Supercomputing Experts to Descend on Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – July 31, 2012 - Supercomputing experts from around the world will be traveling to Salt Lake City in November to attend SC12, the premier international conference on high-performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis:

Last week, SC12 announced that Dr. Michio Kaku, a world-renowned theoretical physicist, will deliver the keynote address on November 13th, building on ideas presented in his most recent book "Physics of the Future: How Science will Change Daily Life by 2100.”

Dr. Michio Kaku SC12 will showcase the latest in supercomputing technology at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center from November 10th-16th. The conference anticipates more than 10,000 attendees from around the world representing industry, academia and government. Supercomputing, also called high performance computing, is increasingly seen as an engine of innovation and invention that is vital to the advancement of science, the development of new technologies, global security, business efficiency and economic prosperity.

We are thrilled to be holding SC12 in a city that is emerging as one of the nation’s high technology centers,” said Jeff Hollingsworth, chair of SC12. “We’re confident that attendees will find the content of the conference engaging and professionally enriching. With Utah’s natural beauty as a backdrop and the warmth of Salt Lake City hospitality, attendees will find SC12 a rewarding experience.

This is the first time Salt Lake City will host the annual SC conference, now in its 24th year. Online registration is now open on the SC12 website at

It’s exciting for Utah to host such an incredible gathering of scientists, technologists and students,” said Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “Utah continues to provide an environment that attracts the best and the brightest and we will see a significant positive economic impact from the over 10,000 attendees at the SC12 conference. Also, the event creates the perfect medium for Utah business people to interface with global technology leaders.

Among the HPC institutions helping to plan, organize and participate in the conference is the University of Utah.

This is a tremendous opportunity for computational scientists at the University of Utah to fully engage with their peers at other agencies and institutions of higher education, with the community, and with private enterprise from across the world,” said David W. Pershing, president of the University of Utah. “The relationships they forge at SC12 will continue to reinforce the entrepreneurial spirit that drives innovation here on our Salt Lake City campus.

SC features exhibits of the latest high performance computing technologies available from industry and the applications from academic research institutions, national laboratories and technology companies. The technical paper sessions, tutorials, workshops, and panel discussions that make up the SC Technical Program are widely regarded as the premiere place to discuss and demonstrate emerging techniques and innovative applications in high-performance computing.