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High Performance Computing 2013
Kyiv, October 7-11, 2013

Venue

Conference hall of NTUU "KPI" building 6, 37 Peremohy ave., Kyiv

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Accomodation

There is a number of hotels in Kyiv, but you may be interested in apartments rent as a cheaper alternative:

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Please contact us if you have any difficulties finding the best place to stay in Kyiv.

Want to discover Kyiv city? Check out some highlights by Oleg Finger.

Visa Policy of Ukraine

Citizens of the following countries can enter Ukraine without a visa for an indefinite stay: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan.

Citizens of the following countries can enter Ukraine without a visa for a stay up to 90 days, with minor exceptions: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina (30 days), Brazil, Brunei (30 days), Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (14 days), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia (30 days), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey (30 days), United Kingdom, USA.

If you need visa to visit our conference please inform Organizing Committee in advance, at least a month before your arrival. Very often embassies of Ukraine require hard copy of invitation with a stamp of Ministry of Internal Affairs from conference organizers. Please take into account that we need to spend up to two weeks for paper processing in the Ministry.

Please check up-to-date information about visa requirements here.

About Kyiv

There are cities that symbolise a nation, and Kyiv is one of them. Kyiv is the soul of Ukraine, playing a key part in the past, present and future of this country. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Kyiv is covered in a sea of greenery, which can be seen everywhere - in its many parks, boulevards and gardens. At every corner of every street you will find beautiful historic sites. 

Kyiv is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnipro River, an important industrial, scientific, educational, and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks.

During its history, Kyiv, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, passed through several stages of great prominence and relative obscurity. The city probably existed as a commercial centre as early as the 5th century. In the 9th century the city became a capital of the Rus', the first East Slavic state. Even the great Tatar invasion that shook the civilised world in the 13th Century was unable to wipe it off the face of the earth. Then, at the beginning in the 17th century, Kyiv once again turned into a leading spiritual and cultural centre.

Today we are witnessing a great time in Kyiv’s and in Ukraine’s history. With the population of over three million, the same as Rome, Paris, and Madrid, changes are taking place at an amazing pace. At the same time, Kyiv faces challenges that other modern European cities face as well.

Kyiv sights

Khreschatyk

Khreschatyk street

From its start at European Square to its terminus at Bessarabs’ka Square, Kyiv’s most beloved street is not even two kilometres long. Despite what has been called the most impressive unbroken string of Stalinist architecture anywhere, Khreschatyk’s wide chestnut lined sidewalks are ideal for a relaxing stroll.

On weekends and holidays, the street becomes a pedestrian only thoroughfare where locals, travellers and street performers mingle and frolic. It’s hard to imagine that this was once a deep valley surrounded by dense forest. The valley was named Khreschata (crossed) in reference to the many ravines that converged in the area.

Some of the city’s best shopping can be found both above and below ground. Trendy malls have been dug beneath Bessarabs’ka and Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square).

Independence Square Maidan Nezalezhnosti

Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti)

Kyiv’s central square has undergone major changes in recent years, both above and below ground (you can see the Globus Shopping Centre’s glassy domes). One of the main city squares, it is located on the Khreshchatyk Street. The square has been known under many different names, but it became known simply as the Maidan due to the political events that took place there in 2004 after the Ukrainian accession to independence (The Orange Revolution).

St. Sophia’s Cathedral Sofiys'kyi Sobor

St. Sophia’s Cathedral (Sofiys'kyi Sobor)

Kyiv’s oldest standing church, St. Sophia’s was built in 1037 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, who incidentally was laid to rest inside. It was named after the famous St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Constantinople.

This majestic 13-cupola sanctuary adjoined Yaroslav’s Palace and became a holy place of worship for Kyivites as well as a political and cultural centre. With an interior of rich frescoes and mosaics, many of which are still intact almost a millennium later, the cathedral made a huge impression on the ordinary worshippers of Kyiv. The azure and white bell tower is 76 m high and was finished in 1752. The cathedral’s upper Ukrainian Baroque section and gilded cupola were added in 1852.

