SC09 Newsletter—Issue 7
Welcome to the September 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 September Newsletter:
* Systems Biology Expert Leroy Hood to Deliver Plenary Address
* Masterworks Program to Present Compelling Lineup of Experts
* Hotel Reservations -- Valuable SC09 Attendee Information
* Rooming Lists for Exhibitor Hotel Blocks Due September 30
* Education Program Hosts Student Programming Contest
* SC09 Wants to See Your Video Work!
* SC09 Summer Education Workshops Deemed a Success
* Helping to Prepare the World for Ubiquitous Parallelism
Systems Biology Expert Leroy Hood to Deliver Plenary Address
Dr. Leroy Hood, President of the Institute for Systems Biology, will speak on "Systems Medicine, Transformational
Technologies and the Emergence of Predictive, Personalized, Preventive and Participatory (P4) Medicine" during the
SC09 plenary session on Wednesday, November 18, at 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Hood will discuss a recently published
study that lays out the principles of a systems approach to disease including dealing with the striking signal to noise
problems of high throughput biological measurements and biology itself. He will also discuss the emerging technologies
that will transform medicine over the next 10 years--including next generation DNA sequencing, microfluidic protein
chips and single-cell analyses.
For more information: http://scyourway.nacse.org/conference/view/inspkr102
Masterworks Program to Present Compelling Lineup of Experts
Masterworks invites speakers who are involved in innovative ways of applying high performance computing, networking,
and storage technologies to the world's most challenging problems. This year's Masterworks highlights a Thursday,
November 19 session featuring speakers from Google and Facebook, with a focus on some of the world's largest,
most complicated and most relentlessly demanding computer architectures.
Other Masterworks sessions will focus on the SC09 thrust areas, with two sessions on Sustainability and several on
Bio-Computing. A session on Wednesday afternoon will cover HPC in Modern Medicine, examining transformative
efforts in adopting grid technology to healthcare as well as applying HPC-level simulation to surgical decisions.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=masterworks.html
Hotel Reservations - Valuable SC09 Attendee Information
1) Don't have a room yet? If you don't have a room for the SC09 Conference, you should reserve one by October 11,
before the housing web site, http://sc09.supercomping.org/?pg=hotels.html closes and conference rates are no longer available.
2) Reservation Confirmation Numbers. Between now and November 3, any changes to your hotel reservations should
be made through The Housing Connection (888-665-1371 / 801-505-5264). If you contact the hotel directly, they will
have no knowledge of your reservation - this is normal and does not indicate any problem with your reservation. Once
the reservations are transferred to the hotels on November 3, the hotels will issue their own reservation numbers.
Should you need to contact the hotel after the transfer date, use your name and arrival date to identify your reservation.
3) Government Rates. New government rates have been released for fiscal year 2010. According to the official GSA
per diem tables, the lodging rate in Portland will rise to $120 on October 1, 2009.
4) Cancellation policy. Reservations can be modified or canceled without penalty before October 12, 2009. After this
date and up to 72 hours prior to arrival, cancellations will be subject to a $125 penalty. Any cancellations within 72
hours of arrival are subject to one night's room and tax penalty at your confirmed hotel. Do not contact the hotels
directly until after November 3, 2009.
For hotel registration: http://scyourway.nacse.org/lodging
For hotel Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rooming Lists for Exhibitor Hotel Blocks Due September 30
Complete rooming lists, with a name and valid credit card guarantee for each room in an Exhibitor's allocated block
must be submitted no later than September 30, 2009. On October 1, 2009, all rooms with incomplete information will
be forfeited by the respective Exhibitor and will be added to the General Attendee housing block. The Housing Point
of Contact for each exhibitor received directions for assigning names and room guarantees at the time they received
their room block. If you are the POC and do not have these instructions, please contact The Housing Connection
(888-665-1371 / 801-505-5264). All attendee cancellation policies apply to exhibitor hotel room blocks.
For hotel registration: http://scyourway.nacse.org/lodging
Hotel questions: email@example.com
Education Program Hosts Student Programming Contest
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 is hosting the SC09 Student Scientific Programming Contest, 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. 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
SC09 Wants to See Your Video Work!
At the upcoming SC09 conference in Portland, before each of the three morning plenary addresses, we would like to
show samples of work from the SC community. Capacity seating for the hall is about 4,000 and each session will be
webcast, so this will be a good opportunity (with a great, receptive audience) to share your work. We are looking for
high quality video and still images to present on the 50-foot screen in high definition.
Images can relate to any area of HPC, and will be an opportunity to show the quality and range of work that is ongoing
within the community.
Application deadline: September 21, 2009
Questions or to request a participation form: firstname.lastname@example.org
SC09 Summer Education Workshops Deemed a Success
Over 250 educators and students participated in SC09 Education Program's series of intensive weeklong, hands-on
workshops. Nine workshops were held on college campuses across the country. The workshops are designed to assist
educators in integrating HPC and computational techniques into the curriculum for a wide variety of sciences, including
the following topics:
* Introduction to Computational Thinking
* Parallel Programming and Cluster Computing
* Computational Biology for Biology Educators
* Computational Chemistry for Chemistry Educators
* Computational Engineering for Engineering Educators
Thank you to the SC09 Education Program Workshop Host Institutions: Atlanta University Center (Spellman College
and Clark Atlanta University), Calvin College, Kean University, Louisiana State University, Ohio Supercomputer Center,
Oklahoma State University, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, University of California, Merced, and the University of Oklahoma.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=edprog.html
Helping to Prepare the World for Ubiquitous Parallelism
Most major manufacturers of CPUs, GPUs and ASICs have moved to a many-core design. Many teachers, lectures
and professors are only now starting to come up to speed on how to effectively teach this subject. Industry is already
feeling the results of this gap, since hiring young engineers with the knowledge to develop effectively on modern
architecture is difficult. What can be done to speed adoption of parallelism where it matters the most?
