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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.