SC13 supercomputing show must go on, government shutdown or not

Annual high-performance computing event airs plans for waiving fees, extending deadlines

SC13, the annual Supercomputing Conference that this year is slated Denver the week of Nov. 17, is taking steps to assure attendees that the show will go on regardless of where the government shutdown stands next month.

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The annual event regularly attracts a big audience from government agencies and labs, as well as contractors dependent on government customers, so has taken the initiative to explain what will happen depending on how the federal government’s shutdown shakes out.

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According to Bill Gropp, SC13 General Chair: “The SC family is diverse, and includes many volunteers and committee members who are directly affected by the shutdown of the US government – our thoughts and concerns are with these families and their communities during this difficult time.

“We understand that SC13 is a vital part of annual planning for many of you, and we are beginning to get questions from you about possible impacts of the shutdown on this November’s conference. Today I can say that the US Government shutdown has not had a significant impact on SC13.  In fact, registration remains very strong.

“SC13 remains confident that the shutdown will be resolved before the conference begins. However, in the event that it is not resolved, SC13 will waive the conference cancelation fees for those directly affected by the shutdown, including federal employees and federal contractors who must follow US government travel rules. We are also considering extending the early registration period for those attendees as well.

“SC13 is committed to making this year's conference the best ever and will do everything we can to ensure everyone can attend.”

The conference, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, spotlights scientific and technical applications in high-performance computing. Genevieve Bell, technology anthropologist and Intel Fellow, is this year’s keynoter on a schedule whose sessions span from Parallel Computing 101 and Supercomputing in Plain English to Using Supercomputers to Create Magic and Energy Efficient SuperComputing.

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