SC08 Newsletter—Issue 7

Welcome to the seventh edition of the SC08 Newsletter, your source for useful, up-to-date information about SC08.
This month, please note the deadline for reduced registration rates is October 15 and those interested in signing
up for SC08 Music Room sign should do so by October 1.

The premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis,
SC08 will be held November 15-21, 2008 in Austin, Texas at the Austin Convention Center. SC08 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.
SC08 is 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.

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Headlines from the SC08 Seventh Newsletter:

* Save Now - Take Advantage of Reduced Advance Registration Rates by Oct. 15
* Hands- On Tutorials Setting New Standards at SC08
* SC08 Conference "Challenges" HPC Community to Reach Higher
* The HPC Storage Challenge
* HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards to be Announced at SC08
* SC08 Panel Discussions to Look at Where We've Been, Where We're Headed
* SC08 Exhibits Will Be the Largest Ever
* Research Posters Present Up-to-the-Minute Results
* Stop by the SC 20th Anniversary Museum in Austin
* Doctoral Research Showcase Lets Students Strut Their Stuff

* Calling All Computer Musicians and Scientific Programmers Who Love Music!
* Broader Engagement Job Fair for Students Welcomes All Exhibitors

Save Now - Take Advantage of Reduced Advance Registration Rates by Oct. 15

If you're planning to attend SC08, register before Wednesday, October 15 to take advantage of advance
registration discounts. This year's Technical Program will include two days of tutorials, 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. And the Exhibition in Austin will be the most
extensive yet, with nearly 200 industry exhibitors and 120 research organizations having already participating.

For more information about registration categories and rates and to

Hands- On Tutorials Setting New Standards at SC08

Tutorials at SC conferences always offer the latest in HPC training, but this year the training is going an
extra step. Ten tutorials will include hands-on exercises for the attendeest, allowing them to put what they' ve
learned into immediate practice.

"As far as we can tell, this is the most hands-on SC Tutorials program ever," remarks Jose Munoz, the Tutorials
Co-Chair. "That should make for some great interactive experiences for the attendees."

The hands-on tutorials include:

* S03: Interoperable Mesh and Geometry Tools for Advanced Petascale Simulation (Full day)
* S07: Introduction to Chapel: The Cascade High-productivity Language (Full day)
* S08: A Hands-on Introduction to OpenMP (Full day)
* M04: Programming using the Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) Model (Full day)
* M05: Hybrid Parallel Programming and Multi-Core Optimization on the Ranger Supercomputer (Full day)
* M07: Debugging Parallel and Distributed Applications (Full day)
* M08: Configuring and Deploying GridFTP for Managing Data Movement in Grid/HPC Environments (Half day, morning)
* M10: HPC with Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008: A Programmer's Perspective (Half day, morning)
* M11: Enhancing e-Infrastructures with Advanced Technical Computing: Parallel MATLAB on the Grid (Half day, morning)

See the individual tutorial pages for more information about requirements for participation in the hands-on portions.
Most require the use of a laptop (although M11 will loan machines to attendees).

For more information:

SC08 Conference "Challenges" HPC Community to Reach Higher

The SC conference series has a long history of challenging the supercomputing community to reach higher
than ever before, and this year that tradition continues with four Challenges that will showcase the expertise
and high performance computing resources at SC08. The Challenges - Bandwidth, HPC Storage, Analytics
and the Cluster Challenge - will provide a way to showcase both expertise and high performance computing
resources at SC08 in friendly yet spirited competitions with other participants.

* The Bandwidth Challenge, now in its ninth year, is an annual competition for leading-edge network applications
developed by teams of researchers from around the globe.

* The HPC Storage Challenge showcases innovation in storage architecture and implementation. Entrants first
describe their implementations and present measurements of performance, scalability and storage subsystem
utilization in submission proposals.

* The Cluster Challenge will feature teams competing in real time on the exhibit floor, where they will run a
workload of real-world problems on clusters of their own design.

* The Analytics Challenge showcases solutions created by researchers and industry that embody all facets of
high performance computing, from processing to data visualization.

For more information:

The HPC Storage Challenge

We are now in the final stretch this year's storage challenge. The finalists have been selected and are working
on their final submissions. Here is the list of the finalist teams and their projects.

