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SC showcases the best and brightest in HPC. A variety of awards from computing societies and the SC Conference honor important accomplishments in the field, from innovative achievements to work of enduring historical impact.


Awards Schedule
Tuesday–Thursday, November 14–16, 2023

SC Best Paper Winner – A Massively Parallel Infrastructure for Adaptive Multiscale Simulations: Modeling RAS Initiation Pathway for Cancer

Awards Co-Chair
Tanzima Islam, Texas State University

Awards Co-Chair
Bernd Mohr, Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)

Society Awards


Gordon Bell Prize

The ACM Gordon Bell Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in high performance computing. The purpose of the award is to track the progress over time of parallel computing, with particular emphasis on rewarding innovation in applying high performance computing to applications in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics.

“Large-scale Materials Modeling at Quantum Accuracy: Ab Initio Simulations of Quasicrystals and Interacting Extended Defects in Metallic Alloys” (University of Michigan, Indian Institute of Science, ORNL)

Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling

The ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling will be awarded every year for ten years beginning in 2023 to recognize the contributions of climate scientists and software engineers. The award aims to recognize innovative parallel computing contributions toward solving the global climate crisis.

“The Simple Cloud-Resolving E3SM Atmosphere Model Running on the Frontier Exascale System” (SNL, LLNL, LBNL, ANL, ORNL, HPE, PNNL)

Student Research Competition

The ACM Student Research Competition is a national competition involving many ACM-sponsored conferences. Each participating conference runs its own round of the competition, with the winner proceeding to the national competition. Awards are presented to both graduate and undergraduate students at the conference level and the national level.


1st Place: Ronak Singh Monga (Indiana University & LBNL)

2nd Place: John Raicu (University of Chicago)

3rd Place: Jamison Kerney (Illinois Institute of Technology)


1st Place: Jiajun Huang (University of California Riverside)

2nd Place: Mikaila Gossman (Clemson University)

3rd Place: Benjamin Valpey (University of Rochester)


Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

SIGHPC’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award is given 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.

Keren Zhou (Rice University)

Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award

The ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing (EWL/TC) is an annual award open to any woman who has engaged in HPC and technical computing research, education, and/or practice for 5–15 years since receiving her highest degree.

Amanda Randles (Duke University)

Fellowships in Computational and Data Science

A five-year program to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, these fellowships specifically target 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.

Jeremy Williams (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), Alyssa Smolensky (University of Missouri), Van Truong (University of Pennsylvania), Lauren Ostrowski (University of California San Diego), Michelle Garcia (Dartmouth College), Beauty Chabuka (Florida State University)


George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

Endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference Series, the ACM IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships honor exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus areas are in high performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis.

J. Gregory Pauloski (University of Chicago), Rohan Basu Roy (Northeastern University)

Ken Kennedy Award

The ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award recognizes substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and substantial community service or mentoring contributions.

Keshav Pingali (University of Texas at Austin)


Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award

The IEEE-CS Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award recognizes innovative contributions to high performance computing systems that best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray.

Not Awarded for 2023

Sidney Fernbach Award

The Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award is presented annually to an individual for an outstanding contribution in the application of high-performance computers using innovative approaches.

Manish Parashar (Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute and University of Utah)


Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers in High Performance Computing

The award recognizes up to 3 individuals who have made outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions in the field of high-performance computing within 5 years of receiving their PhD degree as of January 01 of the year of the award.

Johannes Doerfert (Lawrence Livermor National Laboratory), Wengian Dong (Florida International University), Prashant Pandey (University of Utah)

SC Awards


Test of Time Award

The Test of Time award recognizes a paper from a past SC conference that has deeply influenced the HPC discipline. It is a mark of historical impact, and requires clear evidence that the paper has changed HPC trends.

Shaw DE, RO Dror, JK Salmon, et al. 2009. “Millisecond-scale molecular dynamics simulations on Anton,” In Proceedings of the Conference on High Performance Computing Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC09), Portland, OR, USA, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1145/1654059.1654126

Learn more about the Test of Time Award, how to make a nomination, and view past awardees.


Best Paper Award

The SC Papers Committee identifies one submission as the best paper from the conference’s Technical Program.

“PanguLU: A Scalable Regular Two-Dimensional Block-Cyclic Sparse Direct Solver on Distributed Heterogeneous Systems”, Xu Fu, Bingbin Zhang, Tengcheng Wang, Wenhao Li, Yuechen Lu, Enxin Yi, Jianqi Zhao, XiaohanGeng, Fangying Li, Jingwen Zhang, Zhou Jin, Weifeng Liu (SSSLab, China University of Petroleum-Beijing, China)

Best Student Paper Award

The SC Papers Committee identifies one submission as the best student paper from the conference’s Technical Program. The first author must be a student.

“HEAR: Homomorphically Encrypted Allreduce”, Marcin Charpek, Mikhail Khalilov (ETH Zürich), Torsten Hoefloer (ETH Zürick, Microsoft)

Best Research Poster Award

The SC Posters Committee identifies one submission as the best poster presented as part of the conference’s Technical Program.

“Evaluating Performance Portability of GPU Programming Models”, Joshua H. Davis, Pranav Sivaraman, Isaac Minn, Abhinav Bhatele (University of Maryland)

Best Visualization Award

The Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase Committee chooses one video among six finalists in a very competitive process for the Best Visualization Award, presented as part of the conference’s Technical Program.

“ExaWind at NREL: Upping the Ante”, Nicholas Brunhardt-Lupo, Ashsh Sharma (NREL)

Best Reproducibility Advancement Award

The SC Best Reproducibility Advancement Award aims to recognize outstanding efforts in improving transparency and reproducibility of methods for high performance computing, storage, networking and analysis.

“HEAR: Homomorphically Encrypted Allreduce”, Marcin Charpek, Mikhail Khalilov (ETH Zürich), Torsten Hoefloer (ETH Zürick, Microsoft)

Student Cluster Competition Awards

SCC is an opportunity for students to showcase their expertise in a spirited competition demonstrating the breadth of skills, technologies, and science that it takes to assemble, maintain, and utilize supercomputers to impress HPC-industry judges.

The Overall Winner

RACKlette (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

Sophia Herrmann, Alexander Sotoudeh, Hannes Eberhard, Samuel Karsko, Yi Zhu, Alexander Pietak (Team), Torsten Hoefler (Advisor)

Highest Linpack Benchmark

Radiance of Weiming (Peking University, China)

Shengyu Liu, Yuanhang Sun, Tianle Xu, Zhuofeng Wang, Jiameng Huang, Ruicheng Wang (Team), Chun Fan (Advisor)

SC speaker


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