International Association of Supercomputing Centers
The Hartree Centre is a partner in the new International Association of Supercomputing Centers launched at the International Supercomputing Conference 2022.
At ISC 2022 in Hamburg, Germany, representatives from four supercomputing centers across three countries debuted the International Association of Supercomputing Centers (IASC). The IASC aims to bring together public-facing, public-funded supercomputer centers around the world to help those centers navigate common challenges, share best practices and deepen their collaborations.
The organizing representatives include Michael Gleaves, deputy director of the Hartree Centre; Wayne Miller, acting director of the HPC Innovation Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Brendan McGinty, director of industry for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA); and Laura Schulz, head of strategic development for Germany’s Leibniz Supercomputing Center.
At ISC 2022 in Hamburg, Germany, the four representatives took the stage for a birds of a feather session, where they presented the proposal for the IASC. The session included a sampling of the kinds of conversations centers could be having via the IASC, a panel discussion and an opportunity to ask questions.The following day, the organizers hosted a buffet lunch and discussion at a hotel across the street from ISC. This event was intended to foster more direct interactions with interested parties.
“Based on that engagement—whether there is a strong poll from the community—we’re then going to incorporate the organization and then look at running a series of meetings associated with that activity,” said Michael Gleaves.
The organizers are encouraging all interested parties to get in touch. “Size of center is not a barrier—that’s a plus,” added Laura Schulz.
The IASC also has an online information hub, accessible via both https://supercomputingcenters.org/ and https://supercomputingcentres.org/.
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