Data-lifecycle Management Over a Loosely Coupled Distributed Infrastructure for LSST's HPC Applications
Arun Jagatheesan: San Diego Supercomputer Center
Chris Cribbs: National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Jean-Yves Nief: CC-IN2P#
Jeff Kantor: LSST
Mark Holliman: ROE, UK
Chris Smith: NOAO

GrayWulf: Scalable Clustered Architecture for Data Intensive Computing
Alexander Szalay, Maria Nieto-Santisteban, Jan Vandenberg, Alainna Wonders, Randal Burns, Eric Perlman,
Ani Thakar, Mike McCarty, Dean Zariello: Johns Hopkins University
Gordon Bell, Tony Hey, Yogesh Simmhan,
Michael Thomassy, Lubor Kollar, Catherine Van Ingen: Microsoft
Robert Grossman, David Hanley, Yunhong Gu,
Michael Sabala: University of Illinois Chicago Circle
Jim Heasley: University of Hawaii
Tim Carrol, Eric Barnes,
Mike Rowland: Dell Computer

Scaling Highly-parallel Data-Intensive applications using MapReduce on a Parallel Clustered File System
Prasenjit Sarkar, Rajagopalan Ananthanarayanan, Karan Gupta, Prashant Pandey, Mansi Shah,
Renu Tewari: IBM
Ioannis Kolstidas: University of Edinburgh
Guanying Wang: Virginia Tech
Gong Zhang: Georgia Institute of Technology

Be sure to attend the Storage Challenge technical papers session on Tuesday, 18 Nov 08 at 10:30 AM - 12:00
NOON in Room 17A/B.

For more information :


HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards to be Announced at SC08

Every year HPCwire asks their readership to decide on the most innovative and successful organizations,
products and programs in the HPC industry. To participate in this historic event, please visit
for more information or send an email to Your vote counts! The winners will be revealed
on Monday, 11/17, during the Opening Gala Reception in the Exhibit Hall at SC08. Don't forget to stop by the
HPCwire booth (#1227) to see who the HPC community has selected as the leaders of the industry! Be sure to
pick up an HPCwire button while you're at the booth for a chance to win cash prizes on the show floor!

Keep your browsers pointed to: for exclusive, on-location coverage at SC08.

SC08 Panel Discussions to Look at Where We've Been, Where We're Headed

Will electric utilities of the future give away supercomputers with the purchase of a power contract? Industry
experts in high performance computing, communications and storage technologies will explore this question
and others in a handful of select panels at SC08. The panel program features 7 panel sessions that are expected
to trigger lively, and even passionate, debate:

Applications for Heterogeneous, Massively Parallel Systems: Tarek El- Ghazawi and leading lights in the
software field ask (and maybe answer) the question, "Can Developing Applications for Massively Parallel
Systems with Heterogeneous Processors Be Made Easy(er)?"

Will Electric Utilities Give Away Supercomputers with the Purchase of a Power Contract?: With power
requirements for Leadership Class systems rapidly growing beyond 10 Megawatts, the lifetime cost of electricity
used (assuming it is available) is approaching the cost of the system. Representatives from government,
academia, and the computer industry will discuss the impact of this development and the diverse approaches
to deal with it.

My Cloud, Your Cloud: Is cloud computing for real, or just more vaporware? Experts including Ian Foster and
Tom Sterling debate the issue.

SC Past and Future: A diverse panel of past SC General Chairs considers the past 20 years of Supercomputing
(remember when that really was the name of the conference?) and makes its predictions for the next 20.
Fun for both SC old hands and first-time attendees. Exa and Yotta Scale Data: Teraflop machines bred petabyte
and larger data sets. Are we ready for what comes out of Petaflop machines? Bill Kramer and his panelists from
government, industry and academia will tell us.

The Hungry Music Monster: HPC will change the face of music. No, this isn't the plot of a 50's drive- in movie.
It's real, it's here today, and this panel will tell you how it's happening. Disruptive Technologies: Weapons of
Mass Disruption: HPC technological developments in several areas have the potential to impact exascale
systems in a very disruptive way. These "weapons" for building exascale systems could lead to viable systems
in the 2015 - 2020 timeframe. This panel session surveys four technology areas and explore their potential
disruptive impacts: quantum computing; flash storage; cheap and low power optical communications; 3D chip stacking.

