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Sakai to Power Supercomputing Conference's Online Education Program

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Seattle, WA — September 26, 2005 — SC|05, the international conference for high performance computing networking and storage, announced today that it is incorporating an online phase in its Education Program, to be delivered through the Sakai Project, a landmark venture to create open-source course management, collaboration and online research support tools for the higher education community. SC|05, sponsored by ACM and IEEE, initiates the online feature beginning in October, a month before the actual conference, which runs from November 12-18 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, WA. The online Education Program will continue through June 2006.

The Sakai Project originated as a collaboration between the University of Michigan, Indiana University, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It utilizes the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE), an open source software environment located at Michigan, to host content on a variety of topics ranging from Introduction to Computational Science to advanced concepts such as submitting jobs to TeraGrid like environments. Participants will use Sakai's collaboration tools to foster community building.

The SC|05 Education Program draws participants from diverse geographical locations who team up throughout the year to integrate their knowledge. as they gain a greater understanding of high performance computing. "These multi-disciplinary teams work on projects that apply High Performance Computing (HPC) in nanotechnology, life science, and other technical fields," said Gary Bertoline of Purdue University, chair of the SC|05 Education Program. "Sakai is significantly advancing our ability to reach our goal impact education at various levels."

Joseph Hardin, director of the Collaborative Technologies Laboratory at the University of Michigan, sees advantages in Sakai's partnership with SC|05. "The Sakai Project provides curriculum developers with a variety of content delivery tools. It is an open source system, so advanced technologies can be easily integrated, and it is designed for large projects that often have highly distributed participants, like the SC|05 Education Program," he said. "

ACM President David Patterson, who will address the opening session of SC|05 on November 14, views the conference as a demonstration of ACM's commitment to advancing computing as a science and a profession. "Sakai's cutting edge approach to learning enables the SC|05 Education Program to apply tomorrow's technology to a broader appreciation of supercomputing's impact on society," he said.

For registration, program, exhibit, and travel information on SC|05, visit http://sc05.supercomputing.org/

About Sakai
The Sakai Project (www.sakaiproject.org) is a community source software development effort to design, build and deploy a Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) for higher education involving more than seventy universities and colleges around the world. The Project, initially a collaboration of the University of Michigan, Indiana University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the Open Knowledge Initiative and the uPortal Project, is funded by the Mellon and Hewlett Foundations.

About SC
SC|05, sponsored by ACM and IEEE, is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage, will showcase how high performance computing, networking, storage and analytics lead to advances in research, education and commerce. The conference includes technical and education programs, workshops, tutorials, an exhibit area, demonstrations and hands-on learning.