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The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) is one of the most influential conferences in the field of high-performance computing (HPC). The first ISC was held in Europe in June, 1986. The primary topics of discussion at ISC are on HPC-related hardware, software, and applications. ISC plays a key role in leading HPC R&D trends and is considered to be as important as the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC), held each year in the USA.  ISC2015 was held July 12 th ~16 th , 2015, in Frankfurt, Germany. A total of 170 organizations representing academic, research, and industrial fields worldwide exhibited their latest R&D results, services, and products at the conference. This year is the fifth year that Taiwan’s National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC), under Taiwan’s National Applied Research Laboratories (Narlabs), has participated in the ISC exhibition. The NCHC’s Director-General Ce-Kuen Shieh led the NCHC team in displaying its latest R&D results, surveying the latest developments in HPC, and engaging in technological exchange. The NCHC team members also visited other research institutes with the intent of exploring new opportunities for international cooperation. The NCHC’s newly developed HPC platform, simPlatform, is designed for researchers who need access to supercomputers to conduct their research. simPlatform’s friendly, intuitive web interface allows researchers to easily access HPC services offered by the NCHC without having to learn Linux-specific commands. This is done primarily in an effort to assist the upcoming younger generation of researchers in using HPC resources to help them conduct new and innovative research. Currently, the NCHC is cooperating with National Taiwan University (NTU) to develop a high-energy physics experimental grid research project along with Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN). The NCHC is one of the tier 2 grid computing resources providers for the project. The NCHC is also actively seeking certification so that it can join the global high-energy physics computing platform established by international laboratories. By demonstrating its simPlatform at ISC2015, the NCHC hopes to attract more attention and acquire additional international cooperation. More than 100 visitors came to the NCHC booth during the exhibition. Visitors included representatives from the NCHC’s international cooperation partners and other research institutes such as Germany’s High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), the UK’s Hartree Centre (under the Science and Technology Facilities Council), the HPC advisory council, South Africa’s Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), and Singapore’s National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) that will open its doors in October, 2015.      ■ Visitors from the Hartree Centre, the HPC advisory council, CHPC, and Singapore’s NSCC The NCHC’s simPlatform was also a focus of discussion at ISC2015. Researcher from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre’s UNICORE project, which developed a similar free software-based platform, praised simPlatform for its integrative development-based web pages. Fujitsu’s mobilizing HPC development team also came to discuss simPlatform’s technical aspects with NCHC researchers. Several international hardware and software companies expressed keen interest in the platform as well.      ■ Researchers from Jülich Supercomputing Centre’s UNICORE project, Fujitsu’s mobilizing HPC development team, ActiveEon, as well as the CEO and the product manager of Teraproc, visited the NCHC’s booth to learn more about simPlatform.  After three days of enthusiastic exchange between NCHC researchers and other researchers from all over the world, ISC2015 drew to a successful end. The NCHC used this valuable opportunity to promote its research results and effectively deliver Taiwan’s technical R&D expertise and capabilities abroad!
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