This is the list of answers to most of the common questions people ask about ISC’12. The FAQ is intended as a first resource for attendees. However, if you do not find the solution to your request here, our Operations Team will be happy to answer any questions, explain a regulation or offer any special assistance you may require. Please contact us at support@isc-events.com

General ISC Information

What is ISC?

The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) is an IEEE-recognized global conference and exhibition for high performance computing, networking and storage.
ISC is moving into its 27th year of providing a platform for 2,400 like-minded HPC researchers, technology leaders, scientists and IT-decision makers to get together and find solutions for HPC challenges.

Where and when will ISC’12 take place?

The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) will be held from June 17–21, 2012, at the following venue:
CCH–Congress Center Hamburg
Am Dammtor / Marseiller Straße
20355 Hamburg

What are the important dates of ISC’12?

Conference: June 18–21, 2012
Exhibition: June 18–20, 2012
HPC in Asia Workshop: June 17, 2012
Tutorials: June 17, 2012

Early Bird: March 15–May 15, 2012
Regular: May 16–June 16, 2012
Onsite: June 17–June 20, 2012

Submission deadlines
Call for Papers: January 22, 2012
Call for Posters: April 9, 2012
Call for Tutorials: January 22, 2012
Birds-of-Feather (BoFs): April 9, 2012

What is the common language spoken at ISC'12?

The official language of the conference is English, and all presentations will be held in English. Translation services will not be provided.

How can I convince my boss to attend ISC?

Top Reasons to Attend ISC’12

Education - Collaboration – Networking


What are the dates and locations for future conferences?

The date and the location of ISC’13 will be announced at ISC’12.


When will the registration start?

Online registration starts on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

What are the registration fees?

These are the early bird fees, valid until May 15, 2012:

 HPC in Asia WSTutorials*Conference Mo/Tue/Wed**Conference ThuConference Mo-Thu 
Industry 170 € 300 € 330 € 195 € 1,090 €  
Academia 170 € 225 € 220 € 130 € 730 €  
Student 170 € 75 € 80 € 50 € 265 €  

* Tutorial Pass includes access to all tutorials
** Conference Pass includes access to exhibits and to Invited, Contributed and Industrial Sessions

Fees cover full catering and social event(s). A 19% government-mandated Value-Added-Tax (VAT) is additionally charged on all indicated fees.

Is there a deadline for registration?

No. You can register through the last day of the conference. However, fees are lower if you register earlier.

Are One-Day passes available?

Yes, one-day passes will be available. Please refer to the above table for the registation costs.

Are Exhibition Only passes available?

Exhibition passes are available for purchase starting at 120 € per day. They provide access to the exhibition, industrial and contributed sessions.

What payments do you accept for ISC’12 online registration?

When registering online, you may only pay by credit card.

Are meals included in the registration fee?

The registration fee includes lunch, coffee breaks and finger food at the Monday and Wednesday evening receptions. Beverages will be provided the whole day.

Will the ISC passes be sent to me via email or regular mail?

You will receive your a confirmation and your invoice via email. To attend the show you will need a badge which you can pick up at the registration desk (see next question).

Where do I pick up my badge?

Please pick up your badge at the ISC'12 onsite registration desk during the registration hours. For security purposes, be prepared to show valid photo identification.

Do I need to wear my badge to all ISC'12 sessions and events?

Yes, please wear your conference badge to all sessions, meetings and evening events so that you can be readily identified as an ISC'12 attendee. Please be aware that you will be asked for valid photo identification at the on-site registration desk, before we issue your badge.

How can I check if I am registered?

You will receive a confirmation of your registration within two working days.

When will I receive confirmation of my registration?

You will receive a confirmation of your registration within two working days.

I have problems registering, what can I do?

Please contact our registration support team at registration-support@isc-events.com.

Can I register and pay on-site by cash?

When registering on-site, you can pay either by cash (in Euros) or credit card.

What if I need to cancel my conference registration?

If you decide to cancel your registration, please contact the registration support team at registration-support@isc-events.com

What are the requirements for student registration?

To register as a student you need to be a full-time student. Please provide us with your Student ID onsite, at the registration desk.

My registration has failed. What can I do?

In most cases the reason for payment failure is related to you exceeding the monthly spending limit. Please check if there is a limit on your credit card.

Why is VAT (Value Added Tax) charged in ISC invoices?

According to the German Laws we, as a German company, need to charge VAT on the ISC participation fees. All prices are therefore subject to the statutory rate of VAT valid in Germany.

Are substitutions allowed, and is there a related fee?

Please contact registration-support@isc-events.com for any substitution requests.

