This is the list of answers to most of the common questions people ask about ISC. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
General ISC Information
What is ISC?
The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) is not only the world's oldest, but also an IEEE-recognized global conference and exhibition for high performance computing, networking and storage.
Now in its 28th year, it provides a platform for learning and networking for 2,500 like-minded HPC researchers, technology leaders, scientists and IT-decision makers.
Where and when will ISC’13 take place?
The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) will be held from June 16–20, 2013, at the following venue:
Congress Center Leipzig (CCL)
What are the important dates of ISC’13?
Conference: June 17 – 20, 2013
Exhibition: June 17 – 19, 2013
Tutorials: June 16, 2013
Early Bird: March 14 – May 15, 2013
Regular: May 16 – June 15, 2013
Onsite: June 16 – June 20, 2013
What is the common language spoken at ISC?
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’13
Education - Collaboration – Networking
- A great networking event
With 2,500 members of the community in one place, there’s no shortage of opportunities to strengthen current partnerships and shape future collaboration.
- Unmatched access to finest minds
Top- luminaries in industry and academia will present keynotes, share views on pressing topics, and are available for casual chats.
- Relevant and practical information
Over 300 international speakers with deep knowledge and hands-on experience in exascale computing, petascale applications, big data and more will share their expertise at ISC’13.
- Source of inspiration for new ideas and new ventures
Get out of your daily routine and benefit from the full-day tutorials, workshops and partnered events.
- Sessions packed in NEW dynamic formats as never before seen
An exclusive Industry Track on June 18-19 that focuses on engineering challenges in manufacturing, particularly those faced by SMEs. Distinguished speakers will talk about new applications in HPC on Thursday, June 20.
- Join the TOP500 winners
ISC’13 is home to the 41st edition of the TOP500 list. Join the excitement during the opening session and gain insight into this grand project.
- Your next customer could be here
As 45 percent of those attending are decision makers, strategic partners. A large potential customer base awaits you.
- Meet with the specialists that can help solve your problems
Visit all 170 exhibitors in three days. The best part is you can even compare solutions from several competitors.
- Shape your career
Our student volunteer and cluster challenge programs offer great opportunities to university students to meet top-notch researchers, institutions and companies.
- Leipzig is the better Berlin
Leipzig is hip, cool, full of music and ancient history. You can find an historical site in every corner downtown, a summer Bach concert and excellent restaurants offering Sachsen specialties.
When will the registration start?
Online registration starts on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
What are the registration 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 registration website here for the registration costs.
Are Exhibition Only passes available?
Exhibition passes are available for purchase starting at 120 € per day. They provide access to the exhibition, Exhibitor Forums, Bofs and Vendor Showdown. More information on the passes, please see>>
What payments do you accept for ISC’13 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 fingerfood at the ISC Welcome Party. Beverages will be provided the whole day
Will the ISC passes be sent to me via email or regular mail?
You will receive your confirmation and your invoice via email.
After your registration is completed you will receive an official confirmation e-mail and your electronic invoice.
This order confirmation allows free use of the public transportation system within Leipzig (zone 110). Please use this to make your way from the city of Leipzig to the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL).
Once you have reached the CCL however, please pick up your badge at the ISC'13 onsite registration desk.
Where do I pick up my badge?
Please pick up your badge at the ISC'13 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'13 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'13 attendee. Please be aware that you will be asked for a valid photo identification at the on-site registration desk, before we issue your badge.
Please wear your badge also when alighting any public transportation from June 16 until June 20.
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?
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?
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?
What are the on-site registration hours during ISC’13 ?
The Registration Desk will be open from Sunday, June 16 to Thursday, June 20, 2013. The opening hours are as below:
June 16, 2013 – 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
June 17, 2013 – 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
June 18, 2013– 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
June 19, 2013 – 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
June 20, 2013 – 8 am to 2:30 pm
What’s NEW this year at ISC’13?
The exhibition hall has increased in size! This will make room for more exhibitors, which means more networking opportunities.
The exhibition will open at 12:00 on Monday, June 17 – that’s 3 hours earlier this year.
Please order internet upgrades through the ISC organizers!
The goal of the track is to demonstrate the economic value and industrial use of HPC. It also will assist people from industry in dealing with acquisition and operation of HPC systems.
The ISC'13 Lead Retrieval package includes the SmartLRM App license. You can install the app on a maximum of five (5) Android or iOS devices, and scan leads using your smartphone. You can define up to 10 custom lead-qualifying questions. It is also possible to rent smartphones for the duration of the ISC'13 Exhibition. New this year: We also offer the laser scanner add-on for exhibitors who'll be scanning a higher number of leads. This scanner will enable you to do high speed, one-click badge scanning.Please refer to the SmartLRM Website for details or contact Mr.Martin Kolb at email@example.com.Please order your Lead Retrieval package through the ISC'13 Exhibitor Login.
Lunch will take place within the exhibition hall from Monday-Wednesday.
We will have 5 different pass types at ISC'13 and each pass will have a different colour. More >>
The ISC registration fee includes local travel within Leipzig (zone 110)
Star Alliance discounts
If you fly with any of the Star Alliance members, you are eligible for a discount of up to 20 percent for yourself and your companion
Student Cluster Challenge
The HPC Advisory Council and ISC Organizers are proud to present the ISC'13 Student Cluster Competition! Just a few teams from universities worldwide have been chosen to compete. For more details, please visit http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/events/2013/ISC13-Student-Cluster-Competition/#
The ISC Vendor Showdown will replace the Hot Seat Session – the format will remain the same with only minor changes.
