SC08 Newsletter—Issue 5
Welcome to the fifth 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 impending July 31
submission deadlines the technical program Posters, Challenges, BoFs, Doctoral Showcase, and the Exhibitor Forum.
Also, please note that hotel reservations open Monday, Aug. 4.
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 Fifth Newsletter:
* Last Chance for SC08 Tech Program Submissions!
* SC08 Hotel Reservations Site to open Monday, August 4
* Technical Program registration opens Monday, August 4
* Exhibitor Forum Deadline Friday, August 1
* Broader Engagement Travel Grant Applications, deadline Friday, August 15
* SC08 Technical Papers Program Set
* Participate in 20th Anniversary Celebration!
* Calling all Computer Musicians and Scientific Programmers who love music!
* SC08 Workshops Announced
* High Performance Computing Ph.D. Fellowship Applications due September 8
Last Chance for SC08 Tech Program Submissions!
Although the papers have been reviewed and accepted, there are still opportunities to show your work in
the Technical Program at SC08. Specifically, the following areas are still accepting submissions until July 31:
* ACM Student Research Competition - posters by individual students on HPC research topics
* Birds of a Feather - informal groups discussing a special topic.
More info: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=bofs.html
* Challenges - friendly yet spirited competitions (including Analytics Challenge, Bandwidth Challenge, Cluster Challenge,
and HPC Storage Challenge).
More info: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/index.php?pg=challenges.html
* Doctoral Showcase - summaries of research from PhD candidates expecting to graduate in the next year.
More info: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=doctsc.html
* Poster - displays by individuals or groups of late-breaking results.
More info: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=posters.html
Note: Due to reviewing and production schedules, the July 31 deadline is firm.
All submissions can be made through web forms via: http://submissions.supercomputing.org/
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=techprogram.html
SC08 Hotel Reservations Site to open Monday, August 4
The Website for reserving rooms at SC08 conference hotels will go live at 9:00 a.m. Monday, August 4
(Eastern Daylight Time). By using the SC08 reservation system, you will have a chance to reserve
a room near the Austin Convention Center. To try to give attendees a better shot at downtown rooms, the
SC08 Housing Committee will make about 1,300 rooms available beginning August 4.
To access the hotel reservations site, go to: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=registration.html#hotels
To help attendees find the hotel that best meets their needs, the new SC Your Way Website contains
comprehensive information about each of the conference hotels and allows you to select and compare various
hotels. Visit SC Your Way at: http://scyourway.nacse.org/
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=registration.html#hotels
Technical Program registration opens Monday, August 4
Registration for the SC08 Technical Program will open Monday, Aug. 4. This year's Technical Program will include two
days of tutorials, three days of technical paper presentations, panel discussions, workshops, birds-of-a-feather sessions,
poster presentations and more.
For more information and to register: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=registration.html#reg
Exhibitor Forum Deadline Friday, August 1
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
Broader Engagement Travel Grant Applications, deadline Friday, August 15
SC08 is committed to broadening participation in the conference and to 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. You can be a part of this exciting and important initiative through several of our Broader Engagement (BE)
initiatives: A mentorship program to pair students with mentors in computing fields; sponsorship opportunities that provide
grant support of participants from traditionally under-represented communities to attend the conference; face-to-face
networking event with all participating students; a job fair with students that may be interested in a summer job or
permanent employment; and a supporting DVD or website with students' resumes. Here are opportunities that your
company can help the program.
* Help BE spread the word about this SC08 opportunity
* Encourage students, faculty, and young professionals from your organization to apply for travel grants
* Sponsor an individual or a group of participants in the program
* Be a mentor or provide mentors for students
* Help sponsor a reception or lunch where you can network with participants
* Meet with students nearing graduation to discuss employment possibilities
Travel grant applications are due Friday, August 15
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=broadeng.html
SC08 Technical Papers Program Set
After 277 submissions, 1080 reviews, and two days of committee meetings, the SC08 Technical
Papers Committee is pleased to announce its accepted program. 59 technical papers will be presented
in 20 sessions at SC08.
"We are very happy with the papers we were able to accept this year," said Papers Co-Chair Darren Kerbyson.
"A 21 percent acceptance rate definitely shows that we took only the cream of the crop, and that's our goal every year."
Nearly as impressive as the quality is the diversity of the papers, which cover the full range of SC08 technical areas.
As announced in the Call for Proposals, this included Applications, Architecture, Grids, Networks, Performance,
and System Software.
"One of the exciting things about SC08 is that we're at the cutting edge of so many areas," said Papers
Co-Chair DK Panda. " We have papers about GPU applications, petaflop architectures, e-science grids,
OS kernels, and 10-gigabit wide-area networks, just to name a few."
"My hat is off to the Papers Committee," said Technical Program Chair Adolfy Hoisie. " They did a fantastic job
wrangling over 277 papers. Thanks to them, we will have one of the best SC programs in memory." Details of the
technical papers program will soon be available on the SC08 website.
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=papers.html
Participate in 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Have you been to all 20 of the SC conferences? Or do you others who have a perfect attendance record?
Let us know by sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have physical or digital memorabilia from the past 20 years? Either from the field or the conferences?
