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ISC'13 keynotes announced

The opening keynote address at the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'13) will be delivered by Bill Dally, chief scientist and senior vice president of Research at Nvidia, it has been announced.

Now in its 28th year, ISC’13 will be held 16-20 June in Leipzig, Germany, and is expected to draw 2,500 attendees from academia, research institutions and industry around the world. In addition, more than 170 leading organisations in the field of high-performance computing (HPC) will showcase their products and research in the ISC exhibition.

On Monday, 17 June, Dally will present his talk entitled ‘Future Challenges of Large-Scale Computing’ and discuss how HPC and data analytics share challenges of power, programmability and scalability to realise their potential, with energy efficiency playing a greater role in determining system performance. In addition, Dally will discuss the programming challenges posed by the large-scale parallelism and storage hierarchy of future machines, and present some of the technologies being developed to address them.

On Tuesday, 18 June, Intel’s Stephen Pawlowski will deliver a keynote on ‘Moore’s Law 2020’. CTO for the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group (DCSG) and general manager for the Architecture Group and DCSG Pathfinding at Intel, as well as an Intel Senior Fellow, Pawlowski will not only provide a retrospective on why Moore’s Law has been essential in the past, but the technologies that maintain a ‘Moore squared’ pace in supercomputing that brings us through and beyond exascale.

The Wednesday, 19 June keynote will be given by Prof. Thomas Sterling of Indiana University. Each year for the past decade, Sterling has examined the progress and accomplishments in HPC of the preceding 12 months and considered their implications, even as the observed trends have anticipated future progress. But on this, the tenth anniversary of this perennial keynote address, Sterling will look back not just on the previous year, but rather on the past 10 years. Sterling is Professor of Informatics and Computing at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing as well as serving as chief scientist and associate director of the PTI Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST). He also is an Adjunct Professor at the Louisiana State University (LSU) and CSRI Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories.

The task of delivering the final keynote falls to Prof. Gerhard Wellein. On Thursday, 20 June, Wellein will look at the current state of HPC in his talk on ‘Fooling the Masses with Performance Results: Old Classics and Some New Ideas’. In 1991, David Bailey published his insightful ‘Twelve Ways to Fool the Masses When Giving Performance Results on Parallel Computers’. In that article, Bailey pinpointed typical ‘evade and disguise’ techniques for presenting mediocre performance results in the best possible light. Wellein will give an update of Bailey’s ‘Twelve Ways’. He is a professor at the Department for Computer Science at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he also leads the HPC group at Erlangen Regional Computing Center (RRZE).

Advance registration is now open for ISC’13 and by registering by 15 May, attendees can save more than 25 per cent off the onsite registration rates.

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