PRACE will again be present at ISC High Performance in 2018. The PRACE booth will be the meeting place for current and future users of PRACE HPC resources to find information and exchange with experts. This year, PRACE will sponsor again the ISC Stem Student Day & Gala.

This page will be regularly updated with news and highlights about PRACE @ ISC 18 – stay tuned!

ISC STEM Student Day & Gala is Back with a Stronger Program 

The ISC STEM Student Day is an attractive program for students and sponsoring organizations. This year, students attending the program will receive an exclusive tutorial on high performance computing, machine learning and data analytics, and sponsoring organizations will receive an increased visibility during the full-day program. From all received applications, 200 regional and international Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students who show a keen interest in HPC, will be admitted into this program for free. These students range from those enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs right through those completing their PhD research in fields such as computer science, computer engineering, information technology, autonomous systems, physics and mathematics. The age group ranges from 19 – 30.

This non-profit effort was first introduced in 2017, and it attracted around 100 students mainly from Germany, the US, the UK, Spain, and China, and it was sponsored by 10 organizations in the HPC space. “Unlike regular STEM events, the aim of our program is to connect the next generation of regional and international STEM practitioners with the HPC industry and its key players. We hope this will encourage them to pursue careers in this space, and we will see them as part of the HPC user community in the future. The ISC STEM Student Day is also a great opportunity for organizations to associate themselves as STEM employers and invest in their future HPC user base,” said Martin Meuer, the general co-chair of the ISC High Performance conference series. The 2018 ISC STEM Student Day will take place on Wednesday 21 June during the ISC High Performance conference and exhibition. The full-conference will be held from 24 to 28 June at Messe Frankfurt and expects 3500 attendees. This program is very attractive to organizations that offer HPC training, education opportunities, as well as employment opportunities as some of these students are about to graduate soon. Please contact sales[at] to get involved.

A returning builder-level sponsor, PRACE’s Communication Officer, Marjolein Oorsprong had the following to say about the event:

The ISC STEM Student Day (gala evening and booth visits) allowed PRACE to come into direct contact with students who showed a keen interest in HPC and inform them of all our student-related activities. It provided an opportunity to explain to them how participating in our training events can benefit their studies. By sponsoring events such as the ISC STEM Student Day, we hope to attract more applications to the PRACE Summer of HPC program, the International HPC Summer School, and other PRACE Training courses.

Experienced members of our executive and management staff were not only given the chance to share their knowledge from within the industry, but also gain valuable insights from academic leaders and have constructive one-on-one conversations with students at the ISC STEM Day & Gala. This event is a great opportunity for tech organizations, such as Super Micro, to meet the brightest stars in STEM,” remarked Cheyene van Noordwyk, Marketing Manager at Super Micro Computer.

The 2018 ISC STEM program ( includes a day tutorial on HPC Applications, Systems & Programming Languages, conducted by Dr. Bernd Mohr, Senior Scientist at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre and a tutorial on Machine Learning & Data Analytics by his colleague, Prof. Morris Riedel, who is the Head of Research Group High Productivity Data Processing at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre & an Adjunct Associated Professor in high productivity processing of big data at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland.

Later in the day, the students will have the chance to visit the booths and exhibits of sponsoring organizations to gain an impression of their product offering and business units. Another great highlight of the program is the evening event, which includes a dinner and a job fair set in a casual atmosphere in a nearby hotel. All sponsoring organizations will have an exclusive two hour of face-to-face time with the students at the STEM job fair. Students will be able to register for the program starting April 16 via the program webpage:


ISC 2018 Call for Workshops

Are you interested in hosting a workshop at the ISC High Performance conference? ISC is now accepting proposals for full- or half-day workshops. The goal of workshops is to provide attendees with a focused and in-depth platform for presentations, discussion and interaction in a particular subject area. We are inviting workshop proposals on topics related to all aspects of research, development, and application of large-scale, high-performance experimental and commercial systems. Topics include HPC computer architecture and hardware, programming models, system software, and applications, solutions for heterogeneity, reliability, and power efficiency of systems as well as how those areas apply to big data and cloud computing. Submitted workshop proposals will be reviewed by the ISC 2018 Workshops Committee, which is headed by John Shalf, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), and Sadaf Alam, Swiss National Supercomputing Center/CSCS (Switzerland) Workshops will be held on Thursday 28 June in the Marriott Frankfurt Hotel, the day after the ISC High Performance conference. Attendance will require a workshop pass.

Pre-Submission Deadline(*) – Thursday 7 December 2017, 11:59 pm AoE
Pre-Submission Notification – Thursday 21 December 2017
Final Submission Deadline – Wednesday 21 February 2018, 11:59 pm AoE
Final Notification – Wednesday 21 March 2018
Workshops – Thursday 28 June 2018
Final PDFs due for Proceedings – Friday 30 June 2018

(*) The pre-submission deadline of 7 December 2017 is meant for workshops that want to disseminate their own call for papers and implement a peer-review process. Proposals for “regular” workshops without call for papers should be submitted by 21 February 2018.

Workshop proposals can be submitted now via the ISC 2018 Linklings conference system at:
Proposals need to be uploaded as a single PDF file. The Workshops Committee will peer review all workshop proposals submitted, select the workshops, and allocate their time slots.

Ms. Tanja Gruenter at tanja.gruenter[at]

ISC 2018 Call for Tutorials

Are you interested in presenting a tutorial at the ISC High Performance conference? If so, please be advised that the submissions page is open for tutorials and the deadline for submission is February 13, 2018. The ISC tutorials are interactive courses focusing on key topics of high performance computing, networking, storage and data science. Renowned experts in their respective fields will give attendees a comprehensive introduction to the topic as well as providing a closer look at specific problems. Tutorials are encouraged to include a “hands-on” component to  allow attendees to practice prepared materials. Submitted tutorial proposals will be reviewed by the ISC 2018 Tutorials Committee, which is headed by Dr. Rosa M. Badia, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, with Dr. Sandra Wienke, RWTH Aachen University, as Deputy Chair. The tutorials will be held on Sunday 24 June 2018 and will be either half-day (9:00 am – 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm) or full-day (9:00 am – 6:00 pm).

Submission Deadline – Tuesday 13 February 2018, 11:59 pm AoE
Notification of Acceptance – Wednesday 21 March 2018
Tutorials – Sunday 24 June 2018

Tutorial proposals need to be submitted via the ISC 2018 submission site by Tuesday 13 February 2018. All documents need to be uploaded as a single PDF; the title and abstract must also be entered on the submission form.

The Tutorials Committee will review and evaluate all submitted tutorial proposals based on their originality, significance, quality and clarity. Each proposal will be reviewed by at least four reviewers. The Tutorials Committee will select the tutorials with the objective of covering the largest variety of topics and allocate their time slots.

Ms. Tanja Gruenter at program-support[at] and

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