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Over 10,000 members of the global HPC community will gather in Dallas for the SC18 conference. Even a decent sized team will struggle to attend everything the official program has to offer. On top of this, there will be a plethora of public and private meetings outside the official program, many of which are more valuable than the official program. Plus, there will be the usual flood of press releases, social media blasts, etc.
Out of all of this, what will emerge as the key themes? What are some essential things to do/attend? Read the @hpcnotes SC18 preview to find out!
Networking Receptions at SC18 Dallas A huge part of the SC conference (or any HPC conference) is meeting people - from old friends to new contacts. Here is a curated list of networking opportunities (receptions) crowd-sourced from this twitter thread https://twitter.com/hpcnotes/status/1059437643837161474 and other sources:
Travelling to Frankfurt for ISC? Need to feed your HPC thirst while on planes, trains, or in hotel rooms? Here is my pick of things to download and read so that you are fully informed when you start ISC:
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Much fuss will be made over the ORNL's new Summit supercomputer at the ISC18 event next week - in particular the fact that it means the USA replaces China as the home of world's fastest supercomputer according to www.top500.org. This brings the usual question as to whether it really matters which country has the biggest supercomputer.
Having a supercomputer 20%, or even 2x, faster than a competitor isn’t critical on its own, because it is possible to make up 20% or 2x actual competitive capability through better software, better people, or better service delivery practices.
However, a 10x faster supercomputer would be an issue, because that would typically reflect a political commitment to High Performance Computing (HPC) involving hardware and software and people - and so could mean potential capability dominance.
Of course - if you had the 2x slower supercomputer without investing in people/software/practices to make up the difference, then that would be a meaningful competitive gap and would matter.