The 36th CERN School of Computing visits Cyprus: Apply now!

CERN is organising its Summer Computing School for the 36th time since 1970. CSC2013 will take place from 19 to 30 August in Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus, which was admitted last autumn as an Associate Member in the pre-stage to Membership of CERN. 


The CSCs aim at creating a common technical culture in scientific computing among scientists and engineers involved in particle physics or in sister disciplines.

The two-week programme consists of 50 hours of lectures and hands-on exercises. It covers three main themes: data technologies, base technologies and physics computing, and it particular addresses:

  • Many-core performance optimization
  • Concurrent programming
  • Key aspects of multi-threading
  • Writing code for tomorrow’s hardware, today
  • Storage technologies, reliability and performance
  • Cryptography, authentication authorization and accounting
  • Data Replication, caching, monitoring, alarms and quota
  • Writing secure software
  • Observing  software with attacker's eyes
  • Software engineering for physics computing
  •  Statistical methods and probability concepts in physics-data analysis
  • Monte Carlo method
  • Multivariate analysis and visualisation
  • Hypothesis testing as exemplified by recent HEP discoveries


The CSC is not a conference but a true summer university. The focus is on delivering academic knowledge rather than know-how, which can be better achieved through training at home institutes. To maximize coherence and consistency, only a few lecturers participate, and all the non-CERN lecturers are university professors. Like any university, CSC delivers a diploma. Since 2002, 612 students have successfully passed the final examination and received the highly recognized CSC Diploma.

In addition, since 2008, the quality of the CSC programme and lecturers, and the examination process have been audited by the hosting university. In 2013, for the sixth consecutive year, the audit was successfully passed and successful participants will be awarded European Certificates of Credits (ECTS) by Cyprus University.

Networking and socialization is the other goal of CSCs. One vehicle for social networking is the CSC Sports Programme, which proposes two to three hours of sport every afternoon to those who are interested. Sports at CSC is supported by the CERN Medical Service and is part of CERN's  Move! Eat better programme.

Apply now! The deadline is 1 May.

by François Fluckiger, CSC Director