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Statewide Users Group Conference - Spring 2020 Postponed

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

1224 Kinnear Rd. Columbus, OH 43212


OSC has made the difficult decision to cancel both the Spring 2020 SUG Meeting.

In making this decision, we evaluated a series of options, including converting the program to a virtual conference rescheduling it for later in the summer.  We understand the disappointment that potential participants will feel as a result of this decision. 

With the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and elevated concerns about public health, the state and many higher education institutions are restricting travel and meetings. On March 9, the Governor's office asked that all travel for non-essential meetings, workshops and training, be postponed or canceled.

In light of this guidance, OSC has decided to indefinitely postpone the Spring 2020 Statewide User Group meeting. The health of our friends, colleagues, students and staff is our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination about rescheduling, perhaps in May, or converting the agenda to one or more virtual meetings.


The purposes of the SUG Conference are to:

  • foster connections
  • update OSC's user base on the Center's direction
  • highlight new scientific developments produced using OSC resources
  • obtain constructive feedback as to the future of OSC and our role in supporting science across Ohio

We will host a keynote address within an area of interest to OSC clients. Free lunch and afternoon appetizers will be provided. In order to enable interactions between the current/potential OSC clients and OSC staff, our staff will be present to answer questions throughout the day. 


Directions and Hotel Information

SUG Homepage

Questions? Please contact OSC Help.

Information and Deadlines


General Registration: Opens February 13, 2020 - Closes March 26, 2020

Submission of Abstracts for Flash Talks/Posters: Opens February 13, 2020 - Closes March 15, 2020

Submission for Poster Judging: Opens February 13, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Notification of Poster/Flash Talk Acceptance: March 20, 2020

Poster Judge Confirmation: March 25, 2020

Optional Poster Printing: April 2, 2020


Flash Talk & Poster Competition

SUG 2018
Participants at SUG 2018 poster competition.

We will have a flash talk and poster session to highlight the research and emerging ideas from OSC clients. Talks and posters will be selected from abstracts submitted via the registration form at the bottom of this page. We will contact you to notify you of your flash talk or poster acceptance. At that time, a link will be provided for you to upload your flash talk file or poster file for printing.

  • Flash talks and posters will be judged by volunteers from OSC and outside institutions.
    • Flash talks will be judged by the audience and a set of OSC staff. 
    • Only students, at any level, will be considered for first and second place awards. All awards are contingent on being an academic user:
      • First-place flash talk and poster winners will receive a grant of 5,000 RUs and be highlighted in OSC's Annual Research Report.
      • Second-place flash talk and poster winners will receive a grant of 2,500 RUs.
    • Other presenters will receive a grant of 1,000 RUs.
  • The posters should be 32" tall and 45" wide. (NOTE: OSC offers to print out posters free of charge)

We encourage posters by students just starting their work, to show creative ideas on how high-performance computing will enhance their research. 

To learn how these competitions will be scored, please see below. 


All feedback from the poster and flash talk sessions will be sent to the presenter. We ensure that there is no identifying information submitted with the feedback.

Poster Judging

Poster judges come from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and institutions. In order to volunteer as a poster judge, you must not be a participant in the competition. If you are eligible, this will appear as a question upon registration. Alternatively, please contact OSC Help. Poster judges will be awarded 1,000 RUs. All awards are contingent on being an academic user

Flash Talk Judging

Flash talks will be judged by two OSC staff members and the audience. We trust that participants will not judge their own presentation, as this is anonymous. 

We will have WebEx streams of the conference if you cannot attend!