Research use cases

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Current portfolio of scientific use cases supported

SwING is developing a compelling set of use cases designed to empower the Swiss research community, spanning climate change, computational chemistry, economics, environmental monitoring, fluid dynamics and proteomics. SwING technical experts have also tested a set of use case scenarios for cyclic analysis, data set analysis, model calibration, parameter sweep using local clusters or cloud infrastructures. Read more ....

Most of the use cases listed here are still on-going projects supported by SwiNG technical experts as part of the drive to build a national computing infrastructure that facilitates research excellence.  The list of all the applications and use cases supported  on the SMSCG grid infrastructure is available on the website

Check out also the list of tools that we make available for implementing your usecases.



User Group Support team



Climate/weather monitoring - Integration of A4-Mesh into the SwissACC for storing and analysing collected sensor data. Model Calibration and Simulation forecasts

Computer Science Dep., University of Neuchâtel UniBE/IAM

The integration project is currently developed within SwissACC and is supported on the SWITCH, ETH and Zurich University cloud infrastructure.



Climate change and biodiversity - Hydrological Models and processing high throughput of R-based scripts. Parameter study and Model calibration.

Dep. of Geography, Zurich University


Written in GC3Pie, the code has been successfully set up and analyzed a large number of cases, making use of both Zurich University and ETH clouds simultaneously.




General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System. Ab initio molecular quantum chemistry. Model Calibration

Organic Chemistry Institute, Zurich University UZH/GC3

The OCI/UZH batch-processing infrastructure can dynamically burst into the Zurich University cloud for running GAMESS simulations. For this, the VM-MAD tool has been leveraged.


Simulation of large molecules, proteins. Data set analysis

Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH


This use case has been set up on the ETH cloud. The next step will be to use the existing grid and cluster based gRosetta solution developed with GC3Pie.


Simulate particles of pollution in air flows under different conditions (wind speed, traffic, etc.).

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO/Ge)



The project is based on OpenFOAM computational fluid dynamic toolbox and is currently supported on the SMSCG grid infrastructure.


Statistics on social network data. Data set analysis

Dep. of Business, Zurich University GC3 Written in GC3Pie, currently running simultaneously on the Zurich University and ETH cloud.


Parameter sweep type application.

Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, Zurich University

GC3 Written in GC3Pie, each simulation usually takes half a day and it is a single core.

Calibration of Hydrological model. DEWA/GRID-Geneva is part of a global group of environmental information centres, known as the Global Resource Information Database (GRID) network under the United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP).

UNEP/GRID-Geneva, University of Geneva HES-SO//Ge  

Calibration of Ecomonic model.

Institute of Banking and Finance, Zurich University UH/GC3 Written in GC3Pie, the project has been supported on the SMSCG grid infrastructure. It has generated a workload of 916k jobs, 238k
walltime hours.
Gcrypto Parameter sweep of Cryptography model Lab for Cryptologic Algorithms, Lausanne Polytechnic UZH/GC3 Written in GC3Pie, the project has been supported on the SMSCG grid infrastructure.


Statistics package extensions for the Cloud.


Depending on the usecases, out support team can help enable high throughput processing of R on our available cloud infrastructure.


Matlab can be set up to enable the use of remote server resources for distributing computation (distributed computing toolbox).


Dedicated images have been created on the ETH cloud. The activation and the orchestration of the VMs has been implemented.


The SCI-BUS project has developed this portal, currently in use by SyBIT also in the Aebersold lab. It can already interface to clouds.


The SCI-BUS project interface is already working on the Zurich University cloud.


The iBrain2 portal has been developed by SyBIT for automated HCS image analysis. It is running at the Light Microscopy and Screening Centre (LMSC), ETH. The cloud should also be available with new Bee system.


Integration with the ETH cloud. Planned for second half of 2013.


Software to analyze crystal structures (PSI). Needs a computational back-end.


The virtual images have been set up and deployed.