SC16, the conference’s 28th annual event, took place Nov. 14-17 at Salt Lake City’s Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. It is an annual event that connects business, engineering, academia, research and science at an unprecedented scale, according to conference organizers. Denver, New Orleans and Austin, Texas, are previous host cities.
An international affair – 349 exhibits, including 120 organizations from 26 countries, such as Australia, Poland, Singapore, United Kingdom, Japan, France, Italy and Sweden participated – SC16 showcased improvements in high performance computing (HPC), supercomputing, networking, storage and analysis, advanced scientific research, medicine, education, weather forecasting, space exploration and commerce.
SC annual conferences attract more than 11,000 HPC professionals and educators, along with another 2,500-plus attendees. The latest advances in technology development, software techniques, collaborative partnerships, data analytics, computational engineering and computational science achieved during the previous year are discussed during workshops, guest panels, tutorials and keynote speaker presentations.
NRL’s researchers and engineers led discussions on topics such as “refactoring legacy applications to emerging computational technologies, data movement on large SC systems and refactoring computational fluid dynamic codes from shared memory to distributive memory architectures,” according to Dr. Sergio Tafur, a physicist at NRL’s Center for Computational Science (CCS).
Participating in his eighth SC conference, Tafur emphasized the importance of collaboration between government and business organizations and the ability to share improvements in technology and other developments.