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How to Submit


State of the Practice Talks offer a venue to deliver practical, up-to-the-minute improvements in all areas of interest to SC attendees. Presentations cover best practices across a broad range of topics at the forefront of HPC, including system management, networking, education, and data management.

The State of the Practice Talks topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing systems and storage
  • Managing facilities
  • HPC project management
  • Moving, managing and sharing data
  • HPC in the cloud
  • Networking and cybersecurity
  • HPC training and education strategies

State of the Practice Talk sessions are 90 minutes. Three presentations within each session are 30 minutes each (25 minutes for the talk and five minutes for questions). At the end of each session the three speakers from that session will be asked to participate in a joint question and answer panel.

Submissions close August 21, 2020.

Preparing Your Submission


A State of the Practice Talk submission has two main components: a two-page extended abstract in the IEEE format, and an optional Artifact Description Appendix. The extended abstract should contain links to public material supporting the practice (such as to code on GitHub). Accepted submissions are required to submit their final presentation by the final material deadline.


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

State of the Practice Talks are submitted via the SC submissions website. View a sample form.

Review Criteria

State of the Practice Talk submissions 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


If your State of the Practice Talk submission is accepted, the presenter must register for the Technical Program in order to attend the SC Conference and present the talk. Please refer to Registration for fees.

Finalizing Accepted State of the Practice Talks

Your State of the Practice Talk 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.


Your session information (title, abstract, and speaker bios) will be included in the SC20 Technical Program Archives and will be available for conference attendees.

Virtual Program


State of the Practice Talks will be held Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 10 am–5 pm.

Two sessions of SOTP presentations will run concurrently all day.


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


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