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Annual NorduGrid Conference 2015

Data Intensive Science on HPC

Welcome to the homepage for the 2015 Annual NorduGrid Conference 2015, which will be held at at the University of Bern (CH) on June 4 and June 5 in 2015. The conference brings together people from data intensive science, resource providers, developers of resource connectors and industry. It offers contributions on the following topics.

  • Future of data intensive computing
  • Academic computing in Switzerland
  • Application trends
  • Provider trends

On June 2 and 3 there will be open technical meetings about the software (ARC) the NorduGrid collaboration provides.

Meeting Details, Agenda, Registration and Poster

The conference is free of charge. Agenda and registration form you find here. Conference poster you can download here.

Invited speakers include

  • Thomas Schulthess on Future of data-intensive science on HPC, director of CSCS and professor at ETHZ, Switzerland.
  • Ian Bird on High Energy Physics towards the Exascale, project leader of the Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid, CERN IT, Switzerland.
  • Peter Kunzst on academic computing in Switzerland, director of Service and Support for Science IT, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Felix Schuermann on computing for the Human Brain Project, co-director of the Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Switzerland.
  • Ronald Luijten on hardware trends, IBM Zurich.
  • Miles Deegan on the Science Data Processor of the SKA telescope, engineering project manger, SKA Organisation, UK.
  • Estela Suarez on the DEEP-ER way of approaching exascale I/O and resilience, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Germany.
  • Nicholas Corda on An HPC center towards the Exascale, HPC Operations Group Lead, Swiss National Super-Computing Centre, CSCS, Switzerland.


The conference is held in the UniS building of the University of Bern (Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012 Bern), lecture hall A003 on the ground floor. Technical meetings and NorduGrid board meeting are in seminar room A301 on the third floor in the same building. It is a 3 minutes walk from the railway station.

We think Bern old town is the most beautiful mideaval city in the world. Recommended is a swim in the river, a climb to the top of the cathedral and strolls in the old town, maybe with a visit at Einstein's apartment. Bern is located centrally with good access to all Swiss high-lights.

Travel to Bern and Accommodation

Airport Zuerich (1.5h from Bern)
Airport Basel (1.5h from Bern), served by EasyJet.
Airport Geneva (2h from Bern), served by Easyjet.
Airport Bern (15m from Bern), served by SkyWork.
Train served by Swiss Railways.

Accomodation (search) :
www.campingeichholz.ch. About 25 CHF for room, less for tent.
www.youthhostel.ch/bern. From about 40 CHF per night.
www.bernbackpackers.com. From about 60 CHF per night.
www.arabelle.ch. About 140 CHF per night (Hotel).
www.isola-bern.ch. About 120 CHF per night (Hotel).
www.bristolbern.ch. About 240 CHF per night (Hotel).
www.bellevue-palace.ch. Above 360 CHF per night (Palace).

Organising committee

Sigve Haug (chair), AEC-LHEP University of Bern, Switzerland
Farid Ould-Saada, University of Oslo, Norway
Balazs Konya, Lund University, Sweden
Gudmund Hoest, NeiC, Norway
Sadaf Alam, CSCS, Switzerland
Vaidas Giedrimas, Siauliai University, Lithuania
Oxana Smirnova, Lund University, Sweden

Local technical support:
Jeremy Singh

With support from

Universität Bern | Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics | Sidlerstrasse 5 | CH-3012 Bern
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