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About SC

The SC Conference is the premier international conference for high performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis. SC08 marks the 20th anniversary of the first SC Conference, then called Supercomputing, held in Orlando, Florida in 1988.

When SC08 opens November 15, 2008 in Austin, Texas, the conference will feature the latest scientific and technical innovations from around the world. Bringing together scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and managers, SC08 will be the forum for demonstrating how these developments are driving new ideas, new discoveries and new industries.

Plan now to be a part of SC08 and its program of trailblazing technical papers, timely tutorials, invited speakers, up-to-the-minute research posters, entertaining panels and thought-provoking Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. New for 2008 are two Technology Thrusts: Energy and Biomedical Informatics. Additionally, exhibits from industry, academia and government research organizations will demonstrate the latest innovations in computing and networking technology. SC08 promises to be the most exciting and innovative SC Conference yet!

Advances in computing technologies that are featured at the SC Conferences are driving our ability to solve heretofore unsolvable problems in nanoscience, biotechnology, climate research, astrophysics, chemistry, fusion research, drug research, homeland defense, nuclear technologies and many other fields. The SC08 Conference will demonstrate how high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis touch all disciplines to enhance people's abilities to understand information and lead to new understanding, promote interdisciplinary projects, and affect the educational process through the use of computers in modeling and simulation in the classroom.

SC Education Program

The SC08 Education Program is designed to work with undergraduate faculty, administrators and college students to integrate computational science and the high performance computing and communications technologies highlighted through the SC Conference into the preparation of future scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and teachers. The SC08 Education Program consists of an intensive program during the conference in Austin, as well as a series of summer workshops preceding the conference. The deadline for registering for the SC08 Education Program to be held in Austin during SC08 is Saturday, May 31, 2008. Additional information can be found at http://sc-education.org.

Broader Engagement Program

Launched at SC07, the Broader Engagement Program provides a number of opportunities and activities to help broaden the engagement of individuals from around the globe, in groups and disciplines that traditionally have been underrepresented in high performance computing or at the SC Conference series. Grants will be available to support participation in the SC08 Technical Program. In addition to complimentary conference registration, grant recipients will be reimbursed for their SC08 lodging and transportation expenses, up to an agreed upon amount. Applications are encouraged from those in all computing-related disciplines, including those with backgrounds in research, education and industry. Primary consideration will be given to applicants from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in high performance computing, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, indigenous people and women.

SC08 Music Initiative

A new conference component for SC08, complementing Austin’s title as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” is the SC08 Music Initiative. While music and musicians may not readily come to mind when you think of SC Conference attendees, it’s no secret that a large number of SC attendees are also composers, musicians and music lovers, as well as scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The SC08 Music Initiative will bring together all these dimensions, add them to the conference programs, and make music an exciting and enjoyable aspect of the SC08 Conference experience. If you are interested in helping create this initiative, compose, play, experiment or listen, contact us by email at music@info.supercomputing.org.

About the SC08 logo

The SC08 logo reflects themes common to both the SC Conference and the state of Texas. While Texas is the Lone Star State, the high performance computing community is a virtual galaxy of stars, including longtime luminaries who established and built the conference and the next generation of rising stars who bring new ideas and perspectives to SC. The charging horses evoke Texas’ frontier heritage, as well as the ever-increasing “horsepower” of parallel computing systems and networks. The horses’ forward movement reflects the community’s constant push on the frontiers of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.


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