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Poster FAQ

Formatting Specifications

1. What are the poster formatting requirements?

Posters are expected to be a single page and must fit on a 4-feet tall x 8-feet wide display board.

2. Is there a poster template?

You should produce a poster that effectively and elegantly portrays its technical content. Poster styles, layouts, fonts and content are left to the discretion of the author(s).


3. Does the 150-word abstract count toward the 800-word limit of the extended abstract/summary?

No, it does not. The 800-word limit applies only to the body of the extended abstract/summary. The abstract, references and table and figure captions do not count towards the 800-word limit.

4. Should I submit the final version of my poster for the review process? Can I make changes after the review?

A final version is not expected; you may update the poster after acceptance, but a representative draft of the poster must be submitted for reviews.

5. Are posters peer-reviewed?

Yes, all regular and ACM SRC posters are peer-reviewed by a committee of experts.

6. Is my poster blind reviewed?

Poster reviews are single-blind: reviewers will see author names, but authors will not see reviewer names.

7. Should I be the only author of my ACM SRC poster?

An ACM SRC submission reflects student research: this work may part of a larger project, but the poster should only reflect the contributions of a single graduate student or up to two undergraduate students.  For graduate students’ submissions, the final poster must list one student as the first and only author -- with any advisor(s) listed separately. For undergraduate students’ submissions, the final poster must list up to two undergraduate students as the first (and second) author(s) -- with any advisor(s) listed separately.                                                              

The student(s) are allowed to list one or more official graduate or undergraduate advisors on the poster. Each advisor must be clearly marked by putting "(advisor)" after the advisor's name. For example, if the Alex Abel is advised by Bruno Banach and Clara Cantor at the Durham University in England, then the poster and extended abstract should be authored by: Alex Abel, Bruno Banach (advisor), and Clara Cantor (advisor), Durham University, England

8. How are best posters selected?

The Posters Committee nominates candidate best posters during the review process. An ad-hoc committee judges the posters and the presentations during the poster reception. After the reception, this committee convenes and selects a single best poster.

A different award committee handles best student posters in the context of the ACM Student Research Competition.

9. Can I change from one type of poster to another?

No. Authors are required to select the type of poster at the time of submission. Authors can select among: 1) Regular Poster and
2) ACM Student Research Competition Poster (ACM SRC poster).

10. Can I submit an poster on HPC education?

Yes. Posters focusing on HPC education are within scope. However, unlike previous years, there is not a separate "Education" track. In other words, education posters will be evaluated as research posters and should be submitted using the same submission form as technical research posters.


11.  Is my poster included in the SC15 proceedings?

No, only technical papers and Gordon Bell prize papers are included in the proceedings. (Also see the following question.)

12.  Is my poster archived? What is the process for archiving my poster?

Yes, all posters are archived on the Conference site. Details will be provided. 


13.  What are the options for mounting my poster to its display board?

Pushpins will be provided for affixing all poster materials to display boards. Mounting your poster on foamcore is NOT recommended.

14.  When should I plan to mount and unmount my poster?

Posters can be mounted Monday afternoon after 2 pm. All posters must be mounted before Tuesday at 8:30am and should remain mounted until Thursday 5pm. This allows Conference attendees to browse posters at times other than during the poster session.

15.  Do posters have allocated space or is it first-come-first-served?

Each poster is given a designated space with a display board. We will e-mail authors a poster directory that maps posters to their assigned poster boards before the Conference. The title of the assigned poster will also be on the display board in the poster area.

16.  Is there a place to print the poster?

SC15 does not provide any support for printing posters. Typically, authors will print posters in their home towns and transport to the Conference. The Convention Center’s business office may offer printing services. You can find relevant details on the Convention Center’s website.

17. What is considered appropriate embedded content?

The goal of the embedded multimedia elements should be to enhance the presentation of research in the poster. Such elements may include a video narration of the poster by the author, links to results, movies, graphics, datasets, codes, etc. Note that extended versions of the poster or related publications will not be considered as acceptable multimedia elements in this context.

18. What is a QR code and how do I generate it?

QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode), and provides a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. QR codes have become a popular way to access content. For example, a smartphone or tablet can be used as a QR code scanner, displaying the code and converting it to some useful form (such as a standard URL for a website, thereby obviating the need for a user to type it into a web browser). For more information, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code.

19. How do I generate it?

You can generate and print your own QR codes for others to scan and use by visiting one of several paid and free QR code generating sites or apps.

20. Where do I place the QR codes on my poster?

QR codes should be placed anywhere you want to link to external content on your poster, for example, to point to a video narration of the poster by the author, links to results, movies, graphics, datasets, codes, etc.

Important SC15 Information

Web Submissions: https://submissions.supercomputing.org/
Email Contact: posters@info.supercomputing.org