Information about first Europe – China HPC Conference on “Partnership for supercomputing applications”, April 08 – 10, 2013, Grand Hotel Sofia, Sofia Bulgaria

The conference was an open forum addressed to a range of scientific and engineering challenges important for further development of the high-performance computing (HPC) in Europe and China. The Conference focus was on the strategic nature of HPC as a crucial asset for the scientific competitiveness and innovation capacity. The aims of the conference were: to encourage the scientific collaboration between Europe and China in the ICT field; to identify research challenges for further development of joint research projects in the area of computing systems; to make some important contributions to the strategic research planning on future European Research Frameworks (Horizon 2020). The program of this event can be found here.

The Conference was opened by acad. Stefan Vodenicharov, the President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. During the Conference, a number of prominent scientists and high-level experts from Europe and China traced emerging trends and new opportunities for scientific and research collaborations in the field of HPC highlighting possible needs for additional efforts between Europe and China in the future. Among them were the highest rank representatives of the most powerful supercomputer centers in Europe (Germany – Julich, Munich, and Stuttgart; Spain – Barcelona; Italy – Bologna, and France) and the National Supercomputer Centre – Tianjin, the National Supercomputer Centre – Tianjin, China; INSPUR Group Co. Ltd, China; Tianjin University, etc. The slides of the given talks and video lectures can be found HERE, media info HERE while some photos of this event are put HERE. In the late afternoon of April 16, the Chinese delegation visited IICT for a more detailed introduction of the leading Bulgarian institution in the field of HPC. After some useful discussions, the guests visited the IICT Computing center with Grid and HPC facilities.

Important Note: The video materials can be played via standard Windows Media Player. Also, VLC media player can be used for better visualization. (Download VLC player)


Grand Hotel Sofia

Grand Hotel Sofia

Conference Programme

Programme and Organizing Committees




Chairs of the Programme Committee

Co-Chair from Europe:
Prof. Thomas Lippert – Head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Director of Advanced Simulation Institute, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Co-Chair from China:
Prof. Yutong Lu – Director Lab of System Software, School of Computing Science, National University of Defense Technology, China


Prof. Arndt Bode – Director of Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Germany Prof. Guangming Liu – Director of National Supercomputer Centre – Tianjin, China
Prof. Mateo Valero – Director of Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain Prof. Xi Zili – Director of the Shanghai Supercomputer Center (SSC), China
Prof. Jianmin Jiang – University of Surrey, UK
Prof. Plamen Oresharsky – University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria
Prof. Jizhou Sun – School of Computer Science and Technology Tianjin University, China
Prof. Stoyan Markov – Chairman of the Management Board of National Centre for Supercomputing Applications, Bulgaria Dr. Qing Ji – Chief Scientist of HPC application, National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin, INSPUR Electronic Information Industry Co., Ltd, China

Organising Committee

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Plamen Vatchkov
 – Chairman of the BOD DNT Sofia Region, Federation of Scientific and Technical Unions in Bulgaria

Dr. Xiangfei Meng
 – Leader of Department of Application& Research, National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin, China
Mr. Georgi Prangov – Bulgarian contact person for SCC-Computing Project Dr. Yu Ce – School o f Computer Science and Technology, Tianjin University, China
Mr. Nedu Karaivanov – National Centre
for Supercomputing Applications, Bulgaria
Mr. Zijun Xia – Application and R&D Engineer, National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin, China

For questions and further information, please contact Mr. Nedu Karaivanov.

First Europe – China HPC Conference on “Partnership for supercomputing applications”