hpc-ch forum on HPC Security – May 4, 2023


hpc-ch forum on HPC Security
Thursday, May 04, 2023
Hybrid Event

Biozentrum, University of Basel
Spitalstrasse 41
CH – 4056 Basel


Traditionally, HPC has focused on providing scientists easy access to computing and storage capacity to perform their research. Therefore, HPC systems were accessible from anywhere, including the Internet. In contrast, the recent trend of hackers targeting educational institutions has made securing HPC infrastructures increasingly critical. As a real-life example, we highlight the incident in which several super-computing institutions across Europe were hacked, including the University of Basel, leading to a temporary discontinuity of services. Securing HPC has proven difficult to achieve, given the infrastructure heterogeneity. Processing sensitive data and the increasing amount of data add another layer of requirements to security.

In this forum, we want to explore specific security challenges for the HPC community and potential solutions.

Key Questions

  • What are specific challenges for securing HPC environments?
  • What is the scope of HPC security?
  • How to design secure architecture for HPC systems?
  • Which security standards to choose?
  • How to deal with sensitive data in HPC?
  • How to manage security vulnerabilities, security alerts, monitoring and logging?
  • How to respond and recover from security intrusions?
  • What lessons can be learned after an incident?
  • How to increase security awareness for users and the administrators?

Call for Presentations

Member presentations are essential for our forums!
If you are willing to contribute with a short presentation (30 min, including Q&A), please inform Raluca Hodoroaba by indicating the title and providing a short abstract of your presentation.


Please note the full program will be available towards mid-April.

The program will include a session dedicated to updates from members about the latest developments in their organization. Participants are kindly invited to give a 10-min presentation on the current activity status.

The community development session will be dedicated to selecting topics of interest, themes and locations for future forums.

Meeting material will be uploaded on the forum webpage after the event.


The forum will be held in hybrid mode.

The room capacity is limited therefore we invite you to register at your earliest convenience. Online participation is also possible. Information on how to follow the livestreaming event will be provided to registered attendees.

To confirm your attendance (either on-site or online), please submit the registration form no later than Thursday, April 27, 2023. Click here to register now.