The background of Prometeus GmbH with the two business areas ISC – International Supercomputing Conference and TOP500 Project is closely connected with Hans Meuer, who founded Prometeus GmbH in 1998.
Hans Meuer has been involved in data processing since 1960. He served as specialist, project leader, group and department chief during his 11 years at the Research Center in Jülich, Germany, 1962 - 1973. For the following 26 years, he was director of the computer center and professor for computer science at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Since 1998, he has been managing director of Prometeus GmbH.
Hans Meuer studied mathematics, physics and politics at the universities of Giessen, Vienna and Marburg. In 1972, he received his doctorate in mathematics from the Rheinisch Westfälische Technical University (RWTH) of Aachen. Since 1982 he has been involved intensively in the areas of supercomputing / parallel computing. In 1986, he became co-founder and organizer of the first Mannheim Super Computer Seminar (later - International Supercomputing Conferences ISC), which has been held annually ever since. Hans Meuer is the Conference General Chair since the very beginning. In 1993, Hans Meuer started the TOP500 initiative together with Erich Strohmaier (previously at the University of Mannheim, currently at LBNL in Berkeley) and Jack Dongarra (University of Tennessee and ORNL). In the TOP500 the most powerful computers in the world are listed - ranked by their best performance on the Linpack Benchmark. The list is updated twice a year. The first of these updates always coincides with the ISC Conferences in Europe in June, the second one is presented in November at the ACM/ IEEE Super Computer Conference in the U.S.