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Intels Diane Bryant to give HPC Matters plenary at SC15

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Intel’s Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, has been selected as the HPC Matters plenary speaker at SC15, the annual conference on high performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis.

Bryant will discuss the role next-generation supercomputers can play in transforming HPC by presenting opportunities to advance scientific research, but also delivering far-reaching impacts on society. Bryant will draw on her experience running Intel’s Data Center Group, which includes the HPC business segment, and products ranging from high-end co-processors to big data analytics solutions and high-density systems for the cloud.

SC15 general chair Jackie Kern, said: ‘In a real sense, transformation is at the heart of existence, and ultimately the challenge and opportunity before us is to perceive and comprehend the power of transformation so that we can use it for the good of the world and everything in it. Nothing does that better than high performance computing.'

SC conference organisers launched ‘HPC Matters’ in 2013 as a platform for members of the computational science community to share their thoughts and experience on the use of HPC to provide change - not just in the research community but to society as whole. Since its inception, the ‘HPC Matters’ programme has developed four key pillars which describe the kind of impact that HPC can provide. These pillars range from influencing daily lives; science and engineering; economic impact; and education.

In 2014 the ‘HPC Matters’ plenary was led by Dr Eng Lim Goh, senior vice president and CTO at SGI, who discussed the vital nature of supercomputers across much of the world’s economic, cultural, scientific, and social accomplishments.

Speaking on the impact of HPC to wider society in 2014 Dr Goh said: 'We have witnessed how the internet and social media have tremendously increased and fundamentally changed the connections among people, nations and cultures,’ said Dr Goh. ‘In similar ways, wider access to high performance computing can have a democratising effect on improving the general quality of life. This is because it can play a key role in fulfilling humanity's needs, ranging from the basics, such as food, water, shelter and health, to hardship reduction, care for the earth, commerce and entertainment as well as answering some of life’s most profound questions,’ Goh concluded.

SC15, now in its 27th year, is sponsored by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and IEEE Computer Society. SC offers a complete technical education programme and exhibition to showcase the potential for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis to drive advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce.

The SC15 HPC Matters plenary takes place on Monday, 16 November, at 5:30pm at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas.