Award 02


Gauss Award

The Gauss Award is sponsored by the German Gauss Center for Supercomputing which is a cooperation of the German national supercomputing centers at Garching, Jülich and Stuttgart.

From all papers accepted for the ISC’11 Research Paper Sessions, the Gauss Award Committee chose the most outstanding paper in the field of scalable supercomputing to receive the Gauss Award.

Gauss Award Winning Paper

Experiments with the Fresh Breeze Tree-Based Memory Model
Tuesday, June 21, 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hall C2.1

Jack Dennis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Guangrong Gao, University of Delaware; Xiaoxuan Meng, University of Delaware

The winner of the Gauss Award will receive a €3,000 cash prize courtesy of the German Gauss Center for Supercomputing. The Award will be handed over to the Award winner during the ISC'11 Opening Session by the member of the board of the Gauss Center Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Michael M. Resch.


For the fourth time, the PRACE Award will be presented at the ISC Opening Session. PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, will award a prize to the best scientific paper by a European student or young scientist in one of the following areas:

  • A breakthrough in science achieved with high performance computing resources
  • Algorithms or implementations that achieve significant improvements in scalability
  • Novel approaches to performance evaluation on massively parallel architectures

The PRACE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) selected the following paper to receive the PRACE Award:

PRACE Award Winning Paper

Astrophysical Particle Simulations
with Large Custom GPU Clusters on Three Continents
Monday, June 20, 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Hall C2.1

Rainer Spurzem, Chinese Academy of Sciences & University of Heidelberg; Peter Berczik, Chinese Academy of Sciences & University of Heidelberg; Tsuyoshi Hamada, Nagasaki University; Keigo Nitadori, RIKEN; Guillermo Marcus, University of Heidelberg; Andreas Kugel, University of Heidelberg; Reinhard Maenner, University of Heidelberg; Ingo Berentzen, University of Heidelberg; Jose Fiestas, University of Heidelberg; Robi Banerjee, University of Heidelberg; Ralf Klessen, University of Heidelberg

The winner of the PRACE Award will receive sponsorship for participation in a training event or a conference relevant to petascale computing and will have the opportunity to give a keynote talk on their work during the Research Paper Session 1 on Monday, June 20.

IDC HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

IDC Program Vice President Earl Joseph announced that the first recipients of IDC's new HPC Innovation Excellence Awards program will be announced at ISC'11. The announcements will take place during IDC's annual HPC Market Breakfast Briefing, June 20, 7:30–9:00 am in Hall B of the Congress Center Hamburg. The breakfast briefing is open free of charge to all ISC'11 attendees who register for this event at

The new awards program aims to better identify returns-on-investment (ROI) in HPC. Quantified examples of HPC ROI have been few and far between. The awards program's end-goal is to enable members of the worldwide HPC community to make stronger cases for HPC funding, especially in competition with other priorities during the continuing economic recovery.

Award submissions will be independently judged by the volunteer HPC User Forum Steering Committee, consisting of users from government, industry and academia. Where appropriate, additional judging by domain experts will take place.

HPC Rock Star Award

Monday, June 20, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Exhibition Hall (Hall H), #900

ISC'11 and insideHPC are proud to announce the addition of a new awards program at the conference this year. The Rock Stars of HPC is a series of personal profiles on the people who are changing the face of high performance computing.

In this special award ceremony, a special award will be presented to an all-new International Rock Star of HPC. The band is already warming up backstage, so be sure to join us!