April 2nd


08:30 Coffee and Registration

09:00 Opening – Ahmad Abduljabbar, Conference Chair

09:30 Keynote AI: The Ultimate Supercomputing Application, Pradeep Dubey (Intel) (Abstract)

10:30 Coffee Break/Exhibit

11:00 HPC/AI applications (Raffle Draw)

11:00-11:30  Computational Challenges for Clinical Genomics, Dr. Mohamed Abouelhoda (Presenter) – Mohamed El-Kalioby (Co-Presenter), (Saudi Genome Project) (Abstract)

11:30-12:00 Smart Infrastructure and Applications: Foundations for Smarter Cities and Societies, Rashid Mehmood, (KAU)

12:00-12:15 Group Photo

12:15-13:30 Prayer and Lunch

13:30 Session 3  Technology Session (Raffle Draw)

13:30-13:55 The Synergy of HPC and AI with a Heterogeneous Intelligent Computing Architecture, Zhaohui Ding, (Huawei) (Abstract)

13:55-14:20 Disruptive Technologies for IT transformation, Patrick Demichel (HPE) (Abstract)

14:20-14:45 The Convergence of HPC and AI/ML, Rick Koopman (Lenovo) (Abstract)

14:45-15:10  Accelerating your Digital Transformation with AI/ML, Ayman Aljunaidy, (Dell-EMC)

Prayer and Coffee Break

15:30-16:30 Panel 1: Women in HPC/AI (Raffle Draw)

Panelists: Alaa Alahmadi (Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University,Moderator), Amani Alonzi (KAUST), Kholood Al-Tabash (Government), Shaimaa Alsaif (Aramco),  Mona Al Balawi (KAU)

16:30 Exhibit and Networking

19:00 Gala Dinner By Invitation Only (Sunset Beach, Buses leaves from Hotel at 19:00)



April 3rd


08:30 Coffee and Registration

09:00 Session 4 (AI SW/HW technology)

09:00-10:00 Keynote 2 Symbiosis in AI: A Case Study from Research at KAUST, Bernard Ghanem (KAUST)

10:00-10:30 Why next-gen Artificial Intelligence needs Supercomputing, Jim Maltby (Cray)

10:30 Coffee Break/Exhibit

11:00 Session 5 : HPC Development Optimizations (Raffle Draw)

11:00-11:25 Communication Optimization of Reservoir Simulator, Mr. Majdi Baddourah, (Saudi Aramco) (Abstract)

11:25-11:50 Boundary Conditions for Seismic Imaging: The Computer and Geophysical Points of View, Essam Algizawy (Banha University(Abstract)

11:50-12:15 I/O optimization for Reservoir Simulation, Osaid Hajjar, (Saudi Aramco)

12:15-13:30 Prayer and Lunch

13:30 Session 6 (Grand Raffle Draw)

13:30-14:00 Quantum Computing and Communication Dr. Ibrahim Almossallam (KACST) (Abstract)

14:00-15:00 Panel 2: Convergence of HPC/AI

Panelists: Ahmed Al-Jeshi (Intel)(Technical Committee Chairman, Moderator),  Saber Feki (KAUST) Jim Maltby (Cray), Ibrahim Almosallam (KACST)

15:00-15:30 Closing Remarks (Grand Raffle Draw and Award distribution)

Prayer and Coffee Break

15:30 Exhibit and Networking



April 4th Tutorials in parallel sessions (around 4 sessions, max 5)


Morning Tutorial(s)

09:00-12:30 Deep Learning from Scratch with PyTorch, David Pugh and Glendon Holst  (KAUST) (Abstract)

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Afternoon Tutorial(s)

01:30-05:00 Scaling AI/Deep learning on Cray system, Jim Maltby (Cray)

03:00-03:30 Coffee Break