12 months
7000 EUR/year
7000 EUR/year
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The Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) at the International School for Advanced Studies is an innovative specialization 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.

The High Performance Computing master degree from the International School for Advanced Studies 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.


  • 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Concepts and Programming
  • HPC Algorithms for Science and Technology
  • Practical HPC Project 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The ideal student for the MHPC has a strong interest in information technology problems driven by scientific research or industrial needs. 
  • English is the official language of the Master: candidates must be fluent in English.
  • MHPC is accessible by Italian students graduated with “laurea magistrale (D.M. 270/2004)” and “laurea Vecchio Ordinamento (L. 341/1990)”. International applicants with a Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral degree are welcome to apply.
  • Work and research experience will be evaluated during the admissions interview, but they are definitely NOT a requirement.
  • No prior HPC knowledge is assumed, but candidates should have some experience in programming and a competence in one of the following languages: C, C++, Fortran.
  • A sound knowledge of Linux operating system is also needed.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7000 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7000 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Trieste

850 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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