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.
The EXDCI Project is featured with a dedicated space at the PRACE booth.

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!

Drop by at the PRACE booth #1300 to see a mini presentation and receive a special gift!

PRACE Pre-Commercial Procurement Completed!

PRACE completed the process for a Pre-Commercial Procurement on Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC in order to obtain R&D services which resulted in future PRACE HPC systems to become more energy efficient. The final project review of PRACE’s Third Implementation Phase (PRACE-3IP) took place in February 2018, and the project was rated “excellent”, after 66 months of very challenging work.

You are cordially invited to join us for a reception on Tuesday 26 June 2018 at 16:45 at the PRACE booth (B-1300) to celebrate the successful PRACE PCP project together with the three involved vendors: E4 Computer Engineering SpA (Italy), Atos-Bull SAS (France) and Maxeler (UK).

On Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 16:00, in Konstant Room, Forum, we kindly invite you to learn more about the features and first experiences of the three involved vendors with the PRACE PCP.

16:00 Introduction PRACE PCP (Florian Berberich)

16:15 PCP Prototype Atos/Bull (L. Sauge) – Features and first experience

16:35 PCP Propotype E4 (F. Magugliani) – Features and first experience

16:55 PCP Prototype Maxeler (T. Becker) – Features and first experience

17:15 Discussion

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:



PRACE supports diveristy and inclusivity in HPC and sponsors the WHPC Networking and Careers Reception.
Full details of all WHPC events at ISC18:

BoF: Retaining the Advantage of a diverse HPC Workforce: How to deal with Microaggression
Wednesday 27 June 2018, 11:30  – 12:30
Pikkolo, Frankfurt Messe

Find out about micro aggression, what it is and what we can all do about it to improve workforce experiences, productivity and retention.

Reception: Networking and Careers Reception: Connecting talent and opportunity
Wednesday 27 June 2018, 19:00 – 22:00
ICI Brasserie, Marriott Hotel, Hamburger Allee

Following the success of our previous ISC Luncheons this year we are hosting an evening buffet reception celebrating the careers and opportunities for women in the HPC community. Our reception brings together companies with women (and men!) interested in the opportunities they provide, from working in a more diverse and inclusive workforce to products and training that will help you build a successful career and thrive in your HPC role. Join WHPC and our Anchor supporter, Lenovo, to discuss working in HPC, brainstorming the difficulties, the challenges, and the opportunities to improve diversity and inclusivity for everyone, and participate in the opportunity to meet our sponsors.

Registration is free but limited in number. Register now at:

8th International WHPC Workshop: Diversifying the HPC Community
Thursday 28 June 2018, 09:00 – 13:00
Alabaster 2, Marriott Hotel, Frankfurt

This workshop provides leaders and managers in the HPC community with methods to improve diversity and also to provide early career women with an opportunity to develop their professional skills and profile. Based on popular request topics to be covered this year include:

  • How to build workplace resilience and maintain well-being, while managing work stress.
  • Being part of the solution: instructions for advocates and allies.
  • Best practices from organizations on improving workplace diversity.
  • Managing the two body problem and achieving effective work-life balance.

We will also provide opportunities aimed at promoting and providing women with the skills to thrive in HPC including:

  • Short talks by women working in HPC on their work.
  • Pointers on how to handle workplace conflicts and effectively respond to discrimination
  • Short talks on: best practices from equity frameworks from outside HPC, suggestions and – Challenges for women in HPC related venture capitals, effectively dealing with workplace discrimination, building a successful career, excelling in the workforce, etc.

Workshop Committee

  • Workshop Chair: Elsa Gonsiorowski, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Co-Chair: Misbah Mubarak, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Co-Chair: Toni Collis, EPCC, UK and Women in HPC Network, UK
  • Poster Chair: Jessica Popp, Data Direct Networks, USA
  • Poster Co-Chair: Weronika Filinger, EPCC, UK
  • Mentor Chair: Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Mentor Co-Chair: Gokcen Kestor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
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