SC11 Newsletter—Issue 1

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. SC11 will feature one special focus area this year:
Data Intensive Computing. As we head toward yet another great conference, please use this newsletter as a resource for final
preparations, deadlines and news regarding the conference.

As always you can find the newsletter archives online: Instructions

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* Welcome from the Chair!

* Technical Program
* New: State of the Practice
* New Student Cluster Competition Deadlines
* Call for Papers
* Seattle: Metronatural

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Welcome from the Chair!

Based on positive feedback from attendees and exhibitors during the SC05 Conference, we are pleased to announce that the
SC Conference series is returning to Seattle for the SC11 Conference, which will be held November 12-18, 2011.

The theme for SC11 is Connecting Communities through HPC. SC11 will bring together communities to facilitate information
exchange, discussions and new collaborations for research and education related to innovating high performance computing
applications and advancing scientific discovery and scholarship.

The SC11 thrust is Data Intensive Science, which is impacting all fields of study. Conference attendees will discuss challenges
and opportunities for addressing the exponential growth and demands in the generation and analysis of data.

SC11 will continue to offer the highest quality technical program with a focus on sustained performance through Technical
Papers, Tutorials, Workshops, Masterworks, State of the Practice reports, Posters and other offerings. The program will include
Invited Speakers, Panel sessions and a series of highly prized Awards.

The Exhibit Hall will provide attendees with numerous opportunities to meet with leading industry and research exhibitors who
are showcasing the latest innovations, products and services.

The Communities Program will engage the next generation of HPC researchers, developers, educators, and practitioners from
around the world. This Communities Program includes the Education Program, Broader Engagement Program, International
Ambassadors, Student Volunteers, Student Job Fair, and Mentoring Program.

Between now and November, we invite you to join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networking environments
to learn more about SC11 and how you can participate.

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle in November!

Scott Lathrop



Technical Program

The Technical Program is a major component of SC11, with the persistent conference goal that all selected work is regarded in
the highest esteem. The conference Technical Program is highly competitive, with historic acceptance rates for technical papers
between 20-25%. The technical program is also one of the broadest, with activities focused on high performance computing,
networking, storage, and analysis. The program explores the latest and most innovative work in applications, programming
environments, system software, operating systems, architectures, data intensive computing, storage, networking, security for
HPC, grids and clouds through a wide range of venues. We invite submissions that address world-class research and
development and highlight innovative and emerging systems, methods, and technologies. 

For more registration information:

New: State of the Practice

An exciting new element for SC11, the State of the Practice provides a venue for the discussion and exchange of best practices
involving provisioning, using and improving the critical systems and services in high performance computing, networking, and
storage. SC11 recognizes many of the community challenges that span institutions, architectures and vendors, even within a
single facility. The challenges include improving performance at scale, large-scale system management and deployment,
highly parallel storage, and energy efficiency, to name a few. It is valuable to provide an open exchange of best ideas and
methods for dealing with the aspects of unprecedented scale. The State of the Practice component is a formal, peer-reviewed
venue organized to address this need. Reports and presentations will be available as a permanent record within the ACM and
IEEE CS archives. We encourage organizations and individuals that may not routinely submit in the technical program to
consider this new forum.

For more information:

New Student Cluster Competition Deadlines

SC11 will again feature the Student Cluster Competition as an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited
competition. 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. Held
in collaboration with the Communities Program, the Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation
of students to the high performance computing community.

Please note that important dates for the competition have changed and are earlier for the 2011 conference than previous years.

Submissions open: February 11, 2011
Submission close: April 15, 2011
Notification: May 6, 2011

For more information:

Call for Papers

The Technical Papers Program is the lead component for you to present the most timely and highest quality work to the high
performance computing, networking, storage and data analysis community. The Technical Papers Committee rigorously reviews
all submissions using technical leadership, timeliness, and community impact as the predominant acceptance criteria. SC11
anticipates an acceptance rate of 20-25% and will value papers that focus on sustained performance and/or data intensive
science. SC uses a two-part submission process where abstracts are submitted for initial review before full papers are required.
Awards are presented for Best Paper and Best Student Paper. In addition, extended versions of papers selected for the Best Paper
and Best Student Paper Awards may be published in the journal Scientific Programming. Full manuscripts are limited to 10 pages,
two-columns, and shall follow the Association for Computing Machinery SIG Proceeding Template.

Abstracts due: Friday, April 1, 2011
Papers due: Friday, April 8, 2011
Notification: Wednesday, July 1, 2011

For more information:

SC11 Important Dates

Be sure to always check the SC11 Important Dates page for key conference application, nomination, submission, and notification

Important dates:


Seattle: Metronatural

"Whether metro or natural," Seattle offers you and your family a variety of sites to see and things to do. Seattle boasts many
museums, the historic underground city, the famous Pike Place Market - featuring the first Starbucks - and the Space Needle
within the metro area. Pristine waterways, two mountain ranges, and three natural parks surround the city. In addition,
a world-class wine region lies just west of Seattle.

Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau:

Visiting Seattle:

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