Sep 24 – 26, 2018
University of Ljubljana
CET timezone

In today's competitive product development, high performance computing (HPC) delivers outstanding value and investment return. Parallel computing increases understanding, productivity and accuracy of the simulation - a faster turnaround, reduced costs, systematic design variations and more complex models.
The PRACE Autumn School communicates and discusses issues and perspectives of HPC targeting engineering applications arising from evaluation performance and/or design of products, e.g. equipment and processes, with a particular emphasis on the life sciences, chemistry,  aerospace, and energy fields. The PRACE Autumn School places priority on algorithms, simulation strategies, and programming techniques for life sciences, chemistry, finite elements,  complex fluid flow simulations,  which usually have coupled multiphysics requiring intensive use of HPC resources. In case of expertise and software availability, there will be presentations of other issues, e.g. robustness and performance analysis, a brief introduction to pre- and post-processing techniques, e.g. CAD integration, mesh generation and visualization are presented.

The PRACE Autumn School targets at (40-50) industrial users, researchers and students. Case studies and hands-on tutorials will be carried on the ULFME cluster. The tutorials will be held in parallel and in subsequent sessions, depending on the applicants' interest indicated in the registration questionnaire.

The program is free of charge (not including travel and accommodation). For the hands-on sessions, participants are expected to bring their own laptops.

Applications are open to researchers, academics and industrial researchers residing in PRACE member countries, and European Union Member States and Associated Countries. All lectures and training sessions will be in English.

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University of Ljubljana
Lecture room IV/2 and computing rooms II/5, III/1, N17
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Aškerčeva 6 1000 Ljubljana Slovenia

Prerequisites and Registration
Applicants are expected to have some experience with the topic of interest. 
School attendees will be selected based on applications submitted through the registration form, taking into account the order of registrations.
Applicants will be informed about their acceptance not later than two weeks after the registration. The number of attendees is limited to about 40-50. All attendees are encouraged to bring a poster on their work related to the topics of the school.

The school is offered free of charge to industrial users, researchers and academics residing in PRACE member states and eligible countries. It is the responsibility of the attendees to arrange and cover travel and accommodation. The school's official language is English.

aerial viewBuilding entrance

ULFME is located nearby the city centre within 25 min walking distance from bus/train station and 10 min to the old town. Photos show the building and its entrance. Lunches in the restaurant with the winter garden at top of the building or many options around.

For mobile devices arround the university we suggest assuring EDUROAM account at the local institution if possible. For regular uses desktop computers with dedicated LAN with and WiFi will be provided. Users need not to bring their laptops unless they wish to for personal purposes.


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Accomodation in 1km radius link

The hotel BIT Center Ljubljana with rooms are available under limited time/price conditions under the reservation code PRACE. Arrival is possible also a day or two earlier! Contact: It takes 10 minutes by city bus 5, 9 or 13 to the city centre or maybe ordering taxi for 1€ if shared by four passengers. Busses 5 and 9 can be used to the station Kolizej and then use bus no. 1 and step out at the Aškerčeva station and you will be in front of the faculty.
ULFME has an option to reserve additional 10-15 rooms in a brand new Hotel Nox that is still closed. Accessible by city bus No. 1 and drives directly to the ULFME.
Applicants are, of course, free to find their accomodation of a choice. Some other recommended options with personal authorization available are: 

  1. Hotel Center in the centre: Contact for prices and availability.
  2. Hotel Slon in the centre: Contact  for prices and availability.
  3. Hotel Park in the centre 
  4. Hotel Union in the centre. Might be expensive. Contact
  5. Ljubljana Resort contact
  6. Birokrat hotel contact
  7. G Design hotel contact

If arriving by car there are many accomodations nearby Ljubljana. Dedicated parking for guests is available in front of the faculty. Gate opens by ringing a bell. For public transport (city bus) Urbana card can be purchased at kiosks around and filled at the urbanomats. Urbana card is valid also for public bycicles if registered. Please ask for a help with accomodation if having troubles.

Visit for basic information about arranging travel to Ljubljana. Currency in Slovenia is Euro.

Airport is 30km outside Ljubljana. Public bus no. 28 from the airport 4.5€ (every hr/2hr Mo-Fr/Sa-Su), Private Shutles for 2.2€, Taxi from the airport 40€. See also the following links for explanation: and
Ljubljana city uses Urbana payment card for its city buses (1.2€/90min fare)  and for city bicycles with 1€/week (3€/yr) subscription. There are two CityCycle stations nearby ULFME.

If you will arrive by a car we have free parking places for guests in front of the "Fakulteta za strojništvo" (ULFME). Exact GPS coordinates of Aškerčeva 6 street are N46.04704 E14.49906. To open the car gate mention "PRACE" and park on the left parking slots with numbers 212-200 as shown on the photo attached.

City sightseeing as one hour walkarround is planned for Wednesday evening, 25th September  (old town, castle, ...).
You can cycle[1] for 1€ for a week around BTC city[2]. If you wanna chill-out in the summer you can railway yourself in a Postojna cave[3] or in castles[4-8] around and so on[9]. There is also free WiFi in the city centre[10,11].  And finally, you are all welcome to EuroBasket 2013[12] to cheer your favourite team if arriving for the finals a day or two before the Autumn school begins.



Ljubljana, aerial view



Aerial view of the old town. Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik, Tourism Ljubljana