News Release

For Immediate Release

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Kathryn Kelley
SC07 Communications Chair

From Quantum Computing to Exotic Architectures, SC07 Panels Cover The Gamut of High Performance Computing Topics

Reno, NV – October 11, 2007 –– How does one celebrate the 50th birthday of the most popular programming language in supercomputing?  Industry experts in high performance computing, communications and storage technologies will explore this question and others in a handful of select panels at SC07 in Reno, Nevada, November 10-16, 2007.

Sponsored by ACM and the IEEE Computer Society, SC07 showcases the latest advances in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.  The SC07 panels program has assembled a stellar list of industry experts from various disciplines to offer diverse points of view on many exciting topics that are both relevant and timely in today's world of supercomputing.
This year's panels will bring together the brightest minds in science and technology to deal with the issues of applying advanced computing technologies to drive science and improve business competitiveness. The panel program features 7 panel sessions that were selected from 22 proposals. As in previous years, these sessions are expected to trigger lively and even passionate debate.

The Fifty Years of Fortran panel will commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the first Fortran compiler release by examining the impact it has had on system software, applications and computer architecture.  Panelists David Padua from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Henry M. Tufo of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, John Levesque of Cray, Inc, and Richard Hanson from Visual Numerics, Inc will offer a brief look at the future of Fortran program.  Frances Allen, IBM Emerita, moderates the panel.
In addition to the Fortran panel, experts will explore:

About SC07
SC07, sponsored by ACM and IEEE Computer Society, will showcase how high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in research, education and commerce. This premiere international conference includes technical and education programs, workshops, tutorials, an exhibit area, demonstrations and hands-on learning.  For more information, please visit