Today the entire complex is protected by Ukraine, and also receives support from UNESCO. The 18th century refectory works as a museum and contains archaeological artefacts and architectural displays, such as models depicting Kyiv as it looked before being razed by Mongol invaders in 1240.

St. Andrew’s Church Andriivs'ka Tserkva

St. Andrew’s Church (Andriivs'ka Tserkva)

Famous Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli was the mastermind behind this attractive Baroque church that greets the throngs at the top of Andriivs’kyi uzviz (Andrew’s Descent).

Built in 1754, it’s one of the rare buildings in Kyiv that has managed to avoid serious damage or reconstruction. The elegant silhouette of its one large dome and five lesser cupolas are easily visible from Podil and beyond.

Apostle Andrew, who was the first Christian to preach the gospel in Kyivan Rus, was said to have erected a cross on this very site. It was the wish of Peter the Great’s religiously-minded daughter, Elizabeth, after her visit to Kyiv in 1744 that this church be built.

Golden Gate Zoloti Vorota

Golden Gate (Zoloti Vorota)

Zoloti Vorota, one of the most unique architectural/archaeological sites in Kyiv, reopened in 2007 after a lengthy reconstruction.

The remains of ancient Kyiv’s main gate were originally constructed during the height of the Kyivan Rus, and are included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Painstakingly planned by historians and architects, the bright new construction that entombs the ancient walls is considered an exact replica of the original gate. From the platforms you can see the views of Volodymys’ka street and surrounding area.

Motherland Rodina Mat’

Motherland (Rodina Mat’)

The sculpture is a part of Museum of the Great Patriotic War. It was opened in 1981. The stainless steel statue stands 62 m (203 ft) tall upon the museum building with the overall structure measuring 102 m (335 ft) and weighing 560 tons. The sword in the statue's right hand is 16 m (52 ft) long weighing 9 tons, with the left hand holding up a 13 by 8 m (43 by 26 ft) shield with the State Emblem of the Soviet Union.

The Memorial hall of the Museum displays marble plaques with carved names of more than 11,600 soldiers and over 200 workers of the home-front honored during the war with the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Hero of Socialist Labor. On the hill beneath the museum, traditional flower shows are held.

The Friendship of Nations Arch

The Friendship of Nations Arch

This steel rainbow was erected in 1983 to commemorate the unification of Ukraine and Russia in 1653. The monument is supposed to symbolize friendship and mutual respect between the two nations. Crowds swarm the monument’s platform to enjoy spectacular views of the Dnipro River and the vast steppes beyond.

Dnipro River

Dnipro River

Usually on May 1, the Kyiv River Port officially opens its season of tours on the Dnipro. Kyivites and visitors to the capital have made cruising this famed river and its tributaries one of their favourite leisure activities.

From the water it’s possible to see Kyiv’s sites from a whole new perspective and enjoy the awe inspiring beauty of the lush forests that caress both banks. Aboard different tour boats passengers can go as far as the Kyiv Sea or sweep down to the southern suburb of Osokorky.

Shevchenko Park

Shevchenko Park

Shevchenko Park is a monument of gardening and landscape architecture. So many gorgeous colours, sights and sounds are packed into such a small area.

The park is located on the corner of Volodymyrs’ka street and Shevchenko bul’v., opposite Taras Shevchenko National University.

From the centre of the park, a solemn looking statue of Taras Shevchenko (the greatest of the classic Ukrainian literary figures) gazes down, like a stern yet loving father, on his hedonistic spawn.

NSC Olimpiyskiy

NSC Olimpiyskiy

This is a multifunctional sport arena which holds sport, cultural, business, and many other events. It is the prime venue in Ukraine and the 8th largest football stadium in the world with a total capacity of 83,450.

The stadium was founded in 1923. The last reconstruction works lasted over 3 years and gave the stadium its modern and incredible appearance. The official opening took place on 11 October, 2011.

In June 2012 the Stadium hosted matches of the European Football championship including the final game between Spain and Italy on 1 July, 2012. Apart from sport events, NSC Olimpiyskiy provides conference & banqueting facilities, catering, photo shoot services.

Dishes to taste in Kyiv

Chicken Kiev and Kyiv Cake (in Russian).

Ukrainian Borshch (in Russian).

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