Reinventing HPC

ISC 2022 Offered the HPC Community a Homecoming

Hamburg, Germany, June 14, 2022 – After three years of the high performance computing community not having had the possibility to meet in person, 3,007 attendees and 137 exhibitors were delighted that ISC 2022 provided them the opportunity to come together as a community, catch up on technology development and trends, shop for products, and build new relationships and maintain existing ones.

The exhibition floor bustled with a good crowd from Monday, May 30 to Wednesday, June 1, for face-to-face product demonstrations and discussions, especially during the networking hours. Here is a collection of images in our Flickr stream, which give a good impression of all that happened on the showfloor and in various sessions.

Despite the post-pandemic hardships such as travel restrictions and budget cuts, we saw attendance from 59 countries This included 2,809 attendees who participated in person, as well as close to 200 people who joined remotely.

To put these figures into perspective, we compared ISC 2022 with the previous in-person ISC, specifically ISC 2019. In 2019, 3,573 attendees and 164 exhibitors from 64 countries participated in the conference and exhibition. Based on this comparison, we conclude that ISC 2022 enjoyed an excellent turn out. It is the eagerness of the community and the exhibitors to meet in person that made ISC 2022 a memorable and much talked about HPC forum.

The recently conducted attendee survey shows that over 90 percent of the attendees were satisfied with the overall event – with 22 percent rating it excellent, 39.5 percent very good and 29 percent good. Over 83 percent of the onsite attendees were very glad to catch up in person. The full summary report will be published on the website in a few weeks.

ISC Monday – Wednesday Keynotes

The opening Monday keynote on digital twin technology was delivered by Rev Lebardien, Vice President for Omniverse and Simulation Technology at NVIDIA. He was joined by Michele Melchiorre, Senior Vice President for Product System, Technical Planning, and Tool Shop at BMW Group. Not only did they captivate the audience with wonderful visual images that demonstrated how well objects can be simulated in the virtual world, but they also reminded the audience how supercomputing is transforming every field of discovery, and how emerging technologies are, in return, transforming supercomputing. This keynote set an inspiring tone for the rest of the conference.

The momentum continued into Tuesday with the keynote by Lorena Barba, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The George Washington University, who emphasized the importance of open research. She illustrated how the sharing of research data across the world, without barriers, allowed scientists to quickly understand the Covid-19 virus transmission from person to person, and based on that data, enabled drug companies to quickly develop effective vaccines.

In the closing perennial keynote, Prof. Thomas Sterling who, in tongue-in-cheek fashion, habitually challenges the HPC community to the exascale race, started his slide deck this year by congratulating the Oakridge National Laboratory for giving the world its first exascale system – Frontier. Sterling also prompted the audience that we can all finally speak of “real exaflops.”

Besides the keynotes, the value proposition HPC offers other domains, such as machine learning and quantum computing, were enthusiastically featured in many sessions, including the birds-of-a-feather and panels.

Celebrating Winners at ISC 2022

We congratulate the following individuals for their achievements and victories:

  • Jack Dongarra – for the 2021 ACM Turing Award. The recognition was celebrated in a special session.
  • Johannes Doerfert and Atmn Patel for winning the Hans Meuer Award with their research paper, titled: Remote OpenMP Offloading.
  • Nawras Alnaasan, Arpan Jain, Aamir Shafi, Hari Subramoni and Dhabaleswar K. Panda for winning the 1st Place in the Research Poster Award, with the poster on OMB-Py: Python Micro-Benchmarks for Evaluating Performance of MPI Libraries and Machine Learning Applications on HPC Systems.
  • Daichi Mukunoki, Toshiyuki Imamura, Katsuhisa Ozaki and Takeshi Ogita for their 2nd Place with their poster: A Fast Infinite Precision Inner Product using Ozaki Scheme and Dot2, and Its Application to Reproducible Conjugate Gradient Solvers.
  • Piotr Dziekan and Piotr Żmijewski, 3rd Place poster winners with UWLCM - Eulerian-Lagrangian cloud model for heterogeneous computing cluster.

ISC 2022 Covid-19 Response

Much gratitude to attendees who informed us directly about testing positive in Hamburg. We are glad to have been able to help them with accommodation during the quarantine. We also thank those who brought their health concerns at ISC 2022 to our attention via email and the ISC contact forms. We assure you that we will review and evaluate your feedback in developing safety protocols for ISC 2023.

ISC 2023 – Imagine Tomorrow

We are pleased to announce John Shalf, the NERSC CTO at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as the ISC 2023 Program Chair, and Michaela Taufer, the Jack Dongarra Professor in High Performance Computing at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as the 2023 deputy chair.

The next ISC will be held from May 21 – 25, once again in the beautiful city of Hamburg, under the slogan “Imagine Tomorrow.”


About ISC High Performance 2022

ISC 2022 was held at the CCH Hamburg from May 29 to June 2. It was mainly an on-site event, but most of the sessions were streamed from the conference facility. It showcased the latest advancements in HPC, encompassing all the key developments happening in system design, applications, programming models, machine learning, and emerging technologies.

First held in 1986, ISC High Performance distinguishes itself as the world’s oldest and Europe’s most significant forum for the HPC, machine learning and high performance data analytics communities.


Nages Sieslack
Marketing Communications Manager

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