Last week, the team arrived from Utah, where SC16 was celebrated. It was our second SC and we liked it even more than the first one. We have the feeling that every year we will find new nuances, and we are willing to attend next year to discover them.
The conference drew more than 11,100 registered attendees and featured a technical program spanning six days. The exhibit hall featured 349 exhibitors from industry, academia and research organizations included 44 first-timers and 120 organizations from 26 countries.
“There has never been a more important time for high-performance computing, networking, and data analysis,” said SC16 General Chair John West from the Texas Advanced Computing Center. “But it is also an acute time for growing our workforce and expanding diversity in the industry. SC16 was the perfect blend of research, technological advancement, career recognition and improving the ways in which we attract and retain that next generation of scientists.”
We participated in SC16 Emerging Technologies Showcase and during three days we did 80+ demos. The Chair Wu Feng (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) and Vice Chair Simon McIntosh-Smith (University of Bristol) provided us, at all times, with the logistics, information about the program and access to everything we needed. During the three days, we felt very comfortable with the careful attention from the organizers. Thank you, it has been a unique experience. We highly recommend that program continues in upcoming SCs!
This year we also participated in the StartupHPC event again. We met with friends that we made the previous year. We would like to thank the organizer Shahin Khan for the opportunity to present our work. We really enjoyed the talks by John Gustafson, Sumit Sanyal, Mark Canepa, Debra Goldfarb, Gary Grider, Bruce Gilpin, Tom Lyon, Earl Joseph, Megan McClelland and Shahin Khan. This is an interesting event for Startups focused on STEM and HPC. The speakers and organizers always offer to help you and to introduce you to contacts in the sector. They give you good advice, you only have to ask them.We suggested to Shahin to try to bring this event to ISC in Europe. We know that is may be a big effort, but you can think about it Shahin, don´t you?
This was the first time we attended parties organized around SC, in particular, those organized by The Next Platform and Women in HPC. Thanks to Nicole Hemsoth for her welcome! We enjoyed an hour of relaxation and good conversation with interesting people we met in the party. It was a pleasure to see Toni Collins again in action and pushing for the women in HPC movement.
Our agenda was fully busy. It was a non-stop activity during 5 days, and we are delighted for this. Manuel Arenaz presented in the booths of DOE, OpenMP and OpenACC. He also had the opportunity to present the work we are doing during the “Birds of a Feather: OpenACC API, User Experience, Vendor Reaction, Relevance, and Roadmap“. Thanks to the people that made it possible: Oscar Hernández (ORNL), Fernanda Foertter (ORNL), Duncan Poole (NVIDIA) and Kathleen Mattson (OpenMP).
We have known very interesting people and many new technologies that will help to change the world. Now it is the time to continue working harder!
“Really great show! I enjoyed in-depth technical discussions around Parallelware [now called Codee] technology and come back with great ideas to improve it. And of course, I shared incredible moments with friends. I expect to see you all at SC17 in Denver next year.” Manuel Arenaz.
“I love this event. It is the favorite one in my agenda. It was my second supercomputing and I hope to be able to attend many more. Every year I meet new people and they teach me different ways of looking at SC and everything that happens in it.” Rosa Vázquez.
“I’ve never been in such a big event before, so it was quiet a big first impression. There was a lot of new upcoming technologies, very interesting talks and a lot of incredible people working in the sector. But it has also been a few busy days, like everybody there, so there wasn’t much time to look around. And also, Salt Lake City has some beautiful views and is really a nice place to stay. I enjoyed it very much!” Daniel Otero.
See you at SC17!!