Celebrating 35 Years of HPCwire by Recognizing 35 HPC Trailblazers

By Doug Eadline

February 29, 2024

In 1988, a new IEEE conference debuted in Orlando, Florida. The planners were expecting 200-300 attendees because the conference was focused on an obscure topic called supercomputing, but when it was announced that Seymour Cray was speaking, the attendance jumped to 1,200. Excitedly, the organizers decide to produce both a conference and exhibition and worked with a new publication called Supercomputing Review and placed the conference program and guide on the inside of the magazine.Supercomputing Review magazine was the precursor to HPCwire, and shares a 35th anniversary with the first Supercomputing conference (now SC, held each year in November in different cities across the country.) Over those 35 years, HPCwire has continued to be the premier source of HPC news and analysis by covering the fastest computers on the planet and the people who run them.

The first Supercomputing Conference. Click image for larger version. (Source: supercomputing.org)

To celebrate 35 years of HPC community growth, we are announcing the HPCwire 35 for 35 — an annual list recognizing 35 people who have made HPC what it is today.

The HPCwire 35 for 35 is not a “Hall of Fame,” but rather an annual recognition of those luminaries who who have moved the HPC community forward. HPC is a unique market because users, customers, and vendors have all combined to advance HPC together. For this reason, we will recognize researchers, inventors, and executives who have turned ideas into technological and commercial realities that continue to improve the quality of life on our planet.

Thirty-five honorees will be announced each year, and celebrated for their contributions and why they have helped move HPC forward. The HPCwire 35 for 35 is not the same as our “People to Watch” program that highlights HPC’s “up-and-comers,” as much as a way to honor 35 luminaries who have already impacted the global HPC ecosystem.

The annual HPCwire 35 for 35 list will be selected by HPCwire editors and advisors based on contributions to the HPC community over the past 35 years. Beginning this year, the 35 honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony held at SC24 in Atlanta.As part of the HPCwire 35 for 35 program, we will be sharing winners’ profiles and contributions on an HPCwire 35 for 35 microsite as well as via a monthly email series.

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