SC09 Newsletter—Issue 6
Welcome to the August 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 August Newsletter:
* Intel Senior Fellow to Deliver Opening Address
* Housing and Tech Program Registration Open
* Broader Engagement Travel Grants Extended
* Broader Engagement Travel Offer to End August 17
* Submit Your Network Technologies to Xnet Now
* Student Volunteer Applications Due August 31
* Workshops Offer Diverse Topics to Complement SC09
* SC09 Bandwidth Entires Now Due September 19
Intel Senior Fellow to Deliver Opening Address
Justin Rattner, Intel Senior Fellow and CTO of Intel Corporation, will deliver the opening address at SC09 on Tuesday,
November 17, 2009. Rattner is vice president and Intel chief technology officer (CTO), an Intel Senior Fellow, and head
of Intel Labs. In the latter role, he directs Intel's global research efforts in microprocessors, systems, and communications
including the company's disruptive research activity.
"Justin's vision and leadership in the late 80s and early 90s lead to the first teraflop supercomputer and helped shape
the technology direction and innovation that drove an exciting era of parallel supercomputing," said Wilfred Pinfold,
SC09 General Chair. "He is uniquely qualified to talk about the use of 3D Internet technology for immersive science,
which is one of the three identified thrust areas for this year's conference."
For more information on Justin Rattner: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=plenary.html
Housing and Tech Program Registration Open
SC09 will be the 22nd consecutive year of the SC Conference series -- once again featuring an exceptional Technical
Program, industry and research exhibits, Education Program and many other activities. SC09 is the one place where
attendees can see tomorrow's technology being used to solve world-class challenge problems today. Registration is
available now for both conference attendees and exhibitor booth management.
Hotel rooms are also available for attendees and exhibitors to select through the SC Your Way reservation system.
To view the hotels that are in the block and compare features between them, including the mode of transportation that
is recommended, visit the SC Your Way site linked from the main SC09 web site.
This year the conference will rely heavily on the MAX. Many hotels are within walking distance to the MAX, Portland's
mass transit system, and are close to the Thursday night event. The MAX has a dedicated convention center stop and
is free to use within the downtown area. Busing will only be provided to convention hotels that are not served by the MAX.
Please note that attendees staying at the Avalon Hotel and Spa will need to make their own arrangements for transportation.
For conference registration: https://reg.jspargo.com/sc09/default.asp?caller=attr
Registration questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
For hotel registration: email@example.com
Hotel questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Broader Engagement Travel Offer to End August 17
The SC09 Broader Engagement (BE) program is aimed at increasing the involvement of individuals who have been
traditionally underrepresented in the HPC field. Competitive grants will be available to support travel to and participation
in the SC09 Technical Program by underrepresented groups. We encourage applications from all computing-related
disciplines, including research, education, or industry. You can be a part of this exciting and important initiative through
several of our Broader Engagement (BE) initiatives: Participate in the Mentor/Protégé Program to pair students with
mentors in computing fields; participate in a networking event with all participating students. Participate in a Student
Job Fair and gain access to resumes of students that may be interested in a summer job or permanent employment.
Here are opportunities for your organization to help the program. You can:
* Help BE spread the word about this SC09 opportunity. Encourage students, faculty, and young professionals from
your organization to apply for travel grants
* Be a mentor or provide mentors for students
* Attend the Student Job Fair to meet with students to discuss employment and internship possibilities
BE Travel grant applications are now due Monday, August 17.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=broadeng.html
Submit Your Network Technologies to Xnet Now
SCinet's Xnet (eXperimental Networks) is celebrating 10 years of 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
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
Student Volunteer Applications Due August 31
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply as volunteers for the SC09 conference. Student
Volunteers will have the opportunity to see and discuss the latest high performance computing and networking
technologies while meeting and interacting with leading researchers from around the world who are actually doing
the research and contributing to textbooks.
For their efforts, students will receive complimentary conference registration, housing (for out-of-town volunteers),
most meals and an outstanding experience that will broaden their horizons!
Those selected as volunteers will be welcome to connect with a mentor, and to attend a job fair of companies, labs,
universities, and other entities where they can gain first-hand information about options available to further their
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=studvol.html
Check out the SC09 Exhibitor List Today
SC09 will showcase the industry's new companies, market leaders, and a diverse set of organizations from the research
and education community. SC Your Way makes it possible to search by exhibitor name or to find particular products,
services or applications. Review the exhibitor list in advance, find new exhibitors, and placed some on your must-visit list.
