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Berkeley Lab CS Staff Play Integral Role in ISC18

Deputy Director Horst Simon is ISC18 Program Chair

June 21, 2018

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Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon served as program chair to this year's International Supercomputing Conference held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Numerous Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences staff will be participating in the ISC18 conference June 24-28 in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition, Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon is this year’s Program Chair and John Shalf is the Workshops Chair.

First held in 1986, ISC High Performance is the oldest conference and networking event for the high performance computing (HPC) community. It offers a five-day technical program focusing on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields and commercial environments. For 2018 the program team selected 11 key topics:

  • Beyond Moore’s Law
  • Exascale Systems
  • Climate Change
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Cosmology and HPC
  • HPC in Medicine
  • Future Applications for Quantum Computers
  • What’s New with Cloud Computing for HPC?
  • Future Challenges for Programming Models and Languages
  • The Rise of Containerized HPC
  • Artificial Intelligence on HPC Platforms

"I have been attending ISC conference series since the early 1990s, and as supercomputing has grown in its importance in scientific and industrial applications, ISC has evolved from a meeting of a small group of technical experts into an international conference of wide geographical reach and deep scientific impact,” said Simon.

Simon and Berkeley Lab’s Erich Strohmeier, who founded the TOP500, will also present the TOP500 award. The TOP500 project ranks and details the 500 most powerful non-distributed computer systems in the world. The project was started in 1993 and publishes an updated list of the supercomputers twice a year.

Here is a list of presentations, panels and other events involving Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences staff:

Sunday June 24


Monday June 25


Focus Session


Tuesday June 26

Distinguished Speaker

Birds of a Feather


Focus Session

Wednesday June 27


Focus Session

Research Papers

Thursday June 28

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

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ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are DOE Office of Science User Facilities.

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