ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference

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SC (formerly Supercomputing), the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, is the name of the annual conference established in 1988 by the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society. In 2012, about 10,000 people participated overall (slightly less than SC'2011 but more than SC'2010).

Not to be confused with the International Supercomputing Conference which has been held in Europe since 1986 or other similarly named conferences.

Name changes[edit]

Since its establishment in 1988,[1] and until 1995,[2] the full name of the conference was the "ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference" (sometimes: "ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing"). The conference's abbreviated (and more commonly used) formal name was "Supercomputing 'XY", where XY denotes the last two digits of the year. In 1996, according to the archived front matter of the conference proceedings,[3] the full name was changed to the ACM/IEEE "International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications". The latter document further announced that, as of 1997, the conference will undergo a name change and will be called "SC'97: High Performance Networking and Computing". The document explained that

1997 [will mark] the first use of "SC97" as the name of the annual conference you've known as "Supercomputing 'XY". This change reflects our growing attention to networking, distributed computing, data-intensive applications, and other emerging technologies that push the frontiers of communications and computing.

— SC97 Call for Participation, included in the archived front matter of Supercomputing '96.[3]

An 1997 HPCwire article discussed at length the reasoning, considerations, and concerns that accompanied the decision to change the name of the conference series from "Supercomputing 'XY" to "SC 'XY",[4] stating that

It's official: the age of supercomputing has ended. At any rate, the word "supercomputing" has been excised from the title of the annual trade shows, sponsored by the IEEE and ACM, that have been known for almost ten years as "Supercomputing '(final two digits of year)". The next event, to be held in San Jose next November, has been redesignated "SC '97." Like Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat, "supercomputing" has faded steadily away until only the smile, nose, and whiskers remain. [...] The loss is a real one. An enormous range of ordinary people had some idea, however vague, what "supercomputing" meant. No-caf, local alternatives like "SC" and "HPC" lack this authority. This is not a trivial issue. In these days of rapid change, passing technofancies, and information overload, a rose with the wrong name is just another thorn -- or forgotten immediately. After all, how can businessmen, ordinary consumers, and taxpayers be expected to pay money for something they can't comprehend? More important, will investors and grant-givers hand over money to support further R&D on something whose only identity is an arbitrary clump of capital letters?

— Norris Parker Smith. HPCwire. February 7, 1997.

Despite these concerns, the abbreviated name of the conference, "SC", persists to this day, a reminiscent of the abbreviation of the conference's original name—"Supercomputing Conference".

The full name, in contrast, underwent several changes. Between 1997 and 2003,[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] the name "High Performance Networking and Computing" was specified in the front matter of the archived conference proceedings in some years (1997, 1998, 2000, 2002), whereas in other years it was omitted altogether in favor of the abbreviated name (1999, 2001, 2003). In 2004,[12] the stated front matter full name was changed to "High Performance Computing, Networking and Storage Conference", which is nearly identical to the current full name, except that the suffix ("and analysis") is missing. In 2005,[13] without any explanation, this full name vanished; instead, the original name of the conference—"supercomputing"—reappeared in the front matter. Finally, in 2006,[14] the current full name, as used today, emerged: "International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis".

History[edit]

Year Location Conference center Peer-reviewed papers accepted/submitted/%
2016 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace Convention Center TBA
2015 Austin, Texas Austin Convention Center 79/358/22% [1]
2014 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Morial Convention Center 84/394/21% [2]
2013 Denver, Colorado Colorado Convention Center 90/457/20% [3]
2012 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace Convention Center 100/472/21% [4]
2011 Seattle, Washington Washington State Convention Center 74/352/21% [5]
2010 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Morial Convention Center 51/253/20% [6]
2009 Portland, Oregon Oregon Convention Center 59/261/23% [7]
2008 Austin, Texas Austin Convention Center 49/277/21% [8]
2007 Reno, Nevada Reno-Sparks Convention Center 54/268/20% [9]
2006 Tampa, Florida Tampa Convention Center[15] 54/239/23% [10]
2005 Seattle, Washington Washington State Convention Center[16] 62/260/24% [11]
2004 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania David L. Lawrence Convention Center[17] 60/200/30% [12]
2003 Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center[18] 60/207/29% [13]
2002 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Convention Center[19] 67/230/29% [14]
2001 Denver, Colorado Denver Convention Center[20] 60/240/25% [15]
2000 Dallas, Texas Dallas Convention Center[21] 63/179/35% [16]
1999 Portland, Oregon Oregon Convention Center[22]  ?
1998 Orlando, Florida Orange County Convention Center[23]  ?
1997 San Jose, California San Jose Convention Center[24]  ?
1996 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania David L. Lawrence Convention Center[25]  ?
1995 San Diego, California San Diego Convention Center[26]  ?
1994 Washington, D.C. Washington D.C. Convention Center[27]  ?
1993 Portland, Oregon Oregon Convention Center[28]  ?
1992 Minneapolis, Minnesota  ?
1991 Albuquerque, New Mexico
1990 New York, New York
1989 Reno, Nevada Reno-Sparks Convention Center
1988 Orlando, Florida Orange County Convention Center

