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Mark Your Calendars: Here are the SC Conference Cities Through 2020

SC15ColorSoftShadowSC14 was an amazing experience for me in that I got to meet a lot of you readers for the first time. I know I bounce all over the exhibit floor like Ricochet Rabbit, but please know that I appreciate you all very much. I am grateful.

According to statements made at the SC15 booth selection meeting, the SC conference will go hit the following cities in the future:

  • SC15: Austin, Texas
  • SC16: Salt Lake City (Thanks for nothing, SC Committee. What? Was your first choice the Vatican and it happened to be booked for that week? And where can I get some of that stuff you were smoking?)
  • SC17: Denver, Colorado
  • SC18: Dallas, Texas
  • SC19: Denver, Colorado
  • SC20: Atlanta, Georgia

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  1. Rich,

    Don’t you think that your commentary about SC16 is a little unnecessary? Believe it or not, there are those of us in the HPC community, who call the SLC area home, and quite like it here. I suspect I’m not alone in being a bit disappointed in the lack of professionalism.

    Besides, it’s not like it’s been much of a secret:

    • Sorry to slam your home town. I just think it was a bad decision and the SC12 attendance numbers speak for themselves.

      • You’re certainly welcome to have your own opinion. I just think that comments like the one in the article, and in this comment board, are disappointing at least, especially from someone involved in news/journalism.

        There have been cities that have hosted SC that I didn’t particularly enjoy either, but I promise you that you won’t find me disparaging any them on any online platform, and certainly not in my professional capacity. Perhaps reserving the negative opinions for personal twitter accounts, or personal blogs, would be better than including them in the professional ones.

        Having said that, you didn’t censor the comments here, and I suspect you could have, so perhaps I’m misjudging you.

        • So because I write about computers, I am not entitled to an opinion? Whatever, dude. I was making a joke, and I will stand by my point that SLC was a bad choice.

          Like the rest of the HPC community, I’ll go there anyway and move on. Big friggin deal.

          • I went out of my way to say that you’re entitled to an opinion. I’m not sure how I could have made that any more clear.

            But you’re right. The discussion is degrading very quickly. I’m sorry that you feel the way you do about SLC, but thankfully we can still disagree, without necessarily being disagreeable.

      • Jeff Hammond says:

        USG travel policy probably had a lot more to do with SC12 attendance than the location. You might recall that 2012 was the year poo hit the fan in DOE regarding SC travel costs. The keynote invitation to Michio Kaku might have discouraged others from attending.

  2. Paul Hargrove says:

    Rich Brueckner writes:
    “SC16: Salt Lake City (Thanks for nothing, SC Committee. What? Was your first choice the Vatican and it happened to be booked for that week? And where can I get some of that stuff you were smoking?)”

    Such religious-themed bigotry is entirely inappropriate and you should be ashamed.

    Seriously though, SC12 was in Salt Lake and (except for the snow fall) things went very well there. The city is friendly and despite the misconceptions of the ignorant, alcohol is readily available.

    Maybe Rich was looking for a return to Reno (SC07) where the taxi drivers were constantly asking male attendees if they wanted to visit the brothels?

    • You know what, Paul? I was talking about Prohibition, not Religion. Look it up. It’s alive and well in Utah. It didn’t work and it enriched criminals. Our own government even was so brainwashed by that bullshit that they actually poisoned liquor so that imbibers would sicken and die.

      If you want to have a debate on the merits of Salt Lake City, I’m happy to listen. Been there. Too cold. And there’s nothing there to do when the ski hills are closed.

      • “I was talking about Prohibition, not Religion.”

        Even if that was what you intended, perhaps you can understand the confusion when you referenced the Vatican, but didn’t actually reference alcohol (I assume that’s the type of prohibition you’re talking about) in your original comment.

        From my experience in SLC, I don’t think you would have that hard a time finding alcohol. But since I don’t drink myself, I can’t say for certain, but the opportunity to purchase does seem to present itself quite often when I’m there.

      • Paul Hargrove says:


        I do not wish to change your negative opinion of SLC as a venue for SC16. You are entitled to your opinions, and as far as I am concerned you may voice them in your postings.

        I posted my comment because I took issue with the *manner* in which you chose to express your opinion, which seemed insensitive at the least and inflammatory at the worst. As Lloyd’s postings mention you made a reference to Vatican City in your posting, with its clear religious connotations, but made *no* direct references to prohibition or to alcohol. Additionally, an analogy drawn between the centers of two religions with a history of animosity between them could be construed as offensive to members of either.

        Your statement regarding the continued presence of “prohibition” in Utah is open to interpretation as that term is usually associated with the 18th Amendment and thus a total ban (other then medical and religious purposes). However, I freely concede that Utah has among the tightest liquor control laws in the USA. My personal experience with purchasing alcohol at SC12 was no different than at any other SC – but of course your milage may vary. I was actually surprised, since my previous visit to SLC pre-dated the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and at that time I had to obtain a “membership card” just to get a beer at my hotel bar.

        As for brothels in SLC: I am not so naive as to believe that any city is completely free of sex workers. However, in Nevada brothels are *legal* in most counties (though not the one containing Reno/Sparks) and they pay taxi drivers a “bounty” for bringing in the conventioneers. This results in some fairly “frank” propositions by taxi drivers which made more than one SC07 attendee uncomfortable.

        FWIW: Like Lloyd, I do respect you for not electing to moderate this comment thread into oblivion.


    • If you think that there are no brothels in SLC, I’ve got news for you.

  3. finally there is a discussion happening on InsideHPC 🙂

    Look…I’m not a fan of any of these cities…most of the hotels are too far away…and this poses huge problems for attendees and exhibitors. Tampa is horrible in this case. SC06 was a nightmare IMO.

    If SC14 was in Denver this year…can you say OMG?? It was beyond freezing and there was a ton of snow on the ground. Anything to do with heavy snowfall affects travel and shipments.

    In the end, it’s all because of SCI-NET, due to the fact that most conference facilities will not allow teams (apart from their own labor force) to run cables and drive internet connectivity and this limits the convention hall choices for the SC organizers. Besides…internet access is so horrible at SC…so why do we even bother with SCI-NET. Let’s just get some real convention center cities with adequate hotel rooms and facilities.

    • Brian, why are you, as a vendor, finding yourself venting your frustration on this obscure forum? Let’s see, we are talking about a conference committe that doesn’t give you enough credit for all your patronage to even let you choose your own friggin booth space for SC15.

      We know what’s good for you. Wasn’t that from George Orwell or something?

      • ya…not being able to pick our booths like past years is pretty frustrating. I can only hope my first pick is selected and I’m not near competitors, etc. But this is a regular occurrence at most conferences these days…so it’s not abnormal…just abnormal for SC14.

  4. Jeff Hammond says:

    Rich: I know a lot about offending people and even I was shocked to see your comment in this context. From a strictly business perspective, it’s not a good idea to piss off potential revenue generators, even if you’re right about SLC being a lame venue for SC. Just remember that freedom of speech cuts both ways: the HPC community is free to invest their advertising dollars on other website if they find your comments offensive.

    I’d encourage you to create a new version of this page without any of the commentary to keep this page from going any more viral.

    As for assuaging your angst about SLC, feel free to sell T-shirts with “SC15: Where’s the beer? Why are we here?” on them. I’m sure you’d sell a bunch 🙂

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