hpc-ch Forum on Hardware Life-Cycle and User Policies for HPC systems

The hpc-ch community meets twice a year to discuss different topics related to the management and operations of HPC systems. The second meeting of 2013 will be hosted together by EPFL, University of Lausanne and Vital-IT. The forum will be dedicated to

Hardware Life-Cycle and User Policies for HPC systems
Wednesday, October 23th, from 10:00 until 17:00

ImageAccueilWebCRPPAs tradition we will also visit some science experiments depending on calculations performed on HPC systems. This time we will visit the Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas CRPP at EPFL with its Tokamak experiment. TCV is a medium size tokamak and is being used to analyze plasma being confined in a magnetic field.


As HPC service provider we are concerned with hardware lifecycle and usage policy. The management of aging hardware, setting rules for hardware renewal by balancing the energy efficiency and the users satisfaction, and the usage policies are human problems that affect our technical decisions.

Key Questions

  • What are your ways of managing hardware life cycle?
  • How do you decide and proceed with purchases?
  • What are the different allocation models you support (chargeback/showback/…)?
  • How do you convince the users to get rid of obsolete and energy-consuming hardware?


  • Roberto Fabbretti, Vital-IT
  • Hamid Hussain-Khan, University of Lausanne
  • Vittoria Rezzonico, EPF Lausanne


University of Lausanne, EPF Lausanne ( Amphipôle 315.1 / PPB 019 ),  Map


09:30 – 10:00 Coffee and Registration

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome address
Dr. Michele De Lorenzi (CSCS), Dr. Roberto Fabbretti (Vital-IT), Mr. Hamid Hussain-Khan (University of Lausanne)

10:10 – 10:45 Life cycle management at CSCS in the context of the Swiss HPCN Initiative
Prof. Thomas Schulthess (CSCS)

10:45 – 11:00 A new life after death : think eternity !
Dr. Vincent Keller (CADMOS)

11:00 – 11:30 HERMES applied to HPC clusters purchases
Dr. Vittoria Rezzonico (EPFL)

11:30 – 11:50 HPC for life sciences, missions and activities
Dr. Roberto Fabbretti (Vital-IT), Dr. Christian Iseli (Vital-IT)

11:50 – 12:00 Community development
Dr. Michele De Lorenzi (CSCS)

12:00 – 13:20 Transfert + lunch

13:20 – 14:15 Tokamak visit

14:15 – 14:45 How to work with your customers in a small environment
Dr. Daniele Passerone (EMPA), Mr. Patrik Burkhalter (EMPA)

14:45 – 15:15 Lifecycling of the Grid Phoenix Cluster
Mr. George Brown (CSCS)

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee and tea beak

15:30 – 16:00 Implementation details of the User Management and Policy Enforcement at CSCS
Mr. Massimo Benini (CSCS)

16:00 – 16:15 The future of scientific computing at University Basel
Mr. Konstantin Arnold (Uni Basel)

16:15 – 16:50 Building services upon users community
Mr. Hamid Hussain-Khan (Uni Lausanne)

16:50 – 17:00 Farewell and end of the meeting

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