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Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (ACM SIGHPC)
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Founded November 1, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-11-01)
Focus High Performance Computing
Area served

ACM SIGHPC is the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing, an international community of students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners working on research and in professional practice related to supercomputing, high-end computers, and cluster computing.[1] The organization co-sponsors international conferences related to high performance and scientific computing, including: SC, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis; the Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC) Conference; and PPoPP, the Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming.[2]


ACM SIGHPC was founded on November 1, 2011 with the support of ACM SIGARCH.[3][4][5] The first chair was Cherri Pancake, who was also the 1999 ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference chair.

During its formation, the SIG was led by a set of volunteer officers:[6]

Transitional Officers
Chair Cherri Pancake
Vice Chair Jeffery K. Hollingsworth
Treasurer Becky Verastegui

These officers were replaced by the first elected slate of officers in July 2013, with subsequent elections scheduled every three years.

Elected Officers and Terms
Officer Term
Chair Cherri Pancake 2013-2016[7]
Jeffery K. Hollingsworth 2016-2019[8]
Vice Chair Jeff Hollingsworth 2013-2016[7]
John West 2016-2019[8]
Treasurer Becky Verastegui 2013-2016[7]
Rajeev Thakur 2016-2019[8]
Member-at-large Torsten Hoefler 2013-2016[7]
Rajeev Thakur 2013-2016[7]
Torsten Hoefler 2016-2019[8]
Michela Taufer 2016-2019[8]

In addition to elected officers, the SIG is supported by a variety of appointed volunteer leaders who are responsible for membership coordination, creating the newsletter, and other duties needed to operated the SIG; the roles vary as the needs of the SIG change over time. These volunteer leaders are appointed by the SIG chair.


ACM SIGHPC co-sponsors the following international conferences related to high performance computing:

  • The SC Conference, the International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis.[9]
  • Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing[10]
  • PPoPP, the Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming[11]

In addition, ACM SIGHPC supports the following conferences with in-cooperation status:

Grants and Awards

SIGHPC offers a variety of travel grants to support student participation in its conferences, including a program in partnership with ACM-W that focuses specifically on participation by women.[16] SIGHPC also sponsors an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, given each year for the best doctoral dissertation completed in high performance computing. This award is open to students studying anywhere in the world who have completed a PhD dissertation with HPC as a central research theme.[17]

The SIG also sponsors the Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award. This award is offered once every two years and recognizes a woman in high performance and technical computing during the important middle years of their career for their work in research, education, and/or practice over the five to fifteen years after completing her last academic degree.[18][19]

In 2015 SIGHPC partnered with Intel on a five year program to encourage participation by students from underrepresented groups in high performance computing, and data and computational science. The ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships are part of a 5-year program to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science. Specifically targeted at women or students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field, the program is open to students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world.[20] As of the announcement of the 2018 class, the fellowship is supporting a total of 33 students.[21]


Chapters are sub-organizations within ACM SIGs that may be organized by a geographic region or by a technical topic area. Chapter activities vary, but may include physical meetings, webinars, and workshops. SIGHPC currently supports the following chapters:[22]

  • BigData: a topic-oriented chapter devoted to the intersection of HPC and big data.
  • Education: this chapter targets aspects of teaching HPC, developing educational or training materials, and curriculum development.
  • SIGHPC-RCE: this chapter focuses on issues related to HPC operations in resource constrained environments (RCE).
  • SYSPROS: the Systems Professionals chapter (or SYSPROS) supports the interests of systems administrators, developers, engineers, and other professionals involved or interested in the operation and support of systems for high performance computing.

See also


  1. ^ "About SIGHPC". ACM SIGHPC. Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Workshops and Conferences". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ West, John E. "Making High Performance Computing Special — the ACM Way". HPC Wire. Tabor Communications. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ "SIGARCH Annual Report 2011-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  5. ^ SIGHPC, ACM (12 October 2011). "We're all excited the SIGHPC will be official as of November 1. There will be a special membership discount to...". @SIGHPC.
  6. ^ "Connect, June 2012" (PDF). Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Connect, Oct 2013" (PDF). Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Connect, Oct 2016". Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Genest, Blaise. "Conference Ranking (was". CRANS. Cachan Réseau @ Normale Sup (CRANS). Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  10. ^ "The PASC17 Conference". PASC Conference. Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  11. ^ "The PPoPP Conference". PPoPP Conference Series. Retrieved 28 Aug 2018.
  12. ^ "IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium". IPDPS. International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  13. ^ "International Workshop on Runtime and Operating Systems for Supercomputers ROSS 2017". MCS Division. Argonne National Laboratory. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  14. ^ "IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing". IEEE Cluster Conference Series. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  15. ^ "EuroMPI/USA". EuroMPI/USA 2017. Argonne National Laboratory. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  16. ^ "SIGHPC Travel Grants". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  17. ^ "SIGHPC Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  18. ^ "SIGHPC – High Performance Computing SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing". SIG Awards. Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Announcing the Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award". insideHPC. insideHPC Media. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  20. ^ "ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  21. ^ "SIGHPC Announces Computational and Data Science Fellowships". insideHPC. insideHPC Media. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  22. ^ "SIGHPC Chapters". Retrieved 30 August 2017.

External links

  • 2016 ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships
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