QueensOn the heels of 2016’s High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) recently coming to a close in Edmonton, organizers for HPCS 2017 are already looking ahead to next year’s event—which will be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. “We’re well on our way with the planning,” said organizer and Centre for Advanced Computing Executive Director Don Aldridge. “Next year will be the twentieth anniversary of the conference, the 150th anniversary of Canada, and Queen’s University will be celebrating our 175th anniversary, so it’s a great time for people to come to Kingston.”

Computational researchers, technical experts, university faculty and industry leaders in IT from across the country come to this annual conference because it features a wide range of content that appeals to advanced research computing professionals. Workshops at the 2017 event will take place during the first two days—ranging from bioinformatics to the intricacies of computational fluid dynamics—with the balance of the week focusing on higher level learning through breakout sessions and keynotes speakers. Other topics will include new processing technologies, cognitive analytics and data privacy issues.

“This event is very important to the world of advanced research computing because it’s an opportunity to meet, discuss, share and showcase their innovative research findings that have been enabled by this technology,” said Compute Ontario President and CEO Nizar Ladak. Keynote speakers at HPCS 2016 included sociobiologist and business leader Rebecca Costa, Olympian and Amazing Race Canada host Jon Montgomery, as well as physician and journalist Dr. Julielynn Wong. “The Edmonton conference had a great turnout. It’s inspiring to see so many Canadian innovators coming together and sharing their knowledge about HPC,” said Ladak.

In addition to the scheduled workshops and speakers, those planning to attend HPCS 2017 will also enjoy other unique networking opportunities such as dining at historic Old Fort Henry (a UNESCO Heritage Site) or enjoying a 1000 Islands boat tour. “HPCS is about bringing people from across the various disciplines together,” said Aldridge. “It is a coming together, a meeting of the minds for people in advanced research computing, and there’s no better place for it than Kingston.”

HPCS2017
June 05 – 09, 2017