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SC11 will feature the latest scientific and technical innovations from around the world. Bringing together
scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and managers, SC11
will be the forum for demonstrating how these developments are driving new ideas, new discoveries and
new industries. The SC11 thrust is: Data Intensive Science; the theme is Connecting Communities; and the
technical program focus is on sustained performance. As we head toward yet another great conference, this
newsletter will serve as a resource for preparations, deadlines and news regarding the conference.



HEADLINES:

* Welcome from the Chair

* Communities Program Adds New and Exciting Enhancements

* Education Program Full of Opportunities

* New - Advanced Track Added to the Broader Engagement Program

* Applications Being Accepted for the Student Volunteers Program

* Student Cluster Competition is On!

* Assistance for SC International Attendees

* SC11 Awards

* ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award (nominations due July 1)

* IEEE Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award (nominations due July 1)

* IEEE Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award (nominations due July 1)

* George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Program (submissions deadline extended to July 14)

* Birds of a Feather (submissions due July 22)

* Disruptive Technologies (submissions due July 22)

* Doctoral Showcase (submissions due July 22)

* Posters (submissions due July 22)





Welcome from the Chair

The Technical Program was overwhelmed with the tremendous response from the community. The Technical Program
committee reviewed more than 350 paper submissions for SC11. While the task of reviewing the papers was immense,
the committee's selection resulted in a very high quality Technical Program offering. Remember to book your hotel room
to stay through Saturday, November 19 to benefit from a full day of Technical Program sessions on Friday, November 18.

The SC11 committee remains focused on ensuring that the SC11 Conference provides you with the best possible
experience. If you have suggestions for how we can enhance your experience, please let us know. The George Michael
HPC Ph.D. Fellowships were established in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference
series. This fellowship, named in his honor, honors exceptional Ph.D. students throughout the world whose focus areas
are on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. We have extended the deadline for submissions
to July 14 to allow the community more time to apply and benefit from this award.

There is still time to submit to the new State-of-the-Practice session, Posters, BOFs, Disruptive Technologies, Doctoral
Showcase, the George Michael HPC Ph.D. Fellowships, Education Program, Student Volunteers, and Broader
Engagement Program.

Below is a summary of "Important Submission Deadlines":

• Birds of a Feather: Friday, July 22
• Disruptive Technologies: Friday, July 22
• Doctoral Showcase: Friday, July 22
• Posters: Friday, July 22
• Education Program: Sunday, July 31
• Student Volunteers: Sunday, August 14
• Broader Engagement Program: Sunday, August 14

Please share this information with your friends and colleagues and encourage them to join you in November to connect
with the global HPC community.


Scott Lathrop, SC11 Chair

Communities Program Adds New and Exciting Enhancements

The SC11 Communities Program, which consists of Broader Engagement, Education, International Ambassadors,
Student Volunteers, and Mentor/Protégé Programs, supports the cultivation of new participants into the exciting world of
high performance computing and the SC conference series. Existing components within the Communities Program have
been enhanced this year to facilitate more than ever opportunities for participation from across the globe, as well as for
enriching the experiences of program participants. For example, the Broader Engagement program is offering an
"advanced" track for returning participants, and the Education Program is offering LittleFe, a multiple-node mini-cluster
that will provide classroom demonstrations and exercises in HPC and parallel programming.

For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=communities.html


Education Program Full of Opportunities

The Education Program introduces high performance computing and computational and data enabled science and
engineering (CDESE) techniques, technologies and resources to undergraduate faculty and high school teachers and
assists educators in integrating HPC and CDESE into their classrooms.

This year, the Education Program will host SC's first ever LittleFe (co-funded by Intel Lab's University Program Office),
a portable mini-cluster of multiple nodes, whose primary focus is on turnkey classroom demonstrations of and exercises
in HPC, parallel programming, and CDESE. (Visit LittleFe.net for more information on this cluster project.)

The Education Program also will host a four-day intensive program (Saturday, November 12 through Tuesday,
November 15) with plenary sessions, focused hands-on tutorials and birds-of-a-feather gatherings, as well as formal
and informal opportunities to interact with the full spectrum of conference attendees and exhibitors.

Limited grants are available to support teaching faculty from both secondary and postsecondary institutions. International
transportation grants, to attract attendees from around the world, are also available.

