SC11 April Newsletter

Follow SC11:


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.


* Welcome from the Chair

* Special Provision for Delayed Submissions to the Technical Papers Program

* Opportunity to Use SCinet "Research Sandbox"

* Posters Program Currently Accepting Submissions

* Disruptive Technologies Accepting Submissions

* Call for Interest in SC Leadership Roles

* Important Dates

* Seattle: Metronatural

Welcome from the Chair

We join with people from around the world in sharing our concerns for the people of Japan as they address the aftermath
of the disaster caused by the recent earthquakes and tsunami. Our thoughts are with everyone working together to help
Japan during the recovery.

We are gearing up for another amazing SC Conference during November 12-18, 2011 in Seattle. Based on the
submissions to the Technical Program, 2011 promises to be another year of very high quality technical sessions.
To accommodate the interest in more Technical Program sessions, the Technical Program will include a full day of
Technical Program sessions on Friday, November 18. Please take this into account as you make hotel reservations.

As a reminder, hotel registrations are open. Register now to get the hotel of preference. And, all of the SC11 Conference
hotels are within walking distance of the Convention Center.

Please check the "Important Dates" section of the SC11 web site ( to make
sure you don't miss any of the many opportunities to participate in the conference offerings. A few of the imminent
deadlines include:

• Posters - Due Friday July 22, 2011
• Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award - Nominations open: Monday, May 9, 2011
• Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award - Nominations open Monday, May 9, 2011
• State of the Practice - Abstracts due Friday, May, 20, 2011
• ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award - Nominations open: Monday, May 9, 2011
• George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Program - Submissions due: Friday, April 30, 2011

As a reminder, hotel registrations are open. Register now to get the hotel of preference. And, all hotels are within walking
distance of the Convention Center.

The SC11 Exhibit Hall is nearly sold out - with more research and industry exhibitors than ever before. If you are planning
to exhibit, don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the buzz, and contact the Exhibits group right away at!

We look forward to seeing you in November!

Scott Lathrop, SC11 Chair


Special Provision for Delayed Submissions to the Technical Papers Program

SC11 recognizes the devastating impact that the recent natural disaster in Japan has had on many people, and that there
will be disruptions to people's lives and schedules. We extend our sympathies to everyone who has been impacted by
this disaster and keep you in our thoughts.

For those affected by the current situation in Japan that have an interest in submitting to any aspect of the SC11 Technical
Program with an April submission deadline, you are encouraged to contact us prior to the current submission schedule
deadline at We will work with affected authors and presenters to determine a
modified schedule that allows you to attend to more pressing matters at this time, and then provide your submission on
a schedule that allows us to meet our internal deadlines.

The Technical Papers Program is the lead component for presenting 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 originality, technical soundness, timeliness, and 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. The 10-page limit includes figures, tables, and appendices, but does not include references, for which
there is no page limit.

Papers due: Friday, April 15, 2011
Notification: Wednesday, July 1, 2011
Submission site:
For more information:

George Michael Memorial HPC Ph.D. Fellowships Submissions Due April 30

Submissions for the George Michael Memorial HPC Ph.D. Fellowships are due Friday, April 30.  In memory of
George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series, this award honors exceptional Ph.D. students
throughout the world whose focus areas are on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.
Sponsored by ACM, IEEE Computer Society and the SC Conference, this award will be presented during a special
session at the conference.

Submissions Due: Friday April 30, 2011
Notification by: Monday, July 18, 2011
Submission Site:
For more information:

Opportunity to Use SCinet "Research Sandbox"

SCinet provides a leading edge, high-performance network, assembled to support the high performance
computing, storage and networking needs of the exhibitors and attendees of the SC conference series.
Through the SCinet Research Sandbox (SRS), it also seeks to foster developments in network research which
is necessary to support advances in the critical infrastructures that connect high-performance, distributed
computing resources.

