30 Jun 2017 Frankfurt - ISC Group held a very successful ISC High Performance conference last week, drawing 3,253 attendees from 60 countries. The attendance represented a 5.2 percent increase compared to last year's event. With this feat, ISC High Performance has officially reached a new milestone in its 32-year conference history.
The conference and exhibition took place from June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany. The ISC exhibition was also very successful, thanks to the active participation of 148 leading HPC vendors, research organisations and universities, from 26 countries. Those included 28 exhibitors new to the conference.
It was equally exciting to see 452 members of the Asian and Australian HPC community partake in this year's event, thus demonstrating an increase of 7.6 percent in the community's participation in ISC. Over 2,000 attendees came from different parts of Europe, followed by North America, with 624 participants, representing the third highest in by region.
Good news is also that the ISC 2017 research paper proceedings are now available for free for a limited period of time. You can download them through the ISC High Performance programme page.
Eleven student teams were on the show floor this year, vying against each other for the top honours in the sixth annual ISC Student Cluster Competition. Tsinghua University from China emerged as the Overall Competition Winner, thus marking their third win in the contest. They had the honour of receiving their trophy from Wednesday keynote speaker, Professor Thomas Sterling. The second place was captured by the South African team hosted by CHPC, and the third place went to Beihang University, also from China. The Fan Favorite Award went to Universitat Politècnica De Catalunya from Barcelona, who garnered over 2,100 ISC 2017 participant votes to win the title for the second year in a row. The High Linpack award went to competitors from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen in Nuremberg.
The three-day competition was co-organized with the HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC). If you are interested in applying for the 2018 competition, you can contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Held for the first time, this full-day programme offered a good mixture of scientific and industry-related talks. The sessions attracted attendees from the HPC and machine learning communities, who not only showed keen interest in the presentations, but also actively engaged the speakers, establishing fruitful discussions throughout the day.
Making history in the community, ISC offered 200 regional and international STEM students the opportunity to participate for free in the conference and exhibition on Wednesday afternoon. Over 100 students were hosted later in the evening in a spectacular gala event and job fair in a nearby upscale hotel. All of this was possible thanks to the support and participation of seven sponsoring organisations. The students also had the opportunity to listen to a couple of talks - one on the value of diversity in the community and the second on the skills required to find jobs in high performance computing. This initiative to build the next generation of HPC users and workers was commended by many industry leaders and ISC attendees.
Workshop chairs Dr. Michela Taufer, of University of Delaware, and John Shalf, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, welcomed 646 attendees to 21 workshops. This was an increase of 12 percent compared to last year's participation. The workshops covered a wide range of topics in hardware, software, and resource management.
Next year, ISC High Performance will be held from June 24-28 in Frankfurt under the leadership of general co-chairs, Martin and Thomas Meuer and programme chair, Prof. Horst Simon. For more information, you can go to the conference website.