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Primeur weekly 2014-01-27

Special

A farewell to Hans Meuer ...

The Cloud

VMware to acquire AirWatch ...

New Australian retail ISP Jiva implements Oracle Service Cloud to empower customers ...

Red Hat upgrades Cloud infrastructure offerings to deliver on the Open Hybrid Cloud Vision ...

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 enables OpenStack-ready Cloud infrastructure ...

Desktop Grids

JPPF 4.0 raises the bar in the Grid computing arena ...

EuroFlash

Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Meuer passed away January 20, 2014, aged 77 ...

PhD Fellowship Programme at BSC-CNS ...

The Bull group launches "One Bull", its strategic plan for 2014-2017 ...

The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) entrusts scientific data management to Oracle ...

USFlash

SDSC and Leidos to help develop new cybersecurity reference architecture for electrical microgrids ...

SDSC announces 2014 Internship Opportunities for High School Students ...

SC14 Workshop Proposals due February 7th ...

Donated supercomputer to supercharge New Zealand research ...

Houston Methodist Licenses Its Computer Augmented Virtual Environment To Facts And Figures ...

IBM closes acquisition of Aspera ...

Suzhou PowerCore Technology Co. intends to use IBM POWER technology for chip design that pushes innovation in China ...

Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business ...

KDDI selects Oracle SuperCluster to strengthen authentication system for mobile core network and support rapid data growth ...

SGI launches new performance-optimized enterprise storage systems and new All-Flash array for Big Data and HPC workloads ...

Liz King joins SGI as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales ...

AMD offers new levels of efficiency with 12- and 16-core additions to the AMD Opteron 6300 Series ...

Dot Hill Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays bring industry-first 2U 48 ultra density form factor, high performance, and enhanced efficiency to the data centre ...

Cirrascale announces improved power solution for BladeRack 2 F-Series ...

A farewell to Hans Meuer


27 Jan 2014 Almere - Near the end of the ISC Conference in Leipzig in June 2013, Hans Meuer wanted to talk to me. He would like to tell - for Primeur magazine- about his vision on supercomputer conferences in the world: "There is room for two major supercomputer conferences each year" . If you reread the article you see how proud he was that ISC was really a mature important supercomputing event. And he was right, it's an achievement where Europe can be proud of and the world can be happy that he brought it to this level.

But Leipzig was not where I met Hans. It must have been in 1984 when I was involved in starting a journal calledSupercomputer. I was working at a supercomputer centre with a Cyber 205 supercomputer (with 20 kilometres of wiring) so a little later I was looking around to see whether there were any supercomputer conferences worth visiting. One that got my attention was a "Supercomputer Seminar" in Mannheim that looked promising. So I went there ending up in the largest Baroque building in Europe, the Mannheimer Schloss, where the "Tagung" took place, organised by Hans Meuer. The first years the conference was completely in German. Even the people that flew over from the States presented in German.

Hans was very keen that everything was organised as perfect as possible. So we did not have a coffee break, but a "Kaffee und Communications Pauze". The social dinner was at a vineyard where you had to taste a lot of different wines the German way: do not spit out the wine but drink it. But apart from tasting wines the social event was also used by Hans to discuss with a few people the main themes for the next conference.

Later the social events were moved to the "Gasthof zur Sonne" with also some memorable moments, and German food and beer.

At the conference itself Hans also soon figured out I always could ask a question that was not completely stupid. So when there was no question from the audience he would ask: "and Ad, what do you think?"

At that time we were not 100% of the time online, so we paid a little more attention to the speaker even if he was not the most exciting one. Hans also offered us the opportunity to start withPrimeur Live!issues from the seminar: we had some special connectors made by his technical team, a dedicated telephone line we could use to transmit our articles. It was great fun, also the late Uwe Harms was a big contributor to these issues.

After the first year, I have been a regular visitor of the Seminar and later the ISC Conferences. The first years were great because it was a small group of nice people that Hans managed to bring to Mannheim each year, so you could interact with everyone. There also was only one track. But Hans made the programme so interesting you did not really need another track.

Later on, things did get bigger and bigger. On the one hand that was good, on the other hand it leaves less room to know everything and everyone. Nevertheless I still looked forward to go there to see Hans, his wife, and the other - old an new - friends.

Until the very end Hans was committed to making a difference in supercomputing, making ISC a success in every tiny detail. I am glad he saw the big success of the event as it is now and that his legacy is in good hands.

Hans, I hope they serve matjes hering where you are now.

Ad Emmen

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-01-27

Special

A farewell to Hans Meuer ...

The Cloud

VMware to acquire AirWatch ...

New Australian retail ISP Jiva implements Oracle Service Cloud to empower customers ...

Red Hat upgrades Cloud infrastructure offerings to deliver on the Open Hybrid Cloud Vision ...

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 enables OpenStack-ready Cloud infrastructure ...

Desktop Grids

JPPF 4.0 raises the bar in the Grid computing arena ...

EuroFlash

Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Meuer passed away January 20, 2014, aged 77 ...

PhD Fellowship Programme at BSC-CNS ...

The Bull group launches "One Bull", its strategic plan for 2014-2017 ...

The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) entrusts scientific data management to Oracle ...

USFlash

SDSC and Leidos to help develop new cybersecurity reference architecture for electrical microgrids ...

SDSC announces 2014 Internship Opportunities for High School Students ...

SC14 Workshop Proposals due February 7th ...

Donated supercomputer to supercharge New Zealand research ...

Houston Methodist Licenses Its Computer Augmented Virtual Environment To Facts And Figures ...

IBM closes acquisition of Aspera ...

Suzhou PowerCore Technology Co. intends to use IBM POWER technology for chip design that pushes innovation in China ...

Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business ...

KDDI selects Oracle SuperCluster to strengthen authentication system for mobile core network and support rapid data growth ...

SGI launches new performance-optimized enterprise storage systems and new All-Flash array for Big Data and HPC workloads ...

Liz King joins SGI as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales ...

AMD offers new levels of efficiency with 12- and 16-core additions to the AMD Opteron 6300 Series ...

Dot Hill Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays bring industry-first 2U 48 ultra density form factor, high performance, and enhanced efficiency to the data centre ...

Cirrascale announces improved power solution for BladeRack 2 F-Series ...