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Welcome  |  ISC 2018




          Welcome to ISC High Performance 2018
          Today ISC High Performance stands proudly as a globally
          recognized HPC event, driven by the extensive involvement of
          the high performance computing community. The contribution
          of new topics, speakers, stringent review processes, as well
          as diversity efforts, makes ISC distinctive.

          There are a number of key facets to this distinctiveness. First,
          we are a truly international forum; over 70 percent of our
          attendees and exhibitors are from outside Germany,   Thomas and Martin Meuer
          representing about 65 countries. This geographic diversity is
          apparent in our list of speakers, committees and the exhibition. Another unique aspect of the conference
          is the balance between academia and industry attendees, with 59 and 41 percent representation,
          respectively. Addressing their individual challenges and needs, we offer full-day sessions, such as the
          Industrial Day and Machine Learning Day.
          Furthermore, the 2018 Program Chair, Horst Simon, has introduced topics like climate change and
          cosmology, to spur interesting conversations between researchers and vendors at the conference. He also
          ensured that this year’s keynotes are about projects with global impacts. On Monday, Dr. Maria Girone will
          speak about the computing challenges of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, while Dr. Keren Bergman
          will speak on Tuesday about research in optical interconnection networks for advanced computing
          systems.
          This year we are also hosting the largest ISC exhibition, with 162 exhibitors. Take the time to meet the
          vendors and research organizations, whose products and technologies help advance science and
          engineering.
          In recognizing underappreciated talent and to help alleviate the gender gap, we introduced a gender
          diversity strategy in 2017. As a result, this year almost 40 percent of our distinguished and keynote
          speakers are women. Even our student volunteer program received a record-breaking number of
          applications from female university students.
          The ISC STEM Program returns to the benefit of 200 university students, where we provide them free
          access to the conference, a custom-made tutorial and career advice. This year we also set up the ISC
          Travel Grant to enable a student and a young researcher, who otherwise lack funding, to join us at the
          conference.
          Here we thank everyone involved for making ISC 2018 a great conference.
          Finally, we have added some football flavor to the event and hope you’ll enjoy it.
          Let’s celebrate HPC and the World Cup at ISC 2018.

          Best regards,




          Martin Meuer and Thomas Meuer


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