Since it was first held as a seminar with 81 participants in 1986, the conference has become Europe's largest HPC event and in 2012 drew participants from 57 nations. The format of the conference programme has also evolved and this year's blend of keynote talks, panel discussions, less formal chats and specialized presentations generated many compliments - and large audiences. Eighty-two journalists and analysts focusing on HPC also attended ISC.
Even though we keep setting attendance records each year, it's exciting when we reach or projected goal and having 2,403 attendees this year was very gratifying", stated ISC Executive Director Martin Meuer. It's also exciting to see so many members of the HPC community in Asia making the trip to Germany to join us."
In fact, it was a group of students from Tsinghua University in China who were overall winners of the Student Cluster Competition, in which five teams of students competed to build and configure cluster computers, then run a series of applications to see which team could get the best performance.
The three-day competition was sponsored by the HPC Advisory Council. Here are the highlights:
At a reception in Hamburg City Hall hosted by the Hamburg Senate, ISC'12 General Chair Prof. Hans Meuer recognized the longtime contributions of Prof. Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Prof. Thomas Ludwig of the German Climate Computing Center and University of Hamburg by making them ISC Fellows.
After four years in Hamburg, ISC will move to the historic city of Leipzig in eastern Germany in 2013. ISC'13 will be held June 16-20, 2013. Leipzig has hosted trade fairs since 1165 and has long been a centre for culture, learning and research. For more information, you can visit www.isc13.org .