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Registration, Travel & Hotels

SC08 Registration and Store Hours

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16 Nov
17 Nov
18 Nov
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20 Nov
21 Nov


Onsite Registration at the Austin Convention Center

SC08 Registration is now open in the northwest corner of the Austin Convention Center lobby. You can either pick up your badge, if preregistered, or register from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 18-19, and 7:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. You will need to show personal identification with a photograph to complete your registration.

SC08 Conference Registration

Technical Program Registration

The Technical Program fee includes admission to all conference sessions, workshops, exhibits, the Monday night Exhibits opening event, Thursday night event, and one copy of the SC08 proceedings (USB flash memory device containing conference proceedings).

Before 10/15/2008
After 10/15/2008

Tutorial Passport Registration

There will be two days of tutorials. A One-Day or Two-Day Passport can be purchased. The fee includes admission to any of the tutorials offered on the selected day for a One-Day Passport and on both days for a Two-Day Passport.  The fee also includes a set of all of the tutorial notes (USB Flash Memory device containing tutorial notes) and lunch on the selected day or on both days.  Please note: There is no Half-Day Tutorial option.

One-Day Passport

Before 10/15/2008
After 10/15/2008

Two-Day Passport

Before 10/15/2008
After 10/15/2008

Preferred Tutorials

For each tutorial day included in your Passport, you must select one preferred full-day tutorial or two half-day tutorials.  A full list of the tutorials will be available on this web site on Monday, August 4, 2008.  Regardless of your preference, you may attend any tutorial(s) on a day included in your Passport.  The tutorial fee also includes a set of tutorial notes in electronic form and lunch for each day included in your Passport.

USB Flash Memory device
(containing all tutorial notes is available onsite at the SC08 Conference Store)

Admission to Exhibits Only  

$100.00 (access to the exhibit hall Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – does not include admittance to the Monday night exhibits opening event). Note: Exhibits are included in the Technical Program registration.

Admission to Workshops Only  

$100.00 (access to workshops on Sunday, Monday and Friday)-– read the list of workshops. Note: Workshops are included in the Technical Program registration.

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

SC08 Hotel Reservation System Now Closed

For New SC08 Hotel Reservations - The SC08 Hotel Reservation System has now closed for new reservations. You will have to contact the hotels directly to book new reservations.

For more information regarding the hotels in our block, see SCYourWay link below. These hotels will offer conference bus services to/from hotel to convention center during 11/16 - 20/2008.
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Attendees with reservations made in SC08 Passkey system - please contact the hotels directly after October 24th for adding nights to existing reservations based on hotel availability at the regular rate. You may continue to use your acknowledgement number thru this web site for changes such as name, credit card or for deleting nights. Please note that this acknowledgement number is not a hotel confirmation number.

Please note: the ONLY individuals authorized by SC08 to assist you with housing are the Austin Visitor and Convention Bureau, PassKey, representatives from ACM and the IEEE Computer Society, and the Housing Committee for SC 08. Please contact one of us if you have any issues.

The new SC Your Way site contains comprehensive information about each of the conference hotels and allows you to select and compare various hotels. lodging is now closed. Visit SC Your Way. Find a hotel by:

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Map of downtown hotels and convention center


For questions about SC hotel reservations, contact housing@info.supercomputing.org

Exhibitor and Attendee Housing

Exhibitor housing is nearing a close. Exhibitor Booth Bosses have been notified by email of the new selection process and those that chose to participate have been notified of their room blocks. We cannot accept any new requests for Exhibitor housing.

Regular Attendee Housing will open August 4, 2008 at 9:00 AM EDT. A block of over 1,300 rooms in the downtown area will be made available to all conference attendees. SC08 and the Austin Convention and Housing Bureau will use a Web-based reservation system (Passkey) which will open along with the Advance Technical Program Registration. Access to the housing system will be from a pointer on this web page.

We encourage your feedback and comments for improving the SC Conference Housing System. Thank you for your participation.

Questions: housing@info.supercomputing.org

SC08 Busing

Busing between conference hotels and convention center

Saturday, November 15: Noon - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 16: 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Monday, November 17: 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18: 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 19: 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 20: 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, November 21: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Buses run every 15 min from 7-9am and 5-7:30pm
Every 30 min rest of the day

First bus should depart the hotel at 7am

Busing for Thursday night's event

Depart from Convention Center: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Shuttles for Education Program Saturday - Tuesday

Depart from Omni SouthPark: 6:30 a.m. - 7 a.m.

Bus Routes

Route 1

  • Doubletree Club
  • Holiday Inn – Town Lake
  • Sheraton

Route 2

  • Doubletree Guest Suites
  • AT&T Center
  • La Quinta Capitol

Route 3

  • Hyatt
  • Embassy Suites – Town Lake

SC08 Bus Stop for both hotels is on Barton Springs side of the Embassy Suites

Route 4

  • Marriott South
  • Courtyard South
  • Springhill Suites South
  • Fairfield

SC08 Bus Stop for all hotels is at the Fairfield

Route 5

  • Hampton Inn South
  • Omni South Park
  • Wyndham Garden

SC08 Bus Stop for Hampton Inn and Omni is at Omni

Route 6

  • Hawthorne
  • Courtyard Airport
  • Hampton Inn Airport
  • Comfort Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express Airport

SC08 Bus Stop for Hawthorne, Courtyard and Hampton Inn is at the Hampton Inn

SC08 Bus Stop for Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn Express is at the Holiday Inn Express

Route 7

  • Hilton Airport

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

The Austin Convention Center is just eight miles from the Austin airport, with national and international service via all the major carriers and several regional carriers with nonstop flights to 45 US cities.


Austin Convention Center


Visiting Austin

If youÂ’re planning a trip to Austin, visitor information can be found at these sites:

Austin Convention and Visitor Center

Over 50 Things to Do in Austin

About Austin http://austin.about.com/od/traveltourism/Austin_Travel_Tourism.htm

Visitors Guide

Click here to get more information on historical sites, shopping, transportation and more.

SC Your Way

Go to SC Your Way SC Your Way

SC can be an overwhelming experience for attendees, particularly first-timers. With each passing year, the conference gets bigger - more exhibits, more technical program sessions and more attendees - making it harder than ever to keep track of things. It's too easy to miss out on events important to you!

Add to that a new city and finding your way around the area, like Austin this year. To help SC08 attendees make sense of it all, a new web-based service called SC Your Way is being launched this year.

This new system will consist of two portals:

  • SC-Your Way will help you navigate the conference itself by identifying every session related to a particular topic or assisting you to plan a personalized route through the exhibits
  • Austin-Your Way will help you make the most of your visit to Austin, assisting you to choose the conference hotel that's right for you and informing you about the local music scene, restaurants, and recreational activities

Information will be available via the web and at a booth in the Austin Convention Center. Watch this website for details as SC Your Way takes shape. New sections will be opening from May through October.

For information about specific aspects of SC08, contact the appropriate organizational group:

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