Welcome to the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. While our first conference in 1988 was small and easy to explore, today SC offers the broadest and largest conference in HPC – here is an overview of the entire event to help you make the most of your time in Atlanta.

In addition to the information below, SC offers one or two sessions at the conference specifically geared towards newcomers, the schedule for which will be conveyed in Summer 2020.

Conference by Day

SC presents six days of scientific and engineering achievements from some of the world’s leading researchers, engineers, developers, and organizations.

Sunday

Exhibitor Reception
Tutorials
Workshops

Monday

Early Career
Grand Opening Gala Reception
More Than HPC Plenary
Student Cluster Competition
Tutorials
Workshops

Tuesday

ACM Student Research Competition
Awards
Birds of a Feather
Doctoral Showcase
Exhibits
Exhibitor Forum
Invited Talks
Keynote
Panels
Papers
Posters Reception
Research Posters
Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase
State of the Practice Talks
Student Cluster Competition

Wednesday

ACM Student Research Competition
Birds of a Feather
Exhibits
Exhibitor Forum
Invited Talks
Job Fair (For students and post-docs only)
Panels
Papers
Research Posters
Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase
State of the Practice Talks
Student Cluster Competition

Thursday

ACM Student Research Competition
Awards Ceremony
Birds of a Feather
Exhibits
Exhibitor Forum
Invited Talks
Panels
Papers
Research Posters
Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase
State of the Practice Talks
Technical Program Reception

Friday

Panels
Workshops

The SC schedule will be available beginning in Spring 2020.

Conference Store

The Conference Store sells conference clothing and souvenirs.

Conference Store hours:

Saturday, November 14, 1–6 pm
Sunday, November 15, 7 am–6 pm
Monday, November 16, 7 am–9 pm
Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 am–6 pm
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 am–6 pm
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 am–5 pm
Friday, November 20, 8–11 am

Convention Center and Local Services

The Local Services Booth, in the main lobby of the convention center, is staffed by local experts who can help with all your questions and plans. They offer information on attractions, dining, transportation options, maps, brochures, and a myriad of other helpful hints for navigating the city.

Convention Center and Local Services Booth hours:

Saturday, November 14, noon–8 pm
Sunday, November 15, 7 am–6 pm
Monday, November 16, 7 am–10 pm
Tuesday, November 17, 7 am–9 pm
Wednesday, November 18, 7 am–8 pm
Thursday, November 19, 7 am–6 pm
Friday, November 20, 7 am–1 pm

Family Resources

SC offers a broad range of resources for parents and children of all ages.

Family Day

Wednesday, November 18, 4–6 pm

During this time, registered attendees can invite family members to join them for a walk through the Exhibits Hall. Attendees must check in their family members at the Assisted Registration Desk.

Parents Room

A quiet place with private feeding areas, refrigerators, changing tables, lockers to store your personal items, and plush chairs.

Sunday, November 15, 8 am–6 pm
Monday, November 16, 8 am–9 pm
Tuesday, November 17, 8 am–7 pm
Wednesday, November 18, 8 am–7 pm
Thursday, November 19, 8 am–6 pm
Friday, November 20, 8 am–noon

Child Care

Child care services are available in the convention center for registered attendees and exhibitors. For a small fee, children between the ages of 6 months and 12 years can participate.

All children (of any age) must be registered at the Assisted Registration Desk. Access policies vary according to the age of the child and the particular conference venue involved.

First-Time Attendees

The SC Conference extends a warm, enthusiastic welcome to all first-time attendees. There will be one or two sessions specifically designed to help you organize your conference experience. Details will be provided in Summer 2020.

If you have further questions, please contact us.

Housing

SC reserves room blocks at a number of hotels near the convention center for a range of prices. Select and reserve your SC20 accommodations using onPeak’s Compass reservation system. Housing for SC20 opens May 1, 2020.

How SC Is Organized

The SC Conference features the Program, encompassing the Technical Program and the Students@SC Program; the Exhibits, where the latest advancements in HPC technology are on display; and SCinet, the conference’s dedicated high-capacity network infrastructure. To round out your experience, we host several receptions where you can mix and mingle with fellow attendees.

Technical Program

The Technical Program is the heart of the conference, where the world’s leading researchers share results and applications, and debate the future of high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis.

Awards
Birds of a Feather
Early Career
Invited Talks
Keynote
More Than HPC Plenary
Panels
Papers
Posters
State of the Practice Talks
Tutorials
Workshops

Technical Program badges are required to attend most of these sessions. Tutorials and Workshops require separate registrations. Attendees with any badge can attend the More Than HPC Plenary, Birds of a Feather sessions, the Awards sessions, and Exhibitor Forum sessions.

Students@SC Program

Through professional development programs, opportunities to learn from mentors, and engagement with the Technical Program, SC supports a strong and diverse HPC student community at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Most of the Students@SC Program is designed for students who have been selected for participation in advance of the conference.

Computing4Change
HPC Immersion
Job Fair
Mentor–Protégé Matching
Student Cluster Competition
Student Tours
Student Volunteers

Within the Technical Program, there are two opportunities for students to participate in SC Posters:

ACM Student Research Competition
Doctoral Showcase

Exhibits

Don’t miss your first opportunity to preview the Exhibits. The Exhibits Hall opens Monday evening with the Grand Opening Gala Reception. Then for three full days (Tuesday–Thursday), the Exhibits Hall is crowded with thousands of visitors and international attendees visiting hundreds of booths that present the latest technologies and discoveries by vendors and research organizations from around the world.

In addition, visitors have an opportunity to attend presentations at:

Exhibitor Forum

Admission to the Grand Opening Gala Reception and Exhibits Hall requires a Technical Program, Exhibits Hall Only, or Exhibitor badge.

