SC07 April Newsletter

Greetings and welcome to the April 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 April Edition:

* Broader Engagement Initiative Aims to Expand HPC Community
* Book Your Housing Accommodations Early 
* Seymour Cray Computer Engineering and Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award Nominations
* Student Volunteers, We Need You!
* "Storage Challenge" Celebrates Second Year
* "Cluster Challenge" Announces Benchmarks and Applications
* "Exotic Technologies" Returns as "Disruptive Technologies" (DT)

Broader Engagement Initiative Aims
to Expand HPC Community

Over the years, the SC conference series has sponsored a number of programs to increase participation by
groups outside the mainstream of high performance computing and networking. Expanding those efforts at
SC07 is the Broader Engagement (BE) initiative, which is committed to broadening the engagement of individuals
from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in the field.

To achieve this, BE will be providing grants to support participation in the Technical Program, encouraging tech
program submissions, and fostering networking through both a formal mentoring program and informal contacts.

Beginning June 1, applications will be accepted for participation grants, which will provide financial support for
lodging and transportation, as well as conference registration for the Technical Program. First consideration will
be given to underrepresented groups, including African-Americans, Hispanics, Indigenous Peoples, and women.

To ensure that all participants feel welcome at SC07, BE will host a kiosk at the Reno/Sparks Convention
Center staffed with volunteers who can answer questions and provide guidance to first-time SC attendees,
to support them in determining which conference events and resources best fit their needs.

More information:

Book Your Housing Accommodations Early

SC07 housing is now open to general attendees!  You can book your rooms early at the following
Web site:

Alternatively, you can call the conference VIP Line at 1-866-524-2516 and ask for Carol Jo, ext. 333.

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 on or before June 30, 2007 (Note: This is one month earlier than in previous years).
The nomination form, plus the required endorsements, should be submitted to the IEEE Computer Society

More information: http://

Student Volunteers,
We Need You!

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.

No special skills or experience are necessary for most volunteer positions; however, familiarity with computing
platforms, audio/visual equipment, or office equipment will be helpful.

Applications are due on or before August 3, 2007 by submitting information at the submissions website at
; applicants will be notified of their acceptance by September 3, 2007.

More information:

"Storage Challenge"
Celebrates Second Year

The Storage Challenge showcases effective approaches to using the storage subsystem, often the limiting factor
for many HPC applications.

How to Enter:
Submit a description of a work in progress or preliminary results in advance of the conference. Based on these
submissions, a set of finalists will be invited to present their actual accomplishments 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 these measurements, as
well as 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; awards will be given
in both categories.

The "Notice of Intent to Participate" is not required this year. Project proposals are due July 31, 2007.

More information:

"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
trace application.

More information:

Exotic Technologies Returns as
"Disruptive Technologies"(DT)

Building on the enormous success enjoyed at SC06, Exotic Technologies will return at SC07, but with a new name:
Disruptive Technologies (DT). Consisting of an exhibit showcase area and two invited panel sessions, DT will continue
to focus 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.

Industry, academia, and government researchers are invited to submit for the Exhibit Showcase. Submissions will be
evaluated based on several criteria, including potential impact on performance and cost of HPC systems, possible
realization of the technology, and degree of disruptiveness.

More Information:

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