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Petaflop/s: The why, the how and the what for? ...

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Russia accelerates scientific innovation with GPU supercomputers ...

hpc-ch at ISC'11 to present HPC activities in Switzerland ...

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Tera 100 once again crowned as Europe's most powerful supercomputer ...

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NetApp bolsters management capabilities, provides common foundation for enterprise customers' private, public, and hybrid Clouds ...

Bull announces the creation of BUX, the Bull User group for eXtreme Computing ...

Bright Cluster Manager 5.2 shipping with support for CUDA 4, ScaleMP, SLURM, LSF and enhanced multi-cluster management ...

Experts from Russia and EU collaborate on HOPSA; a new project to boost the performance of supercomputers ...

Companies at ISC'11 exhibition show media the innovations they've got in store for user ...

Xyratex exhibiting at International Supercomputing Conference 2011 ...

Supermicro showcases portfolio of HPC optimized solutions at ISC'11 ...

Mellanox FDR InfiniBand selected to deliver PetaScale performance for Europe’s fastest supercomputer ...

NetApp E5400 meets extreme customer demands in high-performance environments ...

VMware introduces vFabric 5, an integrated application platform for virtual and Cloud environments ...

hpc-ch at ISC'11 to present HPC activities in Switzerland

20 Jun 2011 Hamburg - hpc-ch is the Swiss HPC Service Provider Community. Their mission is to promote knowledge exchange between providers of HPC services in Swiss universities and research centres and to promote HPC in Switzerland. In on-line and in regular meetings the system specialists of hpc-ch are discussing best practices and developments in HPC. Social gatherings of hpc-ch's HPC specialists are building up a team spirit across Switzerland. Despite of its size, Switzerland is an important global player in research, notably in science and engineering. This implies that Switzerland is at the leading edge on HPC and HPC supported science. At the ISC'11 in Hamburg hpc-ch presents on its booth an overview of the HPC ecosystem in Switzerland. The focus is on th hpc-ch member organisations which are currently entities hold by the states (cantons) or the confederation. The relationship between the organisations located in different parts of the country is characterized by a friendly co-operation as well as a fruitful competition.

Swiss politics has recognized the importance of HPC as a pacemaker of scientific and technological research. Thus the Federal Parliament has adopted a national HPCN (High Performance and Networking) strategy which is now being implemented by the government. The HPCN strategy does not only aim to push Switzerland into the petascale age but also to enable scientists to successfully make use of petascale supercomputers. While the former is reached by investments in a new state-of-the-art data-center building and new supercomputers, the latter shall be reached by the HP2C network of competence. HP2C is a multi-disciplinary collaboration on scientific level of the different research organisations in Switzerland, with the focus to improve the development of software for supercomputers.

Following the PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) paradigm, it is not sufficient to have just one big supercomputer. Consequently the hpc-ch's member organisations are building and maintaining their own HPC infrastructures to provide supercomputing power for scientific projects which are not requiring petascale power as well as for development and testing of petascale projects.

The publicly well funded HPC infrastructure makes Switzerland an interesting place for commercially oriented entities. There are several industrial research centres located in Switzerland which are taking advantage from the HPC ecosystem as well as from the traditionally investor friendly political climate in Switzerland. The different organisations in the HPC field are also interested in a sustainable collaboration with HPC vendors and in an exchange of experiences with the industry.

Switzerland is a very interesting place work for talented scientists and engineers coming from all over the world. There is a sound political commitment in research and higher education, coupled with the political will for major investments into HPC. Furthermore Switzerland has to offer a spectacular landscape and a rich diverse culture offering cultural events for almost every taste.

Last but not least, Switzerland is not only the place for chocolate. Coffee is far more important for the HPC community, thus hpc-ch demonstrates at the hpc-ch booth that coffee brewed on Swiss espresso machines tastes delicious and helps you to write your code or to maintain your supercomputer.
Source: hpc-ch

Back to Table of contents

Primeur live 2011-06-21

Blog

Some insights in the TOP500 ...

Hardware

Petaflop/s: The why, the how and the what for? ...

Applications

Russia accelerates scientific innovation with GPU supercomputers ...

hpc-ch at ISC'11 to present HPC activities in Switzerland ...

TOP500

Tera 100 once again crowned as Europe's most powerful supercomputer ...

The Grid

RealityServer: A powerful platform for 3D visualization and rendering now accessible in the Cloud ...

You ask "What Cloud?" It's Enterprise IT! ...

Company news

NetApp bolsters management capabilities, provides common foundation for enterprise customers' private, public, and hybrid Clouds ...

Bull announces the creation of BUX, the Bull User group for eXtreme Computing ...

Bright Cluster Manager 5.2 shipping with support for CUDA 4, ScaleMP, SLURM, LSF and enhanced multi-cluster management ...

Experts from Russia and EU collaborate on HOPSA; a new project to boost the performance of supercomputers ...

Companies at ISC'11 exhibition show media the innovations they've got in store for user ...

Xyratex exhibiting at International Supercomputing Conference 2011 ...

Supermicro showcases portfolio of HPC optimized solutions at ISC'11 ...

Mellanox FDR InfiniBand selected to deliver PetaScale performance for Europe’s fastest supercomputer ...

NetApp E5400 meets extreme customer demands in high-performance environments ...

VMware introduces vFabric 5, an integrated application platform for virtual and Cloud environments ...