SCinet

The SC Conference operates a commodity network for attendees and an experimental network that showcases the most advanced and sophisticated technology currently available. During the conference, the SCinet experimental network delivers greater bandwidth than any other facility in the world and more capacity than many cities and countries. SCinet supports high-speed network connections linking the convention center to outside networks and provides wired and wireless connections for SC attendees and exhibitors.

SCinet also hosts workshops, demos, and collaborative opportunities through:

Network Research Exhibition
Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS)

Inclusivity

The SC Conference Series has made an ongoing commitment to addressing inclusivity and diversity at the conference and within the HPC community. Making all attendees feel welcome is important to us. Learn more about Our Commitment to You and our Code of Conduct.

Information Booths

All attendee questions and comments are welcome at the SC Information Booths.

Main Information Booth hours:

Saturday, November 14, 1–5 pm
Sunday, November 15, 8 am–6 pm
Monday, November 16, 8 am–7 pm
Tuesday, November 17, 8 am–6 pm
Wednesday, November 18, 8 am–6 pm
Thursday, November 19, 8 am–6 pm
Friday, November 20, 8:30 am–noon

Secondary Information Booth hours:

Sunday, November 15, 8 am–5 pm
Monday, November 16, 8 am–5 pm
Tuesday, November 17, 8 am–6 pm
Wednesday, November 18, 8 am–6 pm

Receptions

The conference organizes four major social events:

Exhibitor Reception

Sunday, November 15, 7–9 pm

Food, refreshments, and entertainment for all registered exhibitors. Take a break and get something to eat before completing your booth setup.

Admission requires an Exhibitor badge, an event ticket, and government-issued ID.

Grand Opening Gala Reception

Monday, November 16, 7–9 pm, Exhibits Hall

This is your first opportunity to see the Exhibits Hall. Experience the world’s latest HPC systems and related networking, storage, analysis, research, and services. It’s also your best opportunity of the year to get up close and personal with the industry’s most advanced innovations and the people behind them.

This event is open to attendees with Technical Program, Exhibitor, or Students@SC badges.

Posters Reception

Tuesday, November 17, 5:15–7 pm

As the Posters are revealed, mingle with the authors and share a relaxed evening with colleagues and friends.

For Technical Program attendees only.

Technical Program Reception

Thursday, November 19, 6–9 pm

The annual reunion of the people who create, operate, and use the world’s highest-performance computing systems. Drink a toast to another year of SC!

Admission requires a Technical Program badge OR an event ticket, and government-issued ID. Event tickets for guests without a Technical Program badge can be purchased at the Conference Store or when you register for SC.

Registration

Registration for SC20 opens July 14, 2020. Complete registration information can be found here.

When you arrive, pick up your badge at the registration desk and wear it at all times while in the convention center. You must have a government-issued ID in order to complete the registration process and receive your badge.

Workshops and Tutorials attendees should pick up their badges on the day before their sessions to avoid long registration lines and the risk of being late to their first sessions.

Registration hours:

Saturday, November 14, 1–6 pm
Sunday, November 15, 7 am–6 pm
Monday, November 16, 7 am–9 pm
Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 am–6 pm
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 am–6 pm
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 am–5 pm
Friday, November 20, 8–11 am

Safety Notes

Atlanta is a safe and peaceful place. But be careful, as you would in any large city:

  • Don’t walk alone at night. Use the buddy system. Stay on well-lit or major streets at night.
  • Carry a phone in case of emergencies and have at least one other attendee’s contact information.
  • Do not wear your conference badge outside the convention center. It can attract attention from scammers and criminals.
  • Ask hotel staff if certain areas are safe before going out.
  • Do not leave belongings unattended.

Schedule and Conference Guides

SC Schedule

Start planning early to optimize your days and nights at the conference. Use the SC Schedule to create your own personalized agenda. This schedule is the most comprehensive source of information about conference programs, exhibits, and events.

The schedule features filters for event types and tags, day-specific links, a presenter index, organization index, detailed search capability, and a Happening Now area for current and near-future sessions. You can flag sessions, then add your entire flagged agenda to your personal calendar at one time.

The SC Schedule will be available beginning Spring 2020.

Mobile App

Beginning in mid-October, you’ll be able to download the conference Mobile App from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Connect with attendees and exhibitors, plan your week, and navigate the conference all in one place.

Final Program

The entire SC Schedule and conference information is also available for download in PDF format.

Attendees registered for the Technical Program will receive two printed publications when picking up their badges at the registration desk.

Schedule at a Glance

Provided to Technical Program attendees and available for download by all attendees, the Schedule at a Glance lists all sessions and activities for the week. The complete SC Schedule is available online beginning Spring 2020.

Exhibitor List and Floorplan

A list of all exhibitors and their booth locations is provided to Technical Program participants when they pick up their badge. Copies of this publication are also available at SC Information Booths. Exhibitor names and locations are also available here.

Social Media

Connect with colleagues, discuss the Program, get the latest news from exhibitors, post videos and images about your experience, and share tips about Atlanta activities!

Follow us:

Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn
Instagram

Use these hashtags:

#SC20
#MoreThanHPC
#SCinet
#SCInclusivity

Wireless Access

All of the networking resources are provided free of charge. The wireless network extends to meeting rooms, the Exhibits Hall, and all common areas of the convention center occupied by SC. There are two ways to access the network:

  • SC20 SSID, the general, unencrypted wireless access for most attendees and exhibitors.
  • The eduroam SSID, an encrypted wireless connection that is authenticated with pre-configured users’ credentials from their participating institutions. If you do not have an eduroam account set up before you arrive at the conference, or if your institution does not participate in eduroam, you will not be able to join the eduroam server.
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