EuroHPC Conference 2019 in Poznań

I was invited to do a talk to the EuroHPC conference in Poznán from May 13 to May 17. The experience was more than satisfactory from the very beginning to the end. Being part of the first-class HPC event was convenient from my perspective to learn from HPC  experts, improve my HPC knowledge and engage myself with this profession by increasing my networking in this very important field. Some thoughts from the event as follows:

HPC Topics

Several topics were presented as it was planned in the Timetable in regards to the HPC technologies and infrastructures that support scientific projects in Europe and around the world, the improvements done and the needs towards the exascale computation. From all the HPC topics, the eduGAIN project conferred by Erik Huizer captured my attention since I saw a world map and my country was not included yet in the “Federation of the Federations project” nor as part of any HPC team. I talked with Dr Huizer about it and he explained to me that the project was still in progress. Another project that took my eyes was the ambitious “HPC & Water-energy- food-environment- economy system analytics” project presented by Julien Harou that requires 750,000 model runs for n random seeds. From what I heard, most of the efforts have been done to support quantum projects in Europe. Finally,  I enjoyed so much the presentation done by Dr Marina Becoulet from France because she was able to model an HPC magnetic fusion using maths foundation, physics and she was consistent while she explained the emerging study that used MPI and OpenMP towards the exascale era.

On May 15th, I decided to attend to the PRACEdays Industrial Track and the PRACEdays Scientific Track 8: Computation Science/Towards exascale. Dr Chris Jhonson from EPCC explained the SHAPE project in Europe to promote the use of HPC resources. Studies that engaged me most were presented by Daniele Rispoli with the Immersion Cooling for HPC, the FEniCS-HPC mesh adaptivity on heterogeneous architecture by Ezhilmathi Krishnasamy, and Multi-scale Quantum Transport Simulations in thousands of cores the using graphene by Jose Garcia. You might see more of the content of these projects hereHPC Networking

It was very interesting to see HPC projects that demand exascale computation in the domain of chemistry, physics, astronomy, aeronautics, and in the education field using Federation technologies. HPC professionals from Greece like Evangelia Markidou and Erik Huizer were so cordial to me during the event and it was a pleasure to meet them. Thanks! My HPC talk

The title of my talk was “HPC: Challenge Accepted” where I shared my experiences and lessons learned as an international student of the Master in HPC at the University of Edinburgh as part of the session “Equality and Diversity in HPC“. I divided my talk into three parts: Thinking in Parallel, Studentship differences Peru – UK, and Culture Shock. HPC Teams

I met researchers from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center that are originally from different countries than Spain such as Alejandro Ortiz, a PhD student from Mexico who gave me some pieces of advice as LATAM professional in Europe, José García from Venezuela, a postdoc who is an interdisciplinary professional in physics with a computer science background, and Lawrence Adu from Ghana, another outstanding HPC professional. Moreover, I also had the chance to spend more time with scientists from Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre of the University of Edinburgh as Dr. Chris Johson.

HPC diversity

It was a nurturing experience to exchange project ideas and HPC endeavours with different researchers around the world. I met Phuong from Vietnam who studies in Stockholm, Iker, a biologist PhD student from Valladolid who is living in Barcelona, Alejandro, a PhD from Mexico who is doing a PhD in BSC, Ezhilmathi from India who studies Maths and HPC to do CDF simulations, and Lawrence Adu from Ghana who is also working in BSC Spain.

Food and Social Events

I was sponsored by PRACE organizers and they booked a room in the same hotel where the event was held. Excellent food and other state-of-the-art services were provided during my visiting days in Poznań. Diversity of international menus was also nicely offered.  Walking around the city

Getting to know this historical place was a rewarding experience considering the colour of the buildings and the art involved. Lots of statues of mythological creatures surround the Old Market Square of Poznań. Even though it was raining that day, I was able to record good memories there. Special Thanks

To Dr. Debora Testi from CINECA for trusting in my work along these years. Thanks for giving me this amazing opportunity that allowed me to empower my developing HPC career, and to maintain confidence in my HPC training. I also want to express my gratitude to Michał Pilc, a local HPC professional from Poznań who works in the Supercomputing Centre of Poznań for being welcoming and for patience with my doubts in HPC supercomputing centres. Lastly, another HPC professional from the University of Manchester, Lee Margetts who paid attention to my talk and he showed empathy with my situation as a foreign student. Thanks so much again for being so kind, and admirable HPC representatives in Europe. Thank you so much Marjolein Oorsprong, OfCores Events and all the attendees!  🙂


About Julita Inca

Ingeniero de Sistemas UNAC, Magíster en Ciencias de la Computación PUCP, OPW GNOME 2011, Miembro de la GNOME Foundation desde el 2012, Embajadora Fedora Perú desde el 2012, ganadora del scholarship of the Linux Foundation 2012, experiencia como Admin Linux en GMD y Especialista IT en IBM, con certificaciones RHCE, RHCSA, AIX 6.1, AIX 7 Administrator e ITILv3. Experiencia académica en universidades como PUCP, USIL y UNI. HPC researcher, Leader of LinuXatUNI Community, a simple mortal like you!
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