More than 700 research and industry delegates from over 20 countries across Asia, America and Europe attended SupercomputingAsia 2019 (SCA19) in Singapore from 11 to 14 March 2019. This year’s event saw researchers and industry sharing ideas at insightful workshops and seminars, network with the who’s who in supercomputing, and showcase the best that supercomputing and high performance computing has to offer. SCA19 was co-organised with our supercomputing partners from Japan and Australia.
SCA19 saw increased industry interest in the conference with 24 new, first-time industry participants. Keeping in step with the latest supercomputing trends and developments, SCA19 added 3 brand new tracks – quantum computing, hyperscale infrastructure and cloud security.
SCA19 was also host to 44 exhibitors, including a mock-up of the IBM Q quantum computer, the first time the ‘system’ has been displayed in Asia. Minister Heng Swee Keat, Chairman of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Board and Minister for Finance was the Guest-of-Honour at the Opening Ceremony for SCA19, where the event was used as a platform to announce the investment of funds from RIE2020 budget for the upgrading of supercomputing resources to meet Singapore’s future needs in its journey as a Smart Nation.
The event was an opportunity to recognise some of the pioneers who have been instrumental in developing the supercomputing ecosystem in Singapore. The SCA19 Awards recognised three participants this year, namely:
SupercomputingAsia 2019 – Singapore HPC-Pioneer & Achievement Award
Mr Lim Soon Hock, Founder and Managing Director, PLAN-B ICAG Pte Ltd
SupercomputingAsia 2019 – Asia HPC Leadership Award
Prof. Satoshi Matsuoka, Director, RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS)
SupercomputingAsia 2019 – Asia HPC Visionary Award
Dr. Raj Thampuran, Managing Director, Agency for Science Technology and Research
Moving data is an essential foundation of national and global science. The 2019 Data Mover Challenge (DMC), organised by NSCC, involved seven supercomputing facilities across the Pacific from countries like Japan, Australia and the US. The DMC showcased the capabilities of the competing teams in transferring extremely large data quantities at high speed between supercomputing centres and data storage resources, optimally, safely and efficiently. For achieving an amazing 68 Gbps transfer rate between Chicago and NSCC, Zettar Inc. were awarded the Overall Winner Award. A team from StarLight and the International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) were awarded the Most Innovative Award for impressing the judges with their flexible framework to support large data transfers.
NSCC partnered with the HPC-AI Advisory Council to launch the 2019 edition of the HPC-AI Competition at SCA19. The competition is open to university and technical institute teams from the entire Asia Pacific region. The competition will involve both creating missions and addressing challenges around AI development and testing as well as high-performance computing workloads.
SCA19 hosted a series of fringe and co-located to strengthen local, regional and global cooperation in supercomputing technology. The event included joint meetings with co-organisers from Japan and Australia, Joint HPC Cloud Security Workshop, Precision Medicine, Supercomputing Frontiers Asia, Asia-Pacific Research Platform (APRP), ASEAN HPC Taskforce Meeting, Conference on Next Generation Arithmetic (CoNGA) and the IBM AI & HPC Meet-up.