KAUST gets ready for SC18

Director of the KAUST Extreme Computing Research Center David Keyes (pictured here with his students) will chair the technical program of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis in the U.S. in November. Photo by Sarah Munshi.

For the past 10 years, KAUST has made a strong presence at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC) that takes place in different cities around the U.S. every year. 2018 will mark a special year for KAUST at SC, which will take place in Dallas, Texas, in November, with around 13,000 supercomputing professionals in attendance. The University will have an engaging presence on the exhibition floor and in the seminars, and the technical program of SC18 will be chaired by the Director of the KAUST Extreme Computing Research Center (ECRC) David Keyes.

Since his role was announced last year before SC17 in Denver, Colorado, Keyes has been working on bringing out the best in the world of high performance computing (HPC) for the top-tier event in the world of computer science. Approximately 420 professional volunteers and 160 student volunteers are engaged in the technical program under Keyes, which runs in parallel with a large commercial exhibition program.

"We continue to boost the rigor of the reputation of SC18 this year," Keyes said.

"For each of the last three years, we have tightened the screws on the quality of the conference, and I am happy to contribute to this trend. We are in our third year of double-blind reviews; our second year of reproducibility appendices; and our first trial of a journal-style double-round review process, compacted within the time-scale of a conference with a proceedings deadline. We asked a lot of our reviewers' time in adding our own signature this year," he added.

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