FRANKFURT, Germany — The ISC Group, organizers of the annual ISC High Performance series, announced the launch of the ISC Student Cluster Competition (SCC) Alumni Network. Maintained and managed via LinkedIn, the professional networking group was formed to establish and nurture mutually beneficial relationships between SCC team members and the high performance computing (HPC) community.
Along with the HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), competition co-organizers, the ISC Group opens the SCC Alumni Network LinkedIn group to all past and present SCC competition participants and invites professionals in government, academic and commercial organizations focused on global HPC-based research and development to join this platform of burgeoning practitioners.
“As this Alumni Network is meant to help young people in the field grow their professional career, we request that all hiring organizations also join this group. There is no better place online to search for new talents within the HPC community,” said Martin Meuer, managing director of ISC Group.
“We also hope that the former competitors will actively interact and share their experience with the next generation of teams and, thus, help them in any way possible prepare for the upcoming competition.”
The new alumni group spawned from the annual student competition. Now in its fifth year, the next SCC Competition will be held June 20 to 22 at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. Over two days, 12 teams from all over the world will implement technology platforms of their own design to run a mix of industry standard benchmarks and real-world applications within a fixed power budget. The live competition will challenge students to win the real-time race, and thus provide each competitor with hands-on learning of applied HPC — experiences which are critical to advancing their studies and professional skillsets.
“Skilled Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) expertise is critical to creating thriving economies and driving innovation,” said HPC Advisory Council Chairman Gilad Shainer. “Perpetuating our combined goals to provide ongoing mentoring, education along with the camaraderie established between competing teams year over year, the SCC Alumni Network broadens individual team members’ visibility to growing opportunities through access to LinkedIn’s vast professional network to help fulfill the global demand for educated and experienced talent.”
Activities the ISC Group plans to organize in the future on behalf of student team members include opportunities for competitors to convene during the summer conference series and through alumni gatherings, get-togethers, gala receptions and mentoring programs. Professional individuals and organizations interested in participating, volunteering or sponsoring SCC competitions and alumni programs can contact email@example.com for more information.
About ISC High Performance
Now in its 31st year, ISC High Performance is the world’s oldest and Europe’s most important conference and networking event for the HPC community. It offers a strong five-day technical program focusing on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields, as well as its adoption in commercial environments.
Over 400 hand-picked expert speakers and 160 exhibitors, consisting of leading research centers and vendors, will greet attendees at ISC High Performance. A number of events complement the technical program including Tutorials, the TOP500 Announcement, Research Paper Sessions, the PhD Forum, Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) Sessions, the Poster Sessions, Exhibitor Forums, Workshops and the Student Cluster Competition.
About the HPC Advisory Council
The HPC Advisory Council’s mission is to bridge the gap between high-performance computing (HPC) use and its potential, bring the beneficial capabilities of HPC to new users for better research, education, innovation and product manufacturing, bring users the expertise needed to operate HPC systems, provide application designers with the tools needed to enable parallel computing, and to strengthen the qualification and integration of HPC system products. For more information about the HPC Advisory Council, please visit www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com.