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How to Submit


The Exhibitor Forum offers manufacturers, vendors, and HPC service providers with a venue to deliver technical deep-dives that are open to both Exhibits and Technical Program attendees. It is a great opportunity to showcase underlying technologies or use cases to a large audience outside the confines of an exhibit space. Presentations should focus on technical challenges, underpinning technologies, and distinctive technical features. Those with a marketing or sales focus will not be accepted.

Sessions will include topics at the forefront of HPC such as data, HPC services, usability, and networking. The Exhibitor Forum topic areas are:

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Moving, Managing, and Storing Data
  • Effective Application of HPC
  • Software for HPC
  • HPC Futures and Exascale
  • High Performance Networking
  • Artificial Intelligence and Analytics

Each Exhibitor Forum session is 90 minutes and presentations are 30 minutes each. There is no limit to the number of submissions per vendor, but no more than one presentation per vendor will be accepted. 

Submissions close September 15, 2020, with no extensions.

Preparing Your Submission


Your session information will be submitted via a web form (an abstract of no more than 250 words) and an optional file upload (e.g. white paper, presentation, or other material).

Do not submit company-confidential information, since this file will be disseminated to the Exhibitor Forum review committee.


The presenter’s name, presentation title, and abstract will appear in the online SC schedule exactly as you enter it in the SC submissions website.

Where to Submit

Exhibitor Forum proposals are submitted via the SC submissions website. View a sample form.

Review Criteria

Exhibitor Forum presentations must be associated with an industry Exhibits booth at SC.

Exhibitor Forum proposals are reviewed by experts and are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Alignment of content to the topic areas listed in the overview above and the SC20 conference theme, “More Than HPC”
  • Demonstrated or potential impact on HPC
  • Newness
  • Relevance of presented innovation(s)

The first two points of criteria are valued at 30 points each. The second two are valued at 20 points each. A perfect submission would receive 100 points total.

All other factors, including order of submissions, will have no bearing on acceptance. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Conflict of Interest

Please review the SC Conference Conflict of Interest guidelines before submitting your proposal.


Please review the IEEE guidelines on identifying plagiarism.

Upon Acceptance


All Exhibitor Forum participants must be associated with an industry Exhibits booth and must register for either the Technical Program (fee required) or Exhibits (no charge). By submitting to the Exhibitor Forum, you are making a commitment to register and attend the conference upon acceptance of your submission. Please refer to Registration for fees.

Finalizing Accepted Exhibitor Forum Sessions

Your Exhibitor Forum session will be included in the online SC schedule provided you upload your final presentation and presenter information to the SC submissions website before October 9, 2020.

Virtual Program


The Exhibitor Forum will be held Tuesday–Thursday, November 17–19, 2020. Each Exhibitor Forum session is 90 minutes and presentations are 30 minutes each.

Presenters should make themselves available in the appropriate track so that they are able to participate in the Q&A session following their presentation.


Speakers/Presenters will receive instructions and more information on recording and uploading their videos and presentations well in advance of the conference.

Questions about Exhibitor Forum Submissions?
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