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Looking Back on SC11

Supercomputing 2011, the premier international conference and exhibition on high-performance computing and networking, took place in Seattle, Washington, USA, from 12 to 18 November 2011. Conference attendance at this year’s event set a new record with about 11,500 attendees, 15% above last year’s number. JSC participated in the conference and exhibition for the thirteenth time in succession.

JSC highlighted its role as one of the leading European highperformance computing centres at the exhibition, where a record 351 exhibitors, research institutions as well as hardware and software companies, were represented. At its booth, JSC presented its broad spectrum of activities together with scientific results obtained on its supercomputers in the form of displays, movies, animated presentations, and individual consultations. Particular emphasis was placed this year on tools developed by JSC for the performance analysis of parallel programs, monitoring supercomputers, and Grid activities under the motto "It’s More Than Hardware". LLview, the interactive monitoring software for supercomputers, was presented in live demonstrations on the JSC systems JUGENE, JUROPA, and HPC-FF and on various systems of the US university HPC environment XSEDE. It drew an extraordinarily large response from visitors. Incidentally, LLview was also showcased at the IBM booth as part of the Eclipse PTP environment. In addition, JSC presentations were given at the Intel, European Middleware Inititative (EMI), and XSEDE booths, and JSC staff were also present at the PRACE booth.

JSC staff members contributed actively to the conference’s programme, to tutorials and to various special interest meetings. Bernd Mohr, the only European member on the SC Steering Committee, acted as chair for the Poster Session and presented the Best Poster Award. Furthermore, Prof. Achim Bachem, chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich and chairman of the PRACE AISBL council, gave a keynote speech.

More detailed information and pictures are available at: http://www.fz-juelich.de/ias/jsc/events/sc11.
(Contact: Dr. Walter Nadler, ext. 2324)


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