ISC announces special sessions include life sciences, energy

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This week the 25th International Supercomputing Conference announced four new special sessions in Computational Life Sciences, New Markets, Networking and Energy to reflect what they see are some of the biggest challenges facing science and industry today.

The sessions have strong chairs and look to be quite interesting

ISC'09 logoHigh Performance Computational Life Sciences – The Challenge for HPC Systems: As computational life sciences become a strategic discipline at the frontier between molecular biology and computer science, impacting medicine, biotechnology, as well as society, this special session on Monday, May 31, provides a forum on latest research. The session is chaired by Prof. Dr. David A. Bader, Executive Director of High-Performance Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and Prof. Dr. Matthias Rarey, Managing Director of the Center of Bioinformatics, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Evolving New HPC Markets: China, Middle East & Russia: Participants in this Tuesday, June 1, session will learn more about the new evolving HPC markets that show tremendous growth potential. Chaired by Dr. Happy Sithole, Director, Center for High Performance Computing, South Africa; global and regional experts will look at various new trends, for example, the entrance of China into the petascale arena, the installation of a very large HPC system in the Middle-East/Saudi Arabia and the remarkable growth in the number of installations in Russia and the upcoming installations in Africa.

High Performance Computing & Networking: This session will discuss the potential of network innovations and virtualization technology in support of high-performance computing applications. The session will also examine recent proposals for low-latency communication, such as low-latency Ethernet. Taking place on Wednesday, June 2, this session is chaired by Prof. Dr. Georg Carle, Professor for Network Architectures & Services, Technische Universität München, Germany.

Supercomputers for Modeling the Climate & the Roles of Energy Production in Climate Change: In this Thursday, June 3, session chaired by Prof. Dr. David Blaskovich, Program Director for HPC in Government & Research, IBM, USA; three scientists will discuss the use of HPC to simulate the role of energy production, i.e., carbon dioxide emissions, in climate change, and the implications of tapping alternative energy sources. A fourth presentation by the chairman will concentrate on the adaptation of alternative energy production at a large data center as an example of the institutional use of non-polluting energy to power large data centers.

You can read more in the full release [PDF].


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