SC17: The International conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis: HPC Connects

DENVER, COLORADO – November 13 – 16, 2017. The Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research once again represented Michigan State University at the 29th annual supercomputing conference (SC17) and shared a booth with University of Michigan.

In attendance were both iCER Director, Dr. Kennie Merz, and Associate Director, Dr. William Punch, along with nine other iCER team members. Dr. Dirk Colbry also attended on behalf of CMSE. The booth was busy, with close to two thousand attendees stopping by. Networking took place with prospective undergrad and graduate students, as well as other members of academia and HPC professionals from the public sector.

iCER staff were able to attend workshops, and tutorials where they received exceptional training and were able to network with other system administrators. "Meeting a ton of new people who tackled the same daily challenges was an awesome experience. It didn’t take long to feel like one big, extended family, and I now have friends around the world I can reach out to professionally," said Nick Rahme, iCER sytstem administrator.

In preparation for the purchase of a new cluster and storage system, many informational discussions centering on future hardware plans for the new Data Center were had. MSU’s goal of cutting-edge High Performance Computing is of top priority. SC17 was the perfect environment to be immersed in HPC with the best of the best and discuss how to remain relevant. SC17 provided us the perfect platform for having collaborative talks in regards to our Center’s future.

SC18 will be held in Dallas, Texas November 12 – 15, 2018 with the theme of “HPC Inspires”. iCER is excited to showcase Michigan State University yet again amongst a cutting edge HPC audience.