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30 years of SC logoSC18 marks the 30th Anniversary of the SC Conference Series. The infrastructure of high performance computing and the high performance computing community have grown exponentially since the first SC conference, SC88 in Orlando, Florida. This anniversary offers all of us the opportunity to review – and celebrate – our collective contributions, not only to HPC, but also to society at large.

A number of activities at SC18 will highlight the evolution of the conference across all categories of HPC – from architecture and networking to performance and visualization. We hope you will find time to visit, view, and reflect on the SC community and its history – your computers, your code, your colleagues, your achievements, and, most of all, your friendships.

We also want to take the time to consider the future, to lay the groundwork for SC to continue to advance the work of the HPC community worldwide.




Plan to join us in celebrating 30 years of SC with happenings including:

    • Visit the 30th Anniversary Point of Presence (POP) in Lobby D at the entrance to Exhibit Hall D, adjacent to the sky bridge to the Omni Hotel. Hours:
      • Monday, November 12, 7–9 pm
      • Tuesday, November 13, 10 am–6 pm
      • Wednesday, November 14, 10 am–6 pm
      • Thursday, November 15, 10 am–4 pm
    • Cray 1 on display. Drop by and get a Cray “selfie” in front of the iconic machine that is synonymous with supercomputing.
    • Beowulf cluster build and Beowulf community gathering lounge. Live Beowulf cluster build continues every day during the conference.
    • Breakthroughs in supercomputing history – a chronology of how the supercomputing past made the supercomputing present.
    • SCinet architectural diagrams showing the evolution of network technology from 10 Mb to 100 Gb. See a Fuzzball router used on the NSFnet that interconnected the academic supercomputer centers and spawned the commercial Internet.
    • A variety of conference memorabilia and historically significant artifacts loaned by exhibitors and attendees.
    • A walk in video, to be shown before the keynote and other presentations over the course of the week, will feature highlights from the past 30 years, contributed by HPC professionals from academia, industry, and government.
    • SC History Makers: SC Exhibitors have contributed to SC/HPC history for decades. Learn more by visiting exhibitors’ booths with “SC History Maker” signs and by watching signage and news throughout the SC conference.
    • SC: The Conference, a panel on Wednesday, November 14, 10:30 am–12 pm, will feature past conference chairs discussing the past and future of SC, supercomputing, and HPC research. Be there!


Past Conferences


Proceedings from previous SC Conference years are available.




The SC18 Planning Committee is seeking volunteers to serve as docents in the Lobby Museum. We are also building a list of people who have attended all 30 SC conferences. Sign up to help create this exciting overview of our community’s accomplishments and advancements.

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