SC09 Newsletter—Issue 3
Welcome to the May 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 - recognized by Tradeshow Week Magazine as one of the 200 largest in the
U.S. - will be held November 14-20, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.
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Headlines from the SC09 May Newsletter:
* Al Gore to Keynote Annual Supercomputing Conference
* Nominations Sought for Cray, Fernbach, and First-Ever Kennedy Award
* Sustainability Plays Role in Data Center Challenge
* SC09 Student Job Fair Open to Exhibitor Participation
* SC09 Exhibits Continues to Show HPC Industry Strengths
* Submissions Are Open for the SC09 Storage Challenge
* SCinet Call for Circuits Approaching May 29
* Call for Xnet Submissions
Al Gore to Keynote Annual Supercomputing Conference
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will deliver the conference keynote address on Thursday, November 19 this
year. He will deliver the keynote presentation for the anticipated crowd of 11,000 attendees made up of leading
computational scientists, researchers, and supercomputing experts from around the globe, many of whom work
on High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms and supercomputers researching life-changing issues such as
disease understanding, drug discovery, renewable energy, and global climate change.
Gore has been an evangelist on global climate and energy-related issues since the 1980s. He has lectured around
the globe and his climate change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth" won an Academy Award and was
instrumental in his selection as the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/
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 CS 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:
Sustainability Plays Role in Data Center Challenge
One of the major themes for SC09 is sustainability, which is vitally important for the HPC community to address.
In an effort to work on innovative solutions for the issues of energy consumption in supercomputers and their data
centers, a "Data Center of the Future" Challenge is being held for the first time at this year's conference. The
challenge will focus on the design of a theoretical data center with the integration of the computer and its support
infrastructure to achieve unparalleled energy reduction and sustainability. Teams will present their concepts at
the SC09 conference and provide an "electronic poster board" of their sustainable data center and demonstrate
the efficiencies of their innovation. Teams will be graded on: innovation and creativity, compute capability and
efficiency, utility system performance efficiency, sustainability, and first costs.
Deadline for team applications is XXXX, 2009.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=datacenter.html
SC09 Student Job Fair Open to Exhibitor Participation
Reserve your space now for the SC09 Student Job Fair! SC Communities would like to extend an invitation to your
organization to participate in our 2nd Annual SC09 Student Job Fair scheduled for November 14, 2009 from
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Last year, more than 100 student attendees participated in our first SC08 student job fair.
SC09 welcomes a broad spectrum of student attendees who compose the SC Communities, including the SC
Education Program, the SC Broader Engagement Program, or SC Student Volunteers Program. Participating
organizations and institutions will have access to approximately more than 300 students in Computer Science,
Information Systems, and other fields related to high performance computing. In addition, participants will be given
space (e.g. a table that accommodates 2 representatives) and receive a copy of the resume booklet listing all
Exhibitor participation in the SC09 Student Job Fair is free of charge, so please don't miss this opportunity to
network and recruit talented students! Space is limited at the SC09 Student Job Fair, and will be assigned on a
first-come, first-served basis. We ask that you confirm your participation in the SC09 Student Job Fair and include
the name of your representative(s) by June 30, 2009.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=jobfair.html
SC09 Exhibits Continues to Show HPC Industry Strengths
The SC09 Exhibits floor is close to being sold out, with 277 organizations that already have reserved booth space.
"The continued increases in exhibits turnout is a testament to the strong buying power from this segment of the
computing industry and the consistent innovation in the products found," added Becky Verastegui, SC09 Exhibits
SC09 will showcase the industry's new companies, market leaders, and a diverse set of organizations from the
research and education community. There is still some space remaining for those companies interested in
reserving booth space at SC09.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=exhibits.html
Submissions Are Open for the SC09 Storage Challenge
It's official! Teams are starting work on this year’s Storage Challenge submissions… its never too early to start.
The Storage Challenge is a competition showcasing applications and environments that effectively use storage
subsystems in high performance computing, which is often the limiting system component. Submissions can be
based upon tried-and-true production systems as well as research or proof-of-concept projects not yet in production.
Participants will describe their implementations and present measurements of performance, scalability and storage
subsystem utilization. Judging will be based on these measurements as well as innovation and effectiveness;
maximum size and peak performance are not the sole criteria. Finalists will be chosen on the basis of submissions
that are in the form of proposals; they will present their completed results in a technical session during the
conference from which the winner(s) will be selected.
Application deadline is July 27, 2009.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=storagechallenge.html
SCinet Call for Circuits Deadline Approaching May 29
In order to plan the WAN and metro resources required to support conference participants, SCinet is requesting
exhibitors and network entities to identify their WAN circuit requirements into the Oregon Convention Center by
May 29, 2009.
The SCinet WAN Team will work with Internet2, National LambdaRail (NLR) and The Network for Education and
Research in Oregon (NERO) to implement the required circuits for SC09 from the NLR and Internet2 connection
point in Portland, Oregon to the Oregon Convention Center. The following WAN services are planned to be
available: NLR's PacketNet and FrameNet, Internet2's IP Network and Dynamic Circuit Network, ESnet's IP
Network and Science Data Network as well as commodity Internet.
Please contact the SCinet WAN team with your intent to use WAN and the details of your particular requirements,
* Circuit type and bandwidth
* Carrier or provider
* Circuit origination point
* Circuit termination point on the SC09 show floor
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=scinet.html
Call for Xnet Submissions
SCinet's Xnet (eXperimental Networks) is celebrating its ten-year anniversary providing a venue to showcase
emerging, often pre-commercial or pre-competitive, developmental networking technologies, protocols and
experimental networking applications.
SCinet has evolved into a robust, high-performance, production-quality network that exhibitors and attendees
depend on for reliable local area and wide area network services. Xnet enables its participants and research
exhibitors an opportunity to showcase emerging, prototype or experimental network gear or capabilities, prior to
their general commercial availability in a fault tolerant (forgiving) environment. Xnet participant demonstrations
gain access to valuable SCinet bandwidth and consultation with International experts, special conference-wide
visibility at SC with references in event literature, on-site signage, directional signs to pinpoint the locations of the
demonstration, and in some instances even include complimentary exhibit space and network connectivity.
Selections for SC09 are underway and this year's Xnet will once again prove to be a cutting edge showcase.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=scinet.html
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