Christensen’s SC10 Keynote Now Available

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 9 December, 2010 – The SC10 keynote delivered by Clayton M. Christensen, the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation, is now available online.

Christensen’s address, titled, “How to Create New Growth Businesses in a Risk-Minimizing Environment” opened the technical program portion of the conference on 16 November. The presentation can be accessed at

The international conference of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, which took place in New Orleans, Louisiana from 13-19 November, drew a record number of exhibitors and attendees.

Christensen, advisor to numerous companies and countries, and professor at the Harvard Business School, first outlined his disruptive innovation framework in 1997 in his acclaimed book “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” which won the Global Business Book Award for best business book of the year.
Disruptive innovation describes how innovative products and services take root in simple applications at the bottom of a market and rapidly move “up market” to displace established competitors.
Barry Hess, general chair of SC10 and deputy CIO at Sandia National Laboratories, noted that a high level of disruption is taking place in the high-performance computing field today.

Christensen has recently applied the disruptive innovation framework to complicated social problems, including education and healthcare. In the book “Disruptive Class” (2008), he examines the root causes of why schools struggle. In “The Innovator’s Prescription” (2009), he analyzes strategies to improve healthcare and make it more affordable.

About SC10

SC10, sponsored by IEEE Computer Society and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. This premier international conference includes a globally attended technical program, workshops, tutorials, a world class exhibit area, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning. For more information, visit:

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 38 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities. For more information, go to

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