ISC 2018 STEM Student Day & Gala

ISC High Performance is a forum for high performance computing (HPC) community members to network and explore opportunities - for both current experts and future generations.

We have created a program to welcome science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students into the world of HPC, demonstrate how technical skills in this area can propel your future career, introduce you to the current job landscape, and show you what the HPC workforce will look like in 2020 and beyond.

The ISC STEM Student Day & Gala is a full-day program and will take place on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Admission is free for undergraduate and graduate students, both regional and international.


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Attendees will receive a systematic introduction to HPC technology and its application, starting with a 2 ½-hour tutorial on HPC, machine learning and data analytics, followed by a tour of the conference exhibition in the afternoon, and then a job fair and dinner reception in the evening.


In the tutorial, you will be introduced to major applications in the various fields of science and business, as well as an overview of systems and hardware needed to run those different applications. You will also learn about the major programming languages used in this field before we move on to an introduction of machine learning and data analytics.

The tutorial course will be provided by experts in the field of HPC and machine learning: Dr. Bernd Mohr and Dr. Morris Riedel of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre.


Venue: Messe Frankfurt

09:30 am – 11:00 am


Tutorial on HPC Applications, Systems & Programming Languages

(Presenter: Dr.-Ing. Bernd Mohr, Senior Scientist, Jülich Supercomputing Centre)


11:00 am – 11:30 am


Coffee break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Tutorial on Machine Learning & Data Analytics

(Presenter: Dr.-Ing. Morris Riedel, Head of Research Group High Productivity Data Processing, Jülich Supercomputing Centre & Adjunct Associate Professor in high productivity processing of big data, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland)

12:30 pm – 01:45 pm




03:00 pm – 05:00 pm


Guided Tour of the Exhibition


05:15 pm – 05:30 pm  


Watch the Student Cluster Competition Awarding



05:30 pm – 06:15 pm


Attend Keynote on HPC Achievements & Impacts in 2018 by Dr. Thomas Sterling



Venue: Marriott Hotel, Frankfurt, Platinum 1 Ballroom

07:00 pm – 07:05 pm

Welcome by ISC 2018 Diversity Chair Kim McMahon

McMahon Consulting

07:05 pm – 07:20 pm Introduction by Addison Snell

Industry Analyst, Intersect360 Research

07:20 pm - 09:30 pm Dinner, Networking & Career Fair



Organizations are finding it harder to recruit among others, scientists and engineers with high performance computing (HPC) skills, as well as parallel programmers, algorithm developers and system administrators with HPC experience. From being a $2 billion market in 1990, high performance computing is headed toward $33 billion by 2022, which means more job are going to be created and graduates will need to be employed.


In January 2018, the European Commission announced that it is going to spend EUR 1 billion on providing European researchers and companies world-class supercomputers by 2020 so they can develop new technologies for the 21st century. Presently, many well-paying HPC-related jobs in Europe are not being filled due to a shortage of HPC skills among science and engineering graduates, and as Europe moves to become a digital economy beyond 2020, HPC skills shortage is expected to grow worse.


The shortage of HPC skills among science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) graduates is a worrying phenomenon. Science and engineering degree programs around the world are still slow in equipping students with HPC competency. In the meantime, HPC has also become the technological foundation of machine learning, AI and the Internet of Things.


As a HPC conference organizer, we think that we can play a pivotal role in educating young people on the importance of adopting HPC skills by introducing them to the key organizations in this space, as well as to HPC experts.


Last year, the ISC STEM Student Day and Gala attracted over 100 students, of which 50 were regional students who gained their first introduction to the field of HPC. In 2018, we aspire to attract over 200 STEM students.


If you choose a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, you will likely rely on HPC to support your work. HPC is essential in addressing a wide range of challenges, including earth and climate science, clean energy, healthcare, food security, sustainable agriculture, marine research, biological research, cybersecurity and defense, urban planning, cosmology, and astrophysics, to name just a few.


Besides being a critical technology for these domains, HPC has also become the foundation for machine learning, AI and the Internet of Things. Regrettably, many STEM degree programs are not including HPC courses in their curriculum, thus failing to acquaint you with this subject matter while you are enrolled as a student.


Currently thousands of well-paying HPC-related jobs in Europe and North America are not being filled due to a shortage of HPC skills among science and engineering graduates, and this is going to grow worse beyond 2020.

Did you know that as a data scientist, computational chemist, computational biologist or senior software engineer, you can start out earning between EUR 64K to EUR 120K, depending on your qualifications and skills?


We offer you a free introduction to HPC and its role in STEM careers, which can provide a unique advantage over someone in a similar degree program. While we do that, we would also like to introduce you to organizations that offer training in HPC, as well as those interested in hiring fresh graduates.


The ISC STEM Student Day & Gala sign up is now officially closed as we have reached 200 participants. However if you are interested in being added to the waiting list, please contact


By sponsoring the ISC STEM Student Day & Gala, you are helping build an HPC-proficient workforce as well as establish your future user base. This is not a regular STEM event; our focus is on high performance computing and machine learning. We are committed to introducing these fields to 200 regional and international students and call upon interested organizations to join forces with us*.

You may find that you will be hiring these same students in the future. Why not acquaint yourself with them now before they graduate? In return, we ensure you a good visibility as a STEM supporter at the event. We will promote your presence through various ways – in printed literature, online marketing, during the event, and most importantly you will receive an opportunity to participate in the job fair.

The ISC STEM Student Day & Gala is attractive to organizations that offer HPC training, education opportunities, as well as employment opportunities.

*This is a non-profit program, meaning, all sponsorship monies will be spent on expanding the program to reach more STEM graduates.

More information about becoming a sponsor can be found here.

If you are interested in becoming an ISC STEM sponsor, please contact us at


In 2017, ISC High Performance offered over 100 STEM students the opportunity to participate for free in the conference and exhibition on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 21. They were hosted later in the evening in a gala event and job fair.

All of this was possible thanks to the support and participation of our STEM Student Day & Gala sponsors: Supermicro, Intersect360 Research, the Partnership for Advanced Computing Infrastructure in Europe (PRACE), the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), Micron Technology, the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS), and GNS Systems.

This inaugural event was commended by many industry leaders, the sponsors and the attendees.

“The ISC STEM Student Day (gala evening and booth visits) allowed PRACE to come into direct contact with students who showed a keen interest in HPC and inform them of all our student-related activities. It provided an opportunity to explain to them how participating in our training events can benefit their studies. By sponsoring events such as the ISC STEM Student Day, we hope to attract more applications to the PRACE Summer of HPC program, the International HPC Summer School, and other PRACE Training courses.”

Marjolein Oorsprong, Communications Officer, PRACE

"Experienced members of our executive and management staff were not only given the chance to share their knowledge from within the industry, but also gain valuable insights from academic leaders and have constructive one-on-one conversations with students at the ISC 2017 STEM Day & Gala. This event is a great opportunity for tech organizations, such as ourselves, to meet the brightest stars in STEM."

Cheyene van Noordwyk, Marketing Manager, Super Micro Computer

"Participating in the STEM Student Day was very useful for AICS as we could publicize our organization to young students who weren’t familiar with RIKEN. Some of the students revisited our booth after the introduction in the STEM exhibition tour. We also received e-mail inquiries from students regarding our internship program.”

Hisako Sasaki, Deputy Manager, Computational Science Planning Office, RIKEN AICS