Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
For seven days, the Oregon Convention Center will be home to the most powerful network in the world – SCinet. Built each year for the annual SC conference, SCinet brings to life a highly sophisticated and extreme local and wide area network fabric that can support the revolutionary applications and network experiments that have become a trademark of the conference.
SC09 held from November 14-20, 2009, focuses on the latest advances in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. With a massive 400 Gigabits per second in bandwidth capacity – more than most networks in the world – SCinet supports exhibitors from industry and academia to demonstrate their most aggressive supercomputing and networking applications that are either in production or in an experimental or pre-commercial state.
SCinet is designed and built by over 140 volunteers from universities, government and industry and leverages $20 million in donated equipment from leaders in the technology sector who seek the opportunity to showcase their products in this highly advanced network environment. This year, the team has deployed over 200 miles of fiber optic cable in the Oregon Convention Center and is utilizing over 34 miles of fiber in the regional Portland area to make these network capabilities possible.
SCinet links the conference center to research and commercial networks around the world like the Department of Energy’s ESnet, the Internet2 Network and National LambdaRail. SCinet will support the exa-floods of data from SC09 exhibitors and attendees and will then measure and monitor every aspect of the network's performance to provide the public a unique real-time window into the core of this powerful network’s inner-workings and operations. Live network traffic will be available online via: http://measurement.sc09.org/public
"The SCinet team has worked diligently over the past twelve months to design and build what we consider to be the most robust network capable of supporting the leading-edge applications of the conference’s exhibitors and attendees, who are known for pushing network and computing resources to the extreme each year,” said Ralph McEldowney, Chief, Advanced Technologies Section, Air Force Research Laboratory Supercomputing Resource Center and SC09 SCinet committee chair. Full Story
Friday, November 13, 2009
Social Media has already taken off at SC09!
Purdue University has developed a new Twitter analytics tool called need4feed.com that does an amazing job of aggregating all the #SC09 tweets into one place
How it Works:
A conference hash tag is the classic, "if a tree falls in the forest..." problem. If someone tweets the hash, and nobody is there to follow, does it make a sound? Sifting through conference backchannel banter can be an onerous task for anyone. With all the retweets, replies, comments and questions, it can be difficult to find that one, 140 character gem.
Need4feed is a Twitter analytics tool that analyzes tweets within the context of a conference hash tag - in this case #sc09. It uses an algorithm that examines responses to specific tweets, and builds a popularity ranking for that tweet. This ranking identifies those tweets that may have broad appeal for others using the same hash tag.
The popularity ranking comes in two flavors - those tweets that are popular now and those that have been popular overall. The 'now' ranking takes the approach, what is being discussed now is more popular than what was discussed an hour ago. The 'overall' ranking suggests that what was once popular will always be popular.
So now you can join in the fun! Twitter users, just add #sc09 to your tweets.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
"A bunch of you attending SC09 this year will have netbooks/cellphones/laptops/cranial implants that allow you to Twitter in real time. I hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to give others at the show — and those that cannot attend — insights into what you are learning and experiencing throughout the week. See a really cool technology, or even a company that’s bound to fail? Tweet it!
To make sure that everyone’s comments are easy to follow, the SC09 conference is encouraging the use of the #sc09 hashtag. As we often do for large events in the community, insideHPC will be including the stream for the #sc09 hashtag right on the website, so you won’t have to go far to learn what everyone at the show is up to."
Sound complicated? It's not really. Just add these five characters: #sc09 to your SC09 twitter entries and we'll aggregate it all in one place.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Gore will deliver the keynote presentation on Thursday, November 19th for the anticipated crowd of 11,000 attendees made up of leading computational scientists, researchers, and supercomputing experts from around the globe, many of whom work on HPC platforms and supercomputers researching life-changing issues such as disease understanding, drug discovery, renewable energy, and global climate change.