The Education Program is also supporting summer workshops this year, in collaboration with the National Computational
Science Institute and several other organizations, including substantial videoconferencing components as a means of
expanding the reach of these activities and reducing cost per participant.

Applications due: Sunday, July 31
Notification by: Friday, August 19
Submission Site:http://submissions.supercomputing.org
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=edprog.html
Questions: education@info.supercomputing.org



New—Advanced Track Added to the Broader Engagement Program

The Broader Engagement (BE) component of the Communities Program focuses on increasing the involvement of
individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups. Participants in BE meet each other, as well as conference
leaders, early in the week of SC, and have the opportunity to engage in community-building programs, such as
networking events, professional development sessions, and some specialized technical sessions.

In addition to the standard BE program track, this year we're featuring a new "advanced" track. Where the standard
track is intended for newcomers to SC, the advanced track is intended for the returning and/or advanced BE participants.
This track provides access to tutorials as well as the standard BE program, with partial support of conference expenses.
More information on this addition will be provided in next month's newsletter.

Early Acceptance Submissions due: Monday, June 27
Early Acceptance Notification: Friday, July 15
Submission due: Sunday, August 15
Submission site: http://submissions.supercomputing.org
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=broadeng.html
Questions: be@info.supercomputing.org



Applications Being Accepted for the Student Volunteers Program

Applications for the SC11 Student Volunteers Program are OPEN! Please go to the submissions site to apply.
We encourage undergraduate and graduate students to apply as volunteers to help with the administration of the
conference. In exchange for volunteering, you will receive complimentary conference registration, housing
(for out-of-town volunteers), and most meals.

In addition, we provide limited support for transportation expenses (such as airfare) for international students and
students from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in HPC (African Americans, Hispanics,
Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, the physically challenged and women).

Submissions due: Monday, August 12
Submission site:
http://submissions.supercomputing.org
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=studvol.html
Questions: student-vols@info.supercomputing.org


The Student Cluster Competition is On!

The Student Cluster Competition received more than 17 team applications from over five different countries for
undergraduate students to participate in this year's intensive competition. Teams will be announced in a future edition
of this newsletter.

The competition will feature small teams that compete to harness the incredible power of current-generation cluster
hardware. In a real-time challenge, teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students will build a small cluster
of their own design on the SC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest sustained performance across
a series of applications.

For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=studentcluster.html
Questions: student-cluster-competition@info.supercomputing.org



Assistance for SC International Attendees

The International Ambassadors Program is designed specifically to help international conference attendees with issues
encountered while traveling to the United States. SC11 is making a special effort to identify and provide any assistance
and/or facilities for non-US attendees to enhance their conference experience. The International Attendees Center,
a place at the conference for international attendees, will be open for attendees to meet, learn more about the
conference and interact with other international colleagues, as well as SC conference organizers.

For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=international.html
Questions: SCambassadors@info.supercomputing.org


SC11 Awards

The young field of supercomputing is richly blessed with legacies. Recent achievements and career-spanning
contributions will be recognized in the names of these visionaries and in other non-eponymous prizes, such as
best paper, best student paper, best poster, and on-site competitions. The judging becomes more difficult each year
as supercomputing expands. Each winner represents countless others whose strivings for excellence push the field
forward. Annual awards become thumbnails of the history of ideas and of the evolution of technologies.

Several volunteer awards committees have been populated to evaluate the 2011 submissions and nominations.
The Gordon Bell competition closed with 26 entries, which will be reduced to six finalists, who will present updated
scaling results in Seattle. Pause to consider your own pleasure in seeing deserving peers recognized, and plan with
other colleagues to complete a prize nomination by July 1. The nomination processes for other named prizes are
described below.


ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

The Ken Kennedy Award recognizes substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and
substantial community service or mentoring contributions. The award honors the remarkable research, service, and
mentoring contributions of Ken Kennedy and includes a $5,000 honorarium. This award will be presented during a
special session at the conference.

Nominations due: Friday, July 1
Nomination form: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/kennedy
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=awards.html
Questions: awards@info.supercomputing.org

 

IEEE Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award

Nominate that person who you know is most deserving of the Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award,
which recognizes innovative contributions to HPC systems that best exemplify the creative spirit of Seymour Cray.
The award consists of a certificate and $10,000 honorarium. Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, this prestigious
honor will be presented during a special awards session at the conference.