The Parallel Education Working Group is an informal team of industry, academic and research experts who are
helping to define the discussion and propose actionable solutions. The group includes representatives from AMT,
NVIDIA, Intel, Adobe, DreamWorks, Microsoft, Sun, IBM, the University of Illinois, Georgia Institute of Technology,
and Contra Costa College, among others. The working group will be sponsoring two panels at SC09 - "Preparing the
World for Ubiquitous Parallellism" and "Teach Parallel - Recommendations for an Undergraduate Curriculum" -
please join us, meet the working group and take part in the discussion.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=panels.html
Congratulations to the Storage Challenge Finalists
We are now in the final stretch this year's storage challenge. Out of a field of many fine submissions, four finalists have
been selected and are working on their final submissions. Here is the list of the project titles, finalist teams and their
sponsoring institutions: Accelerating Supercomputer Storage I/O Performance, I-Hsin Chung, Seetharami Seelam,
Guojing Cong, Hui-Fang Wen, David Klepacki (IBM Research); An Efficient and Flexible Parallel I/O Implementation
for the CFD General Notation System; Thomas Hauser, Kyle Horne, Nate Benson, Thomas Hauser (Utah State University);
Data Intensive Science: Solving Scientific Unknowns by Solving Storage Problems, Arun Jagatheesan, Jiahua He,
Allan Snavely, Michael Norman, Eva Hocks, Jeffrey Bennett, Larry Diegel (San Diego Supercomputer Center); Low
Power Amdahl-Balanced Blades for Data Intensive Computing, Alexander Szalay, Andreas Terzis, Alainna White,
Jan Vandenberg, Tamas Budavari, Sam Carliles, Alireza Mortazavi, Ani Thakar (John Hopkins University), Howie
Huang (George Washington University), Gordon Bell, Jose Blakeley (Microsoft Corporation), David Luebke (NVIDIA),
Michael Schuette (OCZ Technology).
Be sure to attend the Storage Challenge technical papers session on Tuesday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
in Room PB251.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=storagechallenge.html
Over 40 Organizations To Exhibit For The First Time
While organizations with long-standing conference ties will again be participating in the Exhibits, there continues to be
strong interest among companies making their debut at SC09. Forty first-time exhibitors, with more being added each
week, are participating. "The continued strong interest from new organizations is a testament to the strength of this
segment of the computing industry and the consistent innovation and strong content found at SC," said Becky
Verastegui SC09 Exhibits Chair.
Limited exhibit space is still available for additional companies that would like to be seen at SC09.
See the current exhibitor list at: http://scyourway.nacse.org/exhibits/by_name
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=exhibits.html
SCinet's Infiniband Network to Offer 40Gbps, 120Gbps Speeds
InfiniBand is a standards-based interconnect technology that delivers low latency, high bandwidth capabilities to move
very large data sets typical of high performance computing and mass-storage environments. InfiniBand supports up to
120 Gigabit interfaces today with a defined roadmap to deliver higher bandwidths as future business demands.
For the past 4 years, SCinet has made available an OpenFabrics-based InfiniBand network providing connectivity to
numerous organizations and vendors in support of HPC applications and storage demonstrations. For SC09, SCinet's
OpenFabrics team is pleased to announce that the InfiniBand network will get a substantial speed increase. The
OpenFabrics network will consist entirely of Quad Data Rate (QDR) 40-gigabit per second (Gbps) InfiniBand circuits
including a backbone infrastructure comprised of multiple 120Gbps links between the core InfiniBand switching equipment.
For exhibitors, SCinet is offering the option to purchase either a 40Gbps (4X) and 120Gbps (12X) InfiniBand QDR
network connection directly to your booth. Pricing will be the same for both 40Gbps and 120Gbps network connections,
but 120Gbps connections will require an exhibitor to supply a 12X capable InfiniBand QDR switch for network
connectivity. Please be sure to reserve your connection early through SCinet's Connection Request System (CRS)
if you're planning to participate in the SC09 OpenFabrics network.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=scinet.html
HPCwire Opens Nominations for Reader's Choice Awards
HPCwire.com, the leading source for global news and information covering the ecosystem of high productivity computing,
is proud to announce the annual Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards Program for 2009. These awards allow the HPC
community to recognize some of the most outstanding organizations and individuals in the industry. This year, two new
categories were added: "Best Use of HPC in the Cloud" and "Best Application of Green Computing in HPC" in recognition
of the tremendous amount of innovation happening in the industry. The Readers' Choice Awards are determined by a
poll of HPCwire readers, and a panel of recognized HPC luminaries and contributing editors from industry determines
the Editors' Choice Awards. All winners will be announced at SC09 in Portland, Oregon. To view the list of 2008
winners, go online to: http://www.hpcwire.com/offthewire/HPCwire_Announces_Annual_Readers_Choice_Awards_at_SC08.html
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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