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A New Year, a New City, and a New General Chair

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Impactful connections

The SC Conference is officially The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. From its title, you might assume that the conference is all about hardware and software. It’s not – at least not to me. It’s about people, the things we create, and the innovations we create with those things.

Ever since my first SC experience at SC2000 in Dallas, I’ve been struck by how many settings the conference provides for people to make impactful connections. Paper presentations, workshops, BoFs, posters, and especially hallway conversations can bring about new collaborations between researchers, potential customers, mentors, and mentees. And year after year, the post-conference survey responses show how much attendees value these opportunities to connect. I’ve been part of the conference planning committee since SC11 in Seattle, so I appreciate the many hundreds of volunteers who plan and implement each year’s conference. They bring to life the events and activities that attendees find so valuable for establishing and strengthening personal connections.

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HPC Creates


I’m proud to have been part of the team that established the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s Frontier as the first certified exascale system on the TOP500 list. But I also recognize that no matter how powerful, how sophisticated, elegant, and just plain cool a high performance computing system is, at the end of the day it’s just a tool. What matters is what we do with it. And so, each year I’m especially interested in seeing what people can create with the systems we talk about at SC, and how they apply to real-world problems. I look forward to the technical papers and posters, the invited talks, and the presentations by ACM Gordon Bell Prize nominees that capture the astounding inspiration and cutting-edge breakthroughs made by the members of our SC community.

After SC23, I heard a first-time SC attendee – an Oak Ridge National Laboratory colleague – say that he’s never had so many good conversations over such a short duration in his life. Given the tremendous effort it takes to organize and carry out the conference each year, it’s incredibly gratifying to hear about experiences like this, and I look forward to seeing how those conversations bear fruit. And I know he’s not alone – with SC23’s record-setting attendance (over 14,000 registrants), we have a lot of creativity to look forward to at SC24 and beyond.

Atlanta Here We Come

SC24 is excited to bring the creative minds that deploy and use HPC to Atlanta, Georgia – a new city for our conference, and a vibrant, exciting place to visit. The city boasts the world’s busiest airport, the birthplace of Coca-Cola, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, among other attractions. The committee is working hard to ensure that everyone feels welcome and can find their way around the city.

I’m honored to serve the SC community as the General Chair of SC24, and I encourage you all to show your creativity in your contributions to, and participation in, the conference in November. See you there! 


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