SC08 to Offer 25 High Performance Computing Tutorials

Austin, TX--The SC08 conference Tutorials Program will offer a wide range of supercomputing educational opportunities for all attendees. For those relatively new to high performance computing, networking, and storage, basic tutorials will bring them up to speed in the field. For 20-year veterans, advanced tutorials on special topics and new developments will deepen their knowledge. And there are plenty of offerings for everyone in between.

SC08, to be held Nov. 15-21 in Austin, is the international conference of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.

This year, 10 half-day and 15 full-day tutorials will be offered on Sunday and Monday, November 16-17. There are nine new tutorials scheduled and 16 that cover topics presented at previous SC conferences, but with significantly updated content.

Tutorial topics include parallel, distributed and multi-core computing; parallel programming and debugging; high-performance programming languages and systems (e.g., Chapel, CUDA, MPI, OpenMP, Parallel Matlab, and PGAS languages); performance modeling, analysis, and tuning; software tools and libraries (e.g., mesh tools); networking (e.g. Infiniband, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, and grid computing); and file systems and I/O (e.g. NFSv4.1, parallel I/O). And, for a truly out-of-the-box topic, consider the Computer Music tutorial - an SC first, linked to the Music Initiative.

Attendees may choose a one-day or two-day passport, allowing them to move freely between tutorials on the selected days. Tutorial notes and luncheons are provided for each registered tutorial attendee.

Registration for SC08 Tutorials, as well as the full Technical Program, is now open. In addition to the two days of tutorials, this year's Technical Program includes three days of technical paper presentations, a keynote address and other invited speakers, seven panel discussions a flock of birds-of-a-feather sessions, poster presentations and more. For more information about registration categories and rates and to register, go to:

Some of the tutorials will have hands-on components. To participate in the hands-on parts, attendees must bring their own laptops. Some of these tutorials also require the attendee laptops to run certain operating systems or other software installed. See the individual tutorial descriptions for these requirements. The tutorial rooms will have wired network drops, Ethernet cables, SCinet wireless, and power drops, but there will be no computer support available.

This year, no hardcopy notes will be distributed. Each registered tutorial attendee will receive a copy of all the tutorial notes on a computer-readable medium only. For more details, the full slate of tutorials is located on the SC08 website ( Contact with any questions.

About SC08

SC08, sponsored by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Architecture, will showcase how high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in research, education and commerce. This premiere international conference includes technical and education programs, workshops, tutorials, an exhibit area, demonstrations and hands-on learning. For more information, please visit