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Industry converges on Europe


With ISC’16 set to take place in Frankfurt during June, SCW showcases some of the latest technology and services on offer at Europe’s largest HPC event


T


he themes for the previous ISC High Performance conferences have revolved around a convergence of


technology and this will continue in 2016 as ISC will highlight a convergence of machine learning and traditional HPC at this year’s ISC High performance conference, held in Frankfurt, Germany from 19 – 23 June. When cloud computing


was introduced to ISC High Performance attendees in 2010, it was still a relatively new concept. ‘Many pundits in the industry had labelled it as hype and predicted it would fade away with time,’ recalled ISC’s Nages Sieslack. Similarly, the conference


programme introduced the topic of big data in 2013. ‘With just a one-day conference devoted to it, fascinating discussions were sparked, which were carried forward to two subsequent conferences, encompassing topics like security and privacy issues, visual analytics, and the Internet of Tings’ reported Sieslack. Tis year a new trend will be


introduced to the ISC crowd – that of machine learning and


its convergence around HPC. Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu Research, will deliver one of the conference’s main keynotes, on the topic of machine learning. Ng will describe how HPC is


supercharging machine learning. Tis expert, from the keynote abstract, offers an early glimpse into the one of the latest trends in the HPC industry. ‘AI is transforming the entire world of technology. Much of this progress is due to the ability of learning algorithms to spot patterns in larger and larger amounts of data. Today this is powering everything from web search to self-driving cars. Tis insatiable hunger for processing data has caused the bleeding edge of machine learning to shiſt from CPU computing to cloud, to GPU, to HPC.’ While it may take some time


for this new technology to become a reality, this insight will help the HPC community to understand the soſtware and hardware challenges of machine learning as soon as possible. ‘With 31 years of experience in


conducting scientific computing conferences, we are pleased to


At ISC’16, the European Commission’s continuing support for Exascale research is strikingly demonstrated at this year’s European Exascale Projects (booth 1340). Te pioneering FP7 projects DEEP/-ER, EXA2CT, EPiGRAM, Numexas, and Mont-Blanc team- up with EXDCI, which supports all H2020 FET-HPC projects and Centres of Excellence. Together they offer an in-depth overview on current European Exascale projects. Whereas DEEP-ER and Mont-Blanc will showcase latest hardware developments, including a network attached memory. EPiGRAM, EXA2CT and Numexas will present their close-to-final results in the area of programming models and tools for Exascale. EXDCI is ready to answer on all


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have realised early on that the convergence of cloud, big data, and HPC could bear such interesting fruit. Tis combination of technologies and communities are indeed changing the world of science and engineering, as well as every sector of the economy that relies on them’ enthused Sieslack. In addition to the theme of


convergent HPC technologies, this year’s conference will also offer two days of sessions in the industry track, specially designed to meet the interests of commercial users. Our focus is Industrie 4.0, a German strategic initiative conceived to take a leading role in pioneering industrial IT, which is currently revolutionising


engineering in the manufacturing sector. Speakers in the industry


track will address various HPC technologies and applications that affect and support cyber- physical systems, the Internet of Tings and the Internet of Services. Tis track also includes a panel discussion on cloud computing, as well as a discussion with end users and vendors in the space. Tis track is intended for engineers, manufacturers, and other commercial end- users, in addition to computing specialists and marketing staff from vendors serving this community.


recently started projects. European Exascale Projects will take part


in a jointly organised BoF session on Tuesday aſternoon – June 21 at 3.15 pm on ‘Programming Models for Exascale Supercomputers – A Slow Transition or Complete Disruption?’ www.exascale-projects.eu


As a prominent global player and an industrial leader in China, Inspur (booth 634) is a high- performance computer solutions provider. Inspur TS10000 high-performance computer


is widely used in the fields of conventional HPC such as scientific research, meteorology and environmental protection, energy exploration, CAE/CFD, and life science, with numerous


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