LatticeNet School on Computing in HEP @Exascale

Benasque Center for Physics

Benasque Center for Physics

Alejandro Vaquero (Univ. of Utah) , Isabel Campos Plasencia (IFCA)

The Spanish thematic network on Lattice QCD, LatticeNET, funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, announces the organization of the school: “Computing Challenges in HEP @Exascale” to take place at the Benasque Center for Sciences (Benasque, Spain), from 19th to 23rd of September 2022. 

The school aims to develop a broad interest program, oriented to generate synergies across the community. We welcome Master's, PhD´s. Students and Early Career Postdocs from the extended HEP community. Topics will cover aspects of general applicability in scientific computing for High Energy Physics using as guidelines the current status of Lattice QCD, LHC data analysis and Phenomenology codes requirements.

The list of topics to be addressed contains:

  • State of the play in HEP large scale simulations: challenges ahead towards exploiting  Exascale-size computing to solve fundamental problems.

  • Numerical approaches: algorithms, from design to implementation.  

  • Artificial intelligence: Machine learning.

  • Scientific programming in heterogeneous architectures, from CPU, to GPUs and FPGAs.

  • Quantum Computing 

  • Evolution of computing infrastructures for HEP: requirements versus current hardware evolution.

  • Handling Scientific Software Lifecycle: state-of-the-art tools and best practices in scientific code development from a practitioner's point of view.

  • The data challenge: from generation to preservation. 

The school has capacity for about 40 students. More details and registration procedures will be updated in this page by mid February 2022.

Confirmed Lecturers (list to be expanded):

  • Simone Bacchio (Cyprus Institute)
  • Tommaso Boccali (INFN-Pisa, Italy)
  • Mattia Bruno (Univ. of Milano/CERN)
  • Luigi Del Debbio (Univ. of Edinburgh)
  • Patrick Fuhrmann (DESY, Germany)
  • Jorge Gomes (LIP, Portugal)
  • Antonio Gordillo (Univ. of Extremadura, Spain)
  • Rajan Gupta (Los Alamos Natl. Lab. USA)
  • Martin Lüscher (CERN and AEC - Bern, CH)
  • Agostino Patella (Univ. of Humboldt, Germany)
  • Antonio Rago (CERN and Univ. of Plymouth, UK)
  • Alberto Ramos (IFIC-CSIC, Spain)
  • Juan J. Ruiz-Lorenzo (Univ. of Extremadura and BIFI, Spain)


    • 1
      Welcome and Introduction
      Speaker: Dr Isabel Campos Plasencia (IFCA)
    • 2
      Lattice QCD at Exascale: challenges and way ahead - I
      Speaker: Dr Mattia Bruno (Univ. of Milan)
    • 3
      LHC (and in general in Experimental HEP) computing challenges
      Speaker: Dr Tommaso Boccali (Univ. of Pisa)
    • 11:00 AM
      Coffee Break
    • 4
      e-Infrastructures for Computing: evolution and perspectives
      Speaker: Jorge Gomes
    • 5
      The Challenge of Data Management
      Speaker: Dr Patrick Fuhrmann
    • 1:00 PM
      Lunch Break
    • 6
      Machine Learning in LQCD
      Speaker: Dr Luigi Del Debbio
    • Data Analysis Techniques
      Convener: Dr Alberto Ramos (IFIC)
      • 7
        Machine Learning (TBA)
    • 8
      Lattice QCD at Exascale: challenges and way ahead - II
      Speaker: Dr Mattia Bruno
    • 9
      Introduction to Multilevel Algorithms - I
      Speaker: Dr Martin Lüscher
    • 11:00 AM
      Coffe Break
    • 10
      Spin Glasses
      Speaker: Dr Juan Jesus Ruiz Lorenzo
    • 1:00 PM
      Lunch Break
    • 11
      Quantum computing - a primer + applications in Experimental HEP
      Speaker: Dr Tommaso Boccali
    • Data Management and Advanced computing tutorials
    • 12
      Future challenges on Nucleon matrix elements
      Speaker: Dr Rajan Gupta
    • 13
      Multilevel algorithms - II
      Speaker: Dr Martin Lüscher
    • 11:00 AM
      Coffee Break
    • 14
      Including QED in QCD: challenges and way ahead - I
      Speaker: Dr Agostino Patella
    • 15
      Machine Learning in LQCD - II
      Speaker: Dr Luigi Del Debbio
    • 1:30 PM
      Lunch Break
    • Overview on GPUs + Hands-on examples
      Convener: Dr Antonio Rago
    • 8:00 PM
      Official School dinner at "La Llardana" ( see )

      Participants in the School are invited to the official dinner. Place to be announced later.

    • 16
      Including QED in QCD: challenges and way ahead - II
      Speaker: Dr Agostino Patella
    • 17
      Multilevel Algorithms - III
      Speaker: Prof. Martin Lüscher
    • 11:00 AM
      Coffee Break
    • 18
      AMD accelerators: an overview
      Speaker: Samuel Antao
    • 19
      FPGAs: hardware overview
      Speaker: Dr Antonio Gordillo
    • 1:30 PM
      Lunch Break
    • FPGAs tutorial
      Convener: Dr Antonio Gordillo
    • 20
      Machine Learning practical tutorial - I
      Speaker: Dr Simone Bacchio
    • 21
      Machine Learning tutorial - II
      Speaker: Dr Simone Bacchio
    • 22
      Machine Learning tutorial - III
      Speaker: Dr Simone Bacchio
    • 12:00 PM
      Coffee break
    • 23
      Handling Scientific Software
      Speaker: Isabel Campos Plasencia (IFCA)
    • 1:30 PM
    • 24
      Performance Portability SyCL + Tutorial Intel
      Speaker: Igor Vorobstov