SPEEDUP Society Overview

Speedup activities

The main activity of the SPEEDUP Society is the organization of an annual Workshop on high performance computing and related issues. The SPEEDUP workshops alternate in addressing a variety of sciences or research fields; molecular dynamics, environmental impacts, bioinformatics, and industrial applications are just some examples of the main topics. Although emphasis is put on applications requiring high-end resources, other types of compute- and data-intensive applications are certainly not excluded.


Speedup has been a forum for high performance computing in Switzerland since 1987. In March 1993, the Speedup Society was founded in Cadro (Ticino). The committee is elected by the general assembly of the members of the society which takes place at the workshop.

The society is guided by the SPEEDUP Committee which presently consists of the following persons:

Dr. Peter Arbenz (President)
ETH Zurich
Prof. Olaf Schenk (Vice-President)
University of Lugano
Dr. Andreas Adelmann (Cashier)
PSI, Villigen
Prof. Helmar Burkhart
University of Basel
Prof. Bastien Chopard
University of Geneva
Dr. Simone Deparis
EPF Lausanne
Prof. Jan S Hesthaven
EPF Lausanne
Dr. Ales Janka
EIA Fribourg
Prof. Rolf Krause
Università della Svizzera Italiana
Prof. Henrik Nordborg
HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil
Dr. Vittoria Rezzonico
EPF Lausanne
Prof. Joost VandeVondele
ETH Zurich

Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Peter Arbenz
Institute of Computational Science
Universitaetsstrasse 6
ETH Zentrum CAB G69.3
8092 Zurich
Phone   +41 44 44 632 74 32, +41 44 632 74 71
Fax       +41 44 632 13 74
E-mail: e-mail contact