• Technical Program• Submission Site• Call for Participation• Education Program• Broader Engagement Program• Music Initiative• 20th Anniversary Initiative• Student Volunteers• HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Program• Exhibits• Registration, Travel, & Hotel


There are many ways for everyone, from new attendees to seasoned SC Conference veterans, to participate in the SC08 Conference. Many parts of the conference listed below are based on submissions. You can find most of the required submissions forms on-line at http://submissions.supercomputing.org/. You can submit a paper or a proposal for a tutorial, poster, panel, workshop, Disruptive Technology or Birds-of-a –Feather session for the Technical Program; you can be an exhibitor; you can participate in a Challenge or in the Doctoral Showcase; you can apply to participate in the Education, Broader Engagement, or Student Volunteer Program; you can contribute to the Music Initiative or the 20th Anniversary Initiative; or you can apply for an HPC Ph.D. Fellowship

Technical Program

Submissions are due from April through July for the many opportunities in the Technical Program, which includes a robust range of offerings reflecting the highest levels of select research programs and accomplishments. Check specific details for each of the following:

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
       Doctoral Showcase
Disruptive Technologies
Technology Thrusts

All Technical Program components are based on submissions made through http://submissions.supercomputing.org/.

Call for Participation

Download the SC08 Call for Participation for details on submissions, special initiatives, technology thrusts, and important dates. You can also view all of this information online at this Website, starting with the Technical Program section.

You can also obtain information and help promote SC08 with your colleagues by downloading the SC08 poster and the SC08 Conference flyer, which has a special focus on Texas.

Education Program

The Education Program works with undergraduate faculty, administrators and college students to integrate computational science and high performance computing and communications technologies into the preparation of future scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and teachers. The program consists of intensive training sessions and presentations during the conference in Austin and summer workshops preceding the conference. The deadline for registering for the SC08 Education Program to be held during SC08 is July 31, 2008. . Applications for the Education Program are available at http://www.computationalscience.org/sc08.

Read more about the SC08 Education Program.

Visit the Education Program Web site.

Broader Engagement Program

SC08 Broader Engagement (BE) initiative is providing travel assistance grants to individuals (mostly students) from groups that have traditionally been underpresented in computing. The deadline to apply has been extended to August 31, 2008. Read more about the SC08 Broader Engagement Program.

Read more about the SC08 Broader Engagement Program.

Music Initiative

While music and musicians may not readily come to mind when you think of SC Conference attendees, it's no secret that a large number of SC attendees are also composers, musicians and music lovers, as well as scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The SC08 Music Initiative will bring together all these dimensions, add them to the conference programs, and make music an exciting and enjoyable aspect of the SC08 Conference experience. If you are interested in helping create this initiative, compose, play, experiment or listen, contact us at mailto:music@info.supercomputing.org

Read more about the SC08 Music Initiative.

20th Anniversary Initiative

SC08 Austin occurs 20 years after the first SC Conference, SC88 in Orlando, Florida. This offers us the opportunity to take a look at—and celebrate—the progression of high performance computing (HPC) and our community, and the impact of the SC Conference and HPC and on society at large. An exhibit booth and video at the SC08 Conference will feature highlights from the past 20 years, contributed by people from academia, industry and government. Sign up to help create this exciting overview of our community’s accomplishments and advancements by writing to 20thanniversary@info.supercomputing.org.

Read more about the 20th anniversary of the SC conference.

Student Volunteer Program

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply as volunteers to help with the administration of the conference. Student volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest high performance computing and networking technologies and meet leading researchers from around the world while contributing to the success of SC08. Students will receive complimentary conference registration, housing (for out-of-town volunteers) and most meals. Applications are due Sunday, August 31, 2008. Applications for Student Volunteers are available at http://submissions.supercomputing.org/

Read more about the SC08 Student Volunteer Program.

View Student Volunteer Flier.

HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Program

The Association of Computing Machinery, IEEE Computer Society and SC Conference series have established the High Performance Computing (HPC) Ph.D. Fellowship Program, which seeks to help address the important issue of training the next generation of HPC scientists and engineers. Fellowship recipients will receive a stipend of at least $5,000 (U.S.) for one academic year. Complete information, including an application form and requirements, can be found at: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/files/hpcFellowship.pdf. Questions can be sent to hpc-fellowship-questions@acm.org.

Read more about the HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Program.


At SC08, Industry and Research Exhibits from the world's leading companies and organizations will be showcased in a dynamic, interactive environment. High performance computing, networking, storage, analysis, data management, scientific visualization and collaborative technology will all be featured. More than 200 exhibitors have already reserved booth space at SC08, but a limited amount of space is still available. Contact exhibits@info.supercomputing.org about exhibiting.

Read more about SC08 Exhibits.

Registration, Travel & Hotels

You’ll want to register early for the SC08 Conference and hotel accommodations. Travel and housing information will be posted by mid-February 2008, and conference registration for SC08 will open the first week of August 2008.

New for SC08, the SC Your Way Program will offer a “concierge service” both before and during SC08 that will facilitate the scheduling of your time at SC08 as well as the planning of your trip and extra-conference activities. SC Your Way will help you make the most of your visit to Austin, informing you about the local music scene, restaurants, recreational activities and more. Information will be available both via the Internet and at a booth in the Austin Convention Center.

Read more about SC Your Way.

SC08 Visa Letter Instructions

New for 2008!! International visitors should be particularly aware and careful about visa requirements and should plan their travel well in advance. To streamline the visa letter process you must register and pay (in full) your registration fee for SC08. Once you have registered, you may return to the registration site to print your visa letter. Simply sign in using your registration ID and the email address used for registering. Click on the button “Print a Visa Letter of Invitation” and your letter will appear.

If you have any questions regarding visa letters, please contact the SC08 Registration Center at scregistration@jspargo.com

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