What are the on-site registration hours during ISC’12 ?

The Registration Desk will be open from Sunday, June 17 to Thursday, June 21, 2012. The opening hours are as below:

June 17, 2012 – 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

June 18, 2012 – 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

June 19, 2012– 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

June 20, 2012 – 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

June 21, 2012 – 8 am to 2:30 pm



What’s new this year at ISC’12?

Exhibition Hall
The exhibition hall has increased in size! This will make room for more exhibitors, which means more networking opportunities.

Lunch on Monday
Lunch on Monday will be available for exhibitors in the exhibition hall at 12:00-12:30.

Main Lectures
On Monday the main lectures will take place in hall 3, like the years before, but from Tuesday through Thursday, the lectures will take place in hall 4.

On Monday lunch will take place in hall 4, like the years before, but from Tuesday through Wednesday, lunch will take place in hall 3. On Thursday we will have the farewell lunch in the EG Foyer, like last year.

Research Poster Session
This year the research poster session will take place in the exhibition hall at booth #911.

The Exhibitor Forums
The exhibitor forums will be available all day on Tuesday and Wednesday at stands #001 and #965 in the exhibition hall, with a break during lunch.

Hot Seat
The Hot seat session will take place altogether on one day instead of two different days, which will be Monday, June 18, 2012 in Hall 3 from 1pm-3pm and then from 4pm-6pm.

Exhibitor Highlights
Along with your companies’ profile, you will now be able to include a short summary on what your company will be presenting at ISC! The highlight may not be longer than 250 characters including spaces and must be submitted via the exhibitor login area.

Student Cluster Challenge
The HPC Advisory Council and ISC Organizers are proud to present the ISC'12 Student Cluster Competition! Just a few teams from universities worldwide have been chosen to compete. For more details, please visit http://tinyurl.com/7duh6gr

Booth Builder 
Ms. Kristin Haupt and Mr. Peter Kehr will still provide the same great service as the years before, but their company name has changed. What we remember as Kehr Expomodul will now be known as cubicworx GmbH.

Logistics Contact
We will continue to work with Schenker this year, but will have new contacts! For all shipping and storage questions, please contact Ms. Nicole Peters. Please find her contact details on page 13.

Lead Retrieval
This year the ISC team would like to offer a new lead retrieval service. Since many people are walking around today using their mobile phone for various purposes, we thought, why not use it as a badge scanner. 

General Reminders
Please order internet upgrades through the ISC organizers!

Will Internet stations be available onsite?

Yes, Internet stations will be provided along with Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the conference facility for paying attendees.

Is there a place where I can safely deposit my belongings during the conference?

There is a cloakroom in Hall 7/8 Foyer on the first floor of the CCH-Congress Center Hamburg where you can leave your belongings for a small fee (1.50 euros).

Where is the lost and found service located?

For lost and found items, please contact the registration desk in the entrance hall or the ISC Service Booth #907 in the exhibition hall.

My Wi-Fi connection doesn’t work. Where can I get help?

Please contact the Service Booth #907 (ISCnet) located in the exhibition hall.

Is there a business center onsite?

A copy and print center (Happy Copy) providing document copying, printing and binding services is located in the Exhibition Hall. Contact details: Happy Copy, phone: +49-(0)40 446050, +49(0)179 1164892.


I am interested in exhibiting at the ISC show. Where do I get more information, e.g. about costs?

Please contact our Customer Relations Manager, Ms. Krasimira Todorova, for more information at

Where can I find the costs and options for exhibiting and sponsoring at ISC’12?

Please contact our Customer Relations Manager, Ms. Krasimira Todorova, for more information at

Conference Program

Can I get copies of the material presented at the conference?

The proceedings will be made accessible to ISC attendees online via the ISC website within a week after the event. ISC attendees will receive an e-mail with the access data.

What is the difference between Invited, Contributed and Industrial Sessions?

Invited Sessions consist of invited talks only. The ISC’12 Steering Committee, together with the chairperson of the Invited Session, handpicks the speakers and invites them to give a talk. In the ISC agenda planner, Invited Sessions are marked in red.

Speakers of the Contributed Sessions are recruited via a call for participation. People interested in participating in ISC's conference program submit their proposals by a certain deadline; a Committee reviews the proposals and selects the ones to be admitted to ISC. Tutorials are Contributed Sessions, too, but are listed as a separate category. In the ISC agenda planner, Contributed Sessions (i.e. Research Papers, BoFs, Posters) are marked in dark blue and Tutorials in turquoise.

