SC08 Newsletter—Issue 4
Welcome to the fourth 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 submission
deadlines for the Challenges, Seymour Cray Computer Engineering and Sidney Fernbach Memorial Awards,
Technical Program, and the Doctoral Showcase. 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.
Newsletters archives will be posted to http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=newsletters.html. Instructions for
subscribing or unsubscribing are at the bottom of this newsletter.
Headlines from the SC08 Fourth Newsletter:
* SC08 Challenges Showcase HPC Expertise, Resources
* Seymour Cray Computer Engineering and Sidney Fernbach Memorial Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted
* Some Technical Program Submissions Are Still Open
* SC08 Doctoral Showcase Accepting Submissions
* Broader Engagement Travel Grant Applications
* SCxy Forever! Archive Your Memories Now
* Music Initiative Update - Compose Yourself!
* A new SC Education Program workshop offering is available!
* Update on SC08 Hotels
* Exhibitor Forum Looking for Innovation
* SC08 Exhibits Are Charging Into Austin, Promotional Opportunities Still Available
SC08 Challenges Showcase HPC Expertise, Resources
SC08 Challenges showcase both expertise and high performance computing resources in friendly, yet spirited
competitions with other participants. Building on prior successes, SC08 will feature four challenges that focus on
bandwidth, HPC storage, clusters, and analytics. Submissions for all Challenges are due by Thursday, July 31, 2008.
* Bandwidth Challenge - The Bandwidth Challenge is an annual competition for leading-edge network applications
developed by research teams from around the globe. The theme for this year's SC08 Bandwidth Challenge is
"Unleashing the Power of the Network." This year, bandwidth challenge participants are being asked to think in a
different direction. You've proven you can fill 10Gbps pipes, but how effectively can your researchers tap into the
full potential of networked resources. Can you use lightweight distributed clients to augment your computational,
storage and visualization capabilities? How difficult would it be for a researcher to use your system? Can you come
up with novel protocols/applications that effectively stitch together highly distributed resources? This Challenge will
focus on real-world applications and data movement issues, and will include live demonstrations across the
SCinet network infrastructure.
* HPC Storage Challenge - The HPC Storage Challenge will showcase applications that effectively utilize the storage
subsystem, which is often the limiting system component. Participants will describe their implementations and present
measurements of performance, scalability and storage subsystem utilization. Judging will be based on these
measurements as well as innovation and effectiveness.
* Cluster Challenge - The Cluster Challenge will demonstrate the amazing power of clusters and the ability to harness
open source software to solve interesting and important problems. Teams will compete in real time on the exhibit floor,
where they will run a workload of real-world problems on clusters of their own design. The winning team will be chosen
based on workload accomplished, benchmark performance, and overall architectural design.
* Analytics Challenge - The Analytics Challenge will provide a forum for researchers and industry representatives to
present complete solutions that embody all facets of high performance computing, such as comprehensive computational
approaches, processing of large data sets, and high-end visualization technology to display results. The Analytics
Challenge will also bring forth interesting applications from a wide variety of areas. Past finalists have presented
solutions in areas such as orthodontics, traffic control, atomic energy, geophysics, and music classification.
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=challenges.html
Seymour Cray Computer Engineering and Sidney Fernbach Memorial Awards
Nominations Now Being Accepted
The Seymour Cray Computer Engineering and Sidney Fernbach Memorial awards recognize outstanding achievement
in the field of supercomputing. The Cray award is given to individuals whose innovative contributions to high performance
computing best exemplify the creative spirit of Seymour Cray. The Sidney Fernbach Memorial award recognizes innovative
uses of high performance computing for the solution of large computational problems. Sponsored by the IEEE Computer
Society, these prestigious honors are presented during special sessions held during the conference.
Nominations are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2008. The nomination form, and the
required endorsements, should be submitted via the IEEE Computer Society website. See links below for details.
Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award: http://awards.computer.org/ana/award/view.action?id=14
Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award: http://awards.computer.org/ana/award/view.action?id=16
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=awards.html
Some Technical Program Submissions Are Still Open!
Even as the Technical Program committee works to review a record number of paper submissions, the committee is
still seeking up-to-the-minute research for several other areas of the conference. Let the world know about your great
work in one (or more) of the following categories:
* ACM Student Research Competition - posters by individual students on HPC research topics
* Birds of a Feather - informal groups discussing a special topic
* Challenges - friendly yet spirited competitions (including Analytics Challenge, Bandwidth Challenge, Cluster Challenge,
and HPC Storage Challenge)
* Doctoral Showcase - summaries of research from PhD candidates expecting to graduate in the next year
* Poster - displays by individuals or groups of late-breaking results.The submission deadline for all these
program elements is July 31, 2008. All submissions can be made through web forms via
The submission deadline for all these program elements is July 31, 2008. All submissions can be made through
web forms via:http://submissions.supercomputing.org/
For more information : http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=techprogram.html
SC08 Doctoral Showcase Accepting Submissions
SC08 is now soliciting presentation proposals for the Doctoral Showcase, first introduced to SC in 2007. The showcase
provides a unique opportunity for Ph.D. students focused on the disciplines of high performance computing, networking,
storage, and analytics to present a high-visibility summary of their best research to date at the SC08 conference.
Submissions will be judged on the quality of research and relevance of the area of study to the SC audience with a strong
preference given to students graduating between November 2008 and November 2009. Students are encouraged to
submit supplementary materials including a summary of their research, publication list, and proposed/sample slides
for their presentation for consideration by the reviewers. Selected students will give a 10 minute presentation summarizing
their best research at SC08. Deadline for proposals is July 31, 2008.
