|SC15 Exhibits Chair Trey Breckenridge|
The following is a brief Q&A with SC15 Exhibits Chair Trey Breckenridge, Director of High Performance Computing at the Mississippi State University (MSU), High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC2). He has over 22 years of professional experience in high performance computing and computer support.
His hobbies include aviation, hunting, and golf. He is a former commander of the Civil Air Patrol’s Golden Triangle Composite Squadron and currently holds the Director of Flight Operations and Director of Information Technology positions for the Mississippi Wing. He is also an active member of the local branch of the Rotary Club.
How many exhibitors this year/or total # of exhibit space?
We are expecting another sold-out Exhibition this year as we are running ahead in terms of booth space served by the industry and we are tracking ahead in terms of quantity of companies participating. We are expecting approximately 350 exhibiting organizations. The only reason we won’t set a record is because we simply won’t have any physical space left.
|The Exhibition will feature leading companies from at least 25 countries and 60 first-time exhibitors.|
How does this compare to previous SC’s at this point in the calendar year?
We are tracking ahead in nearly every category as compared to any previous year. What this means is the attendee will see a full breadth of the industry represented in the Exhibition. Nowhere else will they find the industry’s leading companies demonstrating the latest innovations in HPC, networking, storage, and related areas. No other event provides such extensive, targeted opportunities for in-depth interaction with the leading companies in the field.
What is the country breakdown and how many are first-time exhibitors?
The Exhibition is truly global as we have exhibiting organizations from 25 countries with more than one-third being located outside the United States. We are also seeing new companies being represented and we are expecting 60 or more to make their debut at SC15.
What type of synergy is there between the Research exhibitors and the Industry exhibitors?
The SC exhibit floor balances corporate exhibits with a showcase for innovative applications of high performance computing, networking, and storage from research institutions – universities, national laboratories, and nonprofit research centers. These scientists and engineers display the latest advances in computational modeling, imaging, visual analysis, and data technologies, often partnering with industry exhibitors to showcase how particular products can achieve new research discoveries.
|Breckenridge suggests building a strategy for maximizing time on the exhibit floor.|
Any tips on how to best plan your time on the exhibit floor?
Know which booths you want to visit in advance by reviewing the online exhibitor list. Which vendors will help you the most? Where are they located on the exhibit floor? Review the list of presenters at the Exhibitor Forum. If possible, set up advance appointments to meet some of the exhibitors. You may also want to determine a logical route of getting around the Exhibition.
|Austin is considered by many as one of the United States’ technology hubs.|
Why is Austin such a great SC location?
Austin is also known as the “Silicon Hills” of the United States and is home to a diverse group of technology companies as well as some leading academic institutions. Plus, its eclectic blend of culture, music, and beautiful geography further add to its attraction. And, it is a very welcoming city and they highly value our exhibitors and our attendees.
How did you get started as a volunteer with SC?
My first exposure to SC was in 1995 as an exhibitor. At
that conference, I provided technical support for the Mississippi State
University booth as well as for MSU’s participation in the SC’95 Global
Information Infrastructure (GII) testbed where we showcased an
interactive, 3-D scientific visualization and virtual reality capability
utilizing an experimental, high-performance wide-area network. That
effort provided me with an opportunity to work with numerous SC
volunteers in Exhibits, SCinet, and the Technical Program.
experience had an incredibly positive impact on me, both professionally
and personally, and set into motion a strong desire to be more involved
with the conference. In 2006 I was given an opportunity to participate
as a committee volunteer and I’ve continued to volunteer since then.
What past positions have you held and what keeps you coming back as a volunteer?
2006, I began my committee involvement as a member of the security team
within the Infrastructure group. Since then I’ve held the positions of
Security Chair, Space Chair, Deputy Infrastructure Chair,
Infrastructure Co-chair, SCinet Chair, Executive Director to the General
Chair, and of course, this year I am the Exhibits Chair.
thoroughly enjoyed the work and challenges associated with each of
these roles, and my involvement with SC has allowed me to meet and work
with a lot of great people from the supercomputing community – many of
which I now consider to be personal friends. But what brings me back as
a volunteer year-after-year is the reward of seeing the result of the
hard work from the volunteers and the success of each SC conference.
Given your long successful track record in the industry, what advice do you have for someone who is just starting out?
You should not start off with a narrow focus; be as broad as you can and explore complementary areas. With the rapid integration of complex technologies, the additional knowledge gained by understanding those complementary areas will be a huge advantage down the road. I would also suggest finding a mentor who you can emulate and learn from – the SC Mentor-Protégé Program is a good place to start. I’ve had three in my professional career and owe any success that I’ve had to them.