Here's a recap featured speakers at SC09:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH
Opening Address: The Rise of the 3D Internet: Advancements in Collaborative and Immersive Sciences
Speaker: Justin Rattner, Intel Corporation
Time: 08:30AM - 10:00AM
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH
Plenary Speaker: Systems Medicine, Transformational Technologies and the Emergence of Predictive, Personalized, Preventive and Participatory (P4) Medicine
Speaker: Leroy Hood, Institute for Systems Biology
Time: 08:30AM - 9:15AM
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
Keynote Address:Building Solutions: Energy, Climate and Computing for a Changing World
Speaker: Former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore
Time: 08:30AM - 10:00AM
Friday, October 02, 2009
Register early for both and save up to $555!
To register for SC09, please visit the Registration Site.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Exhibitors should order their booth network connections through the SCinet Connection Request System. Exhibitor contacts have been emailed CRS login credentials to create and modify SCinet connections for their booth. Late fees are applicable to any order placed after 9/28/2009. Questions: email@example.com
Friday, September 04, 2009
Dr. Hood will be discussing the new direction of what is referred to as ‘P4’ in medicine -- predictive, personalized, preventive and participatory, and how it will affect healthcare in the future. Full Story
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The SC09 Newsletter for August is out with these headlines:
* Intel Senior Fellow to Deliver Opening Address
* Housing and Tech Program Registration Open
* Broader Engagement Travel Grants Extended
* Broader Engagement Travel Offer to End August 17
* Submit Your Network Technologies to Xnet Now
* Student Volunteer Applications Due August 31
* Workshops Offer Diverse Topics to Complement SC09
* SC09 Bandwidth Entires Now Due September 19
* Storage Challenge to Notify Finalists August 17
* Apply Soon to Make Education Program Deadlines
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
* SC09 Education Program Deadlines Approaching
* Student Volunteer Applications Due August 31
* Exhibitor Forum Submission Deadline July 17
* Broader Engagement Travel Offer to End August 3
* Sustainability Technology Thrust on Data Centers
* Doctoral Showcase Submissions Due July 27
* HPC Ph.D. Fellowship Deadline is July 27
* SC09 Exhibits: Where HPC Industry Meets
* Call for Xnet Submissions
* Submissions for SC09 Bandwidth Challenge Due July 27
* Storage Challenge Finalizes Submissions on July 27
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Rattner is vice president and Intel chief technology officer (CTO), an Intel Senior Fellow, and head of Intel Labs. In the latter role, he directs Intel's global research efforts in microprocessors, systems, and communications including the company's disruptive research activity.
“Justin’s vision and leadership in the late 80s and early 90s lead to the first teraflop supercomputer and helped shape the technology direction and innovation that drove an exciting era of parallel supercomputing,” said Wilfred Pinfold, SC09 General Chair. “He is uniquely qualified to talk about the use of 3D Internet technology for immersive science, which is one of the three identified thrust areas for this year’s conference.” Full Story
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Workshop topics and dates
Introduction to Computational Thinking
July 5-11: Atlanta University Center
August 2- 8: University of Arkansas
Computational Biology for Biology Educators
June 7-13: University of California Merced
Computational Physics for Physics Educators
June 14-20: Widener University
Parallel Programming and Cluster Computing
June 7-13: Kean University
July 5-11: Louisiana State University
August 9-15: University of Oklahoma
Computational Sciences in the Grades 6-12 Classroom
July 12-18: University of Florida; Computational Engineering for Engineering Educators
July 12-18: Ohio Supercomputer Center
More info at sc09.sc-education.org/workshops/.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
I had some interesting discussions about sustainability this week at the SC09 committee meetings--things like how do we even have this discussion when our clusters are such power hungry beasts? And with all this Al Gore keynote business, are we emphasizing this topic too little or too much?
And then I saw this film and shared it's conclusion-- the time for pessimism has indeed passed. Only through sustainable technologies like renewable energy does this planet stand a chance.
