SC07 July Newsletter

Greetings and welcome to the July edition of the SC07 official newsletter! Sponsored by ACM and IEEE,
SC07 is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage, and
analysis. SC07 will be held November 10-16, 2007, in Reno, NV.

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Highlights from the July Edition:

* Scientist Neil Gershenfeld Announced as SC07 Keynote Speaker
* Tremendous Response to Fernbach and Cray Award Nominations 
* Masterworks Series to Feature Industry Thought Leaders
* New Showcase: Doctoral Research / Requests due July 30
* Storage Challenge Submissions due July 31
* Cluster Challenge Submissions due July 31
* Poster Submissions due July 31

* BOF Submissions due July 31
* Bandwidth Challenge Submissions due July 31
* Wanted-More Student Volunteers! Applications due August 3

* Analytics Challenge Deadline is July 31

 

Scientist Neil Gershenfeld Announced

as SC07 Keynote Speaker

Neil Gershenfeld, one of the most innovative scientists in the United States, will be the SC07 keynote speaker
on November 13. Co-founder and director of MIT's famed Center for Bits and Atoms, Gershenfeld's work on
merging the physical world of atoms with the digital world of bits has ranged from developing molecular
quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments to programmable personal fabricators that will allow
anyone to make almost anything. His books include FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop-From
Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication
and When Things Start to Think.


More information:
http://sc07.supercomputing.org/?pg=speakers.html

Questions: invited-speakers@sc07.supercomputing.org



Tremendous Response to Fernbach and

Cray Award Nominations

Each year at SC, the presentation of the Sidney Fernbach and Seymour Cray awards is among the highlights of
the conference. Nominations were due a month earlier this year (June 30) , but there was a tremendous response
despite the accelerated schedule: 19 Fernbach nominees from academia and federal laboratories with good
technical, geographic, and gender diversity; and five Cray nominees. The review committees are going to have
a hard time determining this year's winners from the many outstanding candidates. Thank you for your nominations!


More Information : http://sc07.supercomputing.org/?pg=awards.html

Questions: awards@sc07.supercomputing.org


Masterworks Series to Feature Industry Thought Leaders

This year at SC07, the Masterworks series, coordinated with the Council on Competitiveness, will feature an elite
group of industry thought leaders to discuss their real world applications and experiences in implementing high
performance computing (HPC) solutions. A total of 14 sessions will showcase industries' use of HPC with an
emphasis on driving productivity and innovation.

The capstone session entitled "CTO Roundtable" will feature leading chief technology and chief information
officers discussing the strategic value of HPC in industry. Using a roundtable format, the panelists will highlight
how HPC is a critical asset and has positioned their companies to contribute maximum business return for
competitive gain.


More information: http://sc07.supercomputing.org/?pg=masterworks.html

Questions: masterworks@sc07.supercomputing.org


New Showcase: Doctoral Research / Requests due July 30

New to SC this year, the Doctoral Research Showcase will provide a venue for Ph.D students who are graduating in
the next 12 months to present a summary of their research. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes to accommodate
as many people as possible. Everyone participating in the Technical Program is encouraged to attend. Come see
what the next generation of HPC researchers has in store for us! If you are interested in participating in this showcase,
please submit a request by July 30.


More Information: http://sc07.supercomputing.org/?pg=doctsc.html
Submissions: http://sc-submissions.org
Questions: doctoral-showcase@sc07.supercomputing.org

Storage Challenge Submissions due July 31

The Storage Challenge Committee is soliciting submissions for this year's competition through July 31. Novel and
innovative approaches to eliminating storage access bottlenecks for data intensive applications are sought.
They may be large systems involving hundreds of nodes and many terabytes of storage, or small systems with
fewer nodes and only a few terabytes of storage. For your submission to qualify, actual implementation must be
underway to adequately characterize the efficiencies expected to be realized in the system. Performance, scalability,
and storage subsystem utilization will be the focus of the final reports. Don't miss this opportunity!


