Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, Austin, TX, May 6-8, 2018

Why Attend

Is your organization contending with any of these obstacles?

Are you faced with a situation where your datacenter capability and capacity will soon reach their limits?

Are your business or research data/computational demands choking your IT infrastructure?
Have you made significant investments over many years in your data center and need to understand if there are advanced technologies that can scale your existing environment?
Do you need technologists and analysts who are familiar with the advanced scale paradigm to help provide a needs analysis?

Advanced Scale Forum will bring together technology executives from industries such as – Financial Services – BioTech – Manufacturing – Oil & Gas – Retail – Telco and others who will share how they utilized advanced scale technologies to greatly enhance their compute environments. Come listen to other large datacenter managers talk about utilizing these technologies for increasing competitive advantage and ROI while optimizing datacenter budgets.

At this summit, peers spanning the spectrum of vertical markets will come together to discuss their challenges, and to listen to luminaries discuss the obstacles that they’ve overcome to successfully scale their IT infrastructures and achieve results. Top executives will explore advances in hardware technologies, techniques for managing massive amounts of data, and how large compute datacenters are utilizing accelerators and other technologies to increase the capability of their legacy environments.

HPCwire, Datanami and EnterpriseTech join forces to get to the heart of the issue

Join our Advisory Board and the well-versed editors of HPCwire (www.HPCwire.com), the leading publication covering the fastest computers in the world and the people who run them; Datanami (www.Datanami.com) Covering data science, AI, and advance analytics; and EnterpriseTech (www.EnterpriseTech.com), the only publication focused on extreme scale datacenter challenges; for 2 days of VIP briefings.

With their extensive experiences covering and addressing the challenges of advanced scale computing, the ASF Advisory Board and editors know who’s doing this successfully and how. Together, they are involved in pulling together the right industry end-users and vendor executives to share insights and experiences with the peer audience at Advanced Scale Forum.

Peer to peer networking and exchange

All ASF attendees undergo a pre-qualification process. Once qualified, all executives will receive a full participation package that includes travel, a complimentary five-star experience including hotel accommodations and fine dining in the company of industry peers for the purposes of learning and meeting with colleagues and solution providers ready to address their specific needs. Attendees will include cross-industry professionals from both Fortune 2500 and midsize organizations including CxOs, applications managers, systems & solutions architects and other business and technology professionals overseeing the selection and implementation of next-generation enterprise software/hardware infrastructures.

Advanced Scale Forum provides tremendous opportunities for end-user participants to share experiences by engaging directly with industry visionaries and end-user peer executives, discussing the key issues driving their business.

Which topics will be addressed?

Advanced Scale Forum with its community of industry experts and advisors will provide the depth of knowledge and expertise that meets the requirements of business and large-scale IT technology professionals across disciplines. The agenda addresses today’s commercial large-scale computing issues, trends, technologies, and solutions.
Hot topics to be covered include:

  • HPC – High performance computing at the core of data intelligence for the business
  • Artificial Intelligence / Deep & Machine Learning – Demystifying the marketing hype and empowering the data scientist to deliver better business intelligence
  • Blockchain – The next generation of data identity – it’s not just for Bitcoin anymore
  • Cloud Computing – Building an agnostic cloud to address a hybrid IT – on premises and off, cloud is an extension of the enterprise
  • IoT: Edge to Core – Processing real-time data analytics at the edge to further business intelligence at the core

Our agenda will provide recommendations to address pressing challenges and help you advance your organization’s competitiveness in the budding advanced IT landscape. Through analyst sessions, case studies and peer interaction, you’ll gain valuable insight into the benefits and challenges of commercial high performance computing.

Attendee Frequently Asked Questions

What is Advanced Scale Forum?

Advanced Scale Forum is the only hosted model event dedicated to exploring the convergence of high performance computing (HPC) and Big Data into commercial settings to help solve contemporary large-scale business challenges.

The event is an invitation-only hosted summit. It is designed to bring together technology and business leaders responsible for tackling issues that large-scale enterprise technology users and decision-makers are faced with as they navigate the build-out and maintenance of next-generation enterprise software/hardware infrastructures.

In 2018 the Advanced Scale Forum will explore the trends and challenges of HPC being democratized into the commercial environment. Summit delegates will network, learn, collaborate and share their experiences with cross-vertical peers and solution providers who are also actively engaged in addressing these tasks. Attendees will come away with everything from partnerships, friendships, and new tools and insights to help them navigate the tectonic shifts taking place as HPC enters and helps advance enterprise computing outcomes.

Why is this event different from other big data focused events?

