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November 01, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore., Nov 1 -- Today marks the official launch of the ACM's Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing. SIGHPC is the first international group within a major professional society that is devoted exclusively to the needs of students, faculty, and practitioners in high performance computing.
SIGHPC's mission is to help spread the use of HPC, raise the standards of the profession, and ensure a rich and rewarding career for people involved in the field. The HPC community includes a wide range of individuals and organizations engaged in studying, developing, teaching, and supporting high performance computers, storage, networking, and software. It also encompasses people who apply HPC across a broad spectrum of scientific, engineering, and business domains. SIGHPC focuses on HPC in the broadest sense, spanning the full range of high-performance technologies, systems, and applications.
"Part of the excitement of high-performance computing as a career is that it is very multi-disciplinary in nature," says Cherri Pancake, Professor at Oregon State University and the first Chair of SIGHPC. "HPC brings together computational techniques, algorithms, system software, computer architecture, parallel programming, and system administration. But finding your way among the choices and career paths can be challenging."
SIGHPC will help address this challenge for professionals and students alike by:
"SIGHPC members will receive a wide range of direct benefits," says Becky Verastegui, CCS Director of Operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Treasurer of SIGHPC. "From discounted member rates at sponsored and cooperating conferences -- such as the prestigious SC conference series -- to access to HPC material in the ACM's Digital Library. At only $25/year, SIGHPC is an incredible value."
The new group will host a booth at SC11, to be held later this month in Seattle, WA, to raise awareness and educate the high performance computing community about the benefits of membership. Prospective members may join during the conference, or anytime online at sighpc.org. A discounted introductory rate is available through November 18.
SIGHPC will be led by initial officers until the first formal elections are held during 2013. In addition to Cherri Pancake and Becky Verastegui, other members of the transitional leadership team include:
Membership is available internationally to those participating or interested in high performance computing.
To join today, or to find out more, visit www.sighpc.org.
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (www.acm.org), is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.
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