SC18 Unveils Plans to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary

These days, not many things are able to stick around for 30 consecutive years. Companies get bought out or close; restaurants shutter their doors; and some conferences just stop being relevant. However, that is not the case with the SC Conference Series, where organizers and attendees will be celebrating the 30th consecutive conference.

Message from 30-Year Chair

“It is amazing how far the conference has come since a small group of our pioneers first convened in Kissimmee, Florida some 30 years ago,” said Kevin Walsh, SC18 30th Anniversary Chair from University of California, San Diego. “We have become a community of communities encompassing many areas such as algorithms, applications, architectures, data analytics, networks, visualization, storage, and performance, programming systems.”

For a look back at previous conference websites dating back to 1988, visit the archived listing on the SC Conference Series website.

Highlights for 30-Year Anniversary

According to Walsh, plans to recognize the 30-year anniversary include:

  • Engaging all exhibitors to answer the question: “What did your organization do to make SC history?” Then in turn showcasing those answers via an interactive attendee game on the exhibit floor.
  • Active social media announcements and historical “throwbacks” that will highlight milestones over the past three decades.
  • A “hall of fame” community gathering of previous SC chairs.
  • 30th anniversary point of presence in various convention center locations with SC history banners by year and micro-site displays.
  • Historical displays of past general chairs, SCinet chairs, and award winners.
  • Museum-style display cases of SC historical artifacts.
  • A series of articles focusing on historical SC perspectives such as “Origins of OpenHPC”, “Data Before Big Data” and a “Perennials” article which will highlight the special group of people who have attended every conference.

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