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Ferrara, September 23-24, 2014



The purpose of this meeting is to bring researchers from across Europe together to work on the preparation of the proposal to Horizon2020 for a Centre of Excellence in Physics at Extreme Scales.


This meeting is a follow up of an earlier workshop held in Edinburgh on April 15th, 2014. The expected outcome of this meeting are firm decisions on the management structure of the Centre and on its Workpackage structure as well as a detailed definition of all steps of the process leading to the finalization of the project proposal, to be submitted to H2020 in early January, 2015.



The meeting will take place at Department of Physics (BUILDING C - ROOM 412 - 4th FLOOR), University of Ferrara, Via Saragat 1, 44122, Ferrara, Italy.


Ferrara lies 50 km north of Bologna in Emilia–Romagna. Ferrara is a nice middle-age and renaissance city, rich in architecture and culture. A large part of the city centre is for pedestrians only, bicycles are ubiquitous. Sometimes referred to as ‘Italy’s best-kept secret' Ferrara has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on account of its architectural elegance and cultural significance. The University of Ferrara was founded in 1391. Perhaps unexpectedly, Nicolaus Copernicus graduated in Ferrara.


To Reach Ferrara:


By train:

Ferrara is served by the Bologna-Venice railway line. Several regional trains take around 30 minutes from Bologna, and 1 hour 20 minutes from Venezia and Mestre. The Departement is close to the station. On leaving the station turn right, take the 3C bus at the bus stop after the taxi area. Leave at the next stop, marked Facoltà di Ingegneria. The Department entrance is very close to the stop. If you like you can also walk:on leaving the station turn right, and go straight for about 1 Km along Via S. Giacomo (see map below for details).

By plane:

The nearest airports are Bologna (BLQ) and Venice (VCE), served by major and low-cost airlines.

From Bologna airport there are several options:

- take the "BLQ" bus to Bologna train station. The bus stop is located on the right leaving the main terminal building at the street  level. Bus starts approximately every 20 minutes and takes around 30 minutes. See here for details.

- take the "Bus&Fly" direct bus to Ferrara train station. There are 8 runs per day taking around 60 minutes; See here for details. To get to the Departement get-off at "Ferrara stazione" (raiway station); to get to hotels get-off at "Ferrara Viale Cavour-centro" (city center).

- take a taxi; it should take around 40 minutes and the fare is around 100 Euros, making it  an affordable option if shared by  a group of 3-4 people.

From Venice airport:

- take the bus to Mestre or Venice Santa Lucia railway station; from there take any train to Ferrara. Be aware that several high-speed trains (going to Bari, Bologna, Rome and Naples) do not stop in Ferrara.

By car, coming from North:

    leave the  A13 tollway (Bologna-Padua) at the Ferrara Nord exit; follow the sings to the Railway Station through Via Eridano, Via Modena, Viale Po; one you arrive at station go straight for 1.1 km (see map).


By car, coming from South:

    leave the A13 tollway (Bologna-Padua) at the Ferrara Sud exit; following the signs for the city center through Via Bologna, turn left in Via Vittore Veneziani, up to the end of Via Aldo Ferraresi and finally follow the directions for the "Facolta' di Ingegneria".








A telecon / videocon will be available to join the meeting from a remote location.


Telecon: to join the telecon you only need access to a (fixed network or mobile) phone.

  • Dial +3905321912117
  • A recorded message will ask you to enter a code
  • Key in 2005 (no hash(#) at the end!)
  • A second recorded message will ask you to enter yet another code
  • Key in 1915# (this time, do not forget the hash(#) symbol at the end!)
  • At this point you should be audio connected to the meeting
  • We recommend that you mute your microphone at all times when not talking, to help reduce background noise


Videocon: to join the videocon you need a videocon system supporting the H.323 protocol; this is usually available at most departmental videocon systems (with the added advantage that a staff member may be at hand to help you start the link).

  • The IP address of our H.323 server is codian1.infn.it (or
  • When asked for the Conference Code, key in 1915#
  • We recommend that you mute your microphone at all times when not talking, to help reduce background noise.


Slides: Slides provided by the speakers will be made available here.





