The conference opened with a talk of professor Dan Jacobson about investigating genetic architectures. His work was awarded with the Gordon Bell Prize 2018. His scientific team was the first to break the Exaop barrier on the Summit supercomputer (2.36 Exaops) which is currently rated at 200 Teraflop on the Top500 list. Dan submitted an entry for the Gordon Bell Prize 2019 about climates on Earth and his team is thinking on how to apply his research on other planets.
There were lot of interesting talks in the 3 days of conference, in up to 8 parallel sessions from 08:00 up to 19:50 and there were 428 attendants.
Main scientific applications were in the domains of climate and weather simulation, biology, high energy particle physics, chemistry and astrophysics.
Trilinos is still an important part of the software stack for High Performance Computing, the latest developments were addressed in the talks of Michael Heroux.
The general impression is that the supercomputing field is advancing fast thanks to the technological advances made in graphic cards and FPGAs. But there is the need to standardize programming languages and to provide drivers and software layers for all the different underlying architectures.
Next big revolution could come from photonics on chips to interconnect much faster the different computer components.
The symposium was organized by UZH blockchain center, it included free entrance, dinner and coffee, quite unusual for a Blockchain conference these days! The talks were all at academic level and went deep into issues and potential of Blockchain use.
The most interesting speech in our opinion was by Prof Bryan Ford of Dedis at EPFL, who talked about Proof of Personhood with people physically walking in a room and receiving some sort of digital token. He also talked about a way to solve Bitcoin scalability issues by using Omniledger with sharding.
Dr. Artur Gervais gave a talk on off the chain transactions, in particular the Lightning network.
Michael Lustenberger (ZHAW) gave a talk on applied research to manage documents and certification of pharmaceuticals on Ethereum. Dr. Massimo Morini spoke on the importance of smart contracts to reduce settlement risk and speed up settlement procedures.
Other featured speakers included:
Prof. Aleksander Berentsen, author of Book in German "Bitcoin, Blockchain and Kryptoassets"
Prof. Roger Wattenhofer, from Distributed Computing Group at ETH Zürich
deep space computing staff will attend the Platform For Advanced Scientific Computing conference, at ETH in Zürich from June 12 to 14, 2019.
deep space computing staff will attend the "First Swiss Symposium on Blockchain Research" which will be held at Uni Zürich on 14 of May 2019 between 10:00 and 17:00.
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