Industrial Sessions consist of talks given by the ISC sponsors and exhibitors. The speaking opportunities in these sessions are part of the sponsorship packages booked. In the ISC agenda planner, Industrial Sessions (i.e. Hot Seat, Exhibitor Forums) are marked in light blue.

Do you have a mobile app for smartphones?

Thanks to the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), the ISC’12 agenda is available for Android and Apple iOS devices. To download PSNC’s mobile app, Conference4me, please visit: http://conference4me.psnc.plor type Conference4me in Google Play or iTunes App Store.


Can I sync the agenda planner to my calendar?

In the agenda planner, you can export events/contributions to iCal. Please note that all times are in CET (UTC+2). Make sure to set your system to CET so all event/contribution times will be displayed correctly in your calendar.

I'm a speaker and need help. Who should I contact?

Please contact our Conference Program Coordinator, Ms. Heike Walther at heike.walther@isc-events.com for any requests.

I am a speaker at ISC. To whom shall I send my presentation?

Please drop off a memory stick with your presentation (pptx and pdf) at the registration counter well before your session starts. We will make sure it is on the presentation laptop in the conference room if we receive it in time. The pdf version of your presentation will be included in the ISC’12 proceedings, which will be available to conference attendees a few days after the event.

How can I contribute to the ISC Conference Program?

The Call for Papers and the Call for Tutorials have already been closed since January, 22 but there are other opportunities to contribute actively to our conference program:

If you are an HPC vendor and interested in speaking opportunity, you might also want to consider sponsoring; Our packages include various speaking opportunities.


Do I need a visa to travel to Germany?

Visas are required for some nationalities. To find out if you require a visa for Germany, please go to
When applying for a visa, you may be required to submit an invitation letter. This service will be provided in the the online registration area March 15 onwards.

How do I get to the Congress Center from the airport or downtown hotels?
Is transportation provided from the Airport to the hotel?

Public transport
CCH-Congress Center Hamburg has good bus and rail connections with all the key areas of Hamburg. With an extensive network of rapid transit (S-Bahn) and underground (U-Bahn) lines, plus plenty of bus lines. CCH is easy to reach from any part of the city, thanks to its good transport connections and central location.

Stations in walking distance

Dammtor station is right next to CCH, for InterCity trains and S-Bahn.

And U-Bahn stations Stephansplatz (Opera/CCH) and Gänsemarkt are just a short walk away, on a route that passes through a landscaped park and attractive streets.

Air Travel
The CCH - Congress Center Hamburg can be reached from here by S-Bahn (S1) and taxi. The journey time to CCH by car is about 20 minutes, by public transport about 25 minutes.

For further information please visit: http://www.isc-events.com/isc12/travel.html

How can I book my conference hotel?

Hotel room Booking service will be provided by KIT, exclusive partner for ISC’12 hotel reservations. Click here to find an accommodation in the price category of your choice.

What is the Hamburg climate in June?

The overall climate of Hamburg is clearly influenced by its northerly position, being categorised as both maritime and continental.

Hamburg Weather and Climate Chart





2°C / 36°F

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Hamburg weather forecast:




Will ISC also serve vegetarian meals?

Yes, we will serve vegetarian meals for lunch every day.

Social Events

What social events may I attend?

Opening Party
ISC will throw a party in the Exhibition Hall welcoming all our attendees and exhibitors from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Monday, June 18.

Vendor Parties
There will be various vendor-organized parties held in different locations in Hamburg on Tuesday, June 19. Please visit the exhibitors to receive your invitations, as some parties are by invitation only.

Reception by the Senate of the Free & Hanseatic City of Hamburg
On Wednesday evening, the after-hours festivities will take on a more formal turn with a Reception in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg’s Town Hall, where representatives from the city will welcome ISC attendees.

More information: http://www.isc-events.com/isc12/networking-events.html


How do I obtain press accreditation for attending ISC’12?

Please visit the accreditation website to find out how you can apply for a media pass.

Is there a press briefing at ISC’12?

No, but all information related to ISC’12 will be shared by our general-chair and executive director during the opening session on Monday, June 18.


How can I register for the press tour?

Please contact our PR manager, Ms. Nages Sieslack at nages.sieslack@isc-events.com

Is there a press lounge or a press room at ISC’12?

The ISC’12 press lounge is located in the exhibition hall (booth #301) and the press room is located in CCH, Room A 4.2. The opening hours of the press room are as below: 

Monday, June 18,  8 am to 8:30 pm
Tuesday, June 19,  8 am to 6 pm
Wednesday, June 20,  8 am to 6 pm
Thursday, June 21, 8 am to 3 pm   


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