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PRACE@SC17

12 November 2017 - 17 November 2017

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Start:
12 November 2017
End:
17 November 2017
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Website:
https://sc17.supercomputing.org/

PRACE – The European HPC Infrastructure at SC17

The PRACE booth team welcomed the SC visitors from 13 November to 16 November 2017.

Serge Bogaerts, PRACE Managing Director held a brief and warm welcome talk to open the PRACE booth during the SC17 Exhibition Opening Gala on Monday evening.

This year PRACE opened its presentation space for PRACE-relevant talks as well to several other topics, which were connected to PRACE members and/or to the PRACE Implementation Project including:

  1. Energy efficiency & power management
  2. Presentations dealing with the path to Exascale
  3. EXDCI project
  4. The NOMAD Laboratoryt

The wide range of presentation topics attracted SC visitors, and gave the PRACE team and guest speakers an awesome occasion to have inspired discussions with the participants.

Furthermore, PRACE was pleased to donate for the second time prizes to the SC17 Scavenger Hunt organised by the Students@SC programme. A good opportunity for the PRACE team to interact with undergraduate international students and to inform them about the training & education possibilities in PRACE when they dropped by the PRACE booth during the Scavenger Hunt.

Last but not least, to highlight the European HPC Ecosystem on the international floor PRACE and EXDCI shared the booth space for the second time at SC17.

Highlights from this year’s PRACE presence at SC17 include:

The PRACE team is looking forward to welcome you all at SC18 in Dallas, Texas.

PRACE Council Chair Anwar Osseyran awarded HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards 2017

Each year these distinguished awards recognise the most outstanding individuals, organisations, products and technologies in the industry.

PRACE is pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Anwar Osseyran, Chair of the PRACE Council, member of the Executive Board of SURF and CEO of SURFsara, is the recipient of the HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award in the category: “Outstanding Leadership in HPC”. The award was presented by Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire, to Anwar Osseyran on Tuesday 14 November 2017 at the PRACE booth at the 2017 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC17), in Denver, Colorado.

Anwar Osseyran, as Chair of the PRACE Council, gathered and engaged 25 European organisations, supported by their governments, to harmonise their different objectives, and finally to commit to the PRACE 2 programme, ratified in spring 2017. This outstanding achievement provides a fertile basis for the sustainability of PRACE as the European research infrastructure, fostering world leading science and industrial competitiveness in Europe through supercomputing.Anwar Osseyran has been the CEO of SURFsara, the Dutch national HPC Center for more than 15 years, and is part-time Professor of Business Analytics and Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam.

Anwar Osseyran receiving his award from Tom Tabor

I am delighted to congratulate Anwar Osseyran on this award as a recognition of his leadership in HPC. In my role as PRACE Council Secretary I have personally experienced how instrumental he has been in bringing the PRACE members together to reach this collective achievement of setting up the new phase of our organisation.

Serge Bogaerts, Managing Director PRACE

The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community. More information on these awards can be found at the HPCwire website.

PRACE receives HPCwire Editors’ Choice – Top HPC Enabled Scientific Achievement award

The distinguished HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award, in the category “Top HPC Enabled Scientific Achievement” was presented to GENCI, PRACE, and Compute Canada at the 2017 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC17), in Denver, Colorado. Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire personally handed over the award to representatives from PRACE – Serge Bogaerts (PRACE Managing Director); GENCI – Philippe Lavocat (CEO, GENCI) and Stéphane Requena (Directeur Technique & Innovation – GENCI), and Christophe Calvin (CEA); at the PRACE booth.

The HPC resources from GENCI, PRACE, and Compute Canada facilitated, the simulation of the Sun’s magnetic cycle by scientists from CEA, CNRS, the University Paris-Diderot, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the University of Montréal. The discovery of a scaling law for determining the magnetic cycle of a star is a pioneering research and the results will help to comprehend violent space weather phenomena. In addition the simulations of the magnetism of solar-type stars contribute to the preparations for space missions including ESA’s Cosmic Vision Solar Orbiter and PLATO, whose launches are planned for 2018 and 2024. The results we published in the July 14, 2017 issue of Science.

PRACE is delighted to have been able to contribute to this ground-breaking research by offering access to the European HPC Infrastructure, and to have enabled this outstanding achievement.

The PRACE SSC warmly welcomes this award in recognition of scientific excellence enabled by high-performance computing. This pioneering work, culminating in the discovery of a scaling law for the stellar magnetic period cycle will improve our understanding of space weather and its impact on terrestrial and satellite communications systems. In addition, it opens a new frontier in solar physics research for which access to Europe’s most advanced computing resources will play an important role.

Sinéad Ryan, Vice-Chair of PRACE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC)

The coveted annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community. More information on these awards can be found at the HPCwire website.

PRACE-relevant talks at the PRACE booth

The following talks were given at the PRACE booth during SC 2017.