Fast, Powerful, Volunteer-Built

Designed and created each year for the conference, SCinet is a global collaboration of high-performance networking experts who provide the fastest and most powerful volunteer-built network in the world for the SC Conference.

For 30 years, SCinet has provided SC attendees and the HPC community with the innovative network platform necessary to connect, transport, and display HPC research at SC from around the world. In addition to high-performance demos, SCinet supports wired and wireless connections for attendees to maintain connectivity to the rest of the world.

SCinet takes a year to plan, a month to build, a week to operate, and a day to tear down.

Volunteers from academia, government, and industry work together to design and deliver the SCinet infrastructure. Industry contributors donate millions of dollars in equipment and services needed to build and support the local and wide area networks.

SCinet by the Numbers

At SC19:

  • More than 170 volunteers representing 18 countries and spanning 79 organizations planned, built, and operated SCinet
  • 31 contributors provided $75 million in state-of-the-art hardware, software, and services
  • 99 miles of fiber optic cable installed
  • 4.02 terabits per second of wide area network capacity delivered to the SC Exhibits
  • 2.0 terabits per second of peak network traffic planned for

At SC18:

  • More than 180 volunteers representing 18 countries and spanning 79 organizations planned, built, and operated SCinet
  • 31 contributors provided $66 million in state-of-the-art hardware, software, and services
  • 23 versions of the SCinet architecture drafted
  • 60 miles of fiber optic cable installed
  • 3.63 terabits per second of wide area network capacity delivered to the SC Exhibits
  • 1.2 terabits per second of peak network traffic planned for
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