SC07 May Newsletter
Greetings and welcome to the May 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 May Edition:
* Filled to the Brim - SC07 Exhibitors Fill Exhibit Hall
* Call for Disruptive Technology Proposals / Submissions Close on May 21
* Bandwidth Challenge - Call for Participation
* Storage Challenge - Call for Participation
* SCinet Xnet Presents Cutting-Edge Demos
* Student Volunteer Opportunities Abound
* Seymour Cray Computer Engineering and Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award Nominations
* Ultimate HPC Geek Competition Returns
Filled to the Brim -
SC07 Exhibitors Fill Exhibit Hall
SC07 is still six months away and the number of exhibits is already at an all-time high. This growth is fueled
by the increasing presence of new companies. "For the first time in several years, we have enough exhibit
space in the convention center to accommodate many new industry and research exhibitors," said
Cherri Pancake, SC07 Exhibits Chair. "There are a few spaces left," Pancake, added, "but we'll be
Submissions Close on May 21
Consisting of an exhibit showcase area and two invited panel sessions, Disruptive Technologies (DT)
focuses on technologies with the potential to overturn existing, dominant technologies in supercomputing
in the next five to 15 years. The DT Exhibit Showcase will allow researchers to demonstrate working prototypes,
and the panel sessions will offer expert views on DT for processors, memory, interconnects, and storage.
The SC07 Disruptive Technologies committee will select four technologies for display on the exhibit floor to
allow attendees to participate in technology demonstrations and in-depth technical discussions. Winners will
receive free exhibit floor space in a high visibility location. Industry, academia, and government researchers
are invited to submit for the DT Exhibit Showcase.
Submissions must include a 150-word abstract and a 50-word description of how the exhibit space will be used.
Submissions may include an optional research paper or presentation that describes the technology in more detail.
Bandwidth Challenge -
Call for Participation
The theme of this year's SC07 Bandwidth Challenge is "End-to-End Achievement - Serving as a Model".
Participants will showcase new ways to take advantage of high speed networks. Entries are due by July 31
Storage Challenge -
Call for Participation
The Storage Challenge showcases effective approaches to using the storage subsystem, often the limiting
factor for many HPC applications.
To enter, submit a description of a work in progress, or preliminary results, in advance of the conference.
Finalists will be selected and invited to present during a technical program session at SC07. Participants
must describe their data access implementations and present measurements of performance, scalability,
and storage subsystem utilization. Judging will be based on innovation, effectiveness, maximum size, and
peak performance. Participants with access to either large or small HPC systems are encouraged to enter
The "Notice of Intent to Participate" is not required this year. Proposals are due by July 31.
More information: sc07.supercomp.org/challenges.html
SCinet Xnet Presents
The SC07 exhibit floor network, known as "SCinet," is a robust, production-quality network that serves as the
conduit for major research demonstrations and exhibitor interconnectivity. SCinet provides reliable local area,
wide area, and commodity network services.
"Xnet" is the vehicle that allows attendees to witness cutting-edge network technology demonstrations in a way
that does not interfere with the overall impact and reliability of the SCinet infrastructure. Once again, Xnet will
provide a venue to showcase emerging (often pre-commercial or vendor pre-competitive) advanced and
research networking technologies, protocols, and experimental networking applications. Submissions are welcome!
More information: http://sc07.supercomp.org/scinet.html
"Cluster Challenge" Announces
Benchmarks and Applications
The 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.
The SC07 Cluster Challenge benchmarks and applications are: GAMESS, the General Atomic and Molecular
Electronic Structure System, POP, the Parallel Ocean Program, and PovRay, the Persistence of Vision ray
More information: sc07.supercomp.org/?pg=clusterchlng.html
Student Volunteer Opportunities Abound
Undergraduate and graduate student volunteers are needed to assist with the administration of the conference.
In exchange, students will receive free conference registration, housing (for out-of-town volunteers), and most
meals. Student volunteers will have the opportunity to see and discuss the latest high performance networking
and computing technologies, and meet leading researchers while contributing to the success of this annual event.
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 skill or experience is necessary for most volunteer positions; however, familiarity with computing platforms,
audio/visual equipment, or office equipment will be helpful.
Applications are due by August 3 by submitting information at the submissions Web site at
Seymour Cray Computer Engineering and
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 http://www.computer.org/awards.
More Information: http:// sc07.supercomp.org/awards.html
Ultimate HPC Geek Competition Returns
Intel Corporation will sponsor the "Ultimate HPC Geek Contest Supercomputing 2007" again in 2007! Qualified participants
can test their technical genius by attempting to "out-geek" the competition in a live cluster-building contest. The winner will
receive a high performance computing (HPC) cluster based on Intel's latest processor technology for use by his/her university,
college, or non-profit organization. Last year's champion, Earlham College Associate Professor of Computer Science
Charlie Peck, is using his cluster to develop curriculum modules for teaching HPC to students and educators.
More Information: http://ultimatehpcgeek.com/
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