The 2nd RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science symposium
18 May 2012 (Volume 7 Issue 4)
A series of lectures on computational and computer sciences were held at the AICS in Kobe, Japan
On 1 and 2 March 2012, the second international symposium for the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) was held in Kobe, Japan. The symposium was organized and sponsored by RIKEN AICS, renowned for developing the K computer, which took first place in the 37th and 38th TOP500 list in June and November, 2011, respectively. The aim of the symposium, through the AICS, is to promote and explore cross-disciplinary collaboration using the K computer and to create a world-class computational science hub.
The symposium was co-sponsored by the Strategic Programs for Innovative Research (SPIRE), supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The program comprised a series of lectures presented by eight distinguished researchers from overseas, seven domestic invited speakers, and one speaker from RIKEN AICS. In addition, eight oral sessions were held which covered AICS’ eight research fields: computational sciences (molecular science, life science, solid-state physics, climate science, and particle physics) and computer sciences (design of processors, system software, and programming language). At the poster session held on 1 March, 58 posters were presented, including presentations that introduced some of the latest work conducted by AICS research teams. During the symposium, more than 120 participants engaged in discussions on computer simulations and future supercomputing technologies. The success of this symposium further advances the progress of simulation studies using the K computer, as well as the development of next-generation supercomputers in Japan.