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Hot Seat Session 1

International Supercomputing Conference 2010(SoSe 10)

Watch out for Chapters ("Kapitel") to switch between the different speakers!


Prof. Dr. Arndt Bode, Director, Leibniz Rechenzentrum & Technische Universität München, Germany
Prof. Dr. Hans Meuer, ISC'10 Chair, Prometeus & University of Mannheim, Germany


Dona L. Crawford, Associate Director of Computation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Dr. Happy Sithole, Director, Center of High Performance Computing, South Africa
Prof. Dr. Thomas Sterling, Arnaud & Edwards Professor of Computer Science, Louisiana State University, USA
Prof. Dr. Gerhard, Wellein, Head of High Performance Computing Group, Regionales RechenZentrum Erlangen (RRZE), Germany

The fast-paced Hot Seat Sessions have been a trademark of ISC for many, many years and are open to ALL conference and exhibition attendees. No other HPC event in the world features a session where the audience has the unique opportunity to get a compact, comprehensive overview of the current HPC market from top vendors. In just two afternoons, 18 leading vendor representatives have ten minutes each to present their latest developments, new products and strategies. They then have to answer two tricky questions from a panel of hand-picked so-called “inquisitors”.

You just have to be there to see how vendors send their best people – CTOs and even CEOs – into the arena to fight for their products. You can sense these tough men’s nervousness and even their fear of the inquisitors. The vendor representatives do not know beforehand which two of the four inquisitors will ask them the probing questions, and they will have to defend themselves for five long minutes.

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