ISC’13: a brand-new booth for the “HPC in Switzerland”

This year “International Supercomputing Conference”, ISC13, held this week in Leipzig, Germany, sees a brand-new booth for the “HPC in Switzerland” whose motto is “implementing sustainable supercomputing”.  As tradition, chocolate and coffee are available for the interested visitors, additionally the members of the Swiss team are giving short presentations on HPC in Switzerland, CSCS,  and its current projects and activities.

Let’s have a glimpse into the booth with Michele De Lorenzi and Angelo Mangili from CSCS at work:







The first news from Leipzig concerns the Top500 list of the currently fastest supercomputers in the world. This time, however, there was no suspense preceding the announcement because the performance of Tianhe-2 was already known in early June. The new list has been made public yesterday June 17th, 2013:

  1. Tiahne-2 (Milky-Way 2) – TH-IVB-FEP Cluster at National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, China
  2. Titan – Cray XK7 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, USA
  3. Sequoia – BG/Q at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, USA


Today, June 18th, a full session was dedicated to Supercomputing and Human Brain Project:

  1. A Simulation Perspective on Challenges & Opportunities in the Human Brain Project, Felix Schürmann, EPFL
  2. The Supercomputing Infrastructure Roadmap for the Human Brain Project, Thomas Lippert, JSC
  3. Opportunities for New Developments in Supercomputing in the Human Brain Project, Thomas Schulthess, CSCS
  4. Future Computing & the Human Brain Project, Karlheinz Meier, EPFL

Switzerland has a key role in this project which aims is to pull together all the existing knowledge of the human brain and to reconstruct it, piece by piece, in supercomputer-based models and simulations.


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