The submission site, with sample submission forms can be found at via:https://submissions.supercomputing.org/
For more information : http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=doctsc.html
Broader Engagement Travel Grant Applications
To help more people from traditionally under-represented groups attend the SC08 conference, the SC Broader
Engagement initiative will provide grants for travel assistance and conference registration. These groups include
African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, women and
the physically challenged. These grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full
time for at least one semester during the 2007-2008 academic year and are at least 18 years of age. Faculty and young
professionals also will be considered, with a preference for faculty whose students are receiving SC08 Broader
"Successful applicants for our travel assistance grants will have access to unprecedented opportunities through the
SC08 Broader Engagement initiative," said Tony Baylis of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, SC08's Broader
Engagement Chair. "Our mentorship program plans to provide hands-on learning, while connecting students with
leaders in high performance computing and related fields. For the right individuals, this can be a career changing
Applications to participate in the SC08 Broader Engagement Program are being accepted now through Friday,
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=broadeng.html
SCxy Forever! Archive Your Memories Now
SC08 not only marks the 20th anniversary of the ACM/IEEE International High Performance Computing, it also marks the
beginning of the SC history archive.
http://www.scxyhistory.org is an archive, and digital repository designed for the ongoing collection and persistent storage
of digital objects such as photographs, presentations, diagrams, personal memories, and oral histories. It will serve as a
living record of the communities' accomplishments over time.
The archive has been created by the SC08 20th Anniversary Committee. Not only is the archive a knowledge trust, it has
been created to serve as a academic resource to those who study high performance computing.
All past participants and attendees are strongly encouraged to submit their digital memories directly to the archive.
Currently an account is required. To request your account, please address email with your contact information to
The Twentieth Anniversary Initiative Committee is planning a number of activities to highlight the evolution of the
conference, supercomputing, and related technologies since the first conference was held in Orlando in 1988. Activities
will include a large display of historical material and invited presentations at the exhibit as well as a panel of past SC
chairpersons. The Committee will be accepting donations or loans of physical memorabilia. The Committee is also
interested in volunteers to serve as docents for the exhibit and would also like to build a list of people who have attended
all 20 SC conferences. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=20anniv.html
Music Initiative Update - Compose Yourself!
As a feature of the SC08 Music Initiative (MI), we are pleased to introduce the"ViSCi-Tunes" library. The library will be
available over SCinet for viewing and listening at exhibitors' booths, over the conference wireless network and
externally on the Internet.
A ViSCi-Tune (pronounced " vizzy-tune") is a scientific visualization with added sonification (sound or tunes) that
associates the sounds with the algorithms being visualized so as to provide the viewer better insight and understanding
of the science and engineering being modeled and displayed.
We encourage scientists and programmers (and many are also musicians) who create visualizations to add sound and
send them to us for showing in the ViSCi-Tunes library at SC08. We'd like all attendees and exhibitor staff to review the
tunes and share their experience on the conference web site.
Details regarding how to submit and experience a ViSCi-Tune will be available on the Music Initiative website:
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=musicini1.html
A new SC Education Program workshop offering is available!
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.
The SC08 Education Program and the Fulton High Performance Computing Initiative at Arizona State University have
added a new workshop on Computational Biology for Biology Educators, July 21 - July 25, 2008. This workshop is
just part of the Supercomputing Education Program summer workshop series. A full schedule of upcoming workshops
can be found via: http://sc08.sc-education.org/workshops/schedule.php
Workshops are also open to high school teachers collaborating with college faculty. Educators in all fields of science,
technology, engineering, mathematics, humanities, arts and social sciences are welcome, especially those from
minority-serving institutions. Faculty are encouraged to mentor and support undergraduate and graduate students as
part of their workshop team.
Registration website: http://sc08.sc-education.org/workshops/registration.php
For more information: http://sc08.sc-education.org/
Update on SC08 Hotels
SC08 has contracted for more than 4100 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. A key component of the new process is reserving half of the rooms at downtown hotels for Technical
Program attendees, improving their chances of getting a room close to the convention center.
Technical Program Attendee Housing will open August 4, 2008 - at this time a block of 1565 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
Advanced Exhibitor housing is now closed. The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau is processing the requests and
will be in contact with the Booth Boss by the end of June with room options.
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 visit the
SC Your Way web site at: http://scyourway.nacse.org/
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=registration.html#hotels
Exhibitor Forum Looking for Innovation
Attention Industry Exhibitors! Want to spotlight your best work? Prove that your company is not just hype?
Reach an audience of interested potential customers and fellow exhibitors? Then submit to the Exhibitor Forum!
Every year, Exhibitor Forum showcases the latest advances of Industry Exhibitors, including new products and upgrades,
recent research and development, customer case studies, and future plans and roadmaps. It's an exciting part of the
Exhibits program. But it all depends on you, the company with the great idea, to submit a proposal and wow the attendees.
Send in your best technical work today.
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=exhforum.html
SC08 Exhibits Are Charging Into Austin, Promotional Opportunities Still Available
As SC heads to Austin a record number of exhibitors have already reserved booth space.
"We have seen a major increase in participating organizations this year as SC prepares for another record-breaking
number of exhibitors. Currently, more than 300 leading industry and research organizations are scheduled to exhibit
and we expect this number to continue to climb as the year progresses," said Dave Cooper, SC08 Exhibits Co-Chair.
"The continued growth is a testament to the strength of this segment of the computing industry and the consistent
innovation and strong content found at SC", added Becky Verastegui SC08 Exhibits Co-Chair.
See the current exhibitor list: http://iebms.heiexpo.com/iebms/oep/oep_p1_exhibitors.aspx?cc=sc08&oc=34
In addition to exhibit space, 2008 exhibitors have a choice when it comes to promotional packages. For more details on
exhibiting or other promotions, email: email@example.com
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=exhibits.html
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