Sunday, November 17 (SC19 Week)

SPACE Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Registration Open

The Next Platform team invites you to gather the Sunday before SC19 gets underway for an in-depth day of live interviews and panels focused on what’s ahead for supercomputing in 2020 and beyond.

We will host a wide range of featured interviewees and panelists for the day-long event, which will be followed by an extended Happy Hour for pre-show networking.

There are many questions we will explore through the perspectives of technology end users and creators alike.

The goal will be to establish what the next round HPC platforms will evolve into over the course of the next several years in terms of compute/acceleration, storage/networking, systems software and workload orchestration, code modernization and scalability, energy efficiency, and more.

As regular readers know, The Next Platform specializes in in-depth analysis of how decisions are made in high performance computing. This approach has made TNP the go-to source in HPC for the technical stories behind headlines as well as where over a quarter million monthly readers go to discover trends that are under the radar or emerging.

At the core of all this is the team’s ability to ask intelligent questions and push for deeper answers. We are bringing this to Denver on Sunday, November 17.

Our team will bring together the experts to create a day that is based on real conversations with on-stage interviews and expert-moderated panels.

Open discourse, lively debate, and good questions are central to the day’s proceedings. Ample time for audience Q&A will be granted in addition to the on-stage interviews and panels.

There are no PowerPoints allowed at this event. This all live interview, panel, and conversation based.

Next Platform events are dynamic and conversation based. The no PowerPoint philosophy and emphasis on live questions and answers makes for an engaging day with lively networking and discussion. Come prepared to take part.

Your ticket includes access to these exclusive on-stage interviews and panels with plenty of time for socialization and one-on-one inquires. All-day coffee service with light snacks will be provided, along with networking lunch and access to Happy Hour networking upstairs with beverages and appetizers.

We ask that you bring your pre-SC energy, enthusiasm, and questions for our diverse set of interviewees and panelists and register super early bird now.

Agenda will posted by August 30, 2019.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with event beginning at 10:00.

Live interviews and panels end at 5:30.

Seating at SPACE Gallery is quite limited and hotels for SC are booking up quickly. Next Platform events tend to sell out rather quickly.

See our special government rate, which will remain in effect until that ticket class sells out.

We can’t wait to see you there!

The Next Platform Team


9:30 – 10:00 – Registration and social time (coffee and light refreshments)

10:00 – 10:05 – Introduction to HPC Day with Hosts, The Next Platform’s Nicole Hemsoth, Timothy Prickett Morgan, and Michael Feldman.

10:05 – 10:30 – HPC Day Kickoff Keynote. Featuring Dave Turek, VP of HPC and OpenPower Systems, IBM

10:30 – 10:50 – Supercomputing Performance in 2020: The Long View. With Jack Dongarra, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of Tennessee

10:50 – 11:10 – How Did We Get Here? The Evolution of HPC Hardware into an HPC/AI Future. With David Womble, Director of Artificial Intelligence Programs at Oak Ridge National Lab

11:10 – 11:30 – Integrating AI into Complex Scientific Computing Workflows, A Case Study in Application Context. With Brian Spears,  Principal Investigator, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

11:30 – 12:00 – Networking Break (Light Refreshments Provided) 

12:00 – 12:20 – HPC Power Efficiency, Precision, and Performance. With Satoshi Matsuoka, Director, RIKEN Center for Computational Science. 

12:20 – 12: 40 – Future Directions for Arm in HPC. With Brent Gorda, Senior Director, HPC at Arm

12:40 – 1:00 – Evolving Cost, Capability, and Possibility: The Supercomputer Journey at ORNL. With Jack Wells, Director, National Center for Computational Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

1:00 – 1:20 – Running a Supercomputer Center Like an Enterprise: Full Cost Recovery HPC at The University of Michigan. With Brock Palen, HPC Lead at The University of Michigan. 

1:20 – 1:40 – Networking Break (Light Refreshments Provided) 

1:40 – 2:00  The Evolution of HPC Interconnects. Lessons Learned and Future Directions. With Steve Scott, CTO, Cray. 

2:00 – 2:20 – Full Stack View of AI Influence on HPC Hardware Systems., With D.K. Panda, Professor and Distinguished Scholar, Computer Science, The Ohio State University.  

2:20 – 2:40 – Meshing AI and HPC: A Storage Perspective. With Curtis Anderson, Panasas.

2:40 – 3:00 – ROI Considerations for Commercial and Research HPC. With Andrew Jones, NAG.

3:00 – 3:20 – Networking Break (Light Refreshments Provided) 

3:20 – 3:40 – System Management Challenges in 2020 and Beyond. With Gary Tyreman, Univa 

3:40 – 4:00 – The Future of HPC Architectures: A Look Ahead. With Jeff Vetter, Oak Ridge National Lab.

4:00 – 4:20 – An Evolving View of File Systems, Storage, and I/O. With Douglas O’Flaherty, Director, IBM Storage

4:20 – 4:40 – Toward an Open Ecosystem for HPC and AI Compute. With Andrew Richards, Codeplay 

4:40 – 5:00 – The HPC Community Should Lead in Composability. With Scott Taylor, GigaIO.

5:00 – 5:20 – The Future of Large-Scale Storage Systems. With Sven Oehme, DDN.

5:20 – 5:30 – Wrap up with The Next Platform Team.

5:30 – 7:30 – Join us for Happy Hour. Location to be announced at closing of event!

This agenda current as of 11/14. Much more coming as we finalize and confirm on other participants. 

For all questions, please contact event chair, Nicole Hemsoth at