ISC 2016: Fuel your Insight

By Stephan Gillich, Director of Technical Computing GTM for Intel EMEA.


ISC High Performance, also known as the International Supercomputing Conference, is always a great showcase for groundbreaking innovations in HPC. And that’s the way things are shaping up for this year’s conference, set for June 19 – 23 in Frankfurt. ISC will provide a stage for unveiling important advances in HPC systems, including many using Intel Scalable System Framework

Among other highlights, at ISC Intel will feature demos that provide an inside look at notable projects that are capitalizing on Intel architectures and the innovations found in Intel-based HPC clusters.

A few key examples we intend to show:

Together with one of our European partners, ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL) we will demonstrate a brain neuron growth 3D visualization.

Kyoto University explores how deep learning accelerates the drug discovery process. The demo features code ported from a GPU architecture to the Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor to demonstrate extraordinary performance.

Cambridge’s Stephen Hawking CTC team will treat viewers to a black hole collision simulation 3D visualization generating Einstein’s predicted and recently observed (LIGO) gravitational waves.

Germany-based Computer Simulation Technology (CST) will show it’s applications for electromagnetic analysis for radio frequency, microwave and other EM fields.

Demos like these underscore the importance of HPC systems in fueling insights into the world around us—and more distant phenomenon, like black holes. They also show what is possible when you put HPC systems within the reach of more people.

Today, this is happening all around the world, but specifically, advances in hardware and software are making European based HPC clusters accessible to an ever-wider range of commercial, academic, and governmental users. We are truly in the era of the democratization of simulation via enabling wider and easier access to the HPC systems that run on them.

Together with our technology partners, Intel is an active player in the effort to throw open the doors to the world of high performance computing. With that goal in mind, Intel is a platinum-level sponsor of ISC, as well as a close collaborator with the European and global HPC community. Intel is collaborating with more than 20 Intel Parallel Computing Centers in Europe, focusing on code modernization to maximize the returns on hardware and software investments and accelerating the pace of innovation and discovery with HPC systems.

Other ongoing Intel efforts include collaboration with the HPC community through the Linux Foundation’s OpenHPC* Community to provide a modular, integrated HPC system software stack to simplify the complexity of installation, configuration, and ongoing maintenance of HPC system software.  This effort enables greater innovation, faster system installations and more consistent open source HPC solutions based on the community collaboration of over thirty-nine participating organizations, including academic and government end users, ISVs, and OEMs.

The key takeaway here is pretty simple: In both the business and academic worlds, HPC and big data analytics fuels insight, and Intel is working to deliver the next-generation frameworks and systems that provide a firm foundation for the great things that are happening in this space.

I will close with a schedule of Intel-related activities that that will take place at ISC. If you’re heading to conference, I hope to see you at some of these events. Be sure to join Intel’s vice president of the Data Center Group, Rajeeb Hazra for his special keynote at 18:00 on Monday June 20th. Also stop into the Expert Zone in the Intel booth, where our HPC specialists will be on deck to field your questions


See the full of activities in the Intel Collab Hub at ISC 2016.