SC11 is now soliciting submissions for participation in the SCinet SRS, which allows researchers with innovative
network approaches to experimentally test their ideas in the unique environment of the SCinet network.
Submissions should describe the nature of the experiments, desired outcomes, the relevance to the HPC
community, as well as a description of the network requirements and vendor collaborations (if appropriate).
The SC11 SRS will for the first time feature a 10 Gbps, multi-vendor OpenFlow network testbed
(see ). OpenFlow allows the creation of software-defined network policy which
stands to be a significant innovation in HPC. Note that use of the OpenFlow testbed is not required.
Those whose submissions are accepted will present their experiment in a technical panel session.

Proposals due: Friday, June 1, 2011
Submission site:
For more information:

Posters Program Currently Accepting Submissions

Posters provide an excellent opportunity for short presentations and informal discussions with conference attendees.
SC11 is soliciting submissions for posters that display cutting-edge, interesting research in high performance computing,
storage, networking and analytics.

Submissions are strongly encouraged to consider the SC11 thrust of data intensive science and/or the SC11 technical
program focus on sustained performance. Posters will be prominently displayed for the duration of the conference,
giving presenters a chance to showcase their latest results and innovations. It is also planned that electronic versions
of the posters will be archived and made publicly available after the conference. Finally, there will be one award
for Best Poster.

As in past years, we solicit three different types of posters:
1) Poster (regular paper poster)
2) Electronic Poster (will be presented on 50-inch LCD displays)
3) ACM Student Research Competition Poster:
There are separate submission forms for the three different types of posters.

Students who are ACM members are encouraged to submit posters as part of the ACM Student Research Competition
(SRC), with awards and special recognition at SC11 and the chance to compete in the SRC grand finals. Otherwise the
same restrictions as for regular posters apply.

See the sample submission forms at the login page of the submission website (see link in the orange bar at top) for
more information on what is exactly required for a poster submission.

Submission site:
Submissions due: Friday July 22, 2011
Notification: Friday, August 19, 2011
For more information:

Disruptive Technologies Accepting Submissions

The Disruptive Technologies program is currently accepting submissions for its forum. 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 exhibition showcase.

Submissions due: Monday, July 25, 2011
Submission Site:
For more information:




Call for Interest in SC Leadership Roles

Have you ever been interested in contributing to the SC conference, or do you have a colleague whose experience and
expertise can contribute greatly? The SC Steering Committee is seeking future leaders for the SC Conference Series,
and this is your opportunity to apply or nominate a qualified candidate for the roles below.

Conference General Chair
Nominations for the SC14 General Chair are now open and will close on June 17, 2011. Desired experience includes:
• Managing large, complex projects in which the people executing the project do not all report directly to the manager
• SC or equivalent experience, for example, head of two or more previous subcommittees
• Visionary in our community
• Able to set strategic direction (and delegate its execution)
• Willing and able to make the conference her/his top priority for the year of the conference
• Managing a large budget (~$5M)

Members of the SC Steering Committee
Nominations for two openings on the SC Steering committee are now open and will close on September 16, 2011.
Desired experience includes:
• Visionary in our community
• Willing and able to commit time to attend three one-, day in-person meetings and monthly one-hour teleconferences

Other Leadership Positions in the Conference Committee
The Steering Committee keeps a list of people interested in leadership roles on the conference and provides these
names to upcoming General Chairs for possible inclusion on their committees.

Nomination Process
To nominate a person or to nominate yourself for a role in the SC Conference, send an email giving the candidate's name,
a short paragraph describing how the candidate meets the above criteria, and a recent curriculum vitae (CV) that highlights
professional and SC experience.

Please send letters of interest in future General Chair, SC Steering Committee and other leadership positions
to Wilfred Pinfold (

SC11 Important Dates

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

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:

For more information:


If you have colleagues who would like to subscribe to this monthly newsletter, they should send an email from
the address they want subscribed, with 'subscribe' in the subject line, to:

To unsubscribe, simply reply to this email.