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Supercomputing '88: ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference. website. Orlando, FL, USA. 1988. ISBN 0-8186-0882-X. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  2. ^ Supercomputing '95: ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference. website. San Diego, CA, USA. 1995. ISBN 0-89791-816-9. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  3. ^ a b Supercomputing '96: ACM/IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications. website. Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 1996. ISBN 0-89791-854-1. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  4. ^ Smith, Norris Parker (1997-02-07). "Supercomputing is dead; the new king needs a name". HPCwire. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  5. ^ SC97: ACM/IEEE High Performance Networking and Computing. website. San Jose, CA, USA. 1997. ISBN 0-89791-985-8. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  6. ^ SC98: ACM/IEEE High Performance Networking and Computing. website. Orlando, FL, USA. 1998. ISBN 0-89791-984-X. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  7. ^ SC99: ACM/IEEE High Performance Networking and Computing. website. Portland, OR, USA. 1999. ISBN 1-58113-091-0. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  8. ^ SC00: ACM/IEEE High Performance Networking and Computing. website. Dallas, TX, USA. 2000. ISBN 0-7803-9802-5. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  9. ^ SC01: ACM/IEEE High Performance Networking and Computing. website. Denver, CO, USA. 2001. ISBN 1-58113-293-X. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  10. ^ SC02: ACM/IEEE High Performance Networking and Computing. website. Baltimore, MD, USA. 2002. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  11. ^ SC03: ACM/IEEE High Performance Networking and Computing. website. Phoenix, AZ, USA. 2003. ISBN 1-58113-695-1. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  12. ^ SC04: ACM/IEEE High Performance Computing, Networking and Storage Conference. website. Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 2004. ISBN 0-7695-2153-3. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  13. ^ SC05: ACM/IEEE High Performance Computing, Networking and Storage Conference. website. Seattle, WA, USA. 2005. ISBN 1-59593-061-2. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  14. ^ SC06: ACM/IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. website. Tampa, FL, USA. 2006. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  15. ^ "SC06 Exhibits Facilities & Floor Plan". 2006. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ "SC05 Gateway to Discovery". 2005. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  17. ^ "SUPERCOMPUTER SHOW HAS MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 11, 2004. p. B-6. 
  18. ^ "SC2003 Conference Advance Registration Ends Oct. 10". 2003. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ "SC2002 latest news". 2002. Retrieved May 7, 2002. 
  20. ^ "Registration Now Open for SC2001, The Conference of High-Performance Computing and Networking. Denver to Host SC2001 Conference Nov. 10-16, 2001". September 7, 2001. 
  21. ^ "SC2000 GENERAL INFORMATION". 2000. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  22. ^ "I2-NEWS: Internet2 Backbones Power Supercomputing Demonstrations". November 18, 1999. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Upcoming HPCC Events SuperComputing 1998 (SC98)". 1998. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  24. ^ "SC97: High Performance Networking and Computing State of the Field Talks". November 6, 1997. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  25. ^ "High Fibre Supercomputing Conference Organizers cable the convention for the future". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 16, 1996. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Strong technical program characterizes Supercomputing '95". 1995. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  27. ^ "SC index". 1994. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  28. ^ "SCD Computing News" 14 (1). May 7, 1993. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 

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