) », L. Giuntini, GE Digital Energy
09:30 – 10:00 Coffee Break
Session IV – Current Building Projects
10:00 – 10:30 Site Presentation NREL », M. Patterson, Intel Corporation
10:30 – 11:00 Site Presentation ORNL », J. Rogers
11:00 – 11:30 Site Presentation TU Dresden », D. Hackenberg
11:30 – 13:30 Lunch
Session V – Energy Efficient Computing
13:30 – 14:00 Energy Efficient High Performance Computing Working Group », Natalie Bates
14:00 – 14:30 Preparing for Exascale »Michael K Patterson , Intel Corporation
14:30 – 15:15 Site Presentation CSCS », L. Gilly
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:00 Transfer to CSCS
16:00 – 17:30 Site Tour of CSCS
17:30 End of Workshop
Time April 25th
PRACE Closing Session @CSCS
08:30 – 12:00 PRACE Closing Session @ CSCS


Please check the website of the Hotel for closer information on how to reach the site. The CSCS travel indications also offer complete information on how to get to Lugano.


The Hotel Cadro Panoramica offers a wide selection of rooms and self-catered apartments that all have balconies with a fantastic view over the city of Lugano and surrounding mountains. To book your room please contact the hotel at info(at)cadro-panoramica.ch and mention the booking code “4th HPC Infrastructure Workshop” to get access to the conference flat rate of 150 CHF per person and night + tax including ADSL Internet in the room, a breakfast buffet, parking and access to the pool and sports facilities.