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Be sure to join your colleagues at the 26th annual High Performance Computing and Communications conference March 26-28, 2012 in Newport, Rhode Island.

New for 2012:  The NHPCC Annual Conference Goes Global

The National High Performance Computing and Communications Conference (NHPCC) will highlight several exciting changes this year.

Also known as the ‘Newport Conference,’ the elite gathering that started 26 years ago as a one-day event to bring vendors together with government agency personnel has expanded its focus this year to include a more global perspective.

The new global focus features a roster of world-class speakers:

  • Aleksei Komkov, Chief Products and Technology Officer for T-Platforms, the leading developer of HPC systems in Russia, who will discuss “Supercomputing in Russia”
  • Andrew Jones, Vice-President High Performance Computing (HPC) Business for the NAG Group and a well-known HPC columnist and blogger, who will discuss “Supercomputing in the UK/Europe”
  • Sharan Kalwani,  an HPC Platform Strategist at Intel Corporation and formerly with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, who will discuss “HPC in the Middle East.”

Another significant change this year is the emphasis on manufacturing and competitiveness.

Emphasis on Manufacturing

Bringing HPC to manufacturing is an important initiative, in the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Competitiveness is an elusive goal that requires continual refinement and adoption of new technologies.  HPCC 2012 will highlight this critical area with discussions on the application of HPC to modern manufacturing to address what many refer to as the ‘missing middle’ – referring to the thousands of small and mid-size businesses not currently taking advantage of high performance computing in areas such as design, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, etc.

Speakers in this area will include:

  • Emily DeRocco, President of The Manufacturing Institute who will discuss “HPC in Manufacturing and Competitiveness”
  • Dawn White of Accio Energy addressing, “Wind Energy from a Revolutionary Concept”
  • Suzy Tichenor from Oak Ridge National Laboratories who will discuss the ORNL Industrial Partnership Program

Another session of note will be moderated by Bob Feldman, President of HPC Marketing. Bob will host a Thought Leader panel discussion on “Supercomputing:  Can America Compete Globally?” See the full program for a list of all invited speakers.

HPCC Registration is now open.  Early bird registration fees are available up through February 24.

And be sure to see the insideHPC travel article on Newport posted earlier this month by Robert Murphy.