11 HPC & AI Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Over the coming year, many of the top researchers and thought leaders in HPC, AI, deep learning, machine learning and a host of other frontiers at the cutting edge of IT will be attending these industry events. Mark your calendars and save the date. We hope to see you there!

Oct. 15-19, 2018: eResearch Australasia 2018, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia: The 12th eResearch Australasia Conference features five tracks of concurrent sessions across three full days of events. The Australasian eResearch Organisations (AeRO), who hosts the eResearch conference, is a coalition of Australian and Australasian universities and research and industry groups. HPC-related discussions and workshops at this year’s eResearch include “Advancing HPC and Data Collaborations in Australasia” and “Scalable Research Data Visualisation Workflows: From Web to HPC.”

Nov. 11-16, 2018: SC18, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Tex.: One of the year’s two premier HPC events (ISC being the other), SC is now in its 30th year. HPC vendors, solutions providers and users flock to SC every November to attend its dozens upon dozens of sessions of best practices, tutorials, papers, posters, workshops, panels and invited talks. Among the invited talks this year are sessions on deep learning applications, exascale HPC projects in the U.S. and China, “Brain-Inspired Massively-Parallel Computing,” the interface of AI and the Internet of Things, energy-efficient HPC and the future of quantum information and computing. Workshop topics include memory-centric HPC, post-Moore era HPC, women in HPC, machine learning in HPC environments, scientific HPC, extreme-scale programming tools, and fault-tolerant HPC at extreme scale.

Dec. 2-8, 2018: NIPS 2018 (32nd Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems), Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada: Sold out as of September, NIPS 2018 is a popular neural network and information system event held in the Canadian city that has had an outsized influence on the development of AI, machine learning and deep learning worldwide. Perusing its list of tutorials and workshops, one can understand why NIPS attracts many leading researchers and developers in the field. From “Adversarial Robustness” to “Counterfactual Inference” to “Relational Representation Learning” to “Reinforcement Learning Under Partial Observability,” no doubt emerging topics here may be more widely known and studied in the years ahead.

March 4-5, 2019: Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference, Rice University, Houston, Tex.: The oil & gas industry was an early industrial adopter of HPC and remains one of the key HPC workloads as HPC looks ahead to the 2020s. The Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference, hosted at one of the world’s centers of the oil and gas business, promises to feature not only top voices in the field (top researchers at Shell & BP are on the list of confirmed speakers) but also leading perspectives and innovators across the HPC space. Speakers from Intel, Google and AMD join a full roster that also includes representatives from exascale and HPC projects at Oak Ridge and Sandia National Labs.

April 1-3: HPC User Forum, La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The HPC User Forum, established in 1999 to promote HPC globally and address topics of concern to the community, holds two full-membership meetings in the U.S. and two meetings internationally every year. This forum features two days of talks about HPC and AI in a variety of settings and use cases. Both academic/research HPC and industrial/business HPC are featured in the program, as well as perspectives on supercomputing centers and projects. At press time, the Agenda for this Forum had not been released. However, in 2018 the Forum featured a range of HPC topics as well as talks on autonomous car projects at Daimler and ETAS. It also recapped the previous HPC User Forum before it (in September in Dearborn, Michigan) — which discussed autonomous vehicles and AI in urban environments.

April 15-18, 2019: AI Conference 2019, Hilton Midtown, New York, N.Y.: Presented by O’Reilly and Intel AI, this conference presents a crash course in applied artificial intelligence. As the conference materials note, “AI is finally moving from being the province of university labs to being a critical part of the software developer’s toolkit and a focus for mainstream companies.” At the intersection of academic research and business solutions, AI Conference 2019 represents a crossroads that draws together researchers, coders, data scientists, engineers and CxOs (Analytics, Data, Information, Innovation, Technology) from leading enterprises in the emerging AI industry.

April 16-18, 2019: Bio-IT World ’19, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, Mass.: The life sciences and biotechnology fields are today of course a cornucopia of use cases and applications for HPC and AI. Bio-IT World is the annual gathering, held in the city that is home to many of the world’s top Bio-IT research institutions and companies, that brings together 3400+ attendees from 40+ countries to attend technical presentations in 18 tracks and 14 workshops. Bio-IT World also recognizes the leading lights of its field with its annual industry awards and generates new code and applications in its annual hackathon. Like a cell dividing, Bio-IT World in 2019 is also branching off to host Bio-IT World West — organized by the same Cambridge Innovation Institute that hosts the Boston original. Bio-IT World West, at the Moscsone South Convention Center in San Francisco on March 10-15, promises to be a another “save the date” worth remembering.

May 5-9, 2019: CUG 2019 (Cray User Group), Hotel William Gray, Montreal, Canada: Since 1978, the Cray User Group has been the independent, international organization that represents the wide variety of Cray users and organizations that own Cray Inc. computer systems. CUG 2019 is centered around the theme of “Memory Bound, Je Me Souviens.” Playing off the motto of the province of Quebec, the conference’s organizing principle concerns memory in HPC environments and workloads. The host organization for this event, Shared Services Canada, is itself a Cray owner and operator, with both Cray XC-40 and Cray CS-400 systems.

June 16-20, 2019: ISC High Performance 2019, Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany: Like SC every November, ISC occupies the summer half of the HPC community’s annual conference calendar. Fundamental to the HPC world, ISC — and SC — represent the two times per year that the Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers is announced. At ISC, whose theme is “Fueling Innovation,” 150 exhibitors will be presenting their HPC solutions to over 3500 researchers and commercial users. The exhibition hall, always a site of cutting edge technologies and announcements, will showcase HPC, AI, big data and cloud. Registration opens to the public in spring of 2019.

June TBA: TERATEC 2019 Forum, Location TBA: TERATEC is an annual forum in France and Europe that draws luminaries in HPC, simulation and Big Data to its exhibitions, workshops and plenary sessions. In 2018, TERATEC attendees attended simulation and HPC workshops in algorithms and deep learning, blockchain, HPC interconnect, agriculture, materials and health. TERATEC also features its annual Digital Simulation Award for leading and laudable achievement in simulation over the previous year.

September 24-26 (tentative): HPEC ’19 (2019 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference), Westin Hotel, Waltham, Mass.: Billed as the world’s largest conference dedicated to the convergence of HPC and embedded computing, HPEC 2019 features talks, special events and tutorials in the conference’s two main subject areas. As this blog was being prepared, 2019’s schedule had not been released. However, 2018 featured tutorials and workshops in computational machine learning, big data, quantum computing and classical HPC. Likely the annual tradition of the MIT/Amazon/IEEE Graph Challenge will also carry on into 2019’s HPEC. As will, undoubtedly, the conference’s lectures, symposia, and tutorials at both introductory and more advanced levels.

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