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SC 2019: International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis
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The SC Papers program is the leading venue for presenting high-quality original research, groundbreaking ideas, and compelling insights on future trends in high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. Technical papers are peer-reviewed and an Artifact Description is now mandatory for all papers submitted to SC19.

Submissions will be considered on any topic related to high performance computing within the ten tracks below. Small-scale studies – including single-node studies –are welcome as long as the paper clearly conveys the work’s contribution to high-performance computing.


The development, evaluation and optimization of scalable, general-purpose, high performance algorithms.


The development and enhancement of algorithms, parallel implementations, models, software and problem solving environments for specific applications that require high performance resources.

Architecture and Networks

All aspects of high performance hardware including the optimization and evaluation of processors and networks.

Clouds and Distributed Computing

All software aspects of clouds and distributed computing that are related to HPC systems, including software architecture, configuration, optimization and evaluation.

Data Analytics, Visualization, and Storage

All aspects of data analytics, visualization, storage, and storage I/O related to HPC systems. Submissions on work done at scale are highly favored.

Machine Learning and HPC (New for SC19)

The development and enhancement of algorithms, systems, and software for scalable machine learning utilizing high-performance and cloud computing platforms.

Performance Measurement, Modeling, and Tools

Novel methods and tools for measuring, evaluating, and/or analyzing performance for large scale systems.

Programming Systems

Technologies that support parallel programming for large-scale systems as well as smaller-scale components that will plausibly serve as building blocks for next-generation HPC architectures.

State of the Practice

All R&D aspects of the pragmatic practices of HPC, including operational IT infrastructure, services, facilities, large-scale application executions and benchmarks.

System Software

Operating system (OS), runtime system and other low-level software research & development that enables allocation and management of hardware resources for HPC applications and services.

Preparing Your Submission

A paper submission has three components: the paper itself, an Artifact Description Appendix (AD), and an Artifact Evaluation Appendix (AE). AD/AE Appendices will now be auto-generated from author responses to a standard form, embedded in the SC online submission system. The Artifact Description Appendix, or indication that there is no Artifact, is mandatory.  The Artifact Evaluation is optional.


Papers that have not previously been published in peer-reviewed venues are eligible for submission to SC. For example, papers pre-posted to arXiv, institutional repositories, and personal websites (but no other peer-reviewed venues) remain eligible for SC submission. Papers that were published in a workshop are eligible if they have been substantially enhanced (i.e. 30% new material).

Paper Format

Submissions are limited to 10 pages, excluding the bibliography, using the ACM SIG proceedings template, with line numbering enabled to help with review. In LaTeX, this implies a document class of:


AD and AE appendices are automatically generated and do not count against the 10 pages.


Authors must indicate a primary track from the ten choices on the submissions form and are strongly encouraged to indicate a secondary track.

Where to Submit

Papers are submitted via the SC submissions website. View sample submission form.

Reproducibility Initiative

We believe that reproducible science is essential, and that SC is a leader in this effort. AD/AE Appendices will now be auto-generated from author responses to a standard form, embedded in the SC online submission system. The Artifact Description Appendix, or indication that there is no Artifact, is mandatory.  The Artifact Evaluation is optional.

Learn more about the Reproducibility Initiative.

Review Criteria

Papers are peer-reviewed by a committee of experts. Each paper will have at least three reviewers.

The peer review is a double-blind process. Reviewers do not have access to the names of authors. While Papers Committee members are named on the SC19 Planning Committee page, the names of the individuals reviewing each paper are not made available to the paper authors.

Learn more about the SC double-blind review policy, and see examples in the Papers FAQ.

Review, Response, Revision

From an author’s perspective, the following are the key steps:

    Authors submit a title, abstract, and other metadata.
    Authors submit their full paper and complete an AD/AE form describing their computational artifacts (or lack of computational artifacts) and, optionally, text discussing how they evaluated their computational results.
    Authors receive an initial set of reviews of their paper.
    Authors have an opportunity to revise their paper and prepare an accompanying response to the reviewers.
    Author revisions and accompanying response will be available to the reviewers at least a week before the Papers Committee meeting.
    Authors are notified of their paper’s status: Accept, Reject, or Major Revisions Required.
    In the case of Major Revisions Required, authors prepare a major revision for re-review.
    After this review, the paper will be either accepted or rejected.
    Authors of accepted papers prepare the final version of their paper.

Conflict of Interest

Please review the SC Conference Conflict of Interest guidelines before submitting your paper.


Please see the ACM guidelines on identifying plagiarism. Authors should submit new, original work that represents a significant advance from even their own prior publications.

Upon Acceptance


If your Paper is selected, at least one author must register for the Technical Program in order to attend the SC Conference and present the paper.

Finalizing Accepted Papers

Upon acceptance, all Papers (including those that goes through major revisions) will be listed in the online SC Schedule. We expect this to happen at the end of August 2019.

Papers are archived in the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore; members of SIGHPC or subscribers to the archives may access the full papers without charge. This publication contains the full text of all Papers presented at the SC Conference.

Schedule and Location

Papers presentations will be held Tuesday–Thursday, November 19–21, 2019. Papers sessions are 30 minutes. Day, time, and location for each paper session will be published in the online SC Schedule by August.


Papers are assigned either a classroom or a theater room equipped with standard AV facilities:

    Microphone and podium
    Wireless lapel microphone or wireless handheld microphone
    Projection screen


Best Paper (BP) and Best Student Paper (BSP) nominations are made during the review process and are highlighted in the online SC schedule. BP and BSP winners are selected at the conference by a committee who attends the corresponding paper presentations, and winners are announced at the Thursday Awards ceremony.
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