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2016 Intel HPC Developer Conference Addresses In-Demand Topics

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Presentations and hands-on learning sessions offer developers new supercomputing insights

Supercomputing developers and experts from around the globe will converge on Salt Lake City, Utah for the 2016 Intel® HPC Developer Conference on November 12-13 – just prior to SC ‘16. Conference attendance is free, however, those interested in attending should register quickly as Intel is expecting a big response, reflecting the broadening demand for HPC learning opportunities among technical developers. You won’t want to miss the incredible presenter lineup this year.

In preparation for this year’s conference agenda, Intel solicited feedback from developers who attended past conferences. With their input, the conference content in 2016 offers many practical learning opportunities designed to help developers tackle their greatest supercomputing challenges. Customized hands-on lab sessions will give developers a chance to roll up their sleeves side-by-side with onsite experts, experiment with best practices for reducing HPC bottlenecks, and much more. Beyond those sessions specifically focused on performance, Python* developers will get a deep dive into solution-oriented approaches and the Caffe* framework, alongside other topics like compilation, profiling, and tuning for the greatest results.

Other increasingly-important trends in HPC define key topics which will be discussed in detail at the event. This year, various aspects of visualization, including ray tracing and vectorization, will take center stage. Additionally, technical sessions detailing open source initiatives like Software Defined Visualization (SDVis), alongside OSPRey* and Embree, represent additional learning opportunities.


The field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents another growing topic among developers. As AI evolves in parallel with advances in supercomputing technology, topics like machine learning, deep learning, and deep neural networks move to the forefront of many developers’ attention. Experienced AI developers, as well as those new to the field, will learn more about optimizing HPC systems for speech recognition, natural language processing applications, and image classification. This year’s breadth of conference presenters and facilitators will address all these in-demand topics, offering ideas and insights for overcoming barriers in development, while improving system reliability and scalability.

Of course, cutting-edge HPC systems rely on the latest, and most innovative, hardware building blocks. To help developers get the most from new Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors, Intel® Omni-Path architecture and more, Intel will offer several technical sessions delving deeper into the topics. In addition to Intel’s own onsite experts, members of the Intel Xeon Phi processor users group (IXPUG) will share their own hands-on insights on HPC, offering recommendations and tips for getting the most from HPC systems.

Be sure to visit the 2016 Intel HPC Developer Conference web page for greater detail about unique opportunities at this year’s event, and a complete listing of technical sessions. With so many HPC experts and an incredible network of peers onsite, this conference is a must-attend for any developer serious about taking their supercomputing knowledge to the next level. With gaining popularity among HPC developers, the event is filling up fast. Be sure to register now to save yourself a seat!


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