More Information: http://sc07.supercomputing.org/html/web_page_guidelines_v2.doc
Submissions: http://sc-submissions.org
Questions: storage@sc07.supercomputing.org


Cluster Challenge Submissions due July 31

The Cluster Challenge showcases teams of next-generation high performance computing talent harnessing the incredible
power of current-generation cluster hardware. Hurry-the deadline to participate in this event is July 31!
Prospective teams and vendor partners are encouraged to visit the Web site or contact the committee for details.


More information: http://sc07.supercomp.org/?pg=challenges.html
Contact: cluster@sc07.supercomputing.org

Poster Submissions due July 31

Posters provide a venue for showcasing the latest advances in HPC research and presenting late-breaking results and/or
ongoing research. There are two poster tracks:
⋅ Student Research Competition (SRC) for individual student posters (single-author only)
⋅ Regular posters for individuals or group projects

The Student Research Competition is sponsored by ACM and Microsoft. The students whose posters are accepted will
be eligible for $500 in travel grants to the conference, and the top entries selected at SC07 will progress to the ACM
Grand Finals. In addition, cash prizes will be awarded to the top three undergraduate and graduate poster winners.

Posters will be displayed the entire week at SC07, and will be showcased at a Tuesday evening reception. One poster
will be honored as Best Poster for SC07. Submit your abstract today!


More Information: http://sc07.supercomputing.org/techprogram/posters
Contact: posters@sc07.supercomputing.org


BOF Submissions due July 31

Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions provide forums for conference attendees to discuss topics of mutual interest.
BOFs are open to all conference attendees, including exhibitors and exhibits-only badge holders. The conference
will provide meeting rooms and post daily schedules. BOFs are held during lunch and in the early evening when
other parts of the technical program are not scheduled.


More Information: http://sc07.supercomputing.org/?pg=bofs.html
Contact: bofs@sc07.supercomputing.org


Bandwidth Challenge Submissions due July 31

Competing in the Bandwidth Challenge will expand your creativity and test your performance, but you must enter
by July 31! Qwest Communications® is providing a monetary prize for the winning entry and Force10 Networks®
is providing the high-density 10GigE switch at the nexus of the challenge. The data throughput amounts will be
verified using high performance monitoring gear from Spirent Communications® via network taps provided by
Net Optics®.


More Information: http://sc07.supercomputing.org/?pg=challenges.html
Submissions: http://sc-submissions.org
Questions: bwc@sc07.supercomputing.org

Wanted - More Student Volunteers!

Applications due August 3

Many students (undergraduate and graduate) have volunteered for SC07, but more are needed to assist with the
administration of the conference. Students will receive free conference registration, housing (for out-of-town volunteers),
and most meals. Volunteers will see and discuss the latest high-performance networking and computing technology
and meet leading researchers from around the world.

Volunteers are expected to be available for a total of 4-5 hours of work per day during the week of the conference.
No special skills or experience are necessary, however, familiarity with computing platforms, audio/visual equipment,
or office equipment can be helpful. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by September 3.
will
receive free conference registration, housing for out-of-town volunteers, and most meals. Student volunteers have the

opportunity to see the latest high-performance networking and computing technology and meet leading researchers

from around the world.


More Information: http://sc07.supercomp.org/?pg=studvolunteers.html
Applications: http://sc-submissions.org
Contact: students@sc07.supercomputing.org

Analytics Challenge Deadline is July 31

The SC07 Analytics Challenge, now in its third year, highlights rigorous, sophisticated methods of data analysis and
visualization used in high performance computing by showcasing powerful applications solving complex, real-world
problems. Finalists will present their work at a special Analytics Challenge session. Previous submissions cover a
wide variety of applications from science in the biomedical, geophysics, traffic control, and bio-molecular arenas.
If you intend to participate, please notify the Analytics Challenge committee as soon as possible.

Submissions are due July 31 and judging is scheduled for the week of August 6. Finalists will be notified the week
of August 20, and the winner will be announced at the conference.


More Information: http://sc07.supercomp.org/?pg=challenges.html
Contact: analytics@sc07.supercomputing.org

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