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MHPC - Master in High Performance Computing

The Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) is an innovative degree program that prepares students for exciting careers in the fast-growing field of HPC. Set in the stimulating research environment of its co-organizer institutions, SISSA and ICTP, the program combines lectures with hands-on and applied projects to prepare future HPC specialists for academia and industry.

MHPC coursework is driven by challenging scientific and technical problems that require an HPC approach. Lectures are provided by SISSA and ICTP staff and highly recognized international experts. Both institutes have long histories and experience in developing and applying scientific and research computation models.

Students who successfully complete the program will be able to address problems requiring advanced computational techniques in multiple domains, and communicate HPC technological issues in all scientific and industrial environments. 


SISSA and ICTP host one of the largest HPC facilities in Italy, and it will be available to MHPC students.

Students will work on a new HPC cluster with more than 4000 cores based on the newest technology. This allows student to gain direct experience in a production environment and to explore characteristics and configurations of an HPC cluster.

The HPC system also provides a number of nodes with accelerators explicitly dedicated to advanced research projects. The in-house facilities are complemented by state-of-the-art facilities available world wide to computational research groups involved with the MHPC. Experimental HPC facilities are also available trough european research program which involves local scientific research institution and companies. 

SISSA - International School for Advanced Studies

SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies, was founded in 1978 and is a scientific center of excellence within the national and international academic scene. Located in Italy, in the city of Trieste, it features about 65 professors, approximately 100 post-docs and 250 PhD students. The three main research areas of SISSA are Physics, Neuroscience and Mathematics.

Official website: www.sissa.it

ICTP - Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP is the first global institution for fundamental research and development focussing on developing countries. ICTP provides a rich, international environment conducive to the highest levels of scientific inquiry, supporting research and education in theoretical and applied physics and mathematics.

Official website: www.ictp.it