It’s been just over a month since the SC community took over Denver! We hope you have recovered from this incredible week of education, collaboration and fun and are ready for the holiday season.
Once again our community came together to celebrate the high impact contributions of the HPC community – from those just starting their careers to those who are SC “long-timers” – some who have been to every single conference since it began 30 years ago!
As you start to settle in for the holidays – hopefully with some relaxation time on your hands – what a great opportunity to re-live some of your favorite moments from SC17 and to share some too!
Photos and Videos
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Missed the Keynote, Plenary or an Invited Talk or want to watch them again? Find all of these videos on our YouTube Channel:
- Keynote: “Life, the Universe and Computing: The Story of the SKA Telescope”
- Opening Plenary: “The Era of Smart Cities: Reimagining Urban Life with HPC”
- SC17 Invited Talks
- HPC Connects Video Series
- SC17 Awards Ceremony
Attendees: The conference drew 12,753 attendees and featured a technical program spanning six days – marking the second largest SC conference of all time. Another goal for SC17 was to broaden the reach on a global basis and this was reflected in both general attendee numbers and on the exhibitor floor. Approximately 2,800 people were from countries other than the United States and 122 exhibitors were international.
Tech Program: The SC Technical Program is highly competitive and one of the broadest of any HPC conference. In the 13 elements comprising tech program, SC17 had a total number of 880 submissions from close to 2800 unique individuals. Over 370 different highly respected volunteers from academia, government and industry, peer-reviewed the submissions. In the end, over 1300 different authors were accepted throughout the different components of tech program (not including individual workshop papers). Technical papers remained extremely competitive with acceptance rates of approximately 19%. And this year marked a stepping-stone in reproducibility for technical papers: in total, 45% of submissions included a reproducibility appendix, and a total of 51% of accepted papers included it. An increase of 344% from 2016!
Exhibits: The exhibit hall featured 153,400 net square feet. The 358 industry and research-focused exhibits includes an all-time, record-high of 46 first-time organizations and 122 organizations from a total of 26 countries outside the Unites States making SC17 truly a global experience.
SCinet: With $66 million in vendor-contributed hardware, software and services, over 180 SCinet volunteers delivered 3.6 Terabits per second in bandwidth, which is enough capacity to download a two-hour HD movie in 12 milliseconds or all 26 million songs in the iTunes catalog in five minutes. As part of the network construction, the team installed 60 miles of fiber optic cable and 280 wireless access points in and around the Colorado Convention Center.
Inclusivity: Among many programs the conference created to encourage greater participation in the conference, SC offered on-site Daycare for the second year in a row. This year, close to 20 children from 13 families were able to benefit from the service – more than twice the number of participants from SC16. We are excited to see more and more attendees seeing the benefit of this service so they can participate in the conference and take care of their families at the same time. Plus what a great way to expose kids to the world of HPC at such a young age!
The Best of the Best: Tech Program Awards Summary
Best Student Paper – “A Framework for Scalable Biophysics-Based Image Analysis”
Authors: Amir Gholami, Andreas Mang, University of Texas, Klaudius Scheufele University of Stuttgart, Christos Davatzikos University of Pennsylvania, Miriam Mehl University of Stuttgart, George Biros, University of Texas
Best Paper Award – “Extreme Scale Multi-Physics Simulations of the Tsunamigenic 2004 Sumatra Megathrust Earthquake”
Authors: Carsten Uphoff, Sebastian Rettenberger, Michael Bade, Technical University of Munich, Garching, Elizabeth H. Madden, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München,Thomas Ulrich Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Stephanie Wollherr Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Alice-Agnes Gabriel Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
The ACM Gordon Bell Prize – “15-Pflops Nonlinear Earthquake Simulation on Sunway TaihuLight: Enabling Depiction of Realistic 10 Hz Scenarios”
Research by: Haohuan Fu, Conghui He, Bingwei Chen, Zekun Yin, Shandong University, Zhenguo Zhang, Southern University of Science and Technology, Wenqiang Zhang, University of Science and Technology of China, Tingjian Zhang, Shandong University, Wei Xue, Tsinghua University, Weiguo Liu, Shandong University, Wanwang Yin, National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology, Guangwen Yang, Tsinghua University, Xiaofei Chen, Southern University of Science and Technology
Best Poster Award – “AI with Super-computed Data for Monte Carlo Earthquake Hazard Classification” by Tsuyoshi Ichimura, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo
Group shot of the SC17 Student Cluster teams and volunteers.
Student Cluster Competition – Winner of both the Highest LINPACK Benchmark and Overall Competition: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
ACM Student Research Competition, Undergraduate:
1st Place Award winner: “Diagnosing Parallel I/O Bottlenecks in HPC Applications,” by Peter Z. Harrington, University of California, Santa Cruz
2nd place Award winner: “Finding a Needle in a Field of Haystacks: Lightweight Metadata Search for Large-Scale Distributed Research Repositories,” by Anna Blue Keleher, University of Maryland
ACM Student Research Competition, Graduate:
1st Place: “Deep Learning with HPC Simulations for Extracting Hidden Signals: Detecting Gravitational Waves,” by Daniel George, NCSA, University of Illinois
2nd Place: “GEMM-Like Tensor-Tensor Contraction (GETT),” by Paolo Bientinesi, Paul Springer, RWTH Aachen University
3rd Place: “Optimization of the AIREBO Many-Body Potential for KNL,” by Markus Höhnerbach, RWTH Aachen University
SC17 Scientific Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Winner: “First Light in the Renaissance Simulation Visualization: Formation of the Very First Galaxies in the Universe”
Authors: Donna J. Cox, Robert M. Patterson, Stuart A. Levy, Jeffrey D. Carpenter, AJ Christensen, Kalina M. Borkiewicz National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois, Brian W. O’Shea Michigan State University, John H. Wise, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hao Xu, University of California, San Diego Michael L. Norman, San Diego Supercomputer Center University of California, San Diego
The ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award: Dr. Ilkay Altintas, University of California’s San Diego Supercomputer Center.
The IEEE Computer Society Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC) Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers in High Performance Computing: Leon Song, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Antonio Peña, Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Amanda Randles, Duke University
The George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships: Shaden Smith of the University of Minnesota and Yang You of the University of California.
ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowship Winners:
Kellon Belfon, Stony Brook University
Linda Gesenhues, Fed. Univ. of Rio de Janeiro
Ananya Gupta, University of Manchester
Maciej Kos, Northeastern University
Jessica Micallef, Michigan State University
Shannon Moran, University of Michigan
Santiago Núñez-Corrales, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Laura Palacio Tamayo, University of Medellín
Minu Pilvankar, Oklahoma State University
Shefali Umrania, Carnegie Mellon University
Valeri Vasquez, University of California, Berkeley
Emma Zohner, Rice University
And don’t forget to mark your calendars for NEXT YEAR!
SC18 will be held next November 11-16, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.
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