The International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation

(HPCS 2015)

July 20 – July 24, 2015

The Hilton Amsterdam Hotel

Amsterdam, The Netherlands or

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP



Arrangements are being made to have

Monday, July 20: HPCS 2015 Welcome Reception - 19:00-20:30

Amsterdamse Academische Club

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 235, 1012 Amsterdam

The HPCS 2015 Welcome Reception will be held on Monday, July 20 at the Amsterdam Academic Club. The Club is the living room of the University of Amsterdam in the heart of Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Academic Club was founded in 1995 on the initiative of Jan Karel Gevers. The then chairman of the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam founded the club following the faculty clubs at American universities. The Club was primarily meant for scientific UvA staff and alumni. The building dates from 1870 and was initially designed as a waiting room for the pharmacy and outpatient clinic of the Binnengasthuis.

HPCS 2015 participants are invited to attend this reception and enjoy the evening in this historical venue. Please indicate your interest in attending this social event. We will go by bus from the Hotel and have open time after the reception.

Tuesday, July 21: An Open City Tour - Boat Tour Citytender

The HPCS 2015 social event will be an Amsterdam Boat Tour using Amsterdam's Citytenders. The Amsterdam Citytender is a classic and environmentally friendly boat. The electrically driven and the luxury interior makes it very special and synonymous to Amsterdam. The Citytender can be used to transfer groups from 20 to 45 guests, to and from several locations around the city. Because of the flexible furnishings, Citytenders are suited for a variety of purposes like canal cruises, wedding ceremonies, dinner cruises, receptions, business presentations and meetings.

This boat tour will take 90 minutes (19:00-20:30) starting from the conference venue, The Hilton Amsterdam. The cruise will include drinks and snacks. Reserve your seat as soon as possible using the HPCS 2015 registration system. The boat takes a maximum of 45 guests and it will be on first-come-first serve basis.

Price per person: 36 Euros (US$44).

Wednesday, July 22: HPCS 2015 Banquet Dinner

Museumcafé at Museums and Special Collections

The HPCS 2015 Dinner Banquet is being planned to take place at the Museumcafé on July 22 between 19:00-22:00. The Special Collections (Bijzondere Collecties) are situated in the centre of Amsterdam, at Oude Turfmarkt 127-129.

We hope that all HPCS 2015 participants will be at the dinner banquet on Wednesday evening. Please confirm your participation in the banquet on your registration form so that we can reserve a seat for you in the bus that will take us there.

Thursday, July 23: Amsterdam Cultural Event - 18:30-21:30

Walking Tour + Bike Tour of Amsterdam with Guides

The Amsterdam walking tour will start from the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel. The participants will see some historical monuments on the way to the city center as well as modern architectures of the 21st century. The one hour walking tour will have a guide for each group of participants and will end up at the biking station (Niewezijds Kolk).

For those who wish to proceed with a bike tour, the participants will check out a bike and join the group and the guide for a 1-hour tour of Amsterdam with several stops. The bike tour will reach places which remain inaccessible to others.

Those participants who do not wish to join the bike tour will have open time and suggested places to visit.

  • Total Duration: 2 hours

  • Available Places: 20 persons/ guide, maximum 40 on first-come-first serve basis

  • Price per person: 33 Euros (US$40) per person (including guides and bikes)

Please confirm your participation in this social event in your registration account and use this opportunity to meet other colleagues and widen your network while discovering this great cultural and historical city.

Friday, July 24: Full Day Excursions

Event 1: Combo Tour: Volendam, Marken & Windmills

and Amsterdam City Tour, all in one!

9:00 - 17:00

In this combination tour, you will visit Amsterdam for an extensive bus excursion. You will see all Amsterdam has to offer: from the historical monuments in the center to the modern architectures of the 21st century.

Additionally, you will visit Volendam, Marken & the windmills. A picture stop at a windmill on the river Amstel and a visit to a diamond factory are included. The tour will also take you to the historic Island of Marken. In this village, you will visit a clog maker and explore this traditional Dutch village and life. Besides Marken you will also visit Volendam, where there will be time for a Cheese Factory visit and for lunch and/or shopping. The tour includes lunch in a typical Dutch fish restaurant and Boat trip from Volendam to Marken.

Another part of the tour is the windmill village ‘de Zaanse Schans’, with its characteristic green wooden houses. On the turn of the 18th century this district was an industrial area with approximately 700 windmills in use. In this day and age there are only five left!

A memorable and exciting tour overall.

  • Duration: 8 hours

  • Available Places: minimum 18, maximum 36

  • Price per person: 59 Euros (US$71) per person (for a group of up to 36 persons, first-come-first-serve)

Event 2: Grand Holland Tour – Includ. Rotterdam, Delft,

The Hague and Madurodam

9:00 - 17:30

A great impression of Holland, that starts with a drive to Rotterdam, the country’s second largest city and famous for its modern architecture. During the city tour we will drive along the banks of the river Maas, to the old port and the remarkable yellow cube houses. The literal highlight is the ascend with the Euroscoop, the rotating glass elevator to the top of the 185 m high Euromast Tower. Then on to Delft for lunch in a Dutch restaurant (included) and a visit to a Delft Blue Pottery factory. After that, we will show you The Hague, driving past the Dutch Parliament and the Peace Palace. Our last stop will be at the miniature town Madurodam. All entrance fees are included.

  • Duration: 8.5 hours

  • Available Places: minimum 18, maximum 36

  • Price per person: 52 Euro (US$63) per person (for a group of up to 36 persons, first-come-first-serve)


For any questions concerning Social Events, please contact Social Events Chairs

Adam Belloum

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Phone: +31 02 05 25 75 14

Fax: +31


Yuri Demchenko

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Phone: +31

Fax: +31


Ana Oprescu

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Phone: +31

Fax: +31


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