SC09 Newsletter—Issue 1

Welcome to the first edition of the SC09 official newsletter! Sponsored by the ACM SIGARCH and IEEE Computer
Society, SC09 is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage, and
analysis. This year's conference will be held on November 14-20, 2009 in Portland, Oregon - the "greenest city"
in the U.S.

The conference will feature the latest scientific and technical innovations from around the world. Bringing together
scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators, and managers, SC09 will be
the forum for demonstrating how these developments are driving new ideas, new discoveries and new industries.
SC09's special focus areas this year: sustainability, bio-computing, and the 3D Internet.

This newsletter offers attendees, exhibitors, media and other interested parties useful, up-to-date information about
SC09. Newsletters archives will be posted to Instructions for
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Headlines from the SC09 First Newsletter:

* Technical Paper Abstracts Due April 3
* Design Competition Focuses on "Data Center of the Future"
* Ambassador Program Assists International Attendees
* Share Your Expertise in the SC09 Tutorials Program
* Bio-Computing Thrust Seeks to Broaden HPC Community
* Interactive SC09 Workshop Proposals Requested

* Nominations Sought for Cray, Fernbach and First-Ever Kennedy Award
* Broader Engagement Teams with SC Communities for SC09 Student Job Fair
* The ACM Gordon Bell Prize Paper Submission Deadline Soon Approaching

Technical Paper Abstracts Due April 3

The SC09 Technical Papers program is the premier forum for disseminating innovative and important advances in
high performance computing in the areas of architecture/networking, performance analysis, system software,
applications, grids/clouds and storage from academic, government and corporate institutions around the world.
Submissions that relate high-performance computing to the three SC09 Technology Thrusts - Sustainability,
Bio-Computing, and the 3D Internet. - are encouraged. A two-part submission process is again being used
this year. The Papers Committee will select submissions via a rigorous anonymous peer-review process with
technical soundness and timeliness as the predominant acceptance criteria. Awards will be given for Best Paper
and Best Student Paper.

Submission Starts From: March 16th, 2009
Abstracts Due: Friday, April 3, 2009
Papers Due: Monday, April 6, 2009

SC09 submissions site:
For more information:

Design Competition Focuses on "Data Center of the Future"

The "Sustainable Supercomputing Data Center of the Future" competition will occur for the first time at the SC09
Conference. The goal of this design competition is to have supercomputer manufacturers, researchers or educational
institutions form teams with other researchers, architects, engineers, equipment suppliers, and computer. The Teams
are to conceptually develop a data center of the future that provides the most compute power with the greatest
efficiency (both compute efficiency and data center infrastructure efficiency), highest degree of sustainability, in the
least amount of space and with a pre-described power budget.

For more information:

Ambassador Program Assists International Attendees

For the first time, the SC conference is introducing a new help facility for international delegates attending from
outside the US. In recent years, the number of foreign delegates has increased. In order to cater to some of the
special issues that foreign delegates encounter, SC09 has established an SC Ambassadors group. In the near
future the SC09 website will contain a special section for foreign delegates, providing web-based assistance on
how to obtain visas, making housing arrangements, and planning travel within the Portland metro area. At the
conference, a special International Attendees Center will offer assistance specifically for international attendees
and provide a meeting place for foreign attendees.

For more information:

Share Your Expertise in the SC09 Tutorials Program

Experts in high performance computing are invited to share their expertise with the High Performance Computing
community by submitting proposals for tutorials at SC09. The SC09 Tutorials program will give attendees the
opportunity to explore a wide variety of important topics related to high performance computing, networking, and
storage. SC09 invites proposals for introductory, intermediate, and advanced tutorials, either full-day (six hours)
or half-day (three hours) sessions. A distinguished panel of experts will select the tutorials from the submitted
proposals. Submissions for tutorials and other aspects of the SC09 Technical Program open Monday, March 16, 2009.
The deadline for submission is April 6, 2009.

SC09 submissions site:
For more information:


Bio-Computing Thrust Seeks to Broaden HPC Community

This year SC09 continues to identify thrust areas whose adoption of cutting edge computing, network, and storage
technologies will enable societal advances. This year the thrust areas are Bio-Computing, 3D Internet, and

The Bio-Computing Thrust seeks to broaden the SC community by creating a focused technical program that will
draw Computational Biologists, Bioinformaticists, and Biologists into SC09 to highlight bio-centric computing,
storage, and network challenges and solutions. We welcome your input or inquiries about the Bio-Computing Thrust.

For more information:

Interactive SC09 Workshop Proposals Requested

SC09 welcomes proposals for independently planned full-, half-, or multi-day workshops that complement the
Technical Program and extend its impact by providing greater depth of focus. Proposals for workshops will be
reviewed with an eye toward providing interaction and in-depth discussion of stimulating topics of interest to the
HPC community. Workshop submissions open on March 16th, 2009 and are due by April 6, 2009.

For more information:

Nominations Sought for Cray, Fernbach and First-Ever Kennedy Award

Nominations are sought for three prestigious awards that will be announced at SC09 in recognition of significant
contributions to the field. The new ACM - IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award recognizes substantial
contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and substantial community service or mentoring
contributions. The award honors the remarkable research, service, and mentoring contributions of the late Ken Kennedy.

The IEEE Computer Society also sponsors the Seymour Cray Computer Engineering and Sidney Fernbach
Memorial awards to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of supercomputing. The Cray award is given
to individuals whose innovative contributions to high performance computing best exemplify the creative spirit of
Seymour Cray. The Sidney Fernbach Memorial award recognizes innovative uses of high performance computing
for the solution of large computational problems. Nominations are now being accepted for all three awards, and
the deadline for submissions is July 1, 2008. The nomination form, and the required endorsements, should be
submitted following the instructions in the links below.

For more information:
ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award:
IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award:
IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award:

Broader Engagement Teams with SC Communities for SC09 Student Job Fair

The Broader Engagement (BE) program is aimed at increasing the involvement of individuals who have been
traditionally underrepresented in the HPC field. For SC09, the Broader Engagement, Education, and Student
Volunteer Programs have joined forces as SC Communities, to create some special opportunities! The 2nd Annual
SC09 Communities Job Fair offers a unique opportunity for SC exhibitors to meet with students to discuss
employment opportunities, co-ops internships and continued education opportunities.

In addition, a Student Mentoring Program gives you a chance to form mentor/protégé pairs with leaders from the
high performance computing community. Competitive grants will be available to support travel to and participation
in the SC09 Technical Program by underrepresented groups.

For more information:

The ACM Gordon Bell Prize Paper Deadline Soon Approaching

The ACM Gordon Bell Prize has been awarded since 1987 to recognize outstanding achievement in high
performance computing. The purpose of the award is to track the progress of leading edge technical computing,
namely simulation, modeling and large-scale data analysis as applied to science, engineering or other fields.
Recent winners have been awarded for landmark computations at performance rates that have in some cases
topped 100 teraflops per second. In addition to the main ACM Gordon Bell Prize, the Bell Prize Committee may
grant a special award to recognize an achievement in a related area such as price/performance, usage of
innovative techniques or nontraditional types of computation.

Abstracts Due: Friday, April 3, 2009
Papers Due: Monday, April 6, 2009

Submission website:
For more information:


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