In his talk on Monday, June 23, Professor Schulten will discuss how the atomic perspective of living cells has assumed centre stage through advances in microscopy, nanotechnology and computing. Professor Schulten will share how decades of refinements of in silico, in vitro and in vivo technologies have opened a new era in life sciences. Researchers are now able to investigate living systems made up of millions of atoms involved in cell mechanics, viral infection, medical diagnostics and even the production of second-generation biofuels.
Professor Schulten is a leader in the field of computational biophysics, having devoted over 40 years to establishing the physical mechanisms underlying the processes and organisation of living systems - from the atomic scale up to the level of the entire organism. As of 2014, his work in biological physics has yielded over 625 publications, which have been cited over 67,000 times. Professor Schulten is also the co-director of the NSF-funded Center for the Physics of Living Cells and his work has been honoured with numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Award of the Biophysical Society in 2013, and the IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award in 2012. Professor Schulten also received the prestigious Humboldt Award of the German Humboldt Foundation in 2004.
In addition to the opening address on Monday, each subsequent day of the conference will feature a remarkable keynote presentation.
On Tuesday, June 23, one of Japan's leading HPC experts, Professor Satoshi Matsuoka, will deliver a keynote titled "If You Can't Beat Them, Lead Them - Convergence of Supercomputing and Next Generation 'Extreme' Big Data". In this thought-provoking talk, Professor Matsuoka will share why he believes that supercomputer architectures will converge with those of Big Data and serve a crucial technological role for the industry. His assertion will be exemplified with a number of recent Japanese research projects in this area, including the JST-CREST "Extreme Big Data" project.
Satoshi Matsuoka, a professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center of Tokyo Institute of Technology (GSIC), is also the leader of the TSUBAME supercomputer series and is currently heading various other projects such as the JST-CREST Ultra Low Power HPC and the JSPS Billion-Scale Supercomputer Resilience.
On Wednesday, June 25, Professor Thomas Sterling, a perennial favourite at ISC, will offer a vibrant summary of the past year in his keynote: "HPC Achievement & Impact 2014 - A Personal Perspective". Professor Sterling is set to track the improvements in microprocessor multicore and accelerator components as well as general system capabilities. On the topic of exascale, Professor Sterling will talk about the international programmes devoted to leading-edge HPC that will bridge the second half of the decade. His keynote address will end with an early summary of the emerging area of interests in "beyond exascale", including superconducting logic, optical computing, neuromorphic and probabilistic computing.
Thomas Sterling is professor at the Indiana University's School of Informatics and Computing and serves as chief scientist and associate director at the PTI Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST). He is currently engaged in research associated with the innovative ParalleX execution model for extreme-scale computing.
In the Thursday, June 26 keynote, Professor Karlheinz Meier, a European expert in neuromorphic computing will deliver a talk titled "Brain Derived Computing beyond von Neumann - Achievements and Challenges". In the keynote, Professor Meier will review the current projects around the world that are focused on neuromorphic computing and introduce the work in this area that will be conducted under the European Commission's Human Brain Project (HBP). As an HBP co-director, Professor Meier's mission will be to develop neuromorphic hardware implementations with a very high degree of configurability.
Karlheinz Meier is a professor of experimental physics at Heidelberg University's Kirchhoff Institute of Physics. In his role as the co-director of the European Human Brain Project, Professor Meier leads a research group in neuromorphic computing. Funded by the European Commission, HBP is an ambitious 10-year, 1.19-billion euro project, with the intention of greatly advancing the understanding of the human brain using cutting-edge computer technologies. He has initiated and led two major European initiatives in the same field, but on a smaller scale - FACETS and BrainScaleS.
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