A Meeting of Minds in Stunning Lugano

     

There are many familiar faces from the HPC world that make the annual trip to the HPC Advisory Council, which takes place each Spring in Switzerland’s Lugano. It’s a popular date in the HPC conference calendar, and the beautiful location is certainly a draw.

The event is hosted annually by one of Bright Computing’s customers; the Centro Svizzero di Calcolo Scientifico (CSCS) in partnership with the HPC Advisory Council. The forum’s goal is to delve into HPC best practices - in applications, tools, techniques, trends, technologies and collaborative partnerships.

As expected, the 2017 HPC Advisory Council offered an excellent agenda over three days with a wide range of speakers, from very business-oriented to highly technical. Michele De Lorenzi, Deputy Director at CSCS, opened the conference. He was followed by some impressive keynote presentations where organizations such as the Ohio State University, NIBR Scientific Computing, and Indiana University gave an insight into their HPC environments. Other useful content included the best practise sessions which were well attended and informative. I thoroughly enjoyed Rich Brueckner’s talk, which explained the “10 things you’re wrong about in HPC”.

What I like about the HPC Advisory Council  is that it’s designed to be highly interactive, with plenty of time for meetings, idea sharing, discussion, and learning. A large portion of attendees are vendors, which makes it an excellent networking opportunity to catch up with industry peers, and a place for fruitful meetings and discussions with partners.

Thanks to the organisers for a useful few days!