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Competitions and Awards for Educators


There are numerous award and competition programs for HPC professionals and educators. Some of these are offered through national organizations, others by 4-year colleges and universities and still others, by non-profit organizations. The intent of the award and competition opportunities presented here is to advance the field of computational science and high performance computing through recognition of exceptional talent and expertise.


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The Vizzie: Visualization Challenge


Hosting Institution: National Science Foundation and Popular Science
Submission Deadline: September 24, 2015
Summary: Do you love animating data, creating science apps, or taking macrophotographs? In the Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science, your handiwork can receive its due glory and win you cash prizes. Contest winners will be announced in February 2016, and will be featured in the March issue of Popular Science, on popsci.com and nsf.gov/news/vizzies.



The following awards are given at the November Supercomputing Conference each year:



ACM Gordon Bell Prize


The Gordon Bell Prize is awarded each year to recognize 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. Prizes may be awarded for peak performance or special achievements in scalability and time-to-solution on important science and engineering problems. Financial support of the $10,000 award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing. For more information, please visit http://awards.acm.org/bell/ .




IEEE Seymour Cray and Sidney Fernbach Awards


The Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award recognizes innovative contributions to HPC systems that best exemplify the creative spirit of Seymour Cray. The Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award honors innovative uses of HPC in problem solving. Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society, these prestigious honors are presented during special sessions held during the conference. For more information, please visit http://sc12.supercomputing.org/content/awards .




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