Record SC18 Attendance a Bellwether for Growth in HPC Market

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(left) ENERGY Science Under Secretary Paul Dabbar toured the SC18 show floor with Conference Chair Ralph A. McEldowney (right).

The SC18 conference drew a record-breaking 13,071 attendees, making it the largest SC conference of all time. As the premier international conference showcasing high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, the conference and exhibition infused the local economy with more than $40 million in revenue, according to the local Dallas Convention Bureau.

From our volunteers to our exhibitors to our students and attendees – SC18 was inspirational,” said SC18 General Chair Ralph McEldowney. “Whether it was in technical sessions or on the exhibit floor, SC18 inspired people with the best in research, technology, and information sharing.”

In this conference video with the wrong preview thumbnail, the SC18 Opening Plenary Session describes how HPC is solving grand challenges that we face as stewards of this planet.


  • The SC18 Exhibition broke several records including largest research booth space at 65,000 sq. ft. and more industry exhibitors than ever. Plus, it exceeded the most total number of exhibitors at 364. It also featured the first ever “Start-Up” Pavilion allowing small companies just entering the field an economic way to have a presence at the conference. Finally, SC18 featured more first time exhibitors than ever.
  • The Keynote, Erik Brynjolfsson of MIT, highlighted how machines are transforming the role of human decision-making, how digital platforms allow products and services of others to be sold and brokered, and the proliferation of ideas obtained from the general public rather than experts at the core of the business.
  • The Technical Program again offered the highest quality of original HPC research from around the globe. Among the highlights there were 2 Best Paper Finalists, 5 Best Student Paper Finalists, and 6 Gordon Bell Finalists.

Other highlights included 118 Posters, 38 Workshops, 35 Tutorials, 68 Papers, 15 Panels, 12 Invited Speakers, 9 HPC Impact Showcase talks, 7 Emerging Tech Presentations, and 16 Doctoral Showcases. These represent the best of the best in a wide variety of research topics in HPC.

SC19 will be held next Nov 17-22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. In case you’re wondering, SC20 will be in Atlanta.

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