Supercomputing Frontiers 2020 conference chooses for transformation not cancellation: transforms into a virtual conference

12 Mar 2020 Warsaw - After a dozen or so cancelled HPC events, we can now report about one that tries a new approach: go completely virtual. Supercomputing Frontiers 2020 has decided to go completely virtual. For a small registration fee everyone over the whole world can participate. We at Primeur Magazine hope we will see more innovative ways of the HPC community to come together.

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 is the sixth edition of the conference series Supercomputing Frontiers which started in 2015 in Singapore and moved to Poland in 2018. It is organised by Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM), University of Warsaw.

Over twenty outstanding keynote and invited speakers at Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 will deliver talks on topics spanning various fields of science and technology.

The three keynote speakers and their topics are:

  • James K. Gmizewski, University of California, Los Angeles: Emergent Atomic Switch Networks for Neuroarchitectonics;
  • Rob Knight, University of California, San Diego: Human Microbiome Project;
  • Ziogas Alexandros Nikolaos, ETH, Zurich: A Data-Centric Approach to Extreme-Scale Ab initio Dissipative Quantum Transport Simulations.

"We have been working on the special programme of this conference for a very long time, in some cases we arranged participation of the key speakers two years in advance, and when the entire programme was finalised, we've been hit by the coronavirus outbreak. This created an opportunity to turn our conference from a niche, specialised conference with limited attendance into an event easily accessible by anybody interested in these topics, anywhere around the globe. The only requirement is access to the internet and a payment of a nominal fee", stated Dr. Marek Michalewicz, Director of ICM and the founder of Supercomputing Frontiers conference series.

The main topics of the 6th edition of SCFE2020 are: computational science requiring substantial supercomputing resources, such as, computational biology, bioinformatics, genomics and (microbiome) metagenomics and (single cell) transcriptomics; Artificial Intelligence (AI) as supporting methodology in multitude of fields; cosmology, astronomy and physics, advanced engineering; ground-breaking, new and upcoming computer architectures, including FPGA, RISC V and neuromorphic architectures as well as EuroHPC initiatives; and quantum internet and communication.

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