Newsletter Issue 2

Dear Reader,
Welcome to the next issue of the ISC Cloud ’12 – HPC Meets Cloud – News. Here you will find an interview with the speakers in our opening session and get an update on preparations for the conference. The conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, September 24-25, in Mannheim, Germany.

What we do best is to unite the academic and industrial communities in a collegial atmosphere and for a common benefit.

We look forward to welcoming you in Mannheim in September! Best regards,

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch
ISC Cloud Chair

In the Wake of the Higgs Boson: Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud

Announced earlier this year, the pan-European cloud computing project, Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud brings together select IT service providers with three leading research institutions, CERN, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). The two-year pilot phase currently underway supports the exciting Higgs boson search ( discovery!), as well as molecular biology and earth observation science. In preparation for their upcoming keynote at the ISC Cloud conference, set to take place this September in Mannheim, Germany, representatives from all three centers share their perspectives on the initiative and provide an outline of what's to come.
ISC Cloud Conference Chairman Wolfgang Gentzsch spoke with the Keynote Session presenters Bob Jones from CERN in Geneva, Rupert Lueck from EMBL in Heidelberg, and Wolfgang Lengert from ESA in Rome, about their joint keynote topic, the Helix Nebula Science Cloud.
Question: For more than a decade CERN has been continuously developing and refining its distributed IT infrastructure for evaluating the events from the Large Hadron Collider particle physics experiment, what we have called the Worldwide LHC Grid. Now CERN has co-initiated Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud. How is this different from previous CERN infrastructures?

Bob Jones : The very successful Worldwide LHC Computing Grid that has been essential to the LHC experiments' work to observe a particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson (see recent CERN press release) consists of publicly-managed data centers. Helix Nebula is a public-private partnership where public research organizations, such as CERN, are running their scientific applications on commercially-managed cloud services.

The full interview with Bob Jones from CERN, Rupert Lueck from EMBL, and Wolfgang Lengert from ESA is available at

The Program: Big Data Meets the Cloud


The ISC Cloud’12 preliminary program is now online. Around 30 leading experts from academia, research and industry will present their experience and perspectives on HPC and Big Data to 200 attendees.

The key topics of this conference are:

  • Industrial Clouds - Best Practices
  • Research Clouds - User Experiences
  • Engineering Clouds - Commercial Software in the Cloud
  • Big Data Cloud Computing
  • Panel: HPC Cloud Challenges
  • Vendor Panel with our Conference Sponsors
  • Interactive BoFs on Hot Topics of HPC and Big Data in the Cloud
The Uber-Cloud Experiment, on the way to true HPC as a Service


Delivering high performance computing as a service comes with a set of challenges, both technical and social. In a recent article in HPCwire, ISC Cloud General Chair Wolfgang Gentzsch and Burak Yenier discuss the various aspects of the service model, the people that need to be involved in the process, and the challenges faced when executing workloads on remote HPC resources. They also describe an open HPC-as-a-Service experiment that they have come up with to bring together industry end users, resource providers, software providers, and HPC experts. Read the article.

Register and Book Your Room Now – Two Ways to Save

Online registration is now open for ISC Cloud’12 and there are two ways to save. General advance registration, at a savings of 50 Euros, is open through Saturday, Sept. 15. If you attended ISC’12 and purchased a full-conference passport, you are entitled to 25 percent off the ISC Cloud’12 pass.To register for ISC Cloud’12, please use the code cloud4isc-2012 .

This year’s conference will be held at theDorint Kongresshotel situated in the heart of Mannheim and special conference rates have been arranged. To take advantage of these rates and reserve your room, visit the hotel website and use the code ISC Cloud .

ISC Cloud Sponsors and Tabletop Exhibition


This year, ISC Cloud will be hosting a tabletop exhibition alongside the conference program. There are few sponsorship opportunities remaining, which include a table in the exhibition. For more information, please contact Ms. Anna Schachoff at or (mobile) +49 (0)163 3 73 93 58.

We would like to thank our platinum sponsors HP, Intel, and IBM/Platform Computing, gold sponsors Mellanox and Samsung, and our silver sponsors Adaptec, Bright, Bull, and SGI for their support!