Today the ISC Group announced that ISC 2016 drew 3,092 attendees from 53 countries, exceeding all previous attendance records. The conference and exhibition were held in Frankfurt, Germany from June 19 – 23.
The topic of machine learning was a constant theme throughout the five-day event, highlighted by the Andrew Ng’s opening keynote on Monday. As Baidu’s Chief Scientist, Ng drives the R&D effort there, much of which is centered on improving their search capability through deep learning and other types of advanced analytics. In his keynote address, which attracted more than 800 attendees, Ng traced the history of machine learning and discussed its intersection with HPC. Conference-goers were also treated to numerous sessions and panel discussions on the topic, which drew large crowds.
The ISC exhibition hall was a very busy place, hosting 146 leading HPC vendors and research organizations from around the world. Twelve student teams were also on the show floor competing in the fifth annual HPCAC–ISC Student Cluster Competition. It was equally exciting to see over 420 members of the Asian HPC community partake in this year’s conference program, reflecting a 10 percent increase of Asian attendees. The highest number of attendees came from northern and central Europe, followed by North America.