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International Workshop on A Strategic Initiative of Computing: Systems and Applications (SISA): Integrating HPC, Big Data, AI and Beyond

Thomas Schulthess

Thomas Schulthess

Chair for Computational Physics
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)


Federated data services with “infinite” compute resources

Modern science can be data intensive and management of data can consume substantial project resources. Apart from physical sciences and meteorology, which have evolved computational branches over the past sixty years, many domains are challenged by the rapidly developing information and communication technologies (ICT). While particular projects may be able to manage data storage in a haphazard way, they are usually at a loss when it comes to data analysis. Here we will present an infrastructure we have bootstrapped in Europe that is offering federated data services where data repositories are in close proximity to supercomputing facilities. Projects can have access to the almost infinite data storage and compute capabilities of some of Europe’s leading supercomputing facilities. Systems challenges and software development that are required to make such a services work will be discussed.


Thomas Schulthess holds a chair for computational physics at ETH Zurich and directs the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano since fall of 2008. Here received his PhD in 1994 from ETH Zurich and spent many years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where today he holds a Visiting Distinguished Scientists appointment. While his primary research is on computational methods for materials science, as CSCS Director he has taken interest in developing energy efficient computing systems for climate modeling and meteorology. Thomas led the teams that won the Gordon Bell Prizes in 2008 and 2009 with the first production-level applications that sustained a petaflops, and in 2016 along with MeteoSwiss won the Swiss ICT Award for outstanding IT-based projects and services.