What separates ASF from other hosted conferences? More breadth of content from peers, thought leaders, analysts and an advisory board to help you architect the right solutions. Advanced Scale Forum is more business-intensive than any other relative event in the space. Every day is packed with private and group meetings, product demonstrations, networking, case studies, and sessions led by industry experts. Rather than just another tradeshow or exhibition, ASF is focused on building relationships so all members in these complex ecosystems can better understand and advance their needs. By the end of the event, each attendee will have had the opportunity to have met and had meaningful discussions with virtually everyone at the conference, building their personal network and expanding their knowledge.

What are the main benefits of attending?

The 2 1/2 day agenda is centered around scheduled meetings between attending executives and sponsors, including case study presentations and one-on-one meetings for follow-up product and partnership discussions. Industry analysts will address and give general sessions and will be available for one-on-one meetings with event participants.

• Peer exchange sessions, industry roundtables and daily networking activities will also be featured.

• Accelerate your strategic knowledge of available solutions, advancements and capabilities.

• Accomplish months’ worth of high-level meetings, expert insights and peer networking in just 2 1/2 days.

• Get a concentrated overview of the next generation of datacenter technology and trends-and give direct feedback to sponsors on their technologies, applications and services

Who should attend?

Attendance is by invitation only. Both Executives (attendees/buyers) and Vendors are invited to participate in Advanced Scale Forum based on their fit and demand for their presence. Attendees undergo a pre-qualification process. Once qualified, all executives will receive a full participation package. Executives will include a cross-industry, senior group of C-level and industry professionals from both Fortune 1000 and midsize organizations including CIOs, Network and IT/IS Managers, Data Center Managers, and other IT Leaders overseeing the selection and implementation of technology and solutions.

IT professionals including:
• IT Infrastructure
• IT Operations
• The Data Center
• Storage
• IT Architecture
• Facilities
• Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

Which topics will be addressed?

Trends such as big data and resource intensive applications are driving the build-out of massive infrastructures. This requires decision-makers to have a solid foundation in large-scale server, storage, and switching infrastructures – as well as operating systems, middleware, development and systems management tools that are intended to be used at scale. Some of these resources are trickling down from the long-established supercomputing realm – while others are bubbling up from the hyperscale Web application operators.

Advanced Scale Forum will examine the intersection of these worlds as they converge in modern commercial IT environments where businesses are borrowing from these sectors, as well as testing out ideas of their own as they construct systems aimed at applications that push the very extremes of performance and low-latency.

Advanced Scale Forum is dedicated to providing a comprehensive understanding of the systems challenges that commercial organizations are facing.
Hot topics to be covered include:

• HPC – High performance computing at the core of data intelligence for the business
• Artificial Intelligence / Deep & Machine Learning – Demystifying the marketing hype and empowering the data scientist to deliver better business intelligence
• Blockchain – The next generation of data identity – it’s not just for Bitcoin anymore
• Cloud Computing – Building an agnostic cloud to address a hybrid IT – on premises and off, cloud is an extension of the enterprise
• IoT: Edge to Core – Processing real-time data analytics at the edge to further business intelligence at the core

What is a Boardroom/Case Study?

Sponsors have the opportunity to deliver a “Case Study” presentation to the executive attendees in a private “Boardroom” type of setting. These presentations are not sales pitches or product demonstrations. Sponsors will discuss a specific client they work with, their objectives and issues they faced, and how the sponsor worked with them to overcome those issues and assisted them with their datacenter strategy. It is an opportunity to engage a small/focused audience in an interactive and problem-solving environment.

What is a one-to-one meeting?

A pre-arranged, private, sit-down meeting to discuss business between buyers and sellers.

Are there other opportunities to network at the event beyond 1:1 meetings?

Yes. You can meet with them during luncheons, dinners and other networking activities.

What do I need to bring?

We take care of your signage, hotel, transfers, meals and functions. Bring your business cards and your laptop or other items you require for sales presentations.

What do I wear?

The dress code is business casual.

How much does it cost to attend?

There is no charge for qualified executives to participate. If you qualify to attend, you will receive complimentary event registration, travel arrangements, hotel accommodations, meals and social events. The event will be limited to a select number of executives. Executives are encouraged to secure their place as soon as possible.

Invited vendors pay a fee depending on the level of sponsorship they choose.

I'm interested in attending, but how do I qualify for my invitation?

Please contact Lynne Shane at lshane@ngagevents.com or fill out the attendee interest form. Qualified executives will be confirmed and receive additional information regarding Advanced Scale Forum.