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




Originaire de Vauffelin (BE), Laurent Villard est actuellement professeur au CRPP de l'EPFL. Ses recherches portent sur la simulation numérique, par calcul à haute performance (HPC), de la turbulence dans les plasmas magnétisés.

Alfredo Pasquarello effectue ses études en physique à l'Ecole normale supérieure de Pise et à l'Université de Pise et obtient leurs diplômes respectifs en 1986. Il obtient le titre de Docteur ès sciences à l'EPFL en 1991 avec une thèse portant sur les transitions à plusieurs photons dans les solides. Ensuite, il effectue des recherches post-doctorales aux Laboratoires Bell (Murray Hill, New Jersey) sur les propriétés magnétiques des fullerènes de carbone. En 1993, il rejoint l'Institut romand de recherche numérique en physique des matériaux (IRRMA), où sa recherche porte sur des méthodes de simulation ab initio. En 1998, le Prix Latsis de l'EPFL lui est decerné pour son travail de recherche portant sur les matériaux à base de silice désordonnée. Bénéficiant de plusieurs subsides du Fonds National, il constitue ensuite sa propre équipe de recherche à l'IRRMA. En juillet 2003, il est nommé Professeur en Physique théorique de la matière condensée à l'EPFL. Actuellement, il dirige la Chaire de simulation à l'échelle atomique.

In 1997, Prof. Röthlisberger became Assistant Professor for Computer-Aided Inorganic Chemistry at the ETH Zurich and in July 2002, she moved to the EPFL as an Associate Professor of Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry. Since October 2004, she is Director of the Section of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of the Faculty of Basic Sciences at the EPFL. Since 2009, she is Full Professor in computational chemistry.

De nationalités suisse et italienne, Wanda Andreoni a étudié la physique à l’Université de Rome, et a ensuite effectué des stages post-doctoraux dans plusieurs institutions étrangères, en particulier aux Bell Laboratories (New Jersey) et à l’EPFL aux Instituts de physique appliquée et de physique expérimentale. En 1986, elle a rejoint l’équipe de recherche d’IBM Zurich, où elle a été directrice du groupe de biochimie et science des matériaux computationnelles. Dès 2005, elle a occupé la fonction de cheffe de projet pour les applications de Deep Computing. En 2007, elle a été nommée professeure titulaire EPFL et directrice du Centre européen de calcul atomique et moléculaire (CECAM) dont le siège est à l’EPFL depuis 2008.

In 1977, Prof. François Avellan graduated in Hydraulic Engineering at the INPG Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Hydraulique, Grenoble France, and, in 1980, got his Doctoral Degree in Engineering from the University of Aix-Marseille II, France, at IMST, the Institut de mécanique statistique de la turbulence, CNRS Associate Laboratory. In 1980, he is joining the EPFL Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics as Research Associate and, in 1984; he is appointed Senior Research Associate at the newly created EPFL Institute of Hydraulic Machines and Fluid Mechanics for leading the Research Group in Cavitation. Since 1994, he is Director of the EPFL Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines and he was appointed Ordinary Professor in 2003.

Researcher in the Chair of Modelling and Scientific Computing (CMCS) at the Mathematics Institute of Computational Science and Engineering (MATHICSE) of EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland), since 2006. Lecturer in the Section of Mathematics (SMA) of EPFL, since 2006. Tutor of the Master in Computational Science and Engineering since 2009.

Wilfred Anthony Cooper obtained a Ph.D degree in Nuclear Science from the University of Michigan in 1979. He was employed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1980 to 1986 and at CRPP/EPFL since 1986. His research interests involve fixed and free boundary MHD equilibrium and stability, kinetic modifications to MHD stability, guiding centre orbit analysis, low frequency wave heating and absorption and the search of novel magnetic configurations. Highlights of his research activities include resolving sheared toroidal rotation effects on tokamak ballooning stability, the development of the 3D TERPSICHORE ideal MHD stability code, the ballooning stability solvers VVBAL and BECOOL, the ANIMEC equilibrium code for bi-Maxwellian hot particle anisotropic pressure 3D plasmas, self-consistent bootsrap currents in advanced stellarator equilibria, the Sphellamak concept and the discovery of 3D helical core equilibria in nominally axisymmetric tokamaks.

Prof. Michel Deville