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Sunday, June 16

PRACE Scientific Conference

Sunday, June 16, 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, CCL – Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 4

The 2013 PRACE Scientific Conference will be held on Sunday, June 16, in Leipzig, Germany from 9:00 – 18:30 at the Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 4.

Top European scientists present results and advances in large scale simulations obtained with support of PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. The European HPC Strategy implementation is presented by Konstantinos Glinos, head of the European Commision e-Infrastructure unit. PRACE services for Science and Industry are highlighted by Sergi Girona, managing director PRACE Research Infrastructure.

PRACE scientific and industry partners are cordially invited to participate, discuss and learn from colleagues about services available and indentify opportunities for future PRACE supported projects. Full details of the programme can be found at After the sessions PRACE invites you for a get-together.

PRACE partners again with ISC, the International Supercomputing Conference, maximizing the value for PRACE and ISC’13 attendees. The PRACE scientific conference fee is 40 Euros. Participants are kindly asked to register via the ISC registration.

The conference takes place at the Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 4. For more information please contact

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HPC Advisory Council European Conference

Sunday, June 16, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, CCL – Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 5

The HPC Advisory Council will hold the 2013 European Conference on Sunday, June 16, in conjunction with ISC’13. The workshop will focus on HPC productivity, and advanced HPC topics and futures, and will bring together system managers, researchers, developers, computational scientists and industry affiliates to discuss recent developments and future advancements in High-Performance Computing. For more information, please visit the HPC Advisory Council European Conference webpage.

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Monday, June 17

ISC'13 Special – Driving Industrial Innovation on the Road to Exascale

Monday, June 17, 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm, CCL – Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 1

Join Intel for a look at the state of the HPC industry from two perspectives. First, we’ll look at how innovations in HPC are driving innovation in manufacturing industries with energy and automotive industry leaders providing examples. Next, we’ll give our perspective on the race to Exascale and discuss how Intel is collaborating with the HPC industry to address the challenges. We’ll also announce new products and collaborations during the talk so be sure to join.

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Tuesday, June 18

IDC Breakfast Briefing

Tuesday, June 18, 7:15 am – 8:45 am, CCL – Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 4

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Workshop on International Cooperation on System Software for Trans-Petascale

Tuesday, June 18, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, CCL – Congress Center Leipzig, Multi-Purpose Area 4

Solutions to growing challenges to performance growth in the era of many-core and accelerator technologies will only be fully realized through international cooperation in adoption and collaboration in development. Over the preceding year a number of early initiatives in pair-wise international cooperation have been undertaken. One such meeting was at SC12 representing bi-lateral coordination between the US Department of Energy and the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology in collaborative R&D and international standardization of system software for post-Petascale performance. A second meeting was a multi-day workshop between representatives of the EU and Russia on system software and tools. The proposed workshop at ISC'13 will expand on this first meeting and extend it to the full international HPC community. The purpose of this workshop is to announce initial draft plans, to discuss how to extend this activity in the world-wide HPC community, and to initiate international working groups. Topics to be discussed will include i) pre-standardization interface coordination, ii) collection and publication of open data, iii) system evaluation and analysis, and iv) standardization of mature technologies. The workshop will be conducted in two 90 minute segments. The first session will report on progress of planning between the US and Japan. The second will report and discuss opportunities of broader cooperation among a wide-array of nations and international programs.

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Supercomputing & Human Brain Project –
Following Brain Research & ICT on 10-Year Quest

Tuesday, June 18, 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm, CCL – Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 2

The goal of the Human Brain Project is to pull together all our existing knowledge about the human brain and to reconstruct the brain, piece by piece, in supercomputer-based models and simulations. The models offer the prospect of a new understanding of the human brain and its diseases and of completely new computing and robotic technologies. Central to the Human Brain Project is Information and Computing Technology (ICT). The project will develop ICT platforms for neuroinformatics, brain simulation and supercomputing that will make it possible to federate neuroscience data from all over the world, to integrate the data in unifying models and simulations of the brain, to check the models against data from biology and to make them available to the world scientific community. Exploiting the resulting knowledge on the architecture and circuitry of the brain will allow researchers to develop new computing systems. Starting in 2013, the European Commission will support this vision through the new FET Flagship Program. Federating more than 80 European and international research institutions, the Human Brain Project is planned to last ten years and estimated to cost an estimated EUR 1,190 million. The series of yearly sessions at ISC aims at presenting the challenge and the progress and to provide a platform for engaging the community of High Performance Computing and beyond.

