Austrian HPC Meeting 2018 – AHPC18 | February 19–21, 2018 | Linz (Austria)


The Austrian HPC Meeting 2018 – AHPC18, sponsored by the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC), was held February 19–21, 2018, at Courtyard Marriott in Linz, Austria. AHPC18 started with the Opening Celebration of the MACH-2 Supercomputer at JKU where all participants were welcome. On the following day, February 22, 2018, two workshops, the Bioinformatics Workshop and the InnoHPC Workshop, were held in parallel.

Bringing together scientists and technicians with a background and interest in supercomputing, the conference focused on several aspects of state-of-the-art topics, as well as on the future development of HPC in Austria. Recent developments and trends for efficient and successful supercomputer applications were presented and discussed in keynote lectures and presentations.

AHPC18 was also intended as a platform to make use of inherent synergies and foster the exchange of knowledge and information to promote fruitful collaborations thus enhancing sustainable HPC developments in Austria.


AHPC18 was organized by groups from JKU, Linz, and RISC Software GmbH, Hagenberg, in close cooperation with the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC).

(AHPC18 permanent website)

(AHPC18 booklet of abstracts)

(AHPC18 program)

(slides & gallery – login for AHPC18 participants only) 



AHPC18 Keynote Talks

Keynote at the MACH-2 Opening Celebration at JKU:



    ⇒  website of the MACH-2 Opening Celebration

Dieter Kranzlmüller, General Purpose High Performance Computing as Competitive Advantage for Scientists
Leibniz-Rechenzentrums (LRZ), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
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Karlheinz Meier, Computers like Brains
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Universität Heidelberg
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Florian Berberich, PRACE – Accelerator for Research & Innovation
Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)
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Oskar Mencer, Multiscale Dataflow Processing
Maxeler Technologies
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Wolfgang Wagner, The Use of the VSC for Earth Observation Science
TU Wien and EODC
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Elmar Kiesling, Data-Intensive Computing on Commodity Hardware: Hadoop and Beyond
TU Wien
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Daniel Marth, Get Away From The Command Line: Simplifying Your HPC Workflow
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Herbert Jordan and Philipp Gschwandtner, The AllScale API and Programming Environment
Distributed and Parallel Systems Group, University of Innsbruck
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Elmar Kiesling, Hadoop for HPC Users: Overview and First Steps
TU Wien
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Organizing Committee:


  • Ulrich Langer, Director of the Institute for Computational Mathematics (NuMa), JKU, Linz
  • Wolfgang Schreiner,  Research Institute for Symbolic Computation (RISC), JKU, Linz
  • Cornelia Staub, RISC Software GmbH, Hagenberg
  • Karoly Bosa, RISC Software GmbH, Hagenberg



The Austrian HPC Meeting 2018 - AHPC18 is sponsored by the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC)





Bioinformatics Workshop


The second meeting of the workgroup infrastructure and HPC of the Austrian Bioinformatics Platform will take place on February 22, 2018, at Courtyard Marriott in Linz (Upper Austria, Austria) from 9.00 until 15.00. It is scheduled directly after AHPC18, Feb 19-21, 2018, which is held in the same venue.


The meeting will focus on computational infrastructure for life sciences, and will bring together experts and users from institutions from entire Austria. The meeting will be driven by impulse talks of the participants and open discussions. The workshop is organized by Thomas Rattei (University of Vienna).






InnoHPC Workshop


Also on Thursday, February 22, 2018, there will be the InnoHPC workshop. InnoHPC targets SMEs and clusters, providing the opportunity to increase efficiency of innovations and join transnational value-chains in the Danube region. Higher education and research institutions with HPC will get access to exciting real-life cases and opportunities to exploit their entrepreneurial potential. Policy-makers and business support organizations will receive a valuable institutional support for their policies and initiatives.


Linz, Austria Hauptplatz
Stadt Linz

AHPC18 Hotel


Europaplatz 2

4020 Linz








Courtyard Marriot Linz
Courtyard Marriot Linz

AHPC18 fee


The fee (e.g.: 455 € for single room - 2 nights and 3 days) includes conference fee and full board accommodation during the meeting (the official program will start on February 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and end on February 21, 2018). The fee is charged directly by the hotel. For more details of AHPC 18 fees, see the registration page.



Travel information

The hotel is easily accessible by train or bus. Arrive eco-friendly at the bus station Europaplatz in front or by train at the Linzer Hauptbahnhof.


Arrival by car: Take exit Linz direction Prague/Freistadt A7 city highway - take the exit Prinz Eugen-Straße and afterwards left, direction to the Design Center. The Courtyard Hotel is located directly after the Design Center on the left hand side.