SC20 abandons hybrid hopes, becomes completely virtual; Canceled HPC User Forum Events

Two HPC industry conferences have announced their decision to change the status of their events: one will go virtual, the other is canceled.

SC20, scheduled to be held in Atlanta Nov. 9-19, said last month it was working on plans for a hybrid in-person / virtual conference – now, according to conference general chair Christine E. Cuicchi, this year’s edition will be all virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we started to explore how to bring our conference to life in a digital environment, we had the option of going big or coming home,” Cuicchi said. in a blog of the SC20, the industry’s largest annual event. “We chose to go big. The vast majority of our regular conference content will be shared at our virtual event in November. “

Information for attendees, exhibitors, presenters, students and the media can be found on SC20 Q&A page.

“We know it has been a long wait for the information and we look forward to sharing our plans with you, while navigating the uncharted waters of event planning during a global pandemic,” Cuicchi said. “We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to an exciting conference for our attendees and exhibitors. “

President of SC20 Christine Cuicchi

Meanwhile, the industry analyst firm Hyperion research announced today that due to coronavirus restrictions, the company has canceled its HPC User Forum meeting scheduled to take place this fall in Tuscon, AZ (September 8-10), as well as meetings scheduled to take place be organized by HLRS in Stuttgart, Germany (September 28-29) and the University of Bristol in this British city (October 1-2).

“We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause, and we plan to reschedule these meetings in the same cities as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Earl Joseph, CEO of Hyperion Research. In the meantime, he said, Hyperion Research has partnered with inside the HPC Post interviews with HPC User Forum Steering Committee members and other leaders of the global HPC community.

The latest interviews in the series can be seen here (The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Dr. Michael Resch Talks about the Leap from von Neumann: ‘I Tell My PhD Candidates: Go for Quantum’), more are in the works.

Jennifer C. Burleigh

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