Through it's relatively short history, SC
has highlighted some of the most important innovations of
the information age, including the birth and growth of the
World Wide Web, the development of massively parallel, distributed
shared memory, and cluster supercomputers, and the growth
of distributed computing and collaboration using grids. The
first SC conference (then called Supercomputing) convened
in Orlando, FLA, in 1988, when peak performance was an "impressive"
3 gigaflops. Fifteen years later as the conference prepares
to meet in Phoenix, teraflops-level machines are becoming
the norm, Linux commodity clusters are redefining high performance
computing, innovators are unearthing insights from terabytes
of data, and sophisticated scientific tools, applications,
and display systems are available worldwide through grid technologies.
It's been a long, interesting, and sometimes unpredictable
journey for SC and for the community it serves. This section
includes information on past
conferences and on the SC conference series in general.