Accelerated Computing Takes Center Stage at International Supercomputing Conference

by George Millington

Europe’s biggest supercomputing conference, ISC’14, kicks off next week. And there’s no better time to spotlight the impact GPU accelerators are having on high-performance computing.

We build the only comprehensive accelerated computing platform for HPC, sought after by researchers and developers alike. And we’ll be at the Leipzig, Germany, show talking about how accelerated computing is transforming science, industry and the HPC market as a whole.

Accelerating Science and Industry

ISCLOGOFirst up, numerous researchers, engineers and tech experts will be presenting on the latest GPU technology developments. Others will showcase how accelerated computing is driving innovation and discovery across a range of fields.

Key ISC’14 presentations, tutorials and other sessions include:

Monday, June 23

ISC’14 Conference Keynote– Klaus Schulten, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss how large-scale computing systems help researchers gain new insights into the mechanics of human cells on the molecular level, leading to possible disease treatments. He and his research team previously made a major breakthrough in the battle to fight the spread of the HIV virus using the GPU-accelerated Blue Waters system.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm |Hall 1

Vendor Showdown Session — Steve Oberlin, CTO of the NVIDIA Tesla product line, will be at this rapid-fire multi-company event. He’ll be talking about the latest GPU accelerator developments, and the impact of accelerated computing on HPC.
2:05 – 2:17 pm | Hall 1

Programming models and tools Track – Duncan Poole, president of the OpenACC standards group, will talk about the HPC benefits of using the directives-based OpenACC programming model. And how it’s being used successfully in the field.
4:00 – 4:20 pm | Hall 2

Tuesday, June 24

BOF: Experiences with & the Future of OpenACC — Top HPC and technology experts Guido Juckeland, of TU Dresden, Thomas Schulthess, of CSCS, and Nathan Sidwell, of Mentor Graphics, will discuss the latest features of OpenACC 2.0.
10:00 – 11:00 am | Hall 5

Advancements in the NVIDIA GPU Ecosystem– Learn about the latest developments in GPU technology and the growing accelerator ecosystem from NVIDIA’s Timothy Lanfear.
2:20 – 2:40 pm | Exhibition Hall #660

Tuesday Keynote – Satoshi Matsuoka, a pioneer in GPU-accelerated supercomputer-based research and the architect of the world’s most energy efficient supercomputer, will discuss how supercomputing architectures will lead the way in tackling some of tomorrow’s most difficult big data challenges.
5:15 – 6:00 pm | Hall 1

Wednesday, June 25

HPC for Oil & Gas Exploration: Performance & Usability — Nicola Bienati, senior geophysicist, at Eni E&P, talks about how accelerated computing is helping to make the search for energy sources more efficient, faster and more cost effective.
11:30 – 11:50 am | Hall 2

Wednesday Keynote – Thomas Sterling, executive associate director of the GPU supercomputer at Indiana University, Big Red II, will explore the innovations and accomplishments in high performance computing over the past year.
5:15 – 6:00 pm | Hall 1

Must-see Demos

If you’re attending the conference and want to see the power of NVIDIA’s accelerated computing platform in action, stop by our booth – #230 – to see demos on technologies ranging from embedded supercomputing to the latest in GPU-accelerated Power8 and ARM technologies.

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