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ICHEC Mascot ISC11

For the past 26 years, the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) has gathered HPC experts and enthusiasts, technology providers and analysts in what has become the largest conference of its kind in Europe.

ISC combines exhibitors' areas, tutorials, keynote presentations, discussion panels, and many meetings. This year's conference, held from June 19 to 23 in Hamburg, broke all records, with over 2,194 registered attendees (a 10% increase on the previous year) and 153 exhibitors. For the second year running, ICHEC hosted an exhibition space showcasing the best of Irish computational science and high-performance computing (HPC).

Booth Visitors ISC11

From left: Eoin McHugh, ICHEC; Eoin Brazil, ICHEC; and, Dr Eng Lim Goh, SGI Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

The ICHEC booth was staffed by a team of four, who collectively possessed in-depth knowledge of: the Irish national HPC service and its research output; research community support through partnerships and education programmes; and, commercial case studies in GPU computing, data mining and cloud computing. This space permitted ICHEC staff to exploit the strong technical focus of the conference to highlight our expertise and engage with technology partners and prospective partners to initiate new collaborations and rekindle existing ones. The team organised back-to-back meetings at our exhibition space, mostly enhancing our strong partnership with NVIDIA, but also hosting technology briefings with other vendors and exploring a number of exciting opportunities for collaborations, increasing the visibility and reputation of Irish research in the global HPC community in the process. The increasing importance of PRACE helped us to promote the work of Irish researchers, particularly at a European level. We estimate that over 500 delegates visited our booth over the duration of the conference.

Booth Visitors ISC11

From left: Guillaume Barat, 1st EMEA Sales Manager at CAPS entreprise; Ying MAO, Sales Engineer at CAPS entreprise; Eoin Brazil, ICHEC; and, Dazhi Kou, HPC Application Technology Department, Shanghai Supercomputer Center, China.

The success of this year’s ICHEC presence at ISC 2011 has assured our presence there again in 2012.

The ICHEC exhibition space was staffed by Eoin Brazil, Gilles Civario, Ivan Girotto and Eoin McHugh. Full credit goes to Ivan for co-ordinating ICHEC’s participation in ISC, in what proved to be our most successful to date.

ISC'11 was a great opportunity to deepen research links between STFC and ICHEC. The discussions focused on research goals in material science and climate modelling. These key areas provide a common ground for collaborations within the 1IP and forthcoming 2IP PRACE FP7 projects. Discussions on the successful GPU port of DL_POLY_4 allowed us to finalise the development roadmap for the next year. The joint and continuing commitment to this leading molecular dynamics package provides tangible evidence highlighting the strength of the strategic relationship between STFC and ICHEC. Dr. Mike Ashworth, Associate Director at STFC's Computational Science and Engineering Department