SC09 Newsletter—Issue 8
Welcome to the October 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 October Newsletter:
* Tech Program Announces Full Schedule of Thought-Provoking Sessions
* Mentors Needed for Broader Engagement Program
* Exhibition and Forum Allow Full Interactivity with HPC Innovators
* SCinet's OpenFabrics and HPC Advisory Council Offer InfiniBand Demos
* Cast your Vote Now for the HPCwire 2009 Reader's Choice Awards
* Voting Now Open for insideHPC's First Annual Community Leadership Awards
Tech Program Announces Full Schedule of Thought-Provoking Sessions
In the June 2009 newsletter, we covered the exceptional Technical Program Papers, Panels, Tutorials, and Workshops
submissions that were selected. In this issue, we focus on the invited speakers, posters, panels, and birds-of-a-feather
sessions to challenge your perceptions and enhance your understanding of high performance computing, networking,
storage, and analysis. Plan your own itinerary at http://scyourway.supercomputing.org/conference/search.
This year, SC will feature invited presentations that compliment the thrust areas of Sustainability, 3D Internet, and BioComputing.
On Tuesday, November 17, 8:30-10 a.m. Justin Rattner, vice president and chief technology officer at Intel Corporation,
will give the opening presentation on "The Rise of the 3D Internet: Advancements in Collaborative and Immersive
Sciences" about the visualization needed to understand exascale-level data in the future. A recent insideHPC interview
with Rattner is available at: http://insidehpc.com/2009/10/06/interview-with-hpc-pioneer-justin-rattner/.
On Wednesday, November 18, 8:30-9:15 a.m., Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D., co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology,
will present "Systems Medicine, Transformational Technologies and the Emergence of Predictive, Personalized,
Preventive and Participatory (P4) Medicine," focusing on the insights gained in systems biology approaches through
HPC. For more information on Hood is available at: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/files/NR_SC09_Hood_Final_090409.pdf
On Thursday, November 19, at 8:30-10 a.m., former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will provide the keynote address on
"Building Solutions: Energy, Climate and Computing for a Changing World." More information on Al Gore is
available at: http://www.algore.com/
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=plenary.html
In addition to these plenary presentations, SC continues the Masterworks program. Masterworks consists of invited
presentations that highlight innovative ways of applying high performance computing, networking, and storage technologies
to the world's most challenging problems. This year a star-studded lineup is in store for SC09 attendees. Eight
sessions have been organized covering the following topics:
* High Performance at Massive Scale
* Future Energy Enabled by HPC
* Towards Climate Modeling in the Exaflop Era
* Multiscale Simulations in Bioscience
* HPC in Modern Medicine
* Data Challenges in Genome Analysis
* Finite Elements and Your Body
* Scalable Algorithms and Applications
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=masterworks.html
Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions
Share your interests with colleagues at the Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions, a staple of SC conferences.
SC09 continues this tradition with a full schedule of exciting, informal, interactive sessions devoted to special topics,
* The Future of HPC (e.g. exascale software, sustainability)
* Lists and Competitions (e.g. Top500, Green 500, HPC Challenge)
* Software Packages (e.g. MPICH, OSCAR, PBS, eclipse)
* Languages and Programming Models (e.g. OpenMP, MPI, PGAS)
* Government Initiatives and Groups (e.g. NSF HECURA, INCITE, European initiatives)
With 60 BOFs (selected from over 90 submission) over the course of three days, there is sure to be something of
interest for everyone. BOFs meet Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:15-1:15 p.m. and 5:30-7:00 p.m., and
Thursday at 12:15-1:15 p.m.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=bofs.html
Posters The SC09 Posters track features the most innovative, exciting, and thought-provoking research with 65
regular posters and eight electronic posters that offer up-to-the-minute results in all areas of high performance
computing, networking, storage and analysis. In addition, 12 students have been selected to present their posters.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=posters.html
Looking for infotainment? Participate in the SC09 Panels! The Panels program aims to bring out the most interesting
and challenging ideas at the conference, covering topics that are relevant, timely, and thought provoking. Great thinkers,
practitioners, and the occasional gadfly will be present to debate various topics relevant to high performance computing,
networking, storage and analysis. Audience participation is always encouraged.
The three thrust areas of this year's SC, namely 3D Internet, bio-computing and sustainability, are featured each day.
