SC09 Newsletter—Issue 9
Welcome to a special edition of the SC09 official newsletter, focusing on logistics and conference features designed
to make your life easier once you arrive in Portland! 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 November Newsletter:
* SC Your Way Serves as a One-Stop Resource for Attendees
* How do I get to the Oregon Convention Center?
* Details Available for the Al Gore Keynote on Thursday, November 19
* Participate in the Sustainable Conference Experiment
* SCinet - the Most Powerful Network in the World at Your Fingertips
* Experience a Sold-Out Exhibition Floor This Year
* What's the Weather?
SC Your Way Serves as a One-Stop Resource for Attendees
SC Your Way is available on the SC09 website and at the conference to help you find your way, figure out your schedule,
or offer a map.
Items available either online or on site at the Oregon Convention Center include:
* MAX and Conference Bus Schedules
* Hotel Listings
* Local Resources (restaurants, nightlife, business services)
* Registration Information
* Information for International Attendees
* Convention Center and Portland maps
* Tech Program Schedules
* SCinet Network Access Page
For more information: http://scyourway.supercomputing.org/
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the SC Your Way booth near the registration area at the
Oregon Convention Center
How do I get to the Oregon Convention Center?
SC09 will rely heavily on public transportation to move attendees between their hotels and the Oregon Convention
Center. Only the Avalon Hotel and Spa will rely totally on private transportation (a rental car or personal car driven
to the conference). Downtown hotels close to the MAX routes will rely on the MAX, the Portland rapid transport system
operated by TriMet. Jantzen Beach hotels and outlying hotels in the downtown area will be served by SC09 Conference busing.
SC Your Way provides information on the transportation mode designated for each hotel, including walking directions
to the closest MAX stop.
For airport transportation, SC09 recommends travelers use MAX if possible. TriMet representatives will be available
at the Portland International Airport to offer directions. Extra Max rail cars and guides will be available in the downtown
hotel area for conference attendees' convenience. Please find route and schedule information at the TriMet website:
http://www.trimet.org/ . You may also download one of the Trimet tracker applications for your iPhone or smartphone
before arriving in Portland.
For more information: http://scyourway.supercomputing.org/
Details Available for the Al Gore Keynote on Thursday, November 19
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will provide the keynote address on "Building Solutions: Energy, Climate and
Computing for a Changing World" on Thursday, November 19, at 8:30-10 a.m. in the Portland Ballroom.
The live presentation of the keynote is open to SC09 attendees holding SC09 Tech Program and Exhibitor badges.
Other Attendees will be able to watch the keynote presentation on designated monitors throughout the convention
center. SC09 committee members will be on hand to direct attendees to open locations.
Doors to the Oregon Convention Center will open on Thursday at 6:45 AM and doors to the Portland Ballroom will
open at 7:00 AM. Seating will be first-come, first-served, again, for attendees holding Tech Program and Exhibitor
badges, and saving seats will not be allowed.
Members of the media are invited to observe the keynote presentation from the various overflow areas including
the SC09 Media room. All members of the media should register in the Media Room, Room C-125.
Please note that photographing or recording Al Gore's Keynote Presentation is NOT authorized.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=plenary.html
Participate in the Sustainable Conference Experiment
In addition to being a designated SC09 thrust area, the goal of this conference is to promote sustainability throughout
every aspect of the conference. In addition to using the robust public transportation system in Portland, there are other
"green" steps you can take to recycle, reduce, and reuse while at the conference:
* Recycle your printed materials, bottles, and cans in one of the many bins available within the convention center.
* Pick up only the conference items you really want, instead of filling up the hotel waste bins before leaving for
home or use the Snipp service from your phone to get electronic information sent to you.
* Pick up a reusable giveaway, such as a water bottle or a tote bag
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=greenersc.html
SCinet - the Most Powerful Network in the World at Your Fingertips
For seven days, The Oregon Convention Center will be home to the most powerful network in the world - SCinet.
Built each year for the annual SC conference, SCinet brings to life a highly sophisticated and extreme local and wide
area network fabric that can support the revolutionary applications and network experiments that have become the
trademark of the conference. Designed and build entirely by volunteers from universities, government, and industry,
SCinet serves as the technical platform for SC09 exhibitors.
In addition to wide area networks, OpenFabrics and RDMA Services, SCinet will deploy IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b and
802.11g wireless networks within the Oregon Convention Center (OCC). These wireless networks are part of the
production SCinet network, providing access to the Internet and many other national and agency networks.
The wireless network will be provided at no charge to attendees in the meeting rooms, exhibit halls, and common
areas of the OCC.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=sciwireless.html
Experience a Sold-Out Exhibition Floor This Year
As a testimony to the enduring strength of this amazing conference, the Oregon Convention Center will be home to
320 exhibitors covering 131,650 square feet of exhibit space this year.
At SC09, industry and research exhibits from the world's leading companies and organizations provide an exciting
networking opportunity for thousands of HPC stakeholders who will gather each day to discuss trends, issues,
accomplishments, and collaborations in HPC, networking, storage, data management, and scientific visualization.
For more information: http://sc09.supercomputing.org/?pg=exhibits.html
What's the Weather?
Get your 10-day forecast at: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USOR0275?from=36hr_topnav_undeclared
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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