That's going to require the best minds, the best science, the best supercomputing we as community can provide. Let's get on with it.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Inside HPC is reporting that former Vice President Al Gore will keynote the SC09 conference this November in Portland:
"Gore is a long time advocate of the power of technology and its transformative effects on our society. During his time in Congress (he served as both a Representative and Senator from 1977 through 1993) Gore was one of the Atari Democrats, a group of legislators focused on technological issues. Internet pioneers Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf have written of Gore that, “he was the first elected official to grasp the potential of computer communications to have a broader impact than just improving the conduct of science and scholarship.” Gore also sponsored the High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991, a bill that created the National Information Infrastructure, and held the first congressional hearings on global warming.
SC09 Conference Chair Wilf Pinfold explains that the SC09 Committee’s goal in selecting Gore to keynote this year’s conference was not to push a particular technological or political agenda, but to find the person best-suited to ignite a global conversation about the role that supercomputing will play in addressing the many climate, energy, and social challenges facing our society. Gore will address the conference on Thursday morning, not on Tuesday as regular attendees might have expected. “The schedule was driven by the vice president’s availability, but ultimately we think it is a great move for the conference.” Full Story
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The SC09 conference has released their latest newsletter with these headlines:
* Technical Panel Proposals Now Due May 1
* Submissions Now Open for SC09 Storage Challenge
* Website Assists International Attendees
* Student Cluster Competition - Ready, Set, Go!
* SC Education Program Announces Summer Workshops
* SCinet Releases Call for Circuits with May 29 Deadline
* Bio-Computing Thrust to Showcase Amazing Applications
* Share Your Interests with Colleagues at SC BOFs
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
SC09, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, which opens November 14th in Portland, is the HPC community's premiere opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest developments in supercomputing technology and applications. Here you'll find the latest in high performance computing (HPC), networking, storage, and analysis applied to the world's most challenging commercial, scientific, and engineering problems.
Now is the time to begin planning your part in SC09. Submissions for the SC09 Technical Program are now being accepted at: https://submissions.supercomputing.org/. Abstracts for papers, including Gordon Bell Prize submissions, must be submitted by Friday, April 3. The deadline for full papers, as well as proposals for tutorials and workshops, has been extended to Monday, April 13. The deadline for Panels has been extended to May 1st.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.
Speaking of unexpected uses, SC09 is leveraging Social Media tools like Twitter to grow our Supercomputing community online. Join us; visit our SC09 Twitter site and click the Follow button!
Monday, March 02, 2009
Interview: SC09 Conference Chair Wilf Pinfold
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Social Media offers us a great opportunity to get the word out and grow the Supercomputing conference community. Learn all about it here.Summary:
The SC conference has a strong community made up of thousands of people who come back to the show year after year. As a new initiative of the SC09 Communications Committee, this blog describes a strategy to connect and grow the Supercomputing community using Social Media tools.
- What is Social Media?
- Why Social Media for SC?
- What Social Media Tools are already in place for SC09?
- SC on Twitter
- SC blog
- SC on Facebook
- SC Linked In
- How do I engage?
Social media tools use the Internet for sharing and discussing information among human beings.
The following video is a great introduction to Social Media.
Why Social Media for SC?
Every year at the SCxx conferences, thousands of us get together for a week and then we go on our separate ways. With Social Media tools like this blog, we hope to grow the SC community in a whole new way.
Many companies are already using Social Media to engage with their customers. They are getting measurable results. We can do that with SC. And with your help, we will be the first conference to do so effectively.
What is the Social Media Strategy?
Our strategy is quite simple:
Engage the Supercomputing community members who are already using the most popular Social Media tools and get them to participate. Through their participation, we will leverage their networks to grow the community.What Social Media Tools are already in place for SC09?
Many people have their favorites, so we have four tools now in place: Twitter, SC09 Blog, Facebook Group, and a Linked In page.
SC09 on Twitter
Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and updates (known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Twitter is one of the easiest Social Media tools to use.
You can follow our Supercomputing Twitter page at: http://twitter.com/supercomputing.
A Blog is a website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.
You are now reading the Supercomputing blog. While the SC show has a wonderful conference site that tells you pretty much everything you need to know, until now we haven't had is a place for us share our stories as a community.
