Reinventing HPC

Keynote on Emerging Concepts in Supercomputing at ISC 2024

Hamburg, Germany, December 12, 2023 – We are thrilled to announce that Rosa M. Badia from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and John Shalf from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will jointly deliver the ISC 2024 Wednesday Keynote. A valuable addition to the keynote talk is the interactive moderation by Professor Daniel A. Reed, a long-standing member of the HPC community.

The keynote presentation will have a distinctive format and introduce several groundbreaking concepts. One of these has to do with developing methodologies for complex applications that require the integration of high performance computing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. The keynote will also address performance portability, which involves establishing new programming models that will make it possible for applications to utilize different types of specialized accelerators and heterogeneous architectures more generally. The complete summary of the keynote will be released in January 2024.

Daniel Reed introduced the subject, “Reinventing HPC,” at the last ISC conference and urged the entire community to reconsider the current state of HPC. He called for a fundamental re-thinking of how to create HPC systems that deliver  usable computing performance and cost-effectiveness for scientific and technical computing. Attendees of ISC 2024 can expect senior-level HPC researchers Rosa Badia and John Shalf to present new directions for future HPC systems that could address those challenges.


Rosa M. Badia manages the Workflows and Distributed Computing research group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), and she is involved in several notable European projects - AI-Sprint, CALESTIS, ICOS, CEEC CoE, PerMedCoE, and DT-GEO. She is the PI of the EuroHPC eFlows4HPC project. Her current research interest is programming models for complex platforms (from multicore GPUs to Grid/Cloud).

She has published over 200 papers on her research topics at international conferences and journals. She received the Euro-Par Achievement Award 2019 for her contributions to parallel processing, the DonaTIC award, category Academia/Researcher in 2019, and the HPDC Achievement Award 2021 for her innovations in parallel task-based programming models, workflow applications and systems, and leadership in the HPC research community. In 2023, she was nominated as a member of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans.

John Shalf is the Department Head for Computer Science at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Behind the scenes, Shalf has lent his expertise to lay the groundwork for executing the US government’s exascale ambition since 2009. He also formerly served as the Deputy Director for Hardware Technology on the US Department of Energy (DOE)-led Exascale Computing Project (ECP) before he returned to his department head position at LBNL.

He has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in parallel computing software and HPC technology, including the widely cited report “The Landscape of Parallel Computing Research: A View from Berkeley” (with David Patterson and others). Before coming to Berkeley Laboratory, John worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitation Physics/Albert Einstein Institute (AEI), where he co-created the Cactus Computational Toolkit.

Daniel A. Reed is the Presidential Professor in Computational Science at the University of Utah, where he previously served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost). He has served in various senior academic and industry roles, including as Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing. Before joining Microsoft, he was the founding director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois.

He currently chairs the U.S. National Science Board (NSB), which oversees the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). He has served as a member of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the U.S. President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC).


Join ISC High Performance 2024 in #Reinventing HPC

ISC 2024 returns to the Congress Center Hamburg. Since its inception in 1986, it is acknowledged as the world’s oldest and Europe’s must-attend event for HPC, machine learning, and high performance data analytics professionals. The exhibition will showcase the latest developments in high-performance computing, covering all major advancements in system design, programming models, applications, machine learning, quantum computing, and emerging technologies.


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