SC20 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Exotic Computation and System Technology: 2006, 2020 and 2035

Moderator: Brent Draney (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC))

Panelists: William Kramer (University of Illinois, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)), Erik DeBenedictis (Independent), Thomas Sterling (Indiana University), Kathy Yelick (University of California, Berkeley), Krysta Svore (Microsoft Research)

Abstract: SC06 introduced the concept of "Exotic Technologies" ( to SC. The exotic system panel session predicted storage architectures for 2020. Panelists posed one set of technology to define complete systems and their performance. The audience voted for the panelist with the most compelling case and awarded a bottle of wine to the highest vote. The SC20 panel "closes the loop" for the predictions; what actually happened; and proposes to continue the activity by predicting what will be available for computing systems in 2025, 2030 and 2035.

In the SC20 panel, we will open the SC06 “time capsule” that has been “buried” under the raised floor in the NERSC Oakland Computer Facility. We will take another vote by the audience for consensus on the prediction closest to where we are today. The panelist with the highest vote tally will win the good, aged wine.


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