Explore the business and technology implications in emerging 3D internet applications, learn how the informatics
took an important role in controlling the recent outbreak of H1N1 flu, and find out whether future data centers need
to be in Alaska next to their own power plant.
Need more fun? Drop by on Friday, Nov 20, for another set of four panels on the following:
* Applications Architecture Power Puzzle
* Flash Technology in HPC: Let the Revolution Begin
* The Road to Exascale: Hardware and Software Challenges
* Preparing the World for Ubiquitous Parallelism
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=panels.html
Mentors Needed for Broader Engagement Program
We have a great opportunity for all of you seasoned, experienced SC participants! The Mentor/Protégé program will
match volunteer mentors with a student or first-time SC attendee. The Mentor/Protégé is designed to enhance
the conference experience for participants of the SC09 Student Programs (Broader Engagement, Student Volunteers,
Education Program, Student Cluster Competition). Each participating Protégé is matched up with a volunteer Mentor
while attending the conference.
Mentors serve a very important role, as they can share advice and insight about careers and areas of research.
Matches will be made on the basis of similar technical backgrounds and interests. Mentors may give their protégés
as little or as much time as they can fit into their schedule - anything from a cup of coffee and a chat, to a tour of the
exhibit floor, to a day-long shadowing experience. Mentor/Protégé pairs set their own schedules, allowing for maximum
convenience and flexibility.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=mentor.html
Exhibition and Forum Allow Full Interactivity with HPC Innovators
To complement what you will see in Exhibits, SC09 presents the Exhibitor Forum with more than 50 sessions that
allow you the opportunity to get the inside story direct from the developers of today's most innovative HPC hardware,
software, and systems. Participate in question-and-answer exchanges in the sessions and one-on-one conversations
with the presenters.
Make sure to visit the exhibition floor to get up close and hands on with the latest hardware systems, software tools,
and research innovations from nearly 300 exhibitors. Explore the next generation of products, systems, techniques,
and ideas. The SC09 Exhibits will be open:
Monday, November 16
7 -9pm, Opening Gala
Tuesday, November 17
Wednesday, November 18
9 am - 6 pm
Thursday, November 19
9 am - 4 pm
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=exhibits.html
For questions or to reserve booth space: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCinet's OpenFabrics and HPC Advisory Council Offer InfiniBand Demos
The HPC Advisory Council (http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com) is working with SCinet's OpenFabrics team to make
available a number of application demonstrations for all InfiniBand network participants during SC09. Exhibitors who
sign up for a SCinet InfiniBand network connection in their booths are encouraged to participate in the HPC Advisory
Council-sponsored demonstrations including Remote Desktop over InfiniBand (RDI), Direct Transport Compositor
(DTC), and an advanced high-bandwidth MPI technology preview.
In addition, to the HPC Advisory Council's application demonstrations, a number of other technologies will also be
shown this year as part of SCinet's InfiniBand network including InfiniBand CXP cabling solutions, NFS-RDMA,
Automatic Path Migration (APM) for applications, high-speed InfiniBand connected storage systems, and native
InfiniBand transported over Wide Area Networks.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=scinet.html
Cast your Vote Now for the HPCwire 2009 Reader's Choice Awards
HPCwire.com - Vote now for your favorites! The HPCwire Reader's Choice 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 the Editors' Choice Awards are determined by a panel of recognized HPC luminaries and
contributing editors from industry. All winners will be announced at the SC09 in Portland, Oregon.
To view the list of 2008 winners, go online to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=2NzJvgtBVcA8Or9zgNxT9g
To view the list of 2008 winners: http://www.hpcwire.com/offthewire/HPCwire_Announces_Annual_Readers_
Voting Now Open for inside HPC's First Annual Community Leadership Awards
insideHPC has been working with an exclusive panel of HPC community leaders who have submitted nominations
for the publication's first annual HPC Community Leadership Awards. The top nominees are listed on the insideHPC
website and members of the SC09 community are now invited to vote for the nominee of their choice to be recognized
with one of two awards.
The first award will be given to the organization recognized as having done the most to contribute to the growth and
vitality of the HPC community. The second award will be given to the one individual recognized as having made the
most significant contribution to advancing the growth and acceptance of HPC.
Readers can vote for their selection on the insideHPC home page at: http://insidehpc.com/2009/10/16/vote-now-for-
insidehpcs-hpc-community-leadership-awards/ Winners of the Community Leadership Award will be announced at
SC09 and will be covered in a featured interview in insideHPC's "inside SC09" supplement.
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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