SC08 Newsletter—Issue 2

Welcome to the second edition of the SC08 Newsletter. This newsletter offers attendees, exhibitors, media and other
interested parties useful, up-to-date information about SC08. This month, pay close attention to upcoming abstract
and paper submission deadlines for the technical program and the ACM Gordon Bell Prize. Details follow below
in the newsletter.

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and ACM, SC08 is the premier international conference on high performance
computing, networking, storage, and analysis. This year's conference, to be held from November 15-21, 2008 in Austin,
Texas at the Austin Convention Center, marks the 20th anniversary of the first SC, then called Supercomputing, held in
Orlando, Florida in 1988. 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.

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Headlines from the SC08 Second Newsletter:

* Technical Paper Abstracts Due April 4, Full Paper Deadline Extended to April 14
* The ACM Gordon Bell Prize Abstract and Paper Submission Deadline Approaching
* Share Your Expertise in SC08 Tutorials Program
* SC08 Hotels - New Process to begin soon!
* SC08 marks the 20th anniversary of the SC conference

* New for SC08--Web Portals to Plan "SC Your Way"
* SC08 Exhibits Attracting New HPC Organizations
* SC Education Program - Summer Workshop Registration Now Open

Technical Paper Abstracts Due April 4, Full Paper Deadline Extended to April 14

The SC08 Technical Papers program is the premier forum for disseminating innovative and important advances
in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis from academic, government and corporate
institutions around the world. Submissions on all aspects of applications, architecture, grids, networks, performance,
storage systems, and system software are encouraged. Submissions that relate high-performance computing to the
two SC08 Technology Thrusts - Energy and Biomedical Informatics - are also encouraged. A two-part submission
process is again being used this year. Submissions will be rigorously reviewed by the Papers Committee with
technical soundness and timeliness as the predominant acceptance criteria. Awards will be given for Best Paper
and Best Student Paper. For more information visit:

Abstracts Due: Friday, April 4, 2008
Papers Due: Monday, April 14, 2008

SC08 submissions site :
For more information:

The ACM Gordon Bell Prize Abstract and Paper Submission Deadline Approaching

The ACM Gordon Bell Prize has been awarded since 1987 to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance
computing. It is now administered by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), with financial support provided
by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing.

The purpose of the award is to track the progress of leading-edge technical computing, namely simulation, modeling
and large-scale data analysis as applied to science, engineering or other fields. Recent winners have been awarded
for landmark computations at performance rates that have in some cases topped 100 teraflop per second. In addition
to the main ACM Gordon Bell Prize, the Bell Prize Committee may, at its discretion, grant a special award to recognize
an achievement in a related area such as price/performance, usage of innovative techniques or non-traditional types
of computation.

To be considered for the ACM Gordon Bell Prize a paper must be submitted describing achievements in this arena to
the SC08 Conference, via the conference website on the ACM Gordon Bell Prize track (which is separate track from
regular technical papers). Background information and additional details on submission guidelines can be found at:

Abstracts Due: Friday, April 4, 2008
Papers Due: Monday, April 14, 2008 (note this is extended from April 7)

Submission website:
For more information:

Share Your Expertise in SC08 Tutorials Program—Proposals Due by April 14

Experts in high performance computing are invited to share their expertise with the HPC community
by submitting proposals for tutorials at SC08. The SC08 Tutorials program will give attendees the
opportunity to explore a wide variety of important topics related to high performance computing,
networking, and storage. SC08 invites proposals for introductory, intermediate, and advanced
tutorials, either full-day (six hours) or half-day (three hours). A distinguished panel of experts
will select the tutorials from the submitted proposals. The deadline for submitting proposals for
tutorials, panels and workshops has been extended to Monday, April 14, 2008.

At the SC07 conference in Reno, nearly 1,000 attendees registered for the tutorials program.
Topics ranged from general introductions to applications to in-depth sessions on specific aspects
of parallel computing to improving system performance.

SC08 submissions site :
For more information :


SC08 Hotels - New Process to begin soon!

