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The NCHC@ISC09 Comes To a Successful Conclusion

2009/07/15

The NCHC has just concluded its successful participation at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC09) and exhibition. ISC09, billed as the supercomputing conference with a "European flavor," focused on HPC from the European point-of-view and was held June 23rd~June 26th in Hamburg, Germany.

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ISC09 was held at the Hamburg Congress Center (CCH), Hamburg, Germany.

 

ISC09 proved itself as a world-class exhibition. Not only large industry powerhouses such as Intel, Microsoft, IBM and HP exhibited, but also smaller companies providing hardware, software, storage and networking solutions. Also research labs demonstrated their scientific applications utilizing supercomputing at ISC09. Furthermore, this year, ISC also welcomed several first-time exhibitors from all over the world, such as King Abdullah University of Science and Technology from Saudi Arabia, CHPC from South Africa, NCHC from Taiwan, etc.

ISC09 had 1,670 registered attendees, a growth of 21.4% over ISC08, which made it the most successful ISC in the 24-year history of the conference! Participants from 45 countries around the globe attended this year's conference from including India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Australia, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Also attending ISC09 were 119 exhibitors total, a record number, 31 of which were from academia alone. This represents a growth in research-based participants a full 40% over last year's event!

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Experts and scholars discuss the latest HPC developments during the event.

 

Among the highlights of ISC09 was the keynote presentation by Andy, von Bechtolsheim, the legendary co-founder of Sun Microsystems. In addition to the keynote presentations, the iHot Seat Sessionsi were captured on video and streamed live over the web, another first for ISC. 

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South Africa's CHPC also participated in ISC09 for the first time this year.  The NCHC and CHPC collaborate together on various projects.  

 

The 33rd Top500 list was also published during ISC09. IBM retained the first place worldwide with its hybrid system known as iRoadrunneri in the U.S. and the No. 1 in Europe with the JUGENE system at FZ Juelich, Germany. Shang- hai Supercomputing Center turned out to be No. 1 in Asia with their MagicCube developed by Dawning. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, ranked at No. 14, is No. 1 in Middle East with an IBM BlueGene/P system.

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The NCHC booth's tag line, "The Only Full Service HPC service Provider in Taiwan," along with the colorful booth, made quite an impression.

 

The NCHC is intently focused on extending the reach and breadth of its international collaborations. This year was the first year that the NCHC hosted a booth at ISC09 conference and exhibition. At ISC09, the NCHC highlighted its 2008~2009 major research achievements, established new partnerships, and renewed old friendships. We at the NCHC would like to thank all our friends who visited our booth at ISC09 and we hope to see you again next year!

Sincerely,

Your friends at the NCHC

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