Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Birds-of-a-Feather Submissions Are Now Open

SC Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are always popular with attendees.
Don't just observe, ENGAGE! The Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions are among the most interactive, popular, and well-attended sessions of the SC Conference Series. The BOF sessions provide a non-commercial, dynamic venue for conference attendees to openly discuss current topics of focused mutual interest within the HPC community with a strong emphasis on audience-driven discussion, professional networking and grassroots participation.

SC15 will continue this tradition with a full schedule of exciting, informal, interactive sessions focused around a variety of special topics of mutual interest.

BOF sessions are an excellent opportunity to connect and interact with other attendees with whom you share a mutual interest. SC15 will feature BOF sessions about many HPC-related topics such as accelerators, programming models, big data, and education.

Important Date:

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2015

For web submissions: click here

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Submissions Open for Emerging Technologies Track

The SC Emerging Technologies (ET) track is welcoming submissions for any new, potentially disruptive technology that might have a big impact on the HPC landscape in the medium to long term (5-15 years). While submissions from any potentially relevant emerging technology is welcomed, for 2015 we will have a particular focus on “SoCs for HPC”. System-on-a-Chip (SoC) technologies which might be highly advantageous for HPC and so an exploration of how this space might disrupt HPC is timely.

For 2015, ET topics of interest will therefore include innovative architectures, operating environments, programming systems, energy efficiency, use cases, applications, etc.  Submissions that highlight relevance for HPC environments, systems and workloads would be of particular interest.

Successful submissions will receive floor space in a high visibility location as part of the technical program to allow SC15 attendees the opportunity to witness technology demonstrations and to engage with presenters in in-depth technical discussions.

Submissions due: Friday, July 31 (2-page all inclusive)
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Web Submissions: click here

More details are available by clicking here.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Deadline Approaching: Nominations for SC15 Cray, Fernbach and Kennedy Awards due July 1

AUSTIN, Texas–Each year, the global supercomputing community honors a handful of the leading contributors to the field with the presentation of the IEEE Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award, the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award and the ACM-IEEE Ken Kennedy Award.

Nominations for these awards to be presented at SC15 in Austin are now open and the submission deadline is Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Recipients of this year’s awards will give special presentations during SC15, to be held Nov. 15-20 at the Austin Convention Center. Here are descriptions of the three awards:

IEEE Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award
Seymour Cray
Established in 1997, the IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award recognizes innovative contributions to high performance computing systems that best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray. Previous winners have been recognized for design, engineering and intellectual leadership in creating innovative and successful HPC systems. One of HPC’s most prestigious awards, winners receive an illuminated certificate and a $10,000 honorarium at a special awards session during the conference. Learn more by clicking here.

Sidney Fernbach
IEEE Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award
The IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award was established in 1992 in honor of Sidney Fernbach, one of the pioneers in the development and application of high performance computers for solving large computational problems. Nominations that recognize creation of widely-used and innovative software packages, application software and tools are especially solicited. The Fernbach award winner receives a certificate and $2,000. Learn more by clicking here.

ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
Ken Kennedy
The ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award, established in 2009, is presented for outstanding contributions to programmability or productivity in computing, together with significant community service or mentoring contributions. The award was established in memory of Ken Kennedy, the founder of Rice University's nationally ranked computer science program and one of the world's foremost experts on high performance computing. Awardees receive a certificate and a $5,000 honorarium. Learn more by clicking here.

Questions on the awards may be directed to:

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Submissions Now Being Accepted for SC15 HPC Impact Showcase

A popular attendee attraction is the HPC Impact Showcase presentations.
The HPC Impact Showcase committee is now accepting submissions.  We invite conference attendees from within the industry to share their stories of how HPC has transformed their endeavors and given them a competitive advantage.

The Showcase will emphasize the tangible benefit of HPC in delivering innovations, which enable companies to succeed within their particular market-space. Read more about the HPC Impact Showcase!  Tell your story.  Share it with the world.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2015
Submission info: click here.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

SC15 Selects 9 Teams for Student Cluster Competition

It's that time of year again, teams from across the world are preparing to compete in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at SC15.  This year the SCC is proud to host 9 teams that will battle it out to showcase their hardware and computing might to battle zombie invasions, hurricanes, exotic particles, gene reconstruction and MORE!

The selected teams are from  the following organizations/countries:

Arizona Tri-University Team — US
Illinois Institute of Technology — US
National Tsing Hua University — Taiwan
Northeastern University (OpenCompute New England) — US
Pawsey Supercomputing Centre — Australia
Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen — Germany
Tsinghua University — China
Universidad EAFIT — Colombia
University of Oklahoma — US

For more information about the competition please click here.  Best of luck to all the participants.

Now Accepting Emerging Technology Submissions

In the Emerging Technologies track, SC15 will examine innovative solutions that may significantly change and extend the world of HPC in the next five to fifteen years. Consisting of panel sessions and competitively selected exhibits, Emerging Technologies will showcase technologies that are innovative, but not yet available from industry as products.

SC15 invites submissions from industry, academia, and government researchers. For more information on the Emerging Technology track or the submission process, click here.

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2015

Web Submissions: click here.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Learn How the Student Cluster Competition Transforms Careers

SC15 is set to hold another nail-biting Student Cluster Competition, or SCC, now in its ninth year, as an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. Held as part of SC15's Students@SC, the Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. Over the years, the competition has drawn teams from around the world.

In this real-time, non-stop, 48-hour challenge, teams of undergraduate and/or high school students assemble a small cluster on the SC15 exhibit floor and race to complete a real-world workload across a series of applications and impress HPC industry judges.

Teams of six (6) students partner with vendors to design and build a cutting-edge cluster from commercially available components that does not exceed a 3120-watt power limit (26-amp at 120-volt), and work with application experts to tune and run the competition codes.

Click the link below to hear from some of last year's participants as to why this is such a special opportunity for the next generation of computer scientists.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SC Steering Committee Seeks Nominations - Deadline Approaching

The SC Conference Steering Committee is now taking nominations for SC18 General Chair and for two positions on the Steering Committee. They encourage people to nominate well qualified colleagues or self-nominate.

The deadline for SC18 General Chair nominations is June 9th and the deadline for the Steering Committee nominations is September 8th.

For more information go to click here.

Send questions or nominations to