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.
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 #30 in the exhibition hall.
My Wi-Fi connection doesn’t work. Where can I get help?
Please contact the Service Booth #30 (ISCnet) located in the exhibition hall.
Is there a business center onsite?
A copy and print center (Copyland) providing document copying, printing and binding services is located in the Exhibition Hall. Contact details: +49(0)351 8011979, mobile: +49(0)1577-7721989 (David Hill) or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am interested in exhibiting at the ISC show. Where do I get more information, e.g. about costs?
Where can I find the costs and options for exhibiting and sponsoring at ISC’13?
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.
How can I contribute to the ISC conference program?
ISC offers various opportunities to contribute actively to the conference program:
Tutorials & Other Contributed Sessions
Speakers of the these sessions are recruited via a call for participation. You need to submit a proposal by a certain deadline, and the relevant Committee reviews all proposals and selects the ones admitted to ISC.
All calls for ISC'13 are closed now – you might want to consider submitting a proposal for next year's ISC'14!
If you are an HPC vendor and interested in a speaking opportunity, you might want to consider sponsoring; our sponsorship packages include various speaking opportunities.
- Vendor Showdown (Platinum, Gold & Silver Sponsors)
- Exhibitor Forum Sessions (Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsors)
Satellite Events are are events that are organized and hosted by our sponsors and affiliates and take place during the ISC conference week.
Do you have a conference app for smartphones?
ISC’13 conference and exhibition information can be accessed with the mobile conference assistant Conference4me developed by the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC); the app is available for Android and Apple iOS devices. To download PSNC’s mobile app, please visit http://conference4me.psnc.pl or 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 sessions and presentations to iCal. Please note that all times are in CET (UTC+2). Make sure to set your system to CET so all session/presentation times will be displayed correctly in your calendar.
I am a speaker and need help. Who should I contact?
Please contact our Conference Program Coordinator, Ms. Heike Walther for any requests:
Phone: +49 (0)621 180 686 19
Cell: +49 (0)178 149 2035
I am a speaker at ISC. What should I do with my presentation?
For the conference, please submit your final presentation to the technician in the Speakers’ Room (Multi-Purpose Area 1 (MZF 1)) no later than 60 minutes before your session. The technician will then check the presentation together with you and transfer it to the presentation computer in the conference room.
Your presentation should be saved in PowerPoint 2010 (or lower) or OpenOffice on a memory stick, CD or DVD. If you have embedded videos in your presentation, please ensure you have all of your linked file folders on your USB, CD or DVD, too; videos should be in WMV, AVI or MPEG format. Macintosh users are requested to bring an already converted version of their presentation.
The Speakers’ Room is located in Multi-Purpose Area 1 (Level 0) and is open to ISC’13 chairpersons and speakers only, from Sunday, June 16, to Wednesday, June 19, from 7:30 am – 6:30 pm and on Thursday, June 20, from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm.
For the proceedings, please e-mail your presentation as pdf to our Conference Program Coordinator, Ms. Heike Walther at email@example.com, by June 21 at the latest; it will be included in the ISC proceedings, which will be available to conference attendees a few days after the event.
Do I need a visa to travel to Germany?
Visas are required for some nationalities. To find out if you need a visa for Germany, visit http://tinyurl.com/6kfqmy6
You may need an invitation letter for your visa application. When you register online for ISC'13, you can request an invitation letter be e-mailed as a pdf to you free of charge or sent as a hard copy to you by DHL Express at a handling fee of 45.00 € plus VAT. » More
How do I get to the Congress Center from the airport or downtown hotels?
Is transportation provided from the Airport to the hotel?
How can I book my conference hotel?
Hotel room Booking service will be provided by KIT, exclusive partner for ISC’13 hotel reservations. Click here to find an accommodation in the price category of your choice.
What is the Leipzig climate in June?
The climate of Leipzig is often described as continental and is fairly stable throughout the majority of the year. With warm summer weather and reasonably cool winters, Leipzig experiences only occasional weather extremes and is at its most appealing between the months of May and September, when clear blue skies and high temperatures are most likely.
Leipzig's summer season is welcomed by the locals and many of the city's cafes, bars and restaurants begin to spill out onto the streets at this time, to take advantage of the sunny weather and warm evenings, often remaining busy well into the night.
However, do bear in mind that the climate in Leipzig can be a little unpredictable at best, with rainy spells being a distinct possibility in any month.
Leipzig Weather and Climate Chart
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What are the things to do and see in Leipzig?
At booth #090, you can get all the information you need about Leipzig, including places to see, events, dining tips and much more.
For further information on Leipzig, you can also visit the Leipzig tourism website.
Will ISC also serve vegetarian meals?
Yes, we will serve vegetarian meals for lunch every day.
How do I obtain press accreditation for attending ISC’13?
To request a press or analyst pass, please contact: Nages Sieslack.
Further information >>
Is there a press briefing at ISC’13?
No, but all information related to ISC’13 will be shared by our general-chair and executive director during the opening session on Monday, June 17, followed by a press tour in the evening.
How can I register for the press tour?
Is there a press lounge or a press room at ISC’13?
The ISC’13 press room is Room 2 located on the 4th floor. The opening hours of the press room are
Monday, June 17, 8 am to 10 pm
Tuesday, June 18, 8 am to 6 pm
Wednesday, June 19, 8 am to 6 pm
Thursday, June 20, 8 am to 5 pm