Data Science Summit 2016: Call for Participation


Join us July 12-13, 2016 in SF for the 5th annual Data Science Summit. The Summit brings together 1400 developers and data scientists for talks and tutorials by the top minds in industry and research. Learn to leverage the best new advances in data science and applied machine learning, and discover how industry greats are building the next generation of data products and intelligent applications.


This non-profit event is organized jointly by Intel, Dato and O’Reilly. The conference agenda has been co-created with Dr. Ben Lorica, Chief Scientist of O’Reilly Media who serves as the content manager of the O’Reilly Strata Conferences.


Preliminary speakers, more coming soon…


  • Alex Smola – Carnegie Mellon University & Marianas Labs
  • Xavier Amatriain – Quora
  • Carlos Guestrin – Dato & University of Washington
  • Wes McKinney – Cloudera
  • Magdalena Balazinska – University of Washington
  • Anthony Goldbloom – CEO Kaggle
  • Mike Jordan – UC Berkeley
  • Kevin Novak – Uber
  • Chris Re – Stanford University


We invite all related companies and research labs to submit talks about novel case studies, algorithms and applications.  There are flexible sponsorship options for companies who want to get involved.


Expected audience: 1400 data scientists, developers, researchers, CTOs, VPs of Engineering and Product, VPs of data analytics, professors and students.


Date & Location: July 12-13, 2016 at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel


Registration is open – please use this 20% off discount code when registering: hpccouncil20.

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The Top 10 Things I Liked about ISC15

Hello all!  My long over-due post on the Top 10 Things I liked about ISC15. Work, life, and health got in the way after the conference. I am caught up and ready to remember the good times in Frankfurt by listing my Top 10.


1. Women in HPC Workshop on Thursday afternoon
Now it’s not just because I was on one of the panels. It was a really good workshop! The technical presentations were very interesting. The lively discussion on diversity in HPC not only opened my eyes, but it also has opened up a lot of questions. I look forward to the continued discussion!


2. Catching up
I didn’t know Terry worked for HP now (great to see you!). Or that Paul was changing jobs, or that Mark was now at Dot Hill. I guess LinkedIn updates are not keeping me up to date. Great to see you all!


3. New friends
I know I am at risk for missing someone, but I will still name a few names: Toni, Alison, Nages, Anna, Patricia, Wendy, Brian. We had talked via email, but hadn’t gotten to know each other face-to-face. We had some great conversations and laughs at the Executive Lounge in the Marriott!


4. Technologies
I didn’t have much time to see booths other than my customer’s booths, so my opinion here may be a little skewed. But did you see the Smart City demo in Numascale’s booth? Great use of Big Data and compute power. NICE Software always shows great demos of modeling and simulation in the cloud – yes you can collaborate remotely in real-time!


5. Attendees
Congratulations ISC on breaking a record on the number of attendees!


6. Presentations
I was actively tweeting from Analyst Crossfire and Vendor Showdown. Lots of great sound bites. One of my favorites from Barry Bolding – “Everyone needs a Cray”. (Maybe you had to be there…)


7. Parties
I was a party-pooper this year opting for visiting with old and new friends. But there is one that I didn’t miss – its great at every ISC and SC – Beers-on-Bright.


8. My Roomie
As many of you know Lara and I are great friends, colleagues, partners, and marketers for this industry. After a long day of meetings, networking, and working, we still have the energy to chat and catch up. It’s a great way to end the day!


9. Germany – Did not Disappoint!
The food, old town, the weather, walking around. It was very nice.


10. On beyond Germany.
I visited Paris, Milan, and London before coming home. Great times, lots of pictures, and great food and wine!


As always, I want to hear your favorites. Feel free to add a comment on this post, on my website, or Twitter.

See you all in Austin!


Student Cluster Competition ISC’15 – the Results

It was a great competition. Universities from all around the world competing on building the best HPC system under the power limitation of 3000 Watts.

The results:

Fan Favorite award went to Purdue University & Universidad EAFIT

The highest Linpack score, and actually setting a new record of 10.7 Teraflop – Jamia Millia Islamia University


Overall competition 3rd place  – University of Science and Technology of China


Overall competition 2nd place – the defending champions of 2014, Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC)


And the Grand Champion – Tsinghua University


I want to congratulate all teams – by getting to ISC’15 after months of hard work and preparations, they already won. Now it is the time to start working on the 2016 competition. We plan to put out the call for participation by Aug.


2015 HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition

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The 4th annual HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition (SCC) is a joint event hosted by the HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC) and the organizers of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC). It is an excellent opportunity to showcase students’ HPC expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The SCC event will be held during the ISC’15 Conference and Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany from July 13 to 15, 2015.

The competition will feature small teams that compete to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of-the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software. In a real-time challenge, it will feature 11 teams of six undergraduate students from around the world to showcase the small clusters of their own design on the ISC’15 exhibit floor. In this three-day event, the university teams will race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a range of HPC benchmarks and applications. The participating teams for this year’s competition at ISC’15 are:

  1. Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), South Africa
  2. Purdue University and Universidad EAFIT, United States and Colombia
  3. Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
  4. University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China
  5. University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil
  6. University of Hamburg, Germany
  7. Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI), India
  8. University of Tartu, Estonia
  9. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
  10. Tsinghua University, China
  11. National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China


The students will have a unique opportunity to learn, experience and demonstrate how HPC can influence our world and day-to-day learning. This experience will help them enhance their knowledge and will become useful for their professional careers. The selected applications for the competition come from different areas of sciences that use HPC:


  • LAMMPS is a classical molecular dynamics code, and an acronym for Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator. LAMMPS has potentials for solid-state materials (metals, semiconductors) and soft matter (biomolecules, polymers) and coarse-grained or meso-scopic systems. It can be used to model atoms or, more generically, as a parallel particle simulator at the atomic, meso, or continuum scale. LAMMPS runs on single processors or in parallel using message-passing techniques and a spatial-decomposition of the simulation domain. LAMMPS is distributed as an open source code under the terms of the GPL.


