The PRACE booth team welcomed more than 600 visitors during the exhibition days at SC16 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. PRACE experts presented different PRACE activities: Peer Review, SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe), Training and Education at the PRACE booth to SC16 attendees. Furthermore PRACE was delighted to welcome two external speakers: Toni Collis, Director of Women in HPC and Sidharth Kumar, University of Utah, USA. This year PRACE provided for the first time a shared space to the EXDCI project (European Extreme Data & Computing Initiative).
On Monday 16 November 2016 the Exhibition of SC16 opened at 19:00 local time. Alison Kennedy the current PRACE Managing Director welcomed with a short talk the first visitors to the PRACE booth.
During the week PRACE experts presented in short talks the different PRACE activities including an exchange of Questions and Answers with a responsive audience. The presentation about SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) held by Stephane Requena (Member of the PRACE Board of Directors) gathered interested participants from different nationalities. This was a good occasion to hand out to all participants the new PRACE Digest 2016 Industry. Likewise the other presentations on PRACE Peer Review by Richard Tavares (PRACE Peer Review Officer) and PRACE Training/Education by Florian Berberich (Member of the PRACE Board of Directors) got much attention from the SC16 attendees. Toni Collis, Director of Women of HPC who informed the audience about the current activities of WHPC during SC16 and in general about the initiative (please see here the slides) . Sidharth Kumar, post doc at Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI), University of Utah talked about his project on Parallel IDX (PIDX). PIDX is a high performance I/O library. After ISC 2016 he started his cooperation with the work from PRACE ISC Award 2016 winner James Sokhum King, University of Utah, USA (please read here more).
For the first time PRACE took part as sponsor in the SC16 Scavenger Hunt organised by the Students@SC programme. This action gave PRACE the opportunity to attract a wide range of international undergraduate students at SC16. Please see the 3 winners of the PRACE prices:
All this was completed by very good discussions and exchange of information between the high motived PRACE booth team and the visitors.
And finally the new General Chair of SC17 Bernd Mohr, Forschungszentrum Juelich, first European to chair a SC conference, had a short stop at the PRACE booth.
PRACE will be delighted to see you all again at SC17 in Denver.
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