EUMaster4HPC is a 2-year innovative pan-European Master's programme in HPC technology and use. A program that will deliver academic excellence and offer prospective students outstanding career opportunities in businesses and research organisations. It aims to equip prospective students with skills that are sought after in the competitive job market.

Students can apply online through the Application form until 15 May 2022.

Olaf Schenk, Professor of Computer Science at the USI Institute of Computing, comments: "This initiative will be integrated into the Master of Computational Science at USI. Our graduate students will be fully supported by the EUMaster4HPC project in terms of living costs, tuition fees, mobility costs, industrial internships, etc. It will give our Master's students access to a European network of leading universities active in the area of computing and data science. We will also receive funding for our CSCS-USI summer school, which had over 120 participants this year, mainly students from USI, ETH Zurich, FAU Erlangen, and other Swiss and European universities. The EU project also supports the creation of teaching material for High Performance Computing and Data Analytics courses".

The EU-funded initiative is supported at USI by the Institute of Computing (CI) and the Computer Systems Institute (SYS) at the Faculty of Informatics. ETH Zurich and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) are participating in the project as contributing university/center. ETH Zurich will also integrate a number of USI teaching courses within its Master of Computational Science and Engineering.

With a total budget of 7 million euros, the consortium of European universities, research/supercomputing centres, and industrial partners will develop a higher education programme with the main objectives to (1) train students in areas such as the design, deployment, operation, and/or the use of current and future generation HPC and HPC-related technologies in Europe; and (2) to train experts skilled in driving HPC adoption and knowledge transfer in industry and academia in different strategic domains, thereby linking HPC activities in industry and academia.

While many university curricula include basic computer science and programming languages, education programmes today must be adapted to a rapidly developing HPC technology ecosystem. The curriculum of the HPC pilot Master’s programme will be designed in a modular structure to enable full or partial integration of the modules into new or existing Master’s programmes. The availability of HPC proficient data scientists, HPC application developers, and expert users, is a key factor that drives digital transformation in Europe and requires the training of highly skilled and talented graduate students.