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SC13 Features Emerging Technologies and Real World Applications for High Performance Computing

Conference Speakers Include Successful Women Innovators in Computing Technology

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

Contact: Virginia Gold

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DENVER, CO – November 12, 2013 – Two new tracks in high performance computing (HPC) will be showcased at SC13 as part of its extensive program on how HPC is driving advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce.  The conference, November 17-22 at the Colorado Convention Center, introduces Emerging Technologies that feature novel projects with national or international scale, which will be presented on the exhibit floor.  Also new is the HPC Impact Showcase that includes real world applications shared through testimonials from corporate and research leaders in a theater setting.  Co-sponsored by ACM and IEEE-CS, SC13 also features addresses by anthropologist and Intel Fellow Genevieve Bell on approaching big data problems the right way, and Katherine Yelick, recipient of the ACM Athena Lecturer award, on her research on parallel programming and its impact on high performance computing.
Among the Emerging Technologies projects being presented at the conference is how advances in materials science have led to multi-scale reactive modeling of insensitive munitions to predict the bulk behavior of energetic materials directly from fundamental physical principles. Other presentations include the Mont-Blanc project, which builds HPC out of mobile phone processors, and a demonstration of the first computer built entirely using carbon nanotube digital circuit transistors, which have the potential to outperform silicon.
The HPC Impact Showcase highlights a variety of applications of HPC by organizations that are transforming their business through the use of advanced computing. Projects that will be shown during the conference include the successful efforts of an international diagnostic imaging systems supplier to embed its imaging technique into magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) platforms to allow information from the human body’s multiple regions to be encoded concurrently.  Also on this track is a presentation by a professional stock car racing company on how high performance computing is used to accelerate the design/test cycle of race car design. In addition, a global biopharmaceutical company will discuss how they use a new hybrid HPC solution to run computing in the cloud for processing unprecedented amounts of genetic data and still protect patients’ and donors’ privacy.

Bell, director of Intel Corporation's Interaction and Experience Research, will explore the lifecycle of data to better understand its needs and potential and the ways in which the HPC community can enable the big data revolution.  Yelick, University of California Berkeley professor and Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will address the challenges of software developers in the age of exascale computing.

About SC13
SC13, sponsored by ACM and IEEE Computer Society, is an international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.  The conference includes a globally attended technical program, workshops, tutorials, a world-class exhibit area, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning. Visit us at

About ACM 
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence.  ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.