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SC|05 August Newsletter

Welcome to the August edition of the SC|05 Newsletter. SC|05 is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage, sponsored by the ACM and IEEE CS. Here are the highlights from the SC|05 August Edition:
  • Registration Now Open to Attendees
  • SC|05 Sets Policy on External Organization Meetings
  • Tutorial Program Finalized
  • Accepted Papers Announced
  • SC Desktop Makes Remote Participation Possible
  • SC|05 Housing Reservations Reminder
  • Nine Workshops to be Held During SC|05
  • Detailed Information on InfiniBand Connections Available
SC|05, under the theme Gateway to Discovery, will be held November 12-18, 2005, in Seattle, WA.

Registration Now Open to Attendees

SC|05 Registration is Open! Book your Early Bird Registration for the Technical Program to get the best rates. Conference higlights include:
  • The keynote address by Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates
  • The SC|05 HPC Analytics and StorCloud Initiatives that will push the boundaries of high performance storage, analytics, and networking
  • The in-depth Technical Program including Tutorials, Technical Papers, Tutorials and Masterworks from leading government and industry experts
  • The Education, SC Global, and Challenge Programs that offer attendees a gateway to innovative ideas and expertise in HPC, networking and storage
  • The dynamic exhibition featuring more than 200 of the world's leading HPC industry and research organizations
Register at:

SC|05 Sets Policy on External Organization Meetings (EOMs)

Procedures have been established for external organizations attempting to secure meeting room space at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center (WSCTC) during the SC conference. SC|05 will facilitate the requests to the extent possible given limited resources, to the extent they are aligned with the conference goals, do not place a burden on the conference or its volunteers, and do not conflict with SC|05 activities.

The sponsoring organizations are responsible for all additional costs, including room resets, food, A/V support, and other miscellaneous expenses. Meetings should be no more than two hours in duration during normal conference hours.

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Tutorials Program Finalized

The SC|05 Tutorials Program has been finalized and promises an exciting array of presentations in many different disciplines.

A total of 27 tutorials were selected out of 62 highly competitive submissions, including 13 full- and 14 half-day sessions. Highlights include tutorials on MPI, OpenMP, parallel MATLAB, future architecture, storage system and I/O trends, network security, grid computing, data mining and analytics.

SC|05 marks the return of the popular Parallel Computing 101, a perfect introduction for the first-time attendee to the SC conference.

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Accepted Papers Announced

Of hundreds of thousands of hours of research, described by more than 600 authors in 260 paper submissions, and reviewed by 248 of their peers, 62 of the best papers will be presented in 31 hours at SC|05.

Of the accepted papers, three were nominated for the Gordon Bell Prize, recognizing outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. In addition, four Best Student Papers and four SC|05 Best Papers were nominated.

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SC Desktop Makes Remote Participation Possible

New this year, portions of the SC Technical Program are available to remote audiences. Participants who cannot make it to Seattle have the opportunity to register as a 'virtual attendee'. Virtual Attendees will access the Technical Program via collaborative technologies that provide two-way audio and video connections to the conference. As part of registration these attendees will receive a limited-term license for the collaboration software, or may choose to use the open source version. Testing and training will be provided so that attendees can be confident of successful participation.

As part of this new initiative, presenters in the Technical Program are advised that their sessions will be recorded and archived by the ACM.

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SC|05 Housing Reminder

You may cancel your hotel reservations without penalty prior to September 15, 2005. No-shows on-site will be considered a cancellation and will be assessed a $125 cancellation fee. Cancellations made after September 15, 2005, will be assessed a $125 cancellation fee.

If you have booked a block of rooms you must submit a complete name list for the block by September 15, 2005 or you will be assessed a $125 cancellation fee for each room without a name and rooms without names will be returned to the general allotment for reallocation. Please make sure that you email your rooming lists to and include the name of the block or fax it to (206) 461-5853.

Please include contact information in case we have any questions and need to get back to you. We appreciate your help in reserving your housing in advance and hope you enjoy the conference.

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Nine Workshops to be Held During Conference

SC|05 provides an excellent opportunity for its participants to meet and discuss many different projects and collaborations. In addition to the main technical program elements, nine workshops on related topics will also be held during the week covering various topics of high performance computing, networking, and storage.

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Detailed Information on InfiniBand Connections Available

This year SCinet is offering a 4X (10 Gbps) InfiniBand (IB) infrastructure for use on the exhibit floor between Exhibitor booths as well as between Exhibitor booths and StorCloud. Exhibitors may connect through a dedicated switch to HCAs as needed to servers/clusters in their booth and will need to use copper to fiber converters obtainable.

The cost per fiber drop is the same as for Ethernet. Exhibitors should complete the appropriate connection request for IB on the SCinet page. The infrastructure switches and software will be deployed by the OpenIB Alliance. Exhibitors who request 4X IB connections will be contacted by the OpenIB Alliance to work out their detailed needs.

See for specific information on InfiniBand architecture and services.

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Upcoming Deadlines

September 1, 2005
  • Final Submission Deadline for Bandwidth Challenge
September 6, 2005
  • Notification of Acceptance for Posters
  • Application Deadline for SC Global Satellite Sites
  • Application Deadline for Student Volunteers
  • Notification of Final Program for the Exhbitor Forum
September 22, 2005
  • Deadline for Final Version of Tutorials Handouts
October 7, 2005
  • Deadline for Certification of all SC Global Satelite Sites
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