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 High Performnance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis

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Plenary Speakers

SC09 has adopted the theme of “Computing for a Changing World,” and will present world renowned speakers on initiatives related to Sustainability, Bio-Computing and the 3D Internet.

Opening Address: The Rise of the 3D Internet - Advancements in Collaborative and Immersive Sciences
Intel Senior Fellow and CTO, Justin Rattner

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.”


Forty Exabytes of unique data will be generated worldwide in 2009. This data can help us understand scientific and engineering phenomenon as well as operational trends in business and finance. The best way to understand, navigate and communicate these phenomena is through visualization. In his opening address, Intel CTO Justin Rattner will talk about today’s data deluge and how high performance computing is being used to deliver cutting edge, 3D collaborative visualizations. He will also discuss how the 2D Internet started and draw parallels to the rise of the 3D Internet today. With the help of demonstrations, he will show how rich visualization of scientific data is being used for discovery, collaboration and education.

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Keynote Address: Building Solutions: Energy, Climate and Computing for a Changing World
Former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore

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.

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Plenary Address: Systems Medicine, Transformational Technologies and the Emergence of Predictive, Personalized, Preventive and Participatory (P4) Medicine
President and co founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D.

Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D., President and co founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, will deliver the plenary address at SC09 on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. In 2000, Hood co-founded the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington, to pioneer systems approaches to biology and medicine. Here he has contributed seminal papers to delineating the systems approach to biology and disease and to pioneer the development of new technologies (microfluidics/nanotechnology, genomics and single-cell analyses) in collaboration with colleagues at Caltech. Dr. Hood has introduced the revolutionary idea that the systems approach to disease, the emerging technologies, and powerful new computational and mathematical tools will move medicine from its current reactive mode to a predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory mode (P4 medicine) over the next 5-20 years. The challenge is to introduce these transformations into the on-going and highly conservative world of healthcare.


The challenge for biology in the 21st century is the need to deal with its incredible complexity. One powerful way to think of biology is to view it as an informational science. This view leads to the conclusion that biological information is captured, mined, integrated by biological networks and finally passed off to molecular machines for execution. Hence the challenge in understanding biological complexity is that of deciphering the operation of dynamic biological networks across the three time scales of lifeĀ—evolution, development and physiological responses. Systems approaches to biology are focused on delineating and deciphering dynamic biological networks and their interactions with simple and complex molecular machines. It appears that systems medicine, together with pioneering changes such as next-generation DNA sequencing and blood protein measurements (nanotechnology) and as well as the development of powerful new computational and mathematical tools will transform medicine over the next 5-20 years from its currently reactive state to a mode that is predictive, personalized, preventive and participatory (P4).


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