Exhibit booth space is still available! There is still booth space remaining for those companies interested in being
included in the list of exhibitors for SC09.
Exhibitor List: http://scyourway.nacse.org/exhibits
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=exhibits.html
Workshops Offer Diverse Topics to Complement SC09
A diverse group of thirteen workshops will be held on November 15, 16, and 20 in conjunction with SC09. Workshops
provide attendees with independently planned sessions that complement the SC09 Technical Program and extend its
impact by providing greater depth of focus. Topics span a broad range of high-performance computational science
issues, including emerging computing technologies, workflows, visualization, nanoscience, computational finance,
and much more.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=workshops.html
SC09 Bandwidth Challenge Entries Due September 19
The Bandwidth Challenge allows SC attendees and exhibitors an opportunity to demonstrate what is possible when
network-intensive scientific applications are provisioned with an amount of bandwidth that is much greater than what
is available at researchers' home institutions. Now that we are in the petaflop era of high performance computing, this
year's challenge asks participants to show how large of a data set can be transmitted in a fixed period of time. Judging
categories include: 1) largest data set transmitted from multiple locations and aggregated on the SC09 show floor; 2)
largest data set moved to the SC09 show floor from a single location; 3) peak bandwidth utilization that is sustained
for 15 minutes; 4) maximum bandwidth achieved using IPv6 end-to-end. 5) Most creative use of mixed physical layer
transport media, including satellite, wireless reach back, and novel optical control planes and backplanes.
Are you up for the Challenge?
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=challenges.html
Storage Challenge to Notify Finalists August 17
Submissions are now closed for the SC09 Storage Challenge, which has received a good number of solid submissions.
The committee now has the challenge of selecting finalists from among these many fine submissions, who will be
notified by August 17.
The Storage Challenge, now in its fourth year, highlights new and novel approaches to balancing storage I/O utilization
and bandwidth to the extreme demands of High Performance Computing. All people interested in the challenges
presented by storage in this environment are invited to attend the technical program session where this year's finalists
will present the results of their work.
Thank you for your interest, inquiries and submissions for this year's challenge. We are looking forward to seeing all
of you in Portland!
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=storagechallenge.html
Apply Soon to Make Education Program Deadlines
The SC09 Education Program will take place November 14-17 in Portland. Educators will participate in hands-on
activities to engage them in applying computational science, grid computing and/or high performance computing
resources to education.
The Education Program will host participants during a four-day intensive program that includes guided tours of the
SC09 exhibit hall, focused breakout sessions, inspirational plenary speakers, a curriculum fair, birds-of-a-feather
gatherings, and priceless networking opportunities, all of which are oriented specifically to meeting the needs of
college and pre-college educators.
Application deadline is August 22, 2009
For more information: http://sc09.sc-education.org/
SC09 Education Program Awards Highlight Excellence
We strongly encourage you to nominate candidates for the following SC09 Education Program Awards
(self nominations are accepted):
The Undergraduate Computational Engineering and Sciences (UCES) Award, hosted by the Krell Institute,
is open for undergraduate faculty who have developed computational science curricula. Deadline to apply is
August 1, 2009.
The Dr. Mary Ellen Verona Computational Science Teacher Leader Award is open to those who demonstrate
computational science leadership and education, either in a formal classroom setting or in an afterschool program.
Deadline to apply is September 1, 2009.
The Dr. Robert M. Panoff Student Award for Explorations in Science Through Computation is open to high school,
undergraduate, and graduate students exploring science made possible through computation. Deadline to apply is
September 1, 2009.
For more information: http://sc09.sc-education.org/opportunities/index.php
Education Program Student Scientific Programming Contest Is Open
The SC09 Student Scientific Programming Contest is a competitive programming event. Teams consisting of no more
than five students will be given eight to twelve problems from various scientific problem domain areas. The competition
will take place Monday, November 16, 2009, at the SC09 conference in Portland, Oregon. Since all program development,
testing, and deployment are restricted to the on-site computational resources at least one team member is required to be
physically present at SC09 in Portland. SC09 Education Program will not provide financial (travel, housing, transportation)
support to Student Contest teams. All on-site team members must be registered SC09 participants.
Application deadline: October 1, 2009
For more information: http://sc09.sc-education.org/conference/studentcomp_signup.php
The SC09 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.
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