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Primeur weekly 2016-07-04

Special

European Commission reorganisation affects supercomputing and e-Infrastructures ...

Focus

The next flagship supercomputer in Japan will be the "post K" with a CPU based on ARM V8 with HPC extension ...

Crowd computing

Book about volunteer computing released ...

Quantum computing

New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 breaks record with attendance and programme in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Council elects new leadership ...

PRACE launches Fourth Call for Applications under SHAPE ...

International Data Corporation lauds innovations in supercomputing with Innovation Excellence Awards ...

PRACE looks back on successful ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt ...

Hardware

New age of computing launched at the University of Melbourne ...

Computing density of scalable energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with the newest Intel Xeon Phi processor has increased by 2 times to 528 Teraflops per cabinet ...

CFMS selects Cray for next generation HPC platform ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dedicates new supercomputer facility ...

Applications

Supercomputers on the trail of dark matter ...

New Quantum Mechanics algorithm fast on GPU desktop, not like older algorithms that need a supercomputer ...

Seeds of supermassive black holes could be revealed by gravitational waves ...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs enlists IBM's Watson in the war on cancer ...

New ocean current simulations alter view of climate change impacts ...

Computer simulations help scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water ...

Nine University of Wyoming projects awarded summer use of supercomputer in Cheyenne ...

TOP500

MSU supercomputer recognized for power and energy efficiency ...

DDN increases its TOP500 HPC leadership to an unprecedented 70 percent of global supercomputing centres ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces Pfizer's Selection of Oracle Cloud for clinical data management and trial management across its clinical trial portfolio ...

IBM unveils new Bluemix OpenWhisk tools to speed development of IoT apps on IBM Cloud ...

Oracle brings SPARC to the Cloud ...

ISC 2016 breaks record with attendance and programme in Frankfurt


30 Jun 2016 Frankfurt - ISC Group, the organizers of ISC High Performance, have held a very successful conference, drawing 3,092 attendees from 53 countries to the annual high performance computing forum, exceeding all previous attendance records. The conference and exhibition were held in Frankfurt, Germany from June 19-23.

The ISC exhibition hall was a very busy place from June 20-22, hosting 146 leading HPC vendors and research organisations from around the world. Twelve student teams were also on the show floor competing in the fifth annual HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition.

It was equally exciting to see over 420 members of the Asian HPC community partake in this year's conference programme, reflecting a 10 percent increase of Asian attendees. The highest number of attendees came from northern and central Europe, followed by North America.

A video summarizing the three-day conference is now available on YouTube . High-quality images of the conference and exhibition are also available for download at Flickr .

Conference proceedings will be made available to attendees very soon. If you are interested in the ISC 2016 research papers, you can download them for free until July 15 through the ISC 2016 programme page. You can click on the Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series link displayed on the ISC programme page to qualify for the free download.

The topic of machine learning was a constant theme throughout the five-day event, highlighted by the Andrew Ng's opening keynote on June 20. As Baidu's Chief Scientist, Andrew Ng drives the R&D effort there, much of which is centred on improving their search capability through deep learning and other types of advanced analytics. In his keynote address, which attracted more than 800 attendees, Andrew Ng traced the history of machine learning and discussed its intersection with HPC. Conference-goers were also treated to numerous sessions and panel discussions on the topic, which drew large crowds.

Over 170 experts presented to 576 attendees in 21 workshops, which consisted of 9 full-day and 12 half-day presentations and panel discussions. Held under the leadership of co-chairs, Dr. Bernd Mohr and Dr. Michela Taufer, the workshops covered a wide range of topics in hardware, software and applications for extreme scale computing, data analytics, Cloud computing, international collaboration, and women in HPC.

The Fifth ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition

This year's competition was spectacular in terms of size and the global interest it received. The South African team won first place, pushing last year's number one team, Tsinghua University, into second place. In 2015, Tsinghua had captured the trophy from the South African team, which had won the top spot in the two prior years.

Here are the complete results:

  • 1st Place: Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), South Africa
  • 2nd Place: Tsinghua University, China
  • 3rd Place: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Highest LINPACK: Huazhong University of Science & Technology
  • Fan Favorite: UPC Barcelona Tech

The three-day competition was co-organized with the HPC Advisory Council. If you are interested in applying for the 2017 competition, you can contact the organizers at scc@isc-events.com .

Next year, ISC High Performance will be held from June 18-22 in Frankfurt under the leadership of general co-chairs, Martin and Thomas Meuer and programme chair, Prof. Dr. Jack Dongarra. For more information, you can visit the 2017 website.
Source: ISC Group

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Primeur weekly 2016-07-04

Special

European Commission reorganisation affects supercomputing and e-Infrastructures ...

Focus

The next flagship supercomputer in Japan will be the "post K" with a CPU based on ARM V8 with HPC extension ...

Crowd computing

Book about volunteer computing released ...

Quantum computing

New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 breaks record with attendance and programme in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Council elects new leadership ...

PRACE launches Fourth Call for Applications under SHAPE ...

International Data Corporation lauds innovations in supercomputing with Innovation Excellence Awards ...

PRACE looks back on successful ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt ...

Hardware

New age of computing launched at the University of Melbourne ...

Computing density of scalable energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with the newest Intel Xeon Phi processor has increased by 2 times to 528 Teraflops per cabinet ...

CFMS selects Cray for next generation HPC platform ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dedicates new supercomputer facility ...

Applications

Supercomputers on the trail of dark matter ...

New Quantum Mechanics algorithm fast on GPU desktop, not like older algorithms that need a supercomputer ...

Seeds of supermassive black holes could be revealed by gravitational waves ...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs enlists IBM's Watson in the war on cancer ...

New ocean current simulations alter view of climate change impacts ...

Computer simulations help scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water ...

Nine University of Wyoming projects awarded summer use of supercomputer in Cheyenne ...

TOP500

MSU supercomputer recognized for power and energy efficiency ...

DDN increases its TOP500 HPC leadership to an unprecedented 70 percent of global supercomputing centres ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces Pfizer's Selection of Oracle Cloud for clinical data management and trial management across its clinical trial portfolio ...

IBM unveils new Bluemix OpenWhisk tools to speed development of IoT apps on IBM Cloud ...

Oracle brings SPARC to the Cloud ...