Amsterdam bids farewell to HEPiX

We look back on a successful Autumn Workshop, with lots of attendence and many contributions. The local team wishes everybody a safe homeward journey, or, for those who stay for the SOC workshop, a pleasant continuation of their visit to Amsterdam.

It has been our privilege and pleasure to receive so many kind and bright people from all over the world, and to see them engage in discussions and sharing ideas to help shape the future of computing in data intensive science.

We hope to see everybody again in good spirit and health at a future workshop!

Conference dinner tonight

18:30 At the Amsterdam Museum, entrance at Luciensteeg.

Be sure to wear your badge, as security is very strict due to fact that the museum lies in the city centre.

Getting there

See the website of the museum.

It is a 10 minute walk from Metro station Nieuwmarkt; or go to Amsterdam Centraal Station and take the tram, exit at Spui, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal or use the planner on

HEPiX news bulletin

HEPiX is only 4 days away and many people will be starting to pack now. The registration is closed, as well as the abstract submission. Behind the screens the organisers and programmers are feverishly working to cross the t’s and dot the i’s.

For those who want to know what to pack it is a good idea to keep an eye on the weather. It is projected to be a little below the long term average for October, around 15C during the day. Unfortunately it is also going to be typical autumn weather, windy with intense rain showers due to the remaining summer heat in the system. My advice: bring an umbrella and a windproof coat.

We’ll be posting some more local information on the web site as we are drawing nearer the start of the workshop; here are just some notes to take into consideration when planning your stay.

Thanks to our generous sponsor Western Digital we have secured a pre-paid public transport card for all participants, with enough credit to last the week for typical use. So on arrival in The Netherlands, choose the cheapest option to get to your hotel and to Nikhef on Monday.

Registration opens 08:00 hours on Monday 14 October at the WCW Congress Centre. Nearest public transport is either the railway station Amsterdam Science Park or bus stop Science Park Aer (bus 40). You can use several different planners.

Traditionally we’ll have a welcome reception on Monday evening, immediately following the program for the day. Buses will take us from the campus directly into the city; due to time constraints we have to leave at 16:30 hours sharp.

The HEPiX banquet will be held on Wednesday; the location is in the very centre of Amsterdam but exact directions will follow later.

The time table for the workshop is being fleshed out to fit everybody’s presentations; the coffee breaks and lunch breaks are locally served and give us plenty of time for interaction and visiting the tables of our sponsors who generously provided all the food and drinks.

The entire workshop will be recorded, streamed, and can be followed remotely via Vidyo.

Should there be any questions, urgent or otherwise, the local team can be reached by e-mail at hepix-2019autumn-support@hepix.organd by telephone: during office hours call Joan Berger at +31205925169; outside office hours +31205922219. (At all times the emergency services in the Netherlands can be reached by calling 112.)

We’re looking forward to seeing you all in a few days!

End of Early Birds discount

HEPiX Autumn 2019 is drawing closer, so it is time to start making plans. Amsterdam awaits you!

If you wish to come but you have not registered yet, please hurry up! The early-birds discount ended on 15 September. The registration will close on 7 October. You can still register at full-price at

Thanks to our gracious sponsors food, drinks, and public transportation are all taken care of. We have something special lined up for the banquet as well, but we’ll keep that a surprise for the moment. And while you are making your travel arrangements, don’t forget to submit an abstract (or two) for the workshop. I’m sure there is plenty to talk about that is interesting for all to hear. Let’s make this a fruitful as well as an enjoyable meeting with plenty of knowledge exchange!

Last of all I want to plug the special interest meeting on Friday afternoon; outside of the official HEPiX program we’ll discuss the end of CREAM support and how to move to ARC instead. If you currently run CREAM and don’t know what to do with it next year, or if you are already running ARC and would like to talk about it, please stick around on the Friday afternoon. I hope to see you all in Amsterdam.

Dennis van Dok
Local organising committee chair

HEPiX update

Dear HEPiX Colleagues and Friends,

we are pleased to announce that the local organisers at Nikhef,
Amsterdam, have made it possible to extend the early-bird
deadline by one month to

      Sunday 15 September 2019

Participants from non-commercial entities benefit from the reduced
registration fee of 200 EUR, if their registration is completed by
that date. There will not be any further extension, so don’t
hesitate and register now – visit

At the same time, we would like to remind you that we very much welcome
your abstracts. Anything relevant of HEPiX you have done, you have
thought of, you have tried and succeeded (or failed!) – please let us
know by submitting an abstract via the portal mentioned above. Your
abstract(s) are decisive for making the workshop interesting and

Even though not part of the HEPiX programme, two co-located events
have been organised: an ARC workshop on Friday 18 October afternoon
and a WLCG Security Operations Centre WG workshop from Monday 21 to
Wednesday 23 October. The HEPiX portal mentioned above contains links
to these events.

Looking forward to meeting you in Amsterdam, best regards,

Helge Meinhard
HEPiX co-chair

Dennis van Dok
Chair of the LOC

Registration now open

Dear HEPiX Community,

as of today it is possible to register for the HEPiX autumn workshop in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, held from 14th to 18th October 2019.

The workshop will be held at the Amsterdam Science Park Congress Centre and is hosted by Nikhef.

There is a room capacity limit of 150 participants and it is first come, first served, so register soon!

Early registrants also benefit from the ‘early birds’ fee of €200 instead of the full fee of €300. The deadline for early birds registration is 15th september 2019.

Thanks to our generous sponsors we will have a social event on Monday 14th October and a Conference dinner on Wednesday 16th October free of charge. Registrants who wish to bring a partner to the Conference dinner can indicate this on the registration form at an additional charge of €50.

The abstract submission has opened as well and we encourage participants to contribute to the programme.

As a reminder, an ARC-CE workshop is planned for Friday 18th October in the afternoon. And starting Monday 21th October, a Security Operations Centre (SOC) workshop will be held at Nikhef. It is expected that security-related issues will be covered late during the HEPiX workshop to ease participation to both HEPiX and the SOC workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact the local organizing committee ( We are looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam in October!

HEPiX Autumn 2019 workshop at Nikhef, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 14–18 October

Dear HEPiX Community,

I am pleased to announce that the HEPiX autumn 2019 workshop will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 14th to 18th October 2019. The workshop will take place at the Amsterdam Science Park Congress Centre, hosted by Nikhef, the Dutch national institute for subatomic physics. Mark your calendars!

We are looking forward to a productive and informative meeting, and we encourage previous and new participants to submit abstracts and contribute to the programme.

Information about the logistics is already available under

The registration and abstract submission will open soon; a short message will be sent as soon as you can register and submit abstracts.

While not part of the official HEPiX programme, I should like to point out that on Friday 18th October in the afternoon, a workshop on the ARC-CE is planned. Starting Monday 21th October, a Security Operations Centre (SOC) workshop will be held; it is expected that security-related issues will be covered late during the HEPiX workshop to ease participation to both HEPiX and the SOC workshop.

HEPiX workshops have been held regularly since 1991 to bring together worldwide Information Technology staff, physicists and managers from High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics and other science laboratories, institutes and universities such as BNL, CERN, DESY, FNAL, IN2P3, INFN, JLAB, KEK, NIKHEF, PIC, RAL, SLAC, TRIUMF and many other labs and universities. The main purpose of the HEPiX semi-annual workshops is to foster a learning and sharing experience for physicists and IT specialists in scientific high-performance and data-intensive computing disciplines.

If you have any questions, please contact the local organizing committee (

We are looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam in October!

Best Regards,

Dennis van Dok (Nikhef), on behalf of the local organisers