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Inclusivity

Each SC Conference brings together HPC professionals and students of all nationalities, ethnicities, genders, and technical levels with the goal of sparking new conversations, new connections, and new ideas.

Making all attendees feel welcome is important to SC. Through the programs and services that we provide for attendees and our efforts to educate the HPC community on the benefits of a diverse workforce, we all make progress toward the goal of improved science and research.

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Questions about SC’s effort to diversify the HPC community, improve inclusivity, and improve the attendee experience?

SC Attendees

Inclusivity Chair
Verónica G. Melesse Vergara, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

SC welcomes everyone regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion.

Inclusivity Initiatives

CommUNITY@SC24

The CommUNITY Computing Initiative (CommUNITY@SC24) aims to establish professional opportunities and cultivate a sustainable professional community within the local areas where SC is held while fostering diversity and inclusion. 

Learn more about this initiative, and how to participate in the Community@SC24 Professional Development Program.

HPC Illuminations Pavilion

The HPC Illuminations Pavilion is returning for SC24 to provide a platform for HPC researchers and technologists to share innovative software or hardware, new discoveries, or exciting technical content with the SC24 community.

This opportunity provides a time slot at the SC Theater for newly established and/or underrepresented research teams.

Fostering Belonging

demographics

Since 2016, the SC Conference has collected demographic information from attendees during the registration process and set a goal towards achieving 20% female attendance by 2020. Since then, the conference has made continuous progress towards this goal. In 2021, 14.4% of attendees were female (11.6% of attendees polled did not report their gender).

We encourage all attendees to provide this data during registration. Individual names are not archived, just the aggregate counts. SC24 committee and attendee demographics will be posted here once the data is collected this winter.

current data

Please view the Demographics page on the SC21 website for the most current data.

Our Commitment to You

The SC Conference Series has made an ongoing commitment to address inclusivity and diversity at the conference and within the HPC community. Our goal is to broaden participation from all constituents of the community and provide a more inclusive experience for everyone.

To aid in this effort, we recognize the importance of publishing our demographic information in order to help track our progress in a transparent and collaborative way, and to encourage other organizations to do the same. By working together with other leading HPC organizations around the world to publicly document today’s workforce demographics, the HPC community can begin to understand what steps are necessary to move toward a more diverse and inclusive working environment.

These contributions will be instrumental in developing a more diverse group of attendees, presenters, authors, and exhibitors in the years to come.

Accessibility

The Georgia World Congress Center provides accommodations such as accessible restrooms, entrances, and elevators, as well as handicapped parking on all levels of the parking garage.

  • Accessible registration desk
  • Accessible routes (ramps, elevators, etc.)
  • Accessible and gender-neutral toilets
  • Wheelchair-designated seating

If you have any requests to improve your access to the conference we are happy to discuss them with you. During registration, please provide information on your needs.

SC is committed to making reasonable adjustments (e.g., providing interpreters) whenever possible. Please contact us to discuss your requirements:

Information for Families

Family and work are intertwined components of life, and sharing our professional pursuits and passions with our children is an invaluable way of sowing inspiration in the minds of the next generation. We believe that enabling individuals with families to more easily attend SC will result in a positive outcome for all.

We are committed to making the conference as family-friendly as possible, while maintaining the high-quality experience attendees have always enjoyed and ensuring the safety of all participants.

In order to provide clarity on where and when children may participate, SC has established a policy on children’s presence at conference events.

CARES/CS Assist

The SIGHPC Committee to Aid Reporting on Discrimination and Harassment (CARES) will have representatives where you can seek advice in the Inclusivity room.

CS Assist is the IEEE-CS Committee to Assist in Reporting Ethics and Conduct Violations. There will be representatives from CS Assist in the Inclusivity Room as well.

SC23 Chair Dorian C. Arnold

code of conduct

All attendees are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct. We do not tolerate harassment in any form.

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