HiPEAC Conference Seeks to Advance Computing in Face of Crisis

January 15, 2018

GHENT, Belgium, Jan. 15, 2018 — From 22-24 January in Manchester, the HiPEAC conference will once again bring together the best minds in computer architecture and compilation to exploit the enormous potential of new computing paradigms while minimizing the very real risks. At a time of global crisis in computing systems, with chip-level security flaws exposing the vulnerability of our ever-more connected society and the end of Moore’s Law threatening to slow the progress brought about by faster, cheaper, more powerful processing, HiPEAC’s network of experts will once again showcase their solutions for everything from machine learning to secure critical real-time systems.

‘The HiPEAC conference is the flagship networking event of our 2000-strong community of computing experts,’ says HiPEAC coordinator Koen de Bosschere of Ghent University. ‘This year we are very happy to have two leading European companies (ARM for mobile computing and DeepMind for deep learning) as the main sponsors of the event. They are creating the key technological components of future smart devices,’ he adds.

Keynote talks from Maria Girone (CERN openlab) on computing challenges at the Large Hadron Collider, Dileep Bhandarkar (Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies) on emerging data centre trends and Dan Belov (DeepMind) on machine learning will kick off each day.

Further highlights from the conference include:

  • Innovative interconnect solutions at the AISTECS workshop, including the launch of prototype memory disaggregation for cloud services developed by IBM Research – Ireland, as described in this blog post and video.
  • The Heterogeneity Alliance, coordinated by the TANGO project, which aims to bring heterogeneous architecture in to mainstream markets.

Beyond academic excellence, the conference also facilitates the transformation of cutting-edge research results into market-ready innovations. As well as providing a hub for researchers, industry representatives and policy makers to exchange ideas, the conference features a specific TETRAMAX workshop on technology transfer. This follows the recent HiPEAC Tech Transfer Awards, which recognized ten projects where concrete research results have been made industrial practice.  

HiPEAC18 will also once again feature HiPEAC’s tailored recruitment support, including a travelling careers unit, which helps companies find candidates with the specialist skills to bring about the computing systems of the future. For the first time, the conference will also feature a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Student Day, with the aim of preparing the next generation of computer scientists who will ensure Europe’s enduring competitiveness.

With the Manchester ‘Baby’, the world’s first stored-program computer, celebrating its 70th birthday this year, the northern city provides a particularly apt location for the conference, which is testament to the power of collaborative European research in the face of political uncertainty.  

Once again, the biggest international names in technology, including Arm, DeepMind, Atos and Samsung, have shown their confidence in HiPEAC by generously supporting the conference. Full list of sponsors below.

About HiPEAC

Since 2004, the HiPEAC (High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation) project has provided a hub for European researchers in computing systems; today, its network, the biggest of its kind in the world, numbers around 2000 specialists. The project offers training, mobility support and dissemination and recruitment services, along with numerous networking facilities to its members. The latest incarnation of the project, HiPEAC 5, began on 1 December 2017 and is delivered by 13 partners, led by Ghent University. It is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 779656.  

HiPEAC organizes four networking events per year: the HiPEAC conference, two Computing Systems Weeks and a summer school. The HiPEAC conference attracts around 600 participants, and the 2018 edition is organized by the University of Manchester. The following organizations are generously supporting the conference: Arm, DeepMind, Atos, Samsung, AXIOM, Barco, dividiti, Embedded Computing Specialists, Kaleao, Polly Labs, Springer, Sundance, SYSGO, Thales, and Think Silicon.

Source: HiPEAC

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