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GCS Panel Session @ ISC'13: GCS to Establish HPC Centre of Excellence

Tuesday, June 18, 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm, CCL – Congress Center Leipzig, Multi-Purpose Area 4

This session presents the strategic concepts of the German Gauss Center for Supercomputing for their future move towards a center of competence in the field of high performance computing. An overview talk will cover the strategic approach of how GCS plans to establish a HPC center of excellence to support all of its European users. Talks from the three partner centers will focus on the topical issues for such a center such as neuroscience, engineering, geophysics, low energy computing, and others.

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Tuesday, June 18, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Messehaus, Room M08

The goal of the UNICORE Summit is to bring together researchers and practitioners working with UNICORE in the areas of Grid and distributed computing, to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and latest research results on all aspects of UNICORE.

Since the first UNICORE Summit in 2005, the organisers have received and reviewed a significant amount of distinguished contributions. Those selected and presented, complemented by invited talks, guarantee exciting Summits and lively discussions about the state-of-the art and the future of UNICORE, Grids, and distributed computing in general.

Participate to share your experience, present your own developments, present planned developments, learn about the latest UNICORE features and get new ideas for interesting and prosperous collaborations.

The detailed program is available at the website.

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Wednesday, June 19

EOFS/OpenSFS Breakfast Panel

Wednesday, June 19, 7:15 am – 8:45 am, CCL – Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 4

EOFS, the European Open File System Association, and OpenSFS, the Open Source File System Association, invite all who are interested in deepening their knowledge about the involved partners, the future development trends and issues of open parallel file systems to attend the ISC'13 Breakfast Panel.

In this year's panel we will maintain a clear focus on Lustre® without excluding other interesting concepts and ideas. We will open the panel with an introduction delivered by EOFS and OpenSFS Board members and short statements by the participating panelists. It will include organizations and vendors active in the development, promotion and support of open parallel file systems, representing the suppliers. The panel will also include major organizations and HPC centers that use those file systems, representing the consumers. We will engage both groups in a lively discussion about the roadmaps and planned features and functions. We will also include critical questions about the necessary prioritization in case there are divergent and/or resource intensive development requirements. If time permits the audience will be invited to provide comments and questions.

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SPPEXA Workshop

Wednesday, June 19, 9:00 am – 4:15 pm, CCL – Congress Center Leipzig, Multi-Purpose Area 4

SPPEXA, “Software for Exascale Computing”, is DFG’s Priority Programme 1648 to address fundamental research on the various aspects of HPC software. It was launched in January 2013 as a strategic initiative of DFG and consists of 13 research consortia involving universities all over Germany as well as international partners. SPPEXA provides the environment to enable the participating groups to significantly advance the state of the art in HPC software technology. This workshop is the first SPPEXA event to link SPPEXA members, and the program as a whole, to the international HPC community.

The workshop consists of invited talks by Pete Beckman (Argonne National Laboratory) and Chuck Hansen (U Utah) as well as talks on the research and current findings of four SPPEXA research consortia. The event closes with a round-table discussion on the potentials and limits of simulation and HPC. Guests are Gabriele Gramelsberger (Freie Universität Berlin), Friedel Hoßfeld (Jülich Supercomputing Centre), and Omar Ghattas (U Texas). The discussion will be moderated by Patrick Regan (TUM Institute for Advanced Study).

The detailed program is available at the SPPEXA website at

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Thursday, June 20

ETP4HPC Breakfast Event @ISC'13

Thursday, June 20, 7:30 am – 8:45 am, CCL – Congress Center Leipzig, Hall 4

European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing – Achieving HPC leadership in Europe

ETP4HPC members will present their Strategic Research Agenda, a roadmap to develop this HPC technology ecosystem and European leadership that will benefit all HPC users – both academic and industrial R&D centres. It has been prepared by a broad team of experts taking into account various inputs and the European position. It sets ambitious objectives for the different technologies required to produce leading-edge HPC supercomputers up to the Exascale level.

Then the broader link with the European Commission policies, setting up Horizon 2020 programme, will be discussed, as well as the current state of foreseen implementation mechanisms and relationships with other stakeholders of the HPC value chain.

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