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.