Thank You for Attending SC19!
At this year’s conference, we not only learned the latest discoveries in our evolving field – but also celebrated the countless ways in which HPC is improving our lives … our communities … our world.
So many people worked together to make SC19 possible – more than:
780 volunteers, 370 exhibitors, 1,150 presenters, and a record 13,950 attendees.
What “HPC is Now” Means to You
The road to SC19 has been a long journey that started with hundreds of volunteers three years ago. Along the way, we reached out to many of you to ask what “HPC is Now” means to you.
I have learned a lot from our discussions – how HPC is now impacting virtually every industry and research area around the globe.
And based on your contributions, we have, in the past 12 months, strived to connect with you in a variety of ways, through regular tweets, ideas from student volunteers, start-ups sharing stories of their work, blog posts, and the monthly newsletter.
I am truly amazed by the wide-ranging and impactful work that is bringing HPC to the front of industries, services, education, and communities.
Through the interviews posted on our blog, we learned from some of the top researchers across the globe how HPC is playing a critical role in: cancer research, the development of connected and autonomous vehicles, predicting the occurrence and impact of natural disasters, understanding how the universe was formed, exploring high performance molecular simulations and visualization, and optimizing the impact of AI and machine learning technologies.
Don’t miss additional posts highlighting thoughts from HPC experts, rising stars, and student experiences.
A Program for You, Made by You
So many talented scientists across a wide range of exciting fields of research contributed to the Program – all connected by high performance computing. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
During SC19 – through paper presentations, tutorials and workshops, the plenary and keynote sessions, award presentations, exhibits, and the rest of the amazing program – we have discovered so much more about the new, exciting, and impactful ways HPC is making a difference in our lives.
To help you navigate SC19, we offered the conference program in the palm of your hand with our new mobile app. SC19 has been your program. A program for you, made by you, whether you were a volunteer or a presenter, an exhibitor or an attendee, a student volunteer or an award winner.
Need access to an SC19 Paper for your research? New this year, the ACM OpenTOC provides this at no cost to everyone, even if you weren’t able to attend SC19.
SC19 celebrated your talent. Throughout the conference we recognized members of our community advancing HPC.
At the conference opening, we joined our sponsors ACM and IEEE Computer Society to announce three major awards in HPC – the ACM IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award, the IEEE CS Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, and the IEEE CS Sidney Fernbach Award.
At the Award Ceremony on Thursday, we celebrated the winner of the Best Paper, Best Student Paper, Best Research Poster, ACM Student Research Competition, and many more.
SCinet Reaches New Heights
During the week of SC, SCinet became the most powerful and advanced network on Earth, connecting the SC community to the world. SCinet not only provided internet connectivity for conference attendees, it once again pushed the boundaries of networking technologies and innovations through workshops, demos, and collaborative opportunities, many of which were held in the SC Theater, including the new-for-SC19 Technology Challenge.
SCinet Network Architecture
- Wide Area Network Capacity: 4.22 Tbps
- Wide Area Connection Circuits: (38)100 Gbps, (1)400 GbE, (2)10 Gbps
- Network Carrier Providers: CenturyLink (12)100 Gbps, Zayo (4)100 Gbps, ESnet (5)100 Gbps, Internet2 (2)100 GbE/Spectrum (15)100 Gbps, (1)400 GbE
Yesterday It Was the Moon, Today It Is Mars
50 years ago, the Apollo astronauts landed on the moon for the first time. That achievement was made possible by women and men using the most advanced technology and computing power of that time.
I like to think that outer space is not the boundary of our imagination, that humankind can go beyond, and that HPC is our key to the universe.
Humankind has spent more than 5,600 days exploring Mars with two unmanned rovers. These NASA machines guided by computing power made it possible for scientists to access their findings from as far as 250 million miles away.
Mars also played an important role in the Student Cluster Competition Reproducibility Initiative at SC19. Students were challenged to reproduce and expand the results of a paper from SC18 by building several Mars models based on satellite data collected by NASA.
I shared with you my excitement about how HPC has moved to the edge, to enable the exploration of Mars. And a person that makes that excitement contagious has been our SC19 Keynote, Dr. Steven Squyres.
The Community Reflects on SC19
Explore a few excellent articles from HPCwire and STEM-Trek with their perspectives on SC19:
- HPCwire: Full Coverage of SC19
- Ride the Wild Side – Squyres SC19 Mars Rovers Keynote
- SC19: Empowered to Lead the Way in Mozambique!
- SC ‘First Timer’ Reflections; Looking Forward to Many More!
Time to Say Goodbye
As SC19 comes to an end, I’d like to express thanks to ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, SIGHPC, our committees, our exhibitors, and each and every one of you who were in Denver. You made this conference a success and we couldn’t have done this without you. We look forward to seeing you all next year in Atlanta at SC20.
Michela Taufer, PhD, General Chair, SC19
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.