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2014/11/26
SC14, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis and the largest and most important annual event in the field of HPC, was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from November 17 th to 22 nd , 2014. The SC conference provides scholars and experts from around the world with a platform for technological discussion, training, and displaying their latest R&D results, as well as HPC-related products. 2014 was the 16th consecutive year that the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) has participated in the SC event. This year, 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 members of the NCHC team also visited other research institutes with the intent of exploring opportunities for new international cooperation. About SC14 SC14 was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. A total of 361 academic research institutes and supercomputing software/hardware manufacturers from around the world participated in the event which attracted over 10,000 scholars and experts in total. This year’s theme, “HPC Matters,” emphasized how HPC can be utilized as a powerful tool for resolving issues in scientific research, finance and investment, drug design, and climate forecasting. The SC Conference is a platform for realizing and sharing scientific discoveries that will change the way we live. The first talk of SC14 was given by Professor Brian Greene of Columbia University on the topic, “The Quest for Nature’s Deepest Laws.” Professor Greene, a renowned theoretical physicist and superstring theory researcher based in the US, is also the author of a bestselling book on physics. The Washington Post called him the “single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.” Many other renowned speakers presented at SC14 as well, showcasing paper presentations, seminars, poster competitions, Birds of a Feather (BoF), and over 30 sessions on advanced HPC training, thus, providing an excellent opportunity for participants from around the world to observe, learn, exchange, and cooperate. Displaying the NCHC's latest R&D results under the theme – Big Data The NCHC primarily displayed its big data applications at the SC Conference this year, some of which included the disaster management information platform, the Taiwan real-time flight navigation system, the earth science observation knowledgebase, as well as massive deployment technology that can be applied to a variety of mainframes, clusters, cloud environments, and big data platforms. Researchers from the NCHC provided on-site demonstrations, explained research content and key technologies, and engaged in discussions with experts from different sectors. They also introduced software defined networking (SDN), simPlatform, and visualization technology for network flow, which attracted numerous international researchers and institutes to engage in in-depth technology exchange and discussion. One particular item displayed at the conference was the NCHC’s disaster management R&D results. The NCHC’s disaster management project is an analysis platform that integrates satellite images from Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSO) with 3D visualization technology developed in-house by the NCHC. The platform is used for national land security management and comparing geographic information before and after natural disasters. Visualized global climate simulations created by the NCHC, in cooperation with domestic meteorologists, were demonstrated at SC14 as well. These displays attracted many visitors who enthusiastically interacted with the NCHC researchers. Another item demonstrated by the NCHC at SC14 was the massive system deployment technology developed by the NCHC’s free software development team for cloud computing environments and big data analysis platforms. This technology was displayed on the NCHC’s self-developed free software Clonezilla Live, and also generated many questions. Furthermore, the NCHC displayed its latest results in multi-domain automated flow detection technology, developed in cooperation with Northwestern University's International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR), the Netherland's SURFnet, and Canada's Communications Research Centre (CRC). After a week of enthusiastic exchange between researchers from all over the world, SC14 drew to a successful end, and the NCHC began discussions with numerous international academic research institutes regarding further international cooperation. These intuitions included the USA’s NASA, Northwestern University’s iCAIR, Germany’s High Performance Computing Center at Stuttgart (HLRS), and Malaysia's national R&D centre in ICT-MIMOS. The NCHC hopes to present even more brilliant R&D results at SC15 to be held next year in Austin, Texas, USA! ■An NCHC researcher demonstrating the NCHC’s disaster prevention platform ■NCHC researchers explaining the NCHC’s massive system deployment     ■Members from other international research institutes visit the NCHC booth during SC14.  
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