PRACE Summary of a bustling Exhibition at ISC 2019



PRACE was present with a booth at Europe’s largest HPC forum ISC High Performance 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany from 17 June to 19 June 2019. The PRACE booth team welcomed more than 220 ISC visitors and had interesting talks about PRACE. A wide range of mini presentations completed the booth activities.
In the Opening Session of ISC 2019, Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert, the Chair of the PRACE Council welcomed the attendees. In his talk he summarised the achievements of PRACE to date, and outlining how PRACE is “
In Service for HPC in Europe” .
For the 3rd time PRACE featured the
EXDCI project at its booth and this year EXDCI project partner ETP4HPC was direct booth neighbour. Furthermore PRACE was involved in workshops, the STEM Student Day / Gala, and the ISC Travel Grant.


PRACE booth activities

On Monday 17 June 2019 evening, Serge Bogaerts, Managing Director of PRACE, opened the PRACE booth. He gave a brief overview of PRACE and highlighted the mini-presentations at the booth. The schedule of seven mini presentations presented different HPC topics and projects such as PRACE Training possibilities, the DEEP project, the POP CoE , and the EXCELLERAT project. These presentations gave interesting insights into the involvement of PRACE Members in various HPC projects to boost and to strengthen the European HPC ecosystem. The PRACE booth team informed the visitors about PRACE activities and for further information PRACE publications such as PRACE Annual Report 2018 were handed out.

 PRACE Members @ ISC 2019

At ISC the TOP 500 List of the fastest supercomputers in the world was announced and two of the PRACE Hosting Members supercomputers are in the Top 10, Piz Daint, hosted by ETH Zurich / CSCS, Switzerland and SuperMUC-NG, hosted at GCS @ LRZ, Germany.

Several PRACE Members had also a booth and showed their HPC activities at the ISC Exhibition:

PRACE Members @ ISC 2019 – Photo Gallery:

STEM Student Day / Gala; ISC Travel Grant Program

For 3rd time PRACE was one of the sponsors of the STEM Student Day / Gala which is a good complement to PRACE Outreach to Universities. On Wednesday afternoon two STEM Student groups stopped by the PRACE booth and Stelios Erotokritou gave an enthusiastic and lively overview of PRACE Training possibilities in general and specifically for students. In the evening the Gala provided the occasion to mingle and re-connect with the students.



Aurelio Vivas, Marjolein Oorsprong
Aurelio Vivas, Marjolein Oorsprong

Marjolein Oorsprong, PRACE Communications Officer, was member of the ISC Travel Grant Program Selection Committee, which enabled two young researchers to attend ISC. The selected candidates for 2019 were:

  • Molly N.Kgobathe, MSc in Computer Information Systems, University of Botswana
  • Aurelio Vivas, MSc in Computer Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia


Abdulrahman Azab, task leader of WP 6.2.3 in PRACE 6IP, organised the 5th Annual High Performance Container Workshop (HPCW) together with Docker Inc. and NERSC. Linux Containers continue to gain momentum within data centers all over the world. The workshop brought together world-class experts for discussing the outstanding challenges and technology choices for supporting containers on HPC systems. It has been a success with 43 presentations, 8 panel discussions, and +100 attendees. Accepted workshop papers will be published as part of the ISC 2019 conference proceedings.


Women in HPC

PRACE is an Affiliate Member of Women in HPC (WHPC) and was happy to support the WHPC Networking and Careers Reception as Career Sponsor. Furthermore WHPC organised a Tutorial: Addressing the skills shortage in HPC – strategies for equity, diversity and inclusion and a Workshop: Diversifying the HPC Community during ISC 2019.


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