CERN School of Computing 2011 15-26 August 2011 - Copenhagen, DK

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Data Technologies

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Physics Computing


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15 to 26 August 2011 in Copenhagen, DK
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iCSC 2012

As announced, the Forum for Discussion and Proposals is opening today, 30th  of September.

It will stay open for one month and will close until 31st of October 2011.

Do not hesitate to post your ideas, even though they are only sketchy and you are looking for partners. The forum will be moderated and we, lecturers and members of the advisory committee may comment and help ideas converging as proposals are  posted.

We remind you that, as the main CSCs, iCSCs are not conferences where you present your achievements, nor training sessions to deliver knowhow, but academic lectures (no exercises however) on a topic you are knowledgeable about, and which is preferably novel or advanced.

To better assess the type of expected lectures, you may visit the iCSC section of the CSC web site and have a look at past years iCSC programmes: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011.

  • For those interested to lecture but NOT based at CERN: Make proposals! If you are selected to lecture, a budget is available to cover your travel expenses from your home institute to CERN and up to 3 nights in the CERN hostel.
  • If we have an iCSC2012, it will take place the 8th and 9th of March in the IT amphitheatre.
  • For ALL those who will be at CERN at the time of iCSC2012: Book your Friday 9th of March evening! ALL CSC2011 participants (whether they lecture or not a iCSC2012), lecturers and organizers are invited to a diner and a party. This will be another occasion to meet again and have more fun.
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Examination Results
Best Marks

In addition to its warmest congratulations to all the candidates who successfully passed, the jury of the CSC final examination is pleased to announce the following distinctions


François Fluckiger, CSC Director

The 2011 Podium


Alejandro Alvarez Ayllon

CERN, Geneva Switzerland



Simone Amoroso

Physikalisches Institut, Universität Freiburg - Germany


Darren Demicoli

University of Malta, Msida  - Malta

Andrea Mattera

Uppsala University - Sweden

Pablo Pera Mira

CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


David Martin Clavo

CERN, Geneva - Switzerland


Will Rogers

STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot – United Kingdom

2011 Podium: all 6 students with pictures and bio

Individual marks can be provided to students upon request, by email, to the Examination Coordinator, Ivica Puljak (Ivica [dot] Puljak [AT] cern [dot] ch)

All Examination Results

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Welcome to CSC2011, the 34th edition of the CERN School of Computing.

I would like to warmly thank all those who made this edition of the CSC possible: all our lecturers, track coordinators, members of the advisory committee, the CERN administrative and technical staff, as well as our national co-organizer, the Niels Bohr Institute, and specially Prof. Stig Skelboe, the chair person of the Local Organizing Committee and the team working with him.

François Fluckiger, Director of the CERN School of Computing
Networking and socialization is the other goal of CSCs: See the Sports at CSC  and  This year Sports Programme


  • Do you know how to bridge Grids and Clouds using virtualization technology?

  • Is it possible to simplify LHC physics analysis using virtual machine?

  • Why I am the only one who can authenticate using my grid certificate despite it contains only public available information?

  • How can reliable storage services be built from unreliable hardware?

  • Why are tapes still used in high energy physics data storage?

  • How can I write code for tomorrow’s hardware, today?

  • Do you want to see your software with attacker's eyes?

  • Can you hack your own code?

  • Do you know what do 'code injection' and 'integer overflow' have in common?

  • What's so special about High Energy Physic's data format?

  • What are the key statistical methods used in physics data analysis?

All the answers at CSC2011


Programme highlight

Data Technologies
present state of the art technologies and options for data storing and management
Base Technologies
addresses the most relevant underlying technologies for  software development
security, networking, hardware architecture
Physics Computing
focuses on the particular challenges the HEP community is facing for the LHC computing

Note: registration is for the entire programme. It is not possible to register for one theme only.

List of lecturers

About CSC:

Since the early seventies CERN has organized the CERN Schools of Computing (CSC), usually held in August/September. They last two weeks and are open to postgraduate students and research workers with a few years of experience in elementary particle physics, in computing or in related fields. Attendance ranges usually from 60 to 80 students, typically of 15 to 30 different nationalities.

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