Unlike a newletter or other "one-way" media, blogs let users comment to encourage discussion and sharing of useful information. Blogs are also great aggregators for other Social Media tools. For example, on the right column of this blog you can see relevant SC09 links, Twitter entries (tweets), and more.
Facebook is a popular free-access social networking website. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.
The SC Conference on Facebook Group is a great place to get to know your fellow attendees of the SC conference.
Linked In is a business-oriented social networking site mainly used for professional networking. As of February 2009, it had more than 35 million registered users, spanning 170 industries.
In our troubled economy, Linked In gets a lot of traffic.
How do I engage with Social Medial for SC?
Like driving a car, Social Media is not something you "get" just by reading about it--you have to learn by doing. Here's how:
- Twitter users: Follow our Supercomputing Twitter page at: http://twitter.com/supercomputing
- Blog lovers: Read the Supercomputing blog at: http://supercomputing.blogspot.com
- Facebook users: join the SC Conference for HPC Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=45024638881
- Linked In users: Join the SC09 Linked In Group: http://www.linkedin.com/e/vgh/1775643/eml-grp-sub/
Monday, February 16, 2009
Portland has become the first U.S. city to launch an official "Twisitor Center." Much like traditional walk-in visitor centers, the new system uses Twitter technology to connect travelers with those who can answer their questions and help plan their trips.
"Other cities are connecting with visitors through Twitter," explained Martin Stoll, CEO of GoSeeTell Network, the company that created Portland's Twisitor Center concept. "But Portland is the first city to set up a virtual visitor center to which people can direct travel questions just by adding a simple tag to their tweets [messages]."
Twitter-users seeking information on Portland can add #inpdx to their questions. Tweets tagged with this code (also called a "hash tag") are sought out by Twisitor Center staff members who then send back suggestions. But the beauty of Twitter is that other users who aren't affiliated with Travel Portland can also chime in with additional tips. So, if a traveler tweets "Need a good BBQ place in Portland #inpdx," she could end up with suggestions from not only the Twisitor Center but also from anyone else - Portland residents, foodies, fellow travelers - in the Twitter community. Full Story
If you don't really get what Twitter is all about, this video should help:
Thursday, January 29, 2009
ScienceSim Brings 3D Internet Home
One of the main themes of SC09 is something called "3D Internet." While many of you might be familiar with Second Life or Sun's Project Wonderland, a new application called ScienceSim might be just the place to test the waters:
"Enter ScienceSim. A team of researchers and technology strategists, funded by Intel’s server business and working with OpenSim open source technology (which celebrates its second birthday today).. had a goal of creating an environment for experimentation in virtual worlds. We wanted a turnkey kit that companies or researchers could download and develop specific applications in virtual worlds, data visualization and analysis.
ScienceSim enables customizable physics, optimizations to achieve better scalability, and can serve as a testbed for data visualization and control for science experiments like fusion reactions, biomedical applications, geophysical, intelligence analysis.. to name a few potential areas of work. As our CTO said in a previous blog, the Intel team is working with the Supercomputing 2009 conference to have folks develop academic material around this platform and have a forum to discuss these efforts and how they fit towards building a 3D internet of the future." Full Story
Monday, January 19, 2009
Also known as "Supercomputing," the SC Conference celebrated its 20th anniversary this past November in Austin. The growth of the show has been remarkable--SC09 will be twice the size it was 10 years ago in Portland. And if you've never been to a Supercomputing show, you may be wondering: where does this success comes from?
For those of us who work, attend, and volunteer every year, the answer is clear; Supercomputing continues to grow from the strength of its ongoing community. For most of the year though, this community is spread is far as the four winds.
That's where this blog comes in.
Why an SC Blog?
The SC show has a wonderful conference site that tells you pretty much everything you need to know. That's great. What we haven't had is a place for us share our stories as a community.
Every year at SC, thousands of us get together for a week and then we go on our separate ways. With Social Media tools like this blog, it is my hope that we can grow the SC community in a whole new way.
SC09 Communications Committee, Social Media Wonk