22 June 2017
Mariott Hotel Frankfurt
CET timezone

ISC 2017 PRACE Training Day

This is a half day workshop which is held on 22 June organized by PRACE in conjunction with the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany from 18 to 22 June 2017.  

The aim of the workshop is to create an open dialog with the EU HPC eco system stakeholders on addressing the challenges and tackling the skills gap in HPC and Computational Science by providing platform to discuss number of current issues. We see it as a community building event providing the basis for collaborative network of HPC training specialists and generating roadmap ideas for the continuous progress of professional training for the EU HPC eco system.

High-Performance Computing (HPC) is a key strategic asset for the EU, the developed and BRICS economies and their innovative capacity. Major surveys and strategic policy documents both in Europe and USA have identified the inflection points and skill shortages in HPC area. Supercomputing Centres worldwide face the challenge of supporting a growing base of HPC users with little or no HPC experience. In addition they feel the need to respond to the clearly observed convergence of Data Science and Computational Science research methods into Data and Compute Intensive Science methods by enriching their programs with the necessary course for the diverse audience of domain science researchers needing HPC skills to tackle societal, economic and scientific challenges. Thus PRACE training efforts have been addressing the critical need to educate the next generation of HPC scientists through variety of training events.

Agenda of PRACE Training Workshop on ISC17 (half day - 22/06)











014:00 - 16:00


Welcome address and review of PRACE training network

PRACE representative





chair: Nia Alexandrov(BSC)


Developing Learning Paths through the PRACE PATC Curricula to Address HPC User Communities

Maria Ribera Sancho (BSC)

14:30- 14:50

Reaching out: MOOCs as introduction to HPC

 Emmanouil Farsarakis (EPCC)

14:50 -15:10

Exploiting and Enabling HPC Technologies for Big Data, Deep Learning, and Clouds

Dhabaleswar K. Panda (OSU)

15:10 -15:30

PRACE Internships: Influencing university leavers towards HPC related career choices

Leon Kos (UL)


SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe

Paul Graham (University of Edinburgh)

16:00- 16:30

coffee break








On the HPC convergence with Data Science and how PRACE and EUDAT training can address it

Shaun de Witt(UK Atomic Energy Authority)




chair and panel moderator: Ioannis Liabotis


Training Portal as teaching resource for a widening community of users

Stelios Erotokritou (CYI)

17:30 - 18:00

Panel Discussion: EU HPC Initiatives and HPC Training

Dhabaleswar K. Panda(OSU)

Paul Graham (University of Edinburgh)

Shaun de Witt (UK Atomic Energy Authority)


Workshops will be held on Thursday 22 June at the Marriott Frankfurt Hotel, the day after the ISC High Performance conference, and and can be accessed with a Workshop Pass.

Please note that the workshops require separate registration. To do so, please follow the link.

Starts 22 Jun 2017 14:00
Ends 22 Jun 2017 18:00
Mariott Hotel Frankfurt
Flint, 2nd floor


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