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SC10 in Retrospect

Supercomputing 2010, the premier international conference and exhibition on high-performance computing and networking, took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from 13 - 19 November 2010. Conference attendance at this year's event was about 10% higher than the previous year's record. JSC participated in the conference and exhibition for the twelfth time in succession.

The new TOP500 list issued during SC10 ranked Jülich's petaflop supercomputer JUGENE second in Europe and ninth worldwide. Jülich's general purpose supercomputer JUROPA is ranked fifth in Europe and 23rd worldwide.

Several JSC staff members contributed actively to the conference's programme, to tutorials and to various special interest meetings. In particular, Markus Geimer presented a tutorial on "Parallel Application Performance Engineering", Bernd Mohr acted as chair of the committee on "Technical Papers: Performance", and David Boehme presented a poster on "Critical Path Analysis for Large-Scale MPI Programs".

JSC highlighted its role as one of the leading European high-performance computing centres at the exhibition, where a record 338 exhibitors, research institutions as well as hardware and software companies, were represented. At its booth, JSC presented its broad spectrum of activities in the form of displays, movies, animated presentations, live talks, and individual consultations.

Particular emphasis was placed on JSC's community-oriented approach to support for scientific computing, the Simulation Laboratories, whose capabilities were demonstrated in talks given at the JSC and the KIT booth. Furthermore, tools developed by JSC for the performance analysis of parallel programs and Grid activities were presented in demonstrations and talks. LLview, the interactive monitoring software for supercomputers, was presented in live demonstrations on the JSC systems JUGENE and JUROPA and drew an extraordinarily large response from the visitors.

Together with CSC (Finland), JSC staff members also organized the PRACE booth and a special interest meeting.

Further information is available at: http://www.fz-juelich.de/jsc/news/sc10/.
(Contact: Dr. Walter Nadler, ext. 2324).


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