International Supercomputing Conference, SC21, Comes to Missouri

  • Published: Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

The SC Conference series is one of the largest research computing conferences in the world. Coming to Missouri for the first time in its history, this international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis hosts thousands of students, attendees, exhibitors and presenters representing institutions of every shape and size. Put on by a completely volunteer army, SC is organized under four main umbrellas:

  • Program: where attendees will share and learn from papers, panels and workshops.
  • Exhibits: hundreds of vendors and institutions from around the world showcasing the latest advancements, innovations and services in high-performance computing (HPC).
  • SCinet: this tangible cutting-edge broadband network is the backbone of SC, provides the HPC community with the innovative network platform necessary to connect, transport and display research from around the world. It is made available for experimental and commodity use throughout the conference.
  • [email protected]: both undergraduates and graduate students build strong support networks.

In-person and virtual registration is still open for this event. Choose from the technical program, tutorials, workshops or exhibit hall access on the registration website.

Program (Nov. 14-19, 2021)

Experts in the industry will share best practices in areas such as: algorithms; applications; architectures and networks; clouds and distributed computing; data analytics, visualization and storage; machine learning and HPC; performance; programming systems; system software; and state of the practice in large-scale deployment and integration. Early registration ends Oct. 15, 2021, but on-site registrations are allowed through the completion of the conference.

Deadline to complete an application to present a poster on research or scientific visualization and data analytics has been extended to Aug. 22, 2021 (Doctoral Showcase closes Aug. 27). Participants in the poster program also compete to win awards as well as have the chance to compete for ACM SRC awards with winners from other conferences.

Exhibits (Nov. 15-18, 2021):

Expect a showroom floor filled with the latest technologies, products, solutions and services from cutting-edge innovators from around the world. Attendees will meet industry, research organizations, startups and universities all under one roof. Research computing support services, including teams from Mizzou and Missouri S&T, are partnering with the Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) for a prominent presence in the exhibit hall with event goals to promote the benefits of living and working in Missouri, our NextGen initiatives and will use the opportunity to spur interest and gather contacts to help recruit top talent to our institution.


During the week of the conference, SCinet, the network, becomes the most powerful and advanced network on Earth, connecting the SC community to the world. Every year, industry, academia and government experts volunteer to design, build and administer the cutting-edge SCinet infrastructure. In typical fashion, the host state’s research and education network is often involved in enabling connectivity for SC. This year is no different as engineers from MOREnet, a business unit of the University of Missouri System, have already been heavily involved in planning and building the SC21 network to the America’s Center conference venue in St. Louis. This team has helped connect commodity Internet providers as well as providing 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) connectivity to the Great Plains Network and Internet2. This is the same connectivity provided to the University of Missouri campuses as part of an upgrade that is currently in process.

In addition, among hundreds of volunteers from around the globe, several staff from the University of Missouri and MOREnet are participating in some of the many SCinet Teams, from wireless, to network security and marketing, these teams working together will ensure all aspects of SC21 are designed and delivered.

[email protected]:

Students who get involved in the [email protected] program are able to identify a wide array of possibilities within the field of HPC. Undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in high-performance computing, or a PhD student about to enter the job market, will find opportunities for professional development and guidance from volunteer mentors. The [email protected] program can help facilitate students’ transition into the professional HPC community.

Spread the word to interested students — travel grants available.

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC) is offering up to six travel grants to full-time students studying at any degree level at any accredited college or university throughout the world. Applications are currently open and will close on Sept. 3, 2021. Each successful candidate will receive up to $600 for travel within North America. SIGHPC will also provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor in your field. Students must complete the application and have a letter of recommendation from an advisor.

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