ParCo 2015: the International Parallel Computing Conference

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 16 Sep 2015 | 15:14

The International Parallel Computing Conference  (ParCo) was held in Edinburgh from 1st–4th September. ParCo2015 was the 16th instance of the series which started in 1983, making it the longest running series of international conferences in Europe on advances in the development and application of  parallel computing technologies.

Over 150 delegates attended the conference which featured 50 main-track papers and 8 mini-symposia. Themes for the conference included multicore and heterogenous computing, the challenges of exascale and programming methods. Contributors were from across the world with around 20 different countries represented, giving the conference a truly international dimension.  In a series of keynote talks, Simon McIntosh-Smith, Rick Stevens, Keshav Pingali and Steve Furber shared their insights  in the areas of extreme scaling, neuromorphic chip technology, data-centric foundations for parallel programming and bio-inspired massive parallelism respectively. The full programme can be found at

The conference was hosted in the Informatics Forum and was organised by the Department of Informatics and EPCC, together with conference series organisers, Gerhard Joubert (Technical University of Clausthal) and Frans Peters (ParCo Conferences). In  addition to the main conference programme, the delegates enjoyed a historical walking tour of Edinburgh and a dinner in the inspiring surroundings of the Playfair Library.

Proceedings of the conference will be published later this year, and we would like to thank all those involved in organising and participating in ParCo2015 for making it a success. We would also like to thank our industry sponsors Cray, SGI, DDN and Seagate.

ParCo takes place every two years, and an announcement about the next conference will be made in due course at the conference series homepage

Pic shows shows Simon McIntosh-Smith delivering his keynote.