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.
Since SC91, 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.
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.
During the week of SC, SCinet becomes the most powerful and advanced network on Earth.
SCinet showcases cutting-edge technologies in network, hardware, protocols, information systems, software, and security – pushing the boundaries of networking technologies and innovations through workshops, demos, and collaborative opportunities.
A one-of-a-kind, multi-vendor installment, SCinet serves as the platform for exhibitors to demonstrate the advanced computing resources at their sites and elsewhere by supporting a wide variety of bandwidth-driven applications including supercomputing and cloud computing.
The SCinet booth, also known as the Network Operations Center (NOC), displays the latest commercial equipment used to run this high-performance network with tens of millions of dollars worth of equipment loaned or donated every year from vendors all over the world.
SCinet by the Numbers
More than 175 volunteers representing 80 companies and organizations planned, built, and operated SCinet.
29 contributors provided $70 million in state-of-the-art hardware, software, and services.
37 miles of fiber optic cable installed.
5.01 terabits per second of wide area network capacity delivered to the SC Exhibits
WiFi 6E delivered throughout the convention center for the first time.
More than 130 volunteers representing 62 companies and organizations shifted from building SCinet to supporting virtual SC20.
Of the 34 contributors recognized from SC19, two participated due to the virtual nature of SC20.
37 hours of pre-recorded SCinet sessions.
14 hours of live sessions, including hundreds of hours of closed-caption editing support.
8 “Humans of SCinet” posts highlighting the SCinet community.
More than 200 volunteers representing 79 companies and organizations planned, built, and operated SCinet.
34 contributors provided $80 million in state-of-the-art hardware, software, and services.
66 miles of fiber optic cable installed.
4.22 terabits per second of wide area network capacity delivered to the SC Exhibits
2.0 terabits per second of peak network traffic planned for