SC19 March Need to Know: Paper Submissions Open, Apply to WINS; Start Planning Your Awards Nominations; Workshop Submissions Review in Progress; Volunteers Explore Colorado Convention Center

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Spring is almost here, and SC19 is blooming with submission and nomination opportunities, upcoming deadlines, and dedicated volunteer activity.


Papers, Papers, Papers!

We know how eagerly everyone awaits the Papers submission window each year. You’ll be happy to know that window opened on March 1, which gives you just about a month before the abstract deadline on April 2. Full papers are due by April 10, and it’s important that you submit on time since the review process introduced last year has multiple phases that do not leave room for extended deadlines.

As the cross-cutting impact of HPC becomes increasingly apparent, our community grows more diverse and inclusive in the research we feature. There is a place for many different types of research at SC, something we have tried to showcase through our 10 Paper tracks (one of which is brand new this year: Machine Learning and HPC). We also welcome small-scale studies – including single-node studies – as long as your paper clearly conveys the work’s contribution to HPC.

If you are submitting a paper, you should become familiar with the questions you will need to answer to automatically build your Artifact Description. And remember, if you are not submitting a paper, the Technical Program has plenty of other spaces for participation (like the Birds of a Feather program, for which submissions also opened on March 1). Check out upcoming Technical Program deadlines below.


Upcoming Technical Program Deadlines


Honoring the Best and Brightest

In addition to being the premier place for the HPC community to gather each year, SC also serves as an arena for celebrating exceptional past and present work occurring in the field.

The SC Program organizes both the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program and the Test of Time award. WINS is seeking qualified female U.S. candidates in their early to mid-career to join the SCinet volunteer workforce at the SC conference. WINS applications open on March 1 and will close on April 1. The Test of Time award recognizes an outstanding paper from a past SC conference that has deeply influenced the HPC discipline. Those nominations open on March 15 and close on April 23.

ACM and IEEE organize many opportunities to honor exceptional work in HPC, and nominations for three of them close in April: the ACM SIGHPC Computing4Change Competition is for students from diverse disciplines interested in enhancing their skill set to create positive change in their communities, the ACM Gordon Bell Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in HPC, and the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Fellowships in Computational and Data Science strive to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science.

The ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship honors exceptional PhD student research in HPC. The deadline for nominations is right around the corner on May 1.

If celebrating good work is exciting to you, keep an eye out for even more award nomination windows opening in upcoming months.


Upcoming Application & Nomination Deadlines


The SC Committee Is Building SC for You


  • Volunteers Flock to Denver in March: Many SC volunteers will gather for their second in-person meeting at the end of March (you can read about the first one here). Our focus during this meeting is to plan how to shape SC19 within the Colorado Convention Center space. The Technical Program Committee will determine which programs fit best in which rooms, while SCinet will be planning where to build the world’s fastest network for the week.
  • Workshops Review Has Started: In the past month, volunteers on the Workshops team have reviewed 40 proposals for new and renewed workshops. A fun fact for the detail lovers out there: each proposal receives at least three reviews. Those of you who submitted proposals will be notified if you were accepted on March 20, and everyone can look forward to learning more about which workshops were accepted in our April blog update.


Keep Up with SC19

As you can see, there are many things happening with SC all year long. The blog is one of the best places to keep up with the latest news. Check out our recent highlight of two HPC protagonists; dive further into reproducibility and what it means to SC; think about why HPC is now in physics; or catch our overview of the SC Tech Program and all the opportunities it has to offer.

And for my part, I hope you’ll tune in to this monthly overview once again in April. In addition to our program updates, we may have a fun reveal ready for you about where the Tech Program party is happening this year!


Michela Taufer, PhD, General Chair, SC19

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Michela Taufer is the Dongarra Professor in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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