Day 1 - Tuesday, Sept. 23rd 

08:30 - 09:00


Session 1: Overview of the CoE, followed by status reports from each working group

09:00 - 09:30

R. Kenway - Introductory remarks

09:30 - 10:15

G. Koutsos  - WP1

10:15 - 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 - 11:15

S. Schaefer - WP2

11:15 - 12:00

P. Boyle - WP3

12:00 - 12:45

M. Morandin - WP5

12:45 - 13:45


Session 2: Discussion of work package structure and content & CoE structure

13:45 - 16:00

Discussion session on the following topics:


- Work package structure and content


- Role & content of WP4


- Role of the Computer Centres


- Commitments of the participating institutions


- Preliminary discussion of the CoE budget

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

Session 3: Industry talks

16:30 - 17:15

P. Messmer - Nvidia

17:15 - 18:00

K. Solchenbach - Intel


Day 2 - Wednesday, Sept. 24rd

Session 4: Industry talk, continued

09:00 - 09:45

E. L. Goh - SGI

09:45 - 10:30

Discussion session on the role of industry in the CoE

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee break

Session 5: Discussion on Proposal Planning, CoE structure and Operation

10:45 - 12:45

Discussion session on the following topics:


- Overall structure of the proposal


- Assigning writers to the workpackages


- Selecting the coordinating institution


- Management structure


- Next steps

12:45 - 13:45


Session 6: Wrap-up

13:45 - 15:00




Simon APPLEBY Silicon Graphics International, Limited - (UK)
Gunnar BALI University of Regensburg - (Germany)
Denis BARTHOU INRIA - (France)
Wahid BHIMJI University of Edinburgh - (UK)
Peter BOYLE University of Edinburgh - (UK)
Massimo D'ELIA University of Pisa and INFN - (Italy)
Francesco DI RENZO INFN Parma - (Italy)
Francesco GIACOMINI INFN Bologna - (Italy)
Leonardo GIUSTI Università di Milano Bicocca - (Italy)
Eng Lim GOH Silicon Graphics International, Inc. - (USA)
Karl JANSEN John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC), DESY - (Germany)
Stefan KRIEG Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH - (Germany)
Giannis KOUTSOU The Cyprus Institute - (Cyprus)
Peter MESSMER NVIDIA - (Switzerland)
Dmitry MIKUSHIN Applied Parallel Computing LLC - (Switzerland)
Mauro MORANDIN INFN Padova - (Italy)
Giancarlo ROSSI Università di Roma Tor Vergata - (Italy)
Marcello ROTONDO INFN Padova - (Italy)
Stefan SCHAEFER John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC), DESY - (Germany)
Christopher THOMAS University of Cambridge - (UK)
Jeremy YATES University College London - (UK)


Registration can be done by using the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.

A confirmation will be sent by e-mail.

To help us organize the event properly, please register before September 7th, 2014.





The Congress Secretariat offers to EXTREME PHYSICS MEETING participants a selection of Hotels. Some hotels are located to the city centre.

Deadline for hotel booking is August 31th, 2014.

Reservation is not guaranteed after the deadline.

Please note that September is very busy in Ferrara. We strongly suggest to reserve as early as possible.





Largo Castello 36

Phone +39 0532 205048




Double single occupancy



€ 99,00


Breakfast included



Viale Cavour 55

Phone +39 0532 206088




Double single occupancy

Double single occupancy De Lux


€ 159,00

€ 190,00


Breakfast included



Via Garibaldi 93

Phone +39 0532 211130




Double  single occupancy




€ 185,00



Breakfast included


San Romano***

Via San Romano 120

Phone +39 0532 760170




Double single occupancy


€ 110,00

€ 110,00

€ 130,00

Breakfast included

San Girolamo dei Gesuati

Via Madama 40/A

Phone +39 0532 207448




Double single occupancy


€ 46,00

€ 66,00

€ 86,00

Breakfast included


Rates shown are per room, per night, and they include breakfast and taxes (VAT 10%). Extras and city tax ( 2,50 € per person and per day) are excluded.

Participant should make their own reservation directly with the hotel.

Remember to mention that you will be attending the EXTREME PHYSICS MEETING to have access to our prefered rates.

Hotel payment is the responsibility of registrants and shall be be made directly to the hotel.


For registrants who look for an alternate solution and prefer to arrange their own accommodation, we suggest to visit the following web addresses:


a comprehensive list of all type of accommodation in Ferrara.