HPC Achievement and Impact (Prof Thomas Sterling, ISC 2016)

The ISC High Performance Conference 2016 is one of the main HPC conferences in the world; it took place in Frankfurt, from June 19th to the 23rd of June. The conference attracted well over 2,000 attendees, which included a large number of companies and research organisations. The ISC High Performance Conference provides the perfect platform for these organisations to introduce their technologies and services to the industry through showcasing.

The conference main focus revolves around HPC are relevant topics in that arena for 2016:

  • Big Data and HPC Convergence
  • Performance Modeling and Prediction
  • Advanced Disaster Prediction and Mitigation
  • State of the Art in Life Science & Computational Systems Biology
  • Challenges in Extreme Engineering
  • Exascale Architectures: Disruptions, Denials & Directions
  • Algorithms for Extreme Scale in Practice
  • HPC in IoT and Robotics
  • Deep Learning : Basics and Applications
  • Connected Cars and Big Data


There were a number of keynote speakers over the course of the conference but one of the most well respected and well known in the area of HPC was Professor Dr. Thomas Sterling. Dr. Sterling is the Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing as well as the Chief Scientist and Associate Director of the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST).

Sterling’s keynote presentation titled HPC Achievement and Impact 2016 was delivered to a packed crowd on the final day of the conference. Within his presentation Sterling reviewed the year gone by and what advancements have been achieved in the HPC space. From Sterling’s presentation it was clear that the last year had been a busy year for the HPC arena. In the image below Sterling outlines what he believes to be the most important trends during the previous 12 months. The trends outlined by Sterling demonstrate the clear advancements and importance the last year has been to the world of HPC.

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Sterling’s riveting keynote did not end with a past examination of the current trends in HPC, as he also looked into the future of the industry. His analysis of the future demonstrates there is still a great deal to be learned and discovered by everyone involved in HPC. This insightful look into the world of HPC was concluded by Sterling asking a number of questions, including does the HPC community represent HPC? The questions put forward by Sterling have raised food for thought for everyone working in the area, leaving large amounts of the topic still up for debate.

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If you missed Professor Dr. Sterling’s keynote presentation I would strongly recommend you check out a recording of his presentation here.

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