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Dear Reader,

The ISC’13 Conference and Exhibition is just about two months away and we hope you are planning to join us in Leipzig.

Last year, for the very first time we hosted the Student Cluster Competition (SCC), with five dedicated teams consisting of young people from China, the US and Germany participating in this spirited and friendly competition. Check it out here.

What was particularly surprising at last year’s inaugural competition was the level of enthusiasm it garnered – the financial support from the sponsoring companies and the daily media coverage was quite extraordinary. Two Chinese national news agencies had flown in camera crews to film the competition, which was aired during prime time.

This year, nine teams consisting of young men and women from the Purdue University, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Colorado, Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), South Africa, Costa Rica Institute of TechnologyChemnitz University of Technology and two teams from China (yet to be decided) will participate in the SCC at ISC’13.

Here we would like to commend China and South Africa’s efforts in organizing regional and national-level competitions respectively to choose their best teams for ISC’13 SCC. Ten teams in Asia are now battling neck and neck in a similar competition for the title and prize money. The top two Chinese teams will fly to Leipzig as that nation’s representatives.

All this wouldn’t be possible without the help of the HPC Advisory Council for their efforts in making this global competition a success. Without their support it wouldn’t be feasible to stage HPC centers with modest resources on par with supercomputing nations, nor would so many young people have the chance to attend a HPC conference for a week. So big thanks to all involved!

Stay informed – be there at ISC’13 from June 16 to 20 in Leipzig. 


Martin Meuer
Executive Director

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