SC08 has contracted for more than 4,100 hotel rooms in the Austin area for Exhibitors and
Technical Program attendees this year. The conference has instituted a new allocation process that
intends to be more fair and equitable to all attendees.

Exhibitor Housing opened April 1, 2008. The current contracted Exhibitor Booth Bosses will be
notified by email of the new process. (Please note that Exhibitors have been apportioned approximately
1,500 hotel rooms that are in the downtown area as well as additional hotel rooms outside of the downtown
area.) Exhibitor Booth Bosses must consolidate their exhibitor lists to coincide with the new process -
only one housing request per Exhibitor Booth will be accepted. The selection process and the number
and location of rooms allocated to a request will be based on the requesting Exhibitor's priority points,
the size, i.e., square footage of its SC08 exhibit space, and its SC07 housing history. At the same time
that an Exhibitor submits a housing request, it also can request Hotel meeting space.

Technical Program Attendee Housing will open August 4, 2008. At this time a block of 1,565 hotel
rooms in the downtown area as well as rooms in hotels outside of the downtown area will be made
available to Technical Program Attendees. SC08 and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau's
Housing Service will use a Web-based housing management and reservation processing system
(Passkey) that will open at the same time as Advance SC08 Technical Program Registration.

The hotels that are outside of the downtown area are close to the Austin-Bergstrom International
Airport and only 6-8 miles from the Austin Convention Center. All conference hotels that are not in
walking distance of the convention center will be served by SC08 shuttle bus service throughout
the week of the conference.

For more information:

SC08 marks the 20th anniversary of the SC conference

An exhibit booth and video at the SC08 conference will feature highlights from the past 20 years.
Content has been contributed by people from academia, industry and government.
To contribute physical or digital materials, volunteer or for more information please contact The committee hopes to create a lasting archive to
showcase the progression of high performance computing (HPC), our community, the
impact of the SC Conference, and HPC on society at large.

For more information:

New for SC08--Web Portals to Plan "SC Your Way"

With each passing year, the SC conference gets bigger - more exhibits, more technical
program sessions, and more attendees - making it harder than ever to keep track of
activities and events. Add to that a new city, Austin in 2008, and finding your way around
the area and the conference can be a real challenge. To help SC08 attendees make sense
of it all, a new web-based service called "SC Your Way" will be launched this year.
SC Your Way will consist of two portals: SC - Your Way (for navigating the conference
events) and Austin - Your Way (for finding everything from hotels to restaurants to
transportation). Visit the SC Your Way web site at:
Watch the SC08 newsletter and website for details as SC Your Way takes shape.

For more information:

SC08 Exhibits Attracting New HPC Organizations

The SC08 Exhibits are on pace to exceed vendor participation as compared to any previous year.
The growth is a result of the tremendous quantity of new exhibitors that have committed to being at SC08.

"We have seen a 21 percent increase in quantity of exhibitors over just two years ago. The industry
is responding to the extraordinary growth in HPC and the opportunities that are available for showcasing
their products and services in front of the industry's leading decision makers," said Becky Verastegui,
SC08 Exhibits Co-Chair.

"We are excited by the response of exhibitors to Austin, they recognize the city as one of the fastest
growing centers of computer development which has become known as the high-tech industry's
Silicon Hills," added Dave Cooper, SC08 Exhibits Co-Chair.

See the current exhibitor list at:

For more information:

SC Education Program - Summer Workshop Registration Now Open

The SC Education Program doesn't start and end at the SC Conference. Education events continue
throughout the year, culminating at the SC08 conference in November. Among the education programs
is a summer workshop series. Registration for the SC 08 summer workshops have opened. Workshop
topics will address education and curricular issues surrounding HPC in Chemistry, Biology, Physics,
Computer Science, Nanotechnology, and the Humanities.

To learn how to register, visit: . Registration is
by individual participant. Workshops will run if 12 people register prior to the specified notification date.
Registration will remain open until the workshop is full or until 21 days prior to the workshop, whichever
occurs first. This summer's workshops are funded and supported by a number of organizations including
the SC08 Education Program, National Computational Science Institute, the MAA, TeraGrid, and other sources.

Registration website:
For more information:

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