The Swiss Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC) is a structuring project supported by the Council of Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH Board) and, until 2017, by the Swiss University Conference (SUC). PASC started in 2013 and will last until 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 platform’s 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.

To achieve these goals in PASC were built Domain Science Networks of research groups from Swiss universities. The following Domain Science Networks are active today:

  • Climate - Climate and Atmospheric Modelling
  • Earth - Solid Earth Dynamics
  • Life Sciences - Life Sciences Across Scales
  • Materials - Materials Simulations
  • Physics - Plasma Physics, Astrophysics and Multiscale Fluid Dynamics