The school aims at creating a common technical culture in scientific computing among young scientists and engineers involved in particle physics or in sister experimental disciplines, as a strategic direction to favour mobility and to facilitate the development of large computing-oriented transnational projects.
The CERN Computing school is a summer university, not a conference. The schools are places to learn advanced academic topics, taught by a few high-quality lecturers, what ensures overall coherence. Attendance to the full programme is mandatory, examinations are organized and formal diplomas are awarded. The focus is on delivering knowledge rather than know-how, which can better be provided in the form of training at home institutes. Knowledge is by nature more persistent, transferable to new contexts, and requires related knowledge to pre-exist.
The CERN Schools of Computing have two specific objectives in terms of education and knowledge transfer:
- To train both theoretically and practically, young engineers and scientists from physics institutes collaborating in the CERN programme on the advanced technologies required to meet the very specific challenges that CERN is facing in computing, and which are generally not part of regular academic curricula (e.g. practical Grid technology, large scale software development and engineering).
- Beyond the particle physics community, to transfer to academic, institutional and industrial circles in Member States and other countries, CERN skills and know-how in computing and ICT. These skills and know-how, though developed for the needs of the particle physics community, find direct or potential applications in all spheres of the society (as exemplified with the Web, developed by CERN and now, the Grid).