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Looking Back to Get Ahead — the Test of Time Award

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While the trajectory of high-performance computing (HPC) innovation may lean toward looking forward versus ruminating on past achievements, there is value in taking the time to realize how history can shape the future. Introduced at SC13, the Test of Time Award was created to commend work that altered the course of HPC and, in many cases, continues to shape the field. Since its inception, nine Test of Time Awards have been presented—all gleaned from nominations advocated directly by members of the HPC and SC communities.

From the first award recognizing William Pugh’s work that originated the Omega Test to last year’s acknowledgement of Chung-Hsing Hsu and Wu-chun Feng’s power-aware algorithm that extended the notion of low-power to HPC systems, each Test of Time Award has spotlighted among the most discussed and deliberated achievements and innovators in HPC. Notably, the award affords a distinct opportunity to celebrate the ideas that have redefined how to manage, build, and evolve HPC.

The Test of Time Award also is a reminder that the SC Conference itself is one of the greatest resources for those seeking to make a lasting impression in computing research and development. Partially, the award was initiated as an incentive to encourage up-and-coming researchers and students to bring their best work to the conference for a chance to leave their own indelible mark on HPC history.

Nominations for SC23’s Test of Time Award will be accepted starting on Friday, March 10, 2023. The process is straightforward, and any paper published as part of SC Conference Proceedings between 10 and 25 years ago is eligible.

As SC23 marks the conference’s 35th year, surely there are many deserving HPC moments that readily stand the test of time.

Learn More & Nominate

Nominations for the Test of Time Award open on March 10 and close on May 26, 2023. Learn how to make a nomination.

If you have questions about Test of Time Award nominations, please contact the program committee.

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