The CADMOS HPC Course 2018 provides an introduction to computational science to any scientist interested in acquiring some skills in this field for their research. In the relaxed atmosphere of Champéry, the participants will learn the basics of high performance computing through theory and practice, and explore the possibilities of computational science.

Scientific and social exchange, and the creation of links between researchers with related interests, is another important goal. A tasting event for local products from Gruyères (wine and cheese) will be organized on the second day, coached by an expert who will provide additional information and context for the products. You will be able to learn more about this part of Switzerland, and spend some good time with future colleagues.

The CADMOS HPC Course 2018 is provided as a service to scientists of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne and the EPFL. Teaching, board, and lodging are paid by CADMOS.

Dates and Location

The event takes place in Hôtel Suisse in Champéry from the 9th to the 11th of July 2018. On Monday 9th, the event starts at 10:00 am to leave enough time for the participants to arrive.


The event is organized by CADMOS (, represented by Jonas Latt and Jean-Luc Falcone (organizers for UniGe) and Vincent Keller and Nicolas Richart (organizers for EPFL) and Philippe Jacquet (organizer for UNIL).


The event hosts up to 18 participants, which will be accommodated in single rooms. The event is open to any interested researcher from the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva and from the EPFL.

HPC theory and practice

There will be an introduction to HPC and to parallel programming with MPI, combined with practice sessions. Participants should bring a laptop; more detailed information will be provided before the event.


For UNIL/UNIGE/EPFL participants there is no registration fee, and the cost of accommodation (two nights) is entirely covered by CADMOS.

To register, please send an e-mail to Jonas Latt, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., with the following information:

- Name

- Affiliation

- A short description (max. 3 sentences) of the reasons of your interest in computational science and/or high performance computing

You will receive a confirmation of your registration within a few days after registering.

Registration closes on 31st of May 2018. The number of participants is limited – register soon!






Mon 9.7.

9:30-10:00 Registration, Coffee

10:15-11:00 Concepts of HPC (JLF)

11:15-12:00 A history of HPC (VK)

13:30-14:00 Presentation of the

Poisson equation (JL)

14:00-15:30 Practice: Poisson solver

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Excursion

Dinner: 19:30

Tue 10.7.

9:00-10:15 Intro to MPI (JLF)

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-12:00 MPI Exercise

13:30-14:30 MPI: Theory (JLF)

15:00-18:00 Wine&Cheese Tasting

Free Discussion

Dinner: 19:00

Wed 11.7.

9:00-9:45 Intro to OpenMP (VK)

9:45-10:50 Coffee break

10:15-12:00 OpenMP Exercise

13:30-15:00 Exercises, Discussion

15:00 Closing, Coffee




Henry Markram started a dual scientific and medical career at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa. In 2002, he was appointed Full professor at the EPFL where he founded and directed the Brain Mind Institute. He also completed the much of the reverse engineering studies on the neocortical microcircuitry, revealing deeper insight into the circuit design and built databases of the “blue-print” of the cortical column. In 2005 he used these databases to launched the Blue Brain Project. Markram aims to eventually build detailed computer models of brains of mammals to pioneer simulation-based research in the neuroscience which could serve to aggregate, integrate, unify and validate our knowledge of the brain and to use such a facility as a new tool to explore the emergence of intelligence and higher cognitive functions in the brain, and explore hypotheses of diseases as well as treatments.

Heinz is a computer scientist and specialist in Grid and distributed computing. He previously worked in international Grid projects at CERN (Geneva) and SLAC (USA) in various functions. He joined Vital-IT in 2006 to work for the EMBRACE Grid project. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Swiss National Grid Association (SwiNG). Heinz was appointed «Privatdozent» at the University of Vienna (Faculty of Computer Science), where he was leading the Research Lab for Computational Technologies and Applicat in 2005. Currently, he also has a teaching appointment at EPFL. Heinz holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Vienna, Austria.