The International Supercomputing 18 (SC18) conference, taking place in Dallas, Texas, celebrated the 30th Anniversary of World’s Largest Forum and Marketplace for High Performance Computing from 11-16 November.

The conference, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), is the largest and most renowned worldwide annual event in the field of High Performance Computing (HPC).

The event offers presentations of research papers, a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase in many ways HPC, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce.

During the conference, Professor Vladimir Getov, from the School of Computer Science and Engineering, had the honour of chairing the worldwide awards selection committee of the 2018 IEEE-CS Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC) Early Career Researcher Awards for Excellence in High-Performance Computing. The awards, presented by Professor Getov on Thursday 15 November, recognised the exceptional work and results of three renowned young researchers: Dr Lin Gan from Tsinghua University, Dr Min Si from Argonne National Laboratory and Dr Edgar Solomonik from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Professor Vladimir Getov with the IEEE-CS TCHPC ECR awards winners

This year’s conference celebrated the theme of ‘HPC Inspires’, showcasing the contributions of many researchers and scientists in the field. The event attracted a record-breaking number of over 13,000 attendees and included a wide range of activities such as workshops, tutorials, research papers, exhibitions, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning.

Highlighted activities included panel discussions from experts on the past and future of Supercomputing and HPC research as well as a display in the Lobby Museum highlighting Supercomputing’s history with both physical and digital artefacts from the 30 previous conferences.

Professor Getov said: "It was a real pleasure to be a member of the IEEE/ACM Supercomputing Conference 30th Anniversary Committee and to contribute directly to making its efforts a success. In particular, our virtual roundtable article ‘The 30th Anniversary of the Supercomputing Conference: Bringing the Future Closer — Supercomputing History and the Immortality of Now’ was circulated in 6,000 copies to conference attendees and attracted a lot of positive feedback."  

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