Prometeus GmbH, the organizer of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), has announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Arndt Bode as the ISC Program Chair in 2015. This appointment underscores the management’s aspiration to promote diversity. It also brings to light the contribution of community members who play an instrumental role in advancing the field of high performance computing.
With the passing of the conference founder, Prof. Dr. Hans Meuer, who acted as the ISC General Chairup to last year, the ISC management team has decided to create the position of an ISC Program Chair, which will rotate annually.
Starting in 2015 with Prof. Bode, a new chair will be appointed each year. They will be actively involved in assisting the ISC program team and steering committee in designing the conference program. Their research interest and focus will be reflected in the scientific program, thus diversifying ISC’s future topics of interests.
A well-known and highly respected member of the European HPC community, Bode presently chairs the Board of Directors of the Leibniz Supercomputing Center of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Technical University of Munich from 1999 to 2008, where he developed concepts for seamless IT infrastructures for universities. His primary research centers on computer engineering. He is also the editor-in-chief of Informatik-Spektrum, the official magazine of the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik). In addition to that he has authored five books on various topics of high performance computing.
“Like many in the community, I’ve always admired the organizers for their networking strength and ability to bring users from all around the world making ISC such a significant conference for the last 28 years,” said Bode. “It is a great honor as a longtime friend of the conference to now be a part of ISC in 2015. I look forward to contributing my part in continuing the ISC legacy as a community event beyond 2014 and into 2015.”
Acting as conference general co-chairs, Martin Meuer and Thomas Meuer will continue their executive roles in managing the ISC conferences. Martin and Thomas have been in charge of the daily operations since 2004, playing a pivotal role in building the current ISC team and expanding Prometeus’ other conferences, particularly ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data.
“Hans would have been very pleased with the appointment of Prof. Bode, as he had a very high regard for Prof. Bode’s work and contributions to the German Informatics Society. It is our sincere wish to see our future program chairs, our internal program team and the steering committee working together to design future conference programs for the benefit of a larger community,” said ISC General Co-Chair and Managing Director, Thomas Meuer.
Senior Scientist Joins the ISC Team
Dr. Ing. Bernd Mohr, a senior scientist at the Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) responsible for user support and training, has joined the ISC team as an ISC Executive Consultant. Mohr will continue to divide his time between his existing tasks at JSC and ISC.
“I was extremely excited and flattered when Hans Meuer asked me to support him in organizing the ISC scientific program as a freelancer two years ago. It was a great experience helping the team shape the ISC’12 and ISC’13 conferences,” said Mohr. “Therefore I quickly said yes when I was offered a more permanent role in ensuring the quality of the technical program of all ISC future conferences.”
At Juelich, Mohr also serves as the deputy head for the division “Application Support.” He is an active member in the International Exascale Software Project (IESP) and Big Data Extreme Computing (BDEC) initiatives, and work package leader in the European (EESI2) and Juelich (EIC, ECL) exascale efforts. His team plays an active role in the EU exascale projects -- DEEP and Mont-Blanc, and also participates in the Human Brain Project.
Mohr and the existing ISC Executive Consultant, Dr. Horst Gietl were principally responsible for designing the 2014 conference program. Gietl has been involved with ISC since 2007.
Focusing on ISC’14
Regarding the upcoming ISC’14, Thomas Meuer commented: “I am pleased to share with the community that we will once again offer an exceptional conference program consisting of over 30 sessions to be chaired and presented by 300 speakers. We’ve lined up four great keynotes for each conference day and are also excited about addressing crucial topics such as future supercomputing directions as well as introducing hot topics like quantum computing and emerging trends for big data and HPC.”
“The accompanying exhibition is almost sold out and we look forward to hosting a large group of seasoned and new exhibitors on this year’s show floor,” continued Meuer. “Although we are just two weeks into the Early Bird registration, the registration numbers look very encouraging.”