Conference Planning Progress Encourages a Return to In-Person Presentations

Planning for SC22 began in early 2020 after I accepted the position as General Chair. The first tasks were to create a vision for the conference, choose a conference theme (HPC Accelerates) and establish an executive committee (EC) – the chairs responsible for organizing the individual aspects of the conference.

Each member of the EC leads a subcommittee to organize and execute their tasks; they’ve been hard at work for more than a year now. The job of the planning committee is to attend to all the large and small details that go into making an enjoyable conference experience so that you can focus on getting the most out of your time in Dallas.

Meeting Our Community’s Needs

While we don’t have a crystal ball to tell us what’s going to happen this year with COVID-19, we do know that SC21 showed our HPC community can safely gather in person and experience the knowledge and the excitement from being together. And that’s what we’re planning for this year – bringing our community together for an amazing in-person experience. We’re also planning a digital experience for those unable to travel to Dallas; details for that will be announced in advance of registration opening in July.

Encouraging In-Person Presentations

SC is built by our community, for our community. Our goal this year is to continue to strengthen that ethos by offering the in-person presentation guidance for the content types listed below. After reviewing last year’s conference experience and studying the results from the attendee survey, this guidance is an effort to bring our community together in an annual meeting that is both powerful and meaningful. Should you have questions, please reach out to the Technical Program Committee.

Content Type Encouraged In-Person Guidance
PaperPerson presenting the paper (also see Note 1 below)
WorkshopAt least one workshop organizer (also see Note 2 below)
TutorialAll tutorial presenters
PanelPanel moderator OR at least one panelist
BoFAt least one BoF organizer
PosterPerson presenting the poster
Invited TalkPerson presenting the talk

Note 1: For an accepted paper to be included in the proceedings, the author has to either present the paper at the conference (in-person or via live stream), or submit a pre-recorded video by the Final Materials Due deadline (September 30, 2022).

Note 2: It is encouraged that all workshop content (e.g., papers, panels) follow the same in-person guidance listed above.

Why Attend In-Person

SC is best experienced by attending the conference in person.

Being in Dallas means walking the exhibit hall, examining the latest technology and experiencing something akin to that new car tingle. Being in Dallas means easy access to experts to discuss your technical challenges and discover answers. Being in Dallas means connecting with old friends and making new ones. Many attendees report they make lifetime connections while at SC and dream up new research proposals that are jotted down on a cocktail napkin. It’s these connections and the knowledge you gain at SC that build your self-confidence and advance your career.

Updates to Come

Watch this space for more information about SC22; we’ll keep you apprised as various aspects of the conference are finalized. We’re planning a conference you won’t want to miss!

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