PASC19 is the sixth edition of the PASC Conference series, an international platform for the exchange of competences in scientific computing and computational science, with a strong focus on methods, tools, algorithms, application challenges, and novel techniques and usage of high performance computing.

PASC19 is co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the PASC structuring project.
The conference is managed by the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS). The local host of PASC19 is ETH Zurich, one of the two Federal Institutes of Technology in Switzerland coordinated by swissuniversities.

PASC19 will be held from June 12 to 14, 2019 at ETH Zurich, located in Zurich, Switzerland.

June 12-14, 2019
ETH Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland


Exascale and Beyond

Hardware and software, the Ying and the Yang of the supercomputing community, have always been fundamental driving forces that have spurred mutual development. The PASC19 theme "Exascale and Beyond" aims to foster the dialogue and interaction among those two branches of HPC research to jointly move forward in the advent of Exascale computers.

According to various recent announcements from across the globe, Exascale systems are projected to be available to users in only a few years from now. Such an enormous increase in computing power will inevitably drive the computational approaches to scientific problems — be it through simulations, data-driven approaches, or even in a combined fashion — to a next level.

Meanwhile, with radical changes both in the architectures and the parallel scales of these emerging systems, we expect substantial challenges for the domain scientists to make full utilization of these supercomputers. Therefore, the synergy of experts from the different parts of the HPC scene will be required to achieve what we consider to be our common goal: to generate scientific insights.

Through its rich and interactive program, PASC19 aims to highlight the common challenges and the opportunities for computer architects, software developers, and domain experts in the realm of Exascale systems. As a multi-disciplinary conference, PASC19 is committed to promoting interaction among scientists from different domains, with the goal to collect and inspire ideas for exascale systems, applications, and the related science.

Target Audience

PASC19  seeks to engage participants from academia, research labs and industry to address important issues in HPC and computational science. PASC19 is inviting researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange of expertise. The conference is an opportunity for researchers in branches of science that require computer modeling and high-performance simulations to discuss computational techniques and technologies.


As in previous years, the technical program of PASC19 is organized around eight scientific domains:

  • Climate and Weather
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Emerging Application Domains (incl. but not limited to social sciences, finance)
  • Engineering (incl. but not limited to CFD, computational mechanics, computational engineering materials, turbulent flow)
  • Life Sciences (incl. but not limited to biophysics, genomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, neuroscience and computational biology)
  • Physics (incl. but not limited to astrophysics, cosmology, plasma modelling, QCD)
  • Solid Earth Dynamics

The three-day program includes keynote presentations, minisymposia, peer-reviewed papers, panels and poster sessions. The conference is co-sponsored by ACM SIGHPC, and full papers are published in the ACM Digital Library.

Event Partnerships

  • European Trilinos User Group Meeting

Save the date!
The Trilinos Project Team will be holding a one-day European Trilinos User Group meeting on June 11, 2019 - the day before PASC19 - at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Further information on the event is available here.

  • ISC 2019

ISC High Performance and the PASC Conference are pleased to announce that ISC 2019 and PASC19, two major events in the European HPC ecosystem, are scheduled back-to-back in June 2019.

ISC High Performance will be offering a vital platform for attendees to discover high performance computing trends, developments and demands in science, engineering and commerce. Come join over 3,500 attendees and 160 exhibitors on June 16 – 20, 2019 and find out how HPC is fueling innovation.
Visit the conference website.

Don’t miss the opportunity to combine the two events. ISC High Performance and PASC look forward to welcoming you to Germany and Switzerland for thought-provoking technical sessions and additional networking opportunities.

About the PASC structuring project

The PASC structuring project is supported by the Council of Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH Board). The structuring project has been initiated in 2013 and the second phase will come to completion in 2020.
PASC is coordinated by CSCS, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre of the ETH Zurich, in collaboration with the Università della Svizzera italiana and with the other Swiss universities and the EPF Lausanne.
The platforms overarching goal is to position Swiss computational sciences in the emerging exascale-era. It is complementary to the supercomputing-hardware-focused elements of the Swiss High-Performance and Networking (HPCN) initiative. The PASC consolidates and builds on the achievements of the High-Performance and High-Productivity Computing (HP2C) project, which supported 13 large-scale projects in the period 2009-2013.
PASC aims to promote joint effort to address key scientific issues in different domain sciences through interdisciplinary collaborations between domain scientists, computational scientists, software developers, computing centres and hardware developers. Thus, PASC builds on the principle of co-design, namely that software codes exploiting the potential of the next generation of computing architectures need to be jointly and interactively developed by these actors throughout the whole value chain.