Nominations due: Friday, July 1
Nomination form: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/seymourcray
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=awards.html
Questions: awards@info.supercomputing.org

 

IEEE Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award

If you know a peer, student, or anyone who excels at HPC problem solving, nominate this deserving individual for the
Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award, which honors innovative uses of HPC in problem solving. A certificate and $5,000
honorarium are given to the winner, Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, this prestigious honor will be presented
during a special awards session at the conference.

Nominations due: Friday, July 1
Nomination form: http://awards.computer.org/ana/award/view.action?id=16
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=awards.html
Questions: awards@info.supercomputing.org

 

George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Program

The deadline for submissions has been extended to July 14 to allow the community time to apply and benefit from this
award. This prestigious fellowship program is an opportunity for you to nominate exceptional Ph.D. students throughout
the world whose focus areas are on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. The fellowship
program is in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series. Sponsored by ACM,
IEEE Computer Society and the SC Conference, this award will be presented during a special session at the conference.
Don't miss your chance to honor a Ph.D. student who you know will make - or who already has made - a positive
impact on this community.

Submissions due: Thursday, July 14
Submission site: https://submissions.supercomputing.org/
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=awards.html
Questions: awards@info.supercomputing.org

 

Birds of a Feather

The Birds of a Feather (BOF) program invites you to submit a proposal if you are interested in holding a session that
emphasizes audience interaction and open discussion on non-commercial HPC topics of focused mutual interest and
currency within the HPC community. A strong emphasis should be placed on audience-driven discussion and participation.

We expect the number of submissions to exceed the number of available rooms for BOF sessions; submissions,
therefore, will be reviewed by a selection committee for topic, submission quality, audience engagement, and level
of interest to the SC community.

Submissions due: Friday, July 22
Notifications: Friday, August 19
Final program info due: Friday, August 26
Submission site: https://submissions.supercomputing.org/
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=bofs.html
Questions: bofs@info.supercomputing.org

 

Disruptive Technologies

A disruptive technology is a technological innovation or product that may eventually supplant an existing dominant
technology or product in the marketplace. For SC11, Disruptive Technologies will serve as a forum for examining
technologies that could significantly reshape the high performance computing, networking, storage and data analysis
ecosystem in the next five to fifteen years, but which are not common in today's systems. Disruptive Technologies will
showcase these technologies in panel sessions and an exhibit showcase.

Submissions due: Friday, July 22
Notification:
Monday, August 19
Submission site: https://submissions.supercomputing.org/
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=disrupttech.html
Questions: disruptive-techs@info.supercomputing.org

 

Doctoral Showcase

Ph.D. students in high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, who anticipate completion within
12 months, are invited to submit a short summary of their research for Doctoral Showcase presentation at SC11.
This is your opportunity to present your ideas and innovations to an international audience composed of your peers,
many of whom have been in this community for numbers of years. The submission should consist of a one-page
summary of research, a publication list, and three slides on major results for consideration by the review committee.
Selected students may present a 15-minute summary of their research results to the technical program attendees.

Submissions due: Friday, July 22
Notification:
Friday, August 19
Submission site: https://submissions.supercomputing.org/
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=doctsc.html
Questions: doc-showcase@info.supercomputing.org


Posters Submissions

SC11 is soliciting submissions for posters that display cutting-edge, interesting research in high performance computing,
storage, networking and analytics. Posters provide an excellent opportunity for short presentations and informal
discussions with conference attendees. We encourage students who are ACM members to submit posters as part
of the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC).

Posters will be prominently displayed for the duration of the conference, giving presenters a chance to showcase their
latest results and innovations. There will be one award for Best Poster. Electronic versions of the posters will be
archived and made publicly available after the conference.

Submissions due: Friday, July 22
Notification: Friday, August 19
ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) information: http://src.acm.org/
Submission site: http://src.acm.org/
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=posters.html
Questions: posters@info.supercomputing.org


Seattle Events During SC11

When you are not attending one of SC11's many tutorials, panels, speakers or the exhibits program, step outside of the
convention center and experience what Seattle has to offer. There are many events that are occurring in the city
during the conference that may be of interest to you. Check out the Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau
calendar of events to find the many exhibits, concerts, and shows that you can choose from during the month of November.

 


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