Are you willing to lend or donate them to be displayed in the lobby of the Austin Convention Center during SC08?
We are looking for everything ranging from conference memorabilia to pieces from historically significant machines.
Send photos of the items to: Tom DeBoni email@example.com.
A digital archive site is also now available to which you may upload material such as significant photos, movies,
videos, or anecdotes, such as a description of how participation in the conference has influenced one's career
or a description of an event you think is particularly noteworthy. We are particularly in need of SCinet related
information, such as statistics on the change in SCinet over its lifetime, or other interesting data. For further
information on activities and a link to the digital archive go to: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=20anniv.html
Plan to attend the Panel Discussion at 8:30 a.m Friday, November 21. Panelists will examine the 20 years of SC;
discuss its impact on our community then speculate about potential influences over the next 20 years. Moderated
by Beverly Clayton, Chair of Supercomputing '96, visionary panelists include: Ron Bailey ('89), Bob Borchers ('93),
Dona Crawford ('97), Roscoe Giles ('02) and Jeff Huskamp ('04). Other past or future All attendees are invited to
share their memories and ideas.
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=20anniv.html
Calling all Computer Musicians and Scientific Programmers who love music!
The Music Initiative invites scientists and programmers who create visualizations of their models and simulations
to compose or integrate music or sound to add to the viewers experience and understanding and share the work
with us all at SC08. We will build the ViSCiTunes (said as "Vizzytunes") attendees submit into a library that
attendees and viewers can browse and enjoy over SCinet at any time during the conference. Vizzytunes, with
your submissions, will become the first international, cool collection of scientific compositions and visualizations
with algorithmically-connected sound and music that aims to enrich the viewers understanding of the science both
visually and aurally.
The ViSciTunes Library will be hosted and available to all attendees over SCinet. Whether at an Exhibitor's booth,
at a laptop, or on an iPhone, whether in Austin or anywhere on the Internet, your colleagues, peers and other
scientists will be able to discover your creation and explore this new enjoyable experience with you.
And we will offer your audience the opportunity to give you feedback and their response to your creativity.
We invite all members of the SC08 community and beyond (researchers, scientists, academics, engineers,
designers, entrepreneurs, etc. and artists alike) to experiment with development of programs/algorithms and
accompanying composed sound up to about two minutes in length to submit a ViSciTune. The submissions
site is open. Go to: http://submissions.supercomputing.org
Attendees can also sign up to play in the SC08 Music Room. The site is open and will close October 1.
To sign up, go to: www.sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=musicroom.html
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=musicini1.html
SC08 Workshops Announced
Thirteen workshops are being planned in conjunction with SC08. Workshops provide attendees with independently
planned full-, half-, or multi-day sessions that complement the SC08 Technical Program and extend its impact by
providing greater depth of focus. Workshops will be held Sunday and Monday, Nov 16 & 17, and Friday, Nov. 21.
More information about the workshops can be found at: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=workshops.html
This year's workshops are:
* Node Level Parallelism for Large Scale Supercomputers http://iss.ices.utexas.edu/sc08nlplss/
* Workshop on High Performance Computational Finance http://research.ihost.com/whpcf/
* Grid Computing Environments (GCE) 2008 http://www.collab-ogce.org/gce08
* Workshop on Ultra-Scale Visualization
* Power Efficiency and the Path to Exascale Computing http://www.lbl.gov/CS/html/greenmeetings.html
* 3rd Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science http://www.isi.edu/works08
* Workshop on Many-Task Computing on Grids and Supercomputers http://dsl.cs.uchicago.edu/MTAGS08/
* Bridging Multicore's Programmability Gap
* Petascale Data Storage Workshop http://www.pdsi-scidac.org/events/PDSW08/index.html
* Advanced Modeling and Simulation for Fission Nuclear Energy
* Supercomputing, Multicore Architectures and Biomedical Informatics
* High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing Technology and Applications
* 4th International Workshop on High Performance Computing for Nano-science and
High Performance Computing Ph.D. Fellowship Applications due September 8
Nominations are now being accepted for the ACM/IEEE-CS HPC Ph.D Fellowship Program
The ACM/IEEE-CS HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Program honors exceptional Ph.D. students throughout the
world with the focus areas of HPC, Networking, Storage and Analysis. HPC covers the areas of computational
sciences, computational engineering, and computer science using the most powerful computers available at a
given time. Fellowship recipients receive a certificate and a stipend of at least $5,000; (US) for one academic year.
All ACM/IEEE-CS HPC Ph.D. Fellows are invited to attend at least one SC conference (usually the one after one
year of receiving the award). Past Fellowship recipients may be re-nominated
to renew their stipends.
Students must be nominated by a full time faculty member at a Ph.D. granting institution. Nominees must be
enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. program and they should have completed at least one year of study in their
doctoral program at the time of their nomination.
Fellowship recipients will be selected based on:
* Their overall potential for research excellence;
* The degree to which their technical interests align with those of the HPC community;
* Their academic progress to-date; and
* The demonstration of their current and/or anticipated use of HPC resources.
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=hpcfellowships.html
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