Next year will also mark the 30th anniversary of ISC, which was founded in 1986 by Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Meuer. ISC began as a small event at Mannheim University, but soon had to move from the campus to a local conference centre. As the programme and exhibition continued to grow, ISC moved first to Heidelberg, then in 2006 to Dresden. After three years of continued growth, the conference headed to Hamburg in 2009, followed by Leipzig in 2013. The final conference in Leipzig - ISC'14 ended Thursday, June 26. Over 2,400 attendees participated in this conference and exhibition.
The organizers decided to relocate the conference in 2015 to Frankfurt, one of the best locations in Europe for hosting commercial events. Known as the leading financial centre of continental Europe, Frankfurt is home to the European Central Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The city is served by the Frankfurt International Airport, which is the second largest and busiest airport in Europe and in the top 10 in the world.
"We are very excited about the move as Frankfurt is a very modern city and it is within easy reach for regional and international travelers", explained ISC Managing Director, Martin Meuer. "The venue, Forum Messe Frankfurt offers ample rooms in various sizes to host our ever-expanding conference programme, and various business meetings that take place during the five days of the conference. The exhibition hall 3 that we will be renting is also very impressive in size and layout."
In a departure from previous years, the 2015 conference will be held July 12th through the 16th. Welcoming the move, many ISC'14 exhibitors have already signed up for the 2015 exhibition, including various sponsorship levels. In keeping with tradition, the TOP500 List will be announced during the opening session of the conference.
The owner of the facility is the Trade Fair Company Messe Frankfurt, Germany's largest trade fair organizer. They own more than 100 trade fairs and exhibitions worldwide that attracted a total of 78,550 exhibitors and 3.57 million visitors in 2013. The exhibition space spans multiple halls, totaling up to about 450,000 square meters. ISC will be renting a fraction of this exhibition space.
The 30th ISC will reflect a couple of significant transformations, while also marking the change in leadership from Hans Meuer to his sons, Martin and Thomas. Starting 2015, the conference will be called ISC High Performance, with "The HPC Event" as its tagline. It will also bear a new corporate logo.
Also starting next year, the conference will dedicate a full day to European and international projects in the form of workshops, which will fall under the care of ISC Executive Consultant Dr. Bernd Mohr. The ISC High Performance programme team will consist of ISC Programme Chair, Prof. Dr. Arndt Bode, Dr. Horst Gietl, Dr. Bernd Mohr and a new steering committee that will advise the team on their choice of topics and speakers.
"We are delighted and proud that the International Supercomputing Conference has selected Messe Frankfurt as the venue and the service provider for this important event. In the ISC, we have gained an outstanding international conference that reflects the strength of Frankfurt as an IT location", stated Uwe Behm, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. "Frankfurt is a vital node in the IT world where the majority of international business connections and relationships converge. It is no accident that approximately 70 percent of exhibitors and half of visitors travel to events at Messe Frankfurt from abroad. My colleagues from Congress Frankfurt will also provide active support to ensure the continuing success of the ISC."