  • PyFR is an open-source Python based framework for solving advection-diffusion type problems on streaming architectures using the Flux Reconstruction approach of Huynh. The framework is designed to solve a range of governing systems on mixed unstructured grids containing various element types. It is also designed to target a range of hardware platforms via use of an in-built domain specific language derived from the Mako templating engine.


  • Octopus is a scientific program aimed at the ab initio virtual experimentation on a hopefully ever-increasing range of system types. Electrons are described quantum-mechanically within density-functional theory (DFT), in its time-dependent form (TDDFT) when doing simulations in time. Nuclei are described classically as point particles. Electron-nucleus interaction is described within the pseudo potential approximation.


There will be secret applications announced on each day of the competition. The intent is to present challenging problems for the teams, thus good teamwork within members of each team is required to analyze and solve the unfamiliar workload.




The teams will have a constraint of power limited to 3 kW on their cluster configuration. The power draw from their compute cluster will have to stay under the 3 KW power limit. Aside from that, it is up for the team to use any of the hardware they can get from their equipment sponsors on the hardware side, as well as any compilers, software and operating systems level tuning they may deploy on the software stack to achieve the best application performance.


It all concludes with a ceremony on the main conference keynote stage to award and recognize all student participants in front of thousands of HPC luminaries. In the end, there will be five awards given:

  • Highest LINPACK, for the highest score received for the LINPACK benchmark under the power budget.
  • Fan Favorite, to be given to the team which receives the most unique votes from ISC participants during the Student Cluster Competition.
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Overall Winners, for the 3 overall winner awards given to the teams that are determined by the scoring of all the chosen HPC applications, benchmarks, as well as judging by the panel of HPC experts during the interview sessions.


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Final Conference of 2014 – HPCAC South Africa Conference

Held in the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa, the last HPC Advisory Council conference for 2014. Many thanks to Brian Sparks for managing the event, as well as to Prof. Dhabaleswar K. Panda (Ohio State University), Hussein Harake (Swiss Supercomputing Centre), Dr. Robert Sinkovits (San Diego Supercomputing Center) and Addison Snell (Intersect360) for their presentations. 2015, here we go…



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ISC Big Data 2014: From Data to Knowledge

The ISC Big Data Conference will be held this fall in Heidelberg, Germany, October 1-2, 2014.  This second annual big data conference will present attendees with the latest developments in data-centric computing from both industry players and researchers. The conference will explore all aspects of that data-to-knowledge path.

The conference will kick off on Wednesday, October 1, with a keynote entitled “The Internet of Things,” presented by Dirk Slama of Bosch Software Innovations. The second conference keynoter, Stefan Wrobel of the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis will talk about “Big Data – Successes and Challenges beyond the Hype.”

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The HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference 2014

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The HPC Advisory Council along with the University of Cantabria will host the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference 2014 at the Aula Magna de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain on September 24, 2014.

This year’s workshop will focus on High-Performance Computing essentials, new developments, emerging technologies, best practices and hands-on training. Some of the sessions to be presented:

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The third HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition will Start Tomorrow at ISC’14

The third HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition, featured at ISC’14, is an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition will start tomorrow, and will feature small teams that compete to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of- the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software. In a real-time challenge, eleven teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.

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The HPCAC Conference in Brazil

We had the first HPC Advisory Council conference in Brazil. Held together with the Sao Paulo University. We hosted around 70 HPC professionals and 50 students from the University.

The conference was sponsored by Inspur, NVIDIA, SGI, Supermicro and Newwald. InsideHPC covered the event and videos can be found on The presentations from the conference can be found on

For me it was my first visit in Brazil. Probably would be better to do it one month after (the world cup….) but still, was happy to be there. Great people, great food and increase usage of HPC for many applications.

I want to thank Alexandre Ramos from the University of Sao Paulo that helped us with organizing the conference.


Gilad Shainer

Graph Lab Conference 2014

GraphLab Conference 2014

The GraphLab Conference is a non-profit event organized by the open source branch of GraphLab, to promote graph/big data analytics technologies in industry. This year it will be the largest trade-show of graph based systems and large scale machine learning.   The event will take place on Monday July 21, 2014 in San Francisco.

In 2013, we had 85% industry and 15% research labs and universities (around 570 data scientists, CTO, architects etc.). Last year’s videos are here. More than 900 data scientists, software engineers and big data analytics thinkers are expected to be in attendance.

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To date, we have received confirmations from the following companies Trifacta, Google, Microsoft, Datapad, Databricks (Spark), Pandora, Cloudera, Pivotal, Lab41, CMU and Adobe  for oral presentations.

Other organizations will provide demos, including:  GraphLab, Quantifind, bigML, Skytree, YarcData, Neo Technology, Franz, Atigeo, Georgia Tech, Alpine Data Labs, Cambridge Intelligence,,, RapidMiner, Sqrrl, Grappa, Objectivity, Ayasdi, Aurelius, Sense, Petuum, Tom Sawyer Software, Oracle, iPython, Continuum Analytics,  Systap, EPPICS, Sparsity Technologies, Domino Data Labs, Graphistry, Zipfian Academy, Telefonica, 0xdata, Cenzari (MusicGraph), Pacific Northwest National Lab, Zementis, Linkurious, ectML, CrossWise, Royal Caliber, Simularity, Ravel Law, Cytospace, Sumo Logic, Lumiata.  View the full list of exhibitors here.

The event will be held July 21, 2014 at the Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.   Registration is open now. Get your conference tickets today!