Apply Now for Broader Engagement, HPC for Undergrads, Student Volunteers ProgramsThrough a program called HPC Interconnections, SC14 aims to attract new and diverse groups of HPC professionals and students to the annual conference and to spark new conversations, new connections and new collaborations. Designed to provide a welcoming entry for attendees who may be new to the community or the conference, a range of initiatives help attendees get the most out of their time engage more deeply in the HPC community.

The HPC Interconnections program comprises

  • Broader Engagement
  • Mentors & Protégés
  • Programs for students, including
    • Student Job Fair
    • Student Cluster Competition
    • Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates
    • Student Volunteers

Applications are now being accepted for three of these programs — Broader Engagement, Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates and Student Volunteers.

Broader Engagement seeks to increase the participation of individuals who have been traditionally under-represented in HPC. The program offers special activities to introduce, engage and support a diverse community at the conference and in HPC. Competitive grants are available to support limited travel to and participation in the SC14 Technical Program. Consideration is given to applicants from groups that traditionally have been under-represented in HPC, including women, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Pacific Islanders and people with disabilities. Applications are encouraged from people in all computing-related disciplines — from research, education and industry.

Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates provides exposure to HPC research topics and techniques for undergraduate students at the sophomore level and above. The Program introduces various aspects of HPC research at the SC14 Conference to increase awareness of opportunities to perform research as an undergraduate and potentially in graduate school or in a job related to HPC topics in computer science and computational science. The Program contains selected parts of the main SC Technical Program, with several additional elements. Special sessions include panels with current graduate students in HPC areas to discuss graduate school and research, and panels with senior HPC researchers from universities, government and industrial labs to discuss career opportunities in HPC fields.

Student Volunteers help with the administration of the conference and also have the opportunity to participate in student-oriented activities, including professional development workshops and technical talks by famous researchers and industry leaders. In exchange for volunteering, students receive complimentary conference registration and meals. Conference registration includes access to all tutorials and workshops, technical talks, panels and the Tech Program reception. There is some support for housing and limited support for transportation expenses (such as airfare), but this assistance is generally available only for international students and students from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in HPC (African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, the physically challenged, and women). 

The goal of each of these programs is to ensure that all attendees make meaningful connections to help them during SC14 and after.