ISC Teams Up with Various Organizations to Honor Excellence in HPC through Diverse Award Programs

HAMBURG, (PresseBox) - The 2011 International Supercomputing Conference - ISC'11 - has joined with the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), the German Gauss Center for Supercomputing, and IDC to honor research and success in the field of high-performance computing. The awards will be presented at ISC'11, to be held June 19-23 in Hamburg.

For the fourth year in a row, the PRACE Award will be presented for the best scientific paper by a European student or a young scientist in one of the following areas: breakthrough in science achieved with HPC resources, algorithms or implementations that achieve significant improvements in scalability and novel approaches to performance evaluation on massively parallel architectures.

The PRACE Scientific Steering Committee will select the best paper from all the submitted research papers and announce the winner in the ISC Opening Session. The winner of the award will receive sponsorship for participation in a training event or a conference relevant to petascale computing. The individual will also have the opportunity to deliver a talk on his/her work at the Research Paper Sessions on Monday, June 20, Tuesday, June 21, or Wednesday, June 22.

Another award to be presented at the opening session will be the Gauss Award, recognizing the most outstanding research paper in the field of "scalable supercomputing" from the various submissions in the Call for Research Papers. The winner will be chosen by the Gauss Award Committee to receive a cash prize of 3,000 euro. This award is sponsored by three Gauss alliance members - the German national supercomputing centers at Garching, Jülich and Stuttgart. The award will be presented by the member of the board of the Gauss Center, Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch.

A totally new award at ISC'11 will be the IDC Award which recognizes noteworthy accomplishments by users of HPC technologies. The program's main goals are to: showcase success stories involving HPC in science and industry, help other users better understand the benefits of adopting HPC and justify HPC investments, especially for middle markets, demonstrate the value of HPC to funding bodies and finally to expand public support for increased HPC investments. The prize for small organizations and start-up companies is framed certificate, their choice of free CPU hours, selected application software licenses or technical consulting time. Larger organizations will be honored with a framed certificate or a trophy. The award is sponsored by IDC (the International Data Corp.), the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets.

Still Time to Contribute to ISC Program

ISC'11 is also issuing the final call for various program components. The deadline for the Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions and Research Posters Session remains Monday, April 11, and the Call for Student Volunteer applications ends Monday, May 2. More details can be found here.

Register Now and Save

Attendees who register by May 20 will save up to 25 percent off the regular registration rates. The comprehensive program consists of full- and half-day tutorials, the HPC in Asia Workshop, the Mid Market HPC Workshop, a 4-day conference and 3-day exhibition featuring dynamic exhibits from 150 leading HPC companies and research organizations. For more information about fees and registrations, click here. And by using the newly introduced agenda planner tool, attendees can navigate the five day program with ease and also create their own schedule.

ISC'11 will once again be held at the Congress Center in Hamburg, Germany. The meeting is truly a unique platform for making contacts and doing business: it presents many networking opportunities and allows attendees to meet HPC key players in a collegial atmosphere. All conference proceedings are conducted in English.

About ISC'11

Now in its 26th year, ISC is the world's oldest and one of the most important conferences for the HPC community, offering a strong five-day technical program with a wide range of expert speakers and exhibits from leading research centers and vendors. A number of events complement the technical program, including Tutorials, Workshops, Top500 Announcement, Research Paper Sessions, Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions, Research Poster Session, Exhibitor and Start-up Forums and the popular "Hot Seat Sessions" featuring leaders from industry and research centers. The conference has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years, with an estimated 2,000 participants from around the world expected to convene in Hamburg, June 19 - 23.

ISC'11 is open to IT-decision makers, scientists, members of the HPC global community and other interested parties. The ISC exhibition allows analysts, decision-makers from the automotive, defense, aeronautical, gas & oil, banking and other industries; solution providers, data storage suppliers, distributors, hardware and software manufacturers, the media, scientists and universities to see and learn firsthand about new products, applications and technological advances in the supercomputing industry today.

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