SC07 June Newsletter

Greetings and welcome to the June 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 June Edition:

* Grant Applications for Broader Engagement Initiative due June 29
* Education Program's Mechelle De Craene Honored for SC07 Teaching Innovation 
* New Showcase: Doctoral Research
* SC07 Cluster Challenge
* SC07 Analytics Challenge
* SC07 Storage Challenge
* Poster and BOF Sessions

* Student Research Competition Heats Up!

* Come One, Come All – Student Volunteers Can Make a Difference at SC07

* SCInfo Project Returns to SC07 as part of SCinet

* Seymour Cray Computer Engineering & Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award Nominations!


Applications for Broader Engagement Initiative

due June 29

Applications to participate in the SC07 Technical Program under the Broader Engagement (BE) initiative are being

accepted through Friday, June 29. The BE initiative is focused on expanding and engaging individuals from groups

that have traditionally been under-represented in high performance computing. Grants are available to support

participation in the SC07 Technical Program. In addition to complementary conference registration, grant recipients

will be reimbursed for lodging and transportation (up to an agreed upon amount).


Applicants from all computing disciplines are encouraged, including those with backgrounds in research, education,

and industry. Students are especially encouraged to apply. Primary consideration will be given to applicants from

groups that have traditionally been under-represented in high performance computing, such as African-Americans,

Hispanics, Indigenous Peoples, and women. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by August 1.

More information:

Education Program's Mechelle De Craene

Honored for Teaching Innovation

Mechelle De Craene, a Florida middle school special education teacher and co-lead of the SC07 Learning and

Physical Challenges Education (LPCE) program, was honored as one of the 15 "most innovative educational

leaders in the nation" by the 2007 Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards for her Very Special Techies program.

Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry's education foundation, presented the awards June 6 at the Library

of Congress in Washington, DC. In conjunction with the awards presentation, DeCraene spoke to members of

Congress about the benefits of technology for students with special needs and the value of programs such as

SC's LPCE program.


"I am grateful for this opportunity from Cable in the Classroom because hopefully it will make others more aware

of the benefits of technology for children with disabilities," De Craene wrote. "One of the senators asked me if I'd

testify at a hearing to advocate for children with disabilities. So I may be returning to Washington. I am very thankful

for this opportunity to advocate for children with special needs."


De Craene added, "Many special needs classrooms do not have computers in them. My students surprise me each

and every day with the things they can do with technology. There is great potential for digital media in the field of

special education, and the possibilities are just now starting to unfold. Moreover, as Kurzweil told us about Moore's

Law at SC06, the possibilities for our students with special needs are growing exponentially. As a teacher, this is

exciting to be a part of."

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New Showcase: Doctoral Research

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 31.

More information:


SC07 Cluster Challenge

The SC07 Cluster Challenge allows teams of undergraduate students to compete in categories that showcase

the incredible power of current-generation cluster hardware. They work with equipment supplied by their vendor

partners to run a workload, consisting of HPCC benchmarks and open source applications. Cluster Challenge

applications are available at the URL below. Look for sample data sets to be posted soon at the same location.

More information:

SC07 Bandwidth Challenge

Competing in the Bandwidth Challenge will stretch your creativity, test your performance, and bring well deserved

recognition if you win — or even if you simply make a good showing! If you haven't done so already, now is the time

to line up the wide-area-network resources you will need to couple with your systems and applications to compete

this year. Submissions are due July 31.

More information:

SC07 Analytics Challenge

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:

SC07 Storage Challenge

The SC07 Storage Challenge committee looks forward to building on last year’s success! The Storage Challenge

showcases effective approaches to using the storage subsystem, which is often the limiting factor for many HPC applications.


Enter by submitting a description of a work in progress or preliminary results in advance of the conference. Participants

must describe the data access implementations and present measurements of performance, scalability, and storage

subsystem utilization. Judging will be based on these measurements, innovation, and effectiveness; maximum size and

peak performance are not the sole criteria. Participants with access to either large or small HPC systems are encouraged

to enter this challenge with awards being given in each of these categories. A group of Storage Challenge finalists will be

invited to present their accomplishments during a technical program session at SC07.


NOTE: The "Notice of Intent to Participate" is not required this year.

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Poster and BOF Sessions

Posters provide a venue for showcasing the latest advances in high performance computing research and presenting

late-breaking results and ongoing research. This year, there are two poster tracks:

* ACM Student Research Competition for individual student posters (single-author posters only)
* Regular posters for individuals or group projects


Posters will be displayed the entire week at SC07, and will be showcased at the Tuesday evening reception where there

will be a prize for best poster! Send in your abstract today!

More Information: http://


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://

Student Research Competition Heats Up!

Submissions are now open for the Student Research Competition (SRC) sponsored by the ACM with support from

Microsoft Corporation. This prestigious competition gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to

submit research posters to a panel of judges. The top three posters in both the undergraduate and graduate categories

will win monetary prizes and advance to the ACM SRC Grand Finals, with the possibility of being recognized at the annual

ACM Awards Banquet.


"I want to encourage students to enter this competition,” said Tami Grimmett, Idaho National Laboratory. “This is where we'll

get the next generation of HPC architects, programmers, and application developers." Both Grimmett and Chuck Koelbel

(Rice University) are the SC07 poster co-chairs.

More Information:

Come One, Come All – Student Volunteers

Can Make a Difference at SC07

SC07 needs undergraduate and graduate volunteers to assist with the administration of the conference. In return, volunteers

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.


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 for most volunteer positions; however, some familiarity with computing platforms,

audio/visual equipment, or office equipment will be helpful. Applications are due August 3. Successful applicants will be notified

of their acceptance by September 3.

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SCInfo Project Returns to SC07 as part of SCinet

SCInfo (formerly InfoStar) combines multiple data sources, wireless communications, collaborative software, and an

innovative data clustering and visualization technology to provide conference attendees with unprecedented access to

SC conference information on a real-time basis.


SCInfo makes it possible for exhibitors and conference planners to upload new information throughout the conference to

keep attendees informed on activities and events at the click of a button. Information is delivered quickly and conveniently

over the SCinet wireless (or wired) network. SCInfo is compatible with small screen devices like Blackberry, iPhone, PDAs,

or phones with Web browsing capabilities.

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Seymour Cray Computer Engineering &

Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award Nominations

The prestigious Seymour Cray Computer Engineering and Sidney Fernbach Memorial awards recognize outstanding

achievement in the field of supercomputing. The Cray award is given to individuals whose innovative contributions to

high performance computing best exemplify the creative spirit of Seymour Cray. The Sidney Fernbach Memorial award

recognizes innovative uses of high performance computing for the solution of large computational problems.


Nominations are due by June 30. (NOTE: This is one month earlier than in previous years). The nomination form and the

required endorsements, should be submitted to the IEEE Computer Society at

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