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Towards Reconfigurable High-Performance Computing

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3-5 March 2008, CERN

Building 31 - IT Amphitheatre - Third Floor

Welcome to iCSC, an idea already prototyped in 2005 and implemented in 2006.

iCSC is a two-to-three-day series of lectures, organized and delivered by selected students of the previous CERN School of Computing (CSC), but where the students go one step further, combining their skills and elaborating on CSC related subjects.  iCSC takes place six months after the previous CSC

iCSC-2008 is taking place at CERN, Building 31 - IT Amphitheatre - Third Floor

Attendance is free, but participants who register in advance will get a printed version of the handouts. Registering will also help us in organizing the logistics of the event.

Enjoy the school.

François Flückiger, Director, CERN School of Computing

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Programme overview

The programme has one major theme lasting 2 days: Towards Reconfigurable High-Performance Computing. It is followed by a short session on special topics.  The programme results from selected proposals developed by students through an electronic forum.

 Towards Reconfigurable High-Performance Computing Special topics
4 hours - L1 Basics
- L5 Multicores at work: The CELL Processor
- L7 Reconfigurable HPC I - Introduction
- L10 Summary: Hybrid Platforms, Hybrid Programming?
Iris Christadler
Leibniz Super-computing Centre - Germany
1 hour - L1 Overview of advanced aspects of data analysis software

Alfio Lazzaro

University of Milan and INFN, Milan - Italy

3 hours - L6 Platforms III - Programmable Logic
- L8 Reconfigurable HPC II - HW Design Methodology,Theory & Tools
- L9 Advanced and Emerging Parallel Programming Paradigms

Manfred Muecke

University of Vienna - Austria


1.5 hour - L2 Scalable Image and Video coding

Jose Dana Perez
CERN, Geneva


3 hours - L2 Multicore Architectures
- L3 Platforms I: Advanced Architectural Features
- L4 Platforms II: Special-Purpose Accelerators

Andrzej Nowak

CERN, Geneva

10 hours


2.5 hours    
Monday 3- Tuesday 4  March
10:15 - 17:30

Bd 31- 3rd floor
IT Amphitheatre

Wednesday 5 March
9:00 - 12:00

Bd 31- 3rd floor
IT Amphitheatre


iCSC2008  Frequently Asked Questions

Why an inverted CSC?

Because we noted that at regular CSCs, the sum of the knowledge of the students often exceeds that of the lecturer teaching at that time, and that it is not infrequent  to find someone in the room who knows more than the lecturer on a particular aspect. Why not to try and exploit this?  This is the idea behind  iCSC, which was prototyped in 2005.

Who will provide lectures?

Only selected CSC2006-2007 students.

When and where?

3-5 March 2008, at CERN,  IT Auditorium (building 31)

Who can attend?

Anyone interested, attendance is fully free

Should I register?

This is not mandatory if you work on the CERN site. But it is highly recommended:  If you do register, you will get a hard-copy of the lecture handouts (first registered, first served). This will also help us for the logistics.

I am not at CERN, may I attend?

Yes with pleasure as long as you are a registered CERN user or staff member provided with a valid CERN access card. If  you have no such CERN access card, please contact Fabienne (dot) Baud-Lavigne (at) cern (dot) ch.

How is the programme organized?

The school lasts two and a half consecutive days. There is one main theme followed by a short session with two special topics.

May I attend only one theme?

Yes of course, attendance is fully free.

May I attend only a few lectures?

Yes. Lectures, though forming a consistent series, are generally structured to be followed rather independently. Some have more "fundamentals" components, other tackle more in-depth topics.

However, to avoid disturbing classes, we ask you to not enter or leave the classroom during lectures. There is always at least a ten-minute break between any two consecutive lectures, so that participants can easily come in or quit the school between lectures.

Will there be handouts?

Yes, a printed version for those who have registered (first registered, first served), and web access for the others.

I am a former CSC2007 student. Anything special for me?

Yes, as a former CSC2007 student in Dubrovnik, if you register, you are welcome to participate in a dinner in Restaurant No. 1 on Monday  3  March at  19.00 hours (to be confirmed)

Where does the programme come from?

CSC2007 students interested in contributing in iCSC-2008 made proposals via an electronic discussion forum. The regular school track coordinators selected the best / most relevant proposals . Theme coordinators were appointed, having responsibility to finalize the content of their theme.

Is there a common dominator between themes?

Yes, the idea is that the lecturers go one step further than the tuition delivered at CSC20047 focusing on novel ideas and technologies. Most of what will be taught at iCSC has rarely or never been taught at CERN before.

iCSC is part of a programme of actions to progressively increase the active involvement of CSC participants

Enquiries and  Correspondence

All enquiries and correspondence related to iCSC should be addressed to:

Mrs Fabienne Baud-Lavigne

CERN School of Computing

CERN IT Department

CH-1211 Geneva 23


Telephone:  +41 22 767 4262

E-mail:  Fabienne (dot) Baud-Lavigne (at) cern (dot) ch


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