Weapons of Mass Disruption: This Disruptive Technologies Panel will examine HPC technological developments
in several areas that have the potential to impact exascale systems in a very disruptive way. These "weapons" for
building exascale systems could lead to viable systems in the 2015 - 2020 timeframe.

For more information:

SC08 Exhibits Will Be the Largest Ever

The SC Exhibits floor has achieved a new all-time high in regard to the number of exhibitors and the amount of
booth space being utilized. SC08 will showcase the industry's market leaders, up-and-coming companies, and
a diverse set of organizations from the research and education community. There is still some space remaining
for those companies interested in reserving booth space at SC08.

Interact with the newest hardware systems, software tools, and learn about the latest research from hundreds
of organizations during SC08.

See the current exhibitor list at:

For more information:

Research Posters Present Up-to-the-Minute Results

Posters will again be an exciting part of the Tech Program at SC08. Designed to be informal, up-to-the-minute
views of new work, they are popular with presenters and viewers alike. This year, 55 regular posters (chosen
from 151 submissions) and 5 student posters (chosen from 19 submissions) will be on display all week in the
Rotunda Lobby. The best time to see them, though, is undoubtedly the Posters Reception at 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday night. The poster authors will be on-hand then for questions and informal discussions.

Attendees will also get an extra chance to hear about the student posters, which are entered in the ACM Student
Research Competition. The student authors will present their work at a Technical Program session from
10:30-noon Wednesday.

"SC is always happy to host this competition," says Anne Elster, the Posters Co-Chair. "It's a wonderful opportunity
for the students to get international exposure for their work."

For more information:

Stop by the SC 20th Anniversary Museum in Austin

SC08 Austin occurs 20 years after the first SC Conference, SC88 in Orlando, Florida. There will be many
activities at the conference highlighting this milestone.

* Come visit the lobby history museum or volunteer as a docent for an hour. The display contains conference
memorabilia as well as historically significant machines and components loaned by vendors and private collectors.
* Record your audio history. Tell your story a la NPR Story Corps in a "story booth" at the museum.
* Consider the scientific impact the SC conference has had as evidenced by an in depth review of the Gordon
Bell prize winners.
* Watch the keynote video featuring highlights from the past 20 years.
* Listen and share your experiences with a panel of past SC chairs as they discuss the past and future of SC,
supercomputing, and HPC research in general.
* Upload your photos in the digital archive at:


For more information:

Doctoral Research Showcase Lets Students Strut Their Stuff

Now in its second year, the Doctoral Research Showcase is a great forum for soon-to-be Ph.D.s to present their
work. From 44 submissions, the committee chose 12 to present their work. The resulting two Technical Program
sessions (Thursday at 10:30a.m. and 3:30p.m.) cover a full range of HPC topics, from aligning DNA sequences
to virtualizing HPC systems. A third Doctoral Showcase session (at 3:30p.m. Wednesday) features talks from
the three recipients of the ACM/IEEE High Performance Computing Fellowship awards given at SC07.
As Jeff Kuehn, the Doctoral Showcase Chair, says, "Come to any of these sessions and see tomorrow's
HPC leaders, today."

For more information:

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:

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:

For more information:

ATTENTION RECRUITERS: Broader Engagement Job Fair for Students
Welcomes All Exhibitors

The Broader Engagement (BE) Program of SC08 is hosting a job fair highlighting internships, summer jobs
and permanent employment for 300 motivated students selected by the BE program. This is your organization's
opportunity to boost your profile among these shining stars and the industry's next generation of leaders, and is
available to all SC exhibitors, free of charge. BE is seeking companies exhibiting at SC08 to participate in this
job fair. We are also happy to coordinate distribution of your organization's reception and party invitations to
the students.

With your support, we are working to help some of the best students in computing today learn about the wide
range of career opportunities in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Whether you
are looking to fill immediate job openings or are doing long-term recruitment, this is a unique venue for you to
reach an audience filled with valuable skills and expertise. The BE team looks forward to working with you.

For more information:
Barbara Fossum or Tony Baylis


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