SC11 October Newsletter
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.
* Register by October 17 and Save Money!
* Message from the Chair
* Last Call for Booth Network Connections
* State of the Practice: Calling All HPC Practitioners and Vendors
* Finding Your Way at SC11
* Bringing Underrepresented Communities in HPC to Seattle* International Registration at SC11 Larger than Ever
* Get Connected @ SC11
* A Trip Down Memory Lane?
* Match Wits with IBM's Watson at SC11
* Amazing Daily Giveaways on the 6th Floor
* Call for Interest in SC Leadership Roles
* Thanks for Participating in the HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards
* Fun Facts about Seattle
Register Now and Save Money!
Register by October 17, and you can save up to $305! Conference attendees, exhibitor booth management, and media
professionals can find links to specific registration areas at the SC11 Registration web page. You will also find on-site
registration hours and a link to a grid showing access to sessions by registration categories to help you decide which
badge is best for your conference experience. Please note that there is a full day of Technical Program sessions
on Friday, November 18, including tutorials and workshops.
For more information and to register, http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=registration.html
Message from the Chair
SC11 begins Saturday, November 12, and will run through Friday, November 18, will a full slate of activities for you to
connect with experts from around the world to advance the field of high performance computing, networking, storage
and analysis. Please be sure to register early to avoid paying a higher registration cost after October 17.
The full program is available on the web and accessible through a smart phone app called Boopsie. See sc11.boopsie.com
to load your own version.
SC11 has already set records with the most Technical Program submissions ever, more exhibitors than ever before,
the highest bandwidth ever to the convention center, and we are anticipating more international attendees than ever before.
If ever you thought about attending the SC Conference, this is definitely the year to attend! The keynote by Jen-Hsun Huang,
NVIDIA's co-founder, president and CEO, will set the stage for a very strong technical program which lasts clear through
Friday afternoon. Be sure to attend the new State of the Practice sessions, visit the new Scientific Visualization Showcase,
tour both floors of the Exhibit Hall and play your own version of Jeopardy!® on IBM's Watson system.
Students and educators will be offered a broad array of activities to challenge them, advance their knowledge of the field,
and help set the stage for preparing future generations of practitioners for years to come.
And don't forget to find time to enjoy the amazing cuisine, elegant shopping, entertainment, Pike Market, the waterfront,
and the beauty of Seattle and the surrounding region.
See you soon in person and on twitter!!
Scott Lathrop, SC11 Chair
Last Call for Booth Network Connections!
Deadline is October 21
The CRS is the online management system SCinet uses to accumulate requests for standard network connections
(such as 10- or 1-Gigabit Ethernet) and connections to be delivered as dark fiber either to another exhibitor booth or to
a SCinet location. The SCinet CRS is the principle method that exhibitors may use to identify, request, and manage
their network connection needs with SCinet.
If your booth requires a network connection, Friday, October 21 is the last day these requests will be accepted.
For detailed information on CRS including how to request a circuit, costs for circuits, etc. visit: https://scinet.supercomputing.org/crs/faq/
For any questions or concerns, please contact the SCinet Helpdesk by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
State of the Practice: Calling All HPC Practitioners and Vendors
Calling all "Practitioners of HPC." Be sure to examine the Technical Program offerings in the new and exciting
State of the Practice track. This inaugural kick off comprises 26 sessions over three days (Tuesday to Thursday)
addressing many aspects of HPC support, deployment, power and cooling, performance and monitoring, networking
and security, etc.
Attention HPC vendors: The State of the Practice technical track provides an opportunity for you to learn how your
customers (and potential customers) deploy, use and support your products. This venue is also an opportunity for
vendors to contribute their own submissions for selection and inclusion in future SC Technical Programs. Three of this
year's selections were submitted by an HPC vendor. Be sure to check it out. (Note: A Tech program badge is required
to attend State of the Practice sessions.)
Finding Your Way at SC11
SC11's expanded program will utilize space in four buildings located within steps of each other --- the Washington
State Convention Center (WSCC), The Conference Center (TCC), and the Sheraton and Grand Hyatt hotels. There will
be a wide selection of wayfinding tools to help you locate the events most important to you.
Among the way finding tools to look for are:
SC11 Information Booths - Volunteer-staffed booths are located on Level 4 of the WSCC and Levels 1 and 3 of the TCC.
We're Connected! - Conference volunteers wearing bright yellow t-shirts which read "We're Connected!" or "Ask Me"
buttons can help you with your SC11 questions-just ask!
Badge Icons - Letter icons that match the registration categories represented on your badge are located on signs, maps,
and in the Conference Program book to help you determine which events you may attend.
Daily Maps - Each day's event types and their locations are available in daily maps available in the SC11 Conference
Program book and on the SC11 website. Map legends and badge icons will help direct you to the proper location, where
signs will have more detailed information. Look for QR codes to download the daily map to your mobile device.
Fold-Out Map - A simplified fold-out map of conference buildings (that will be inserted in your conference badge) features an
events grid to help you quickly locate your event by type or location.
Boopsie Mobile App - Download the Boopsie app for easily accessible information about conference events, schedules,
maps, and more. Boopsie works on most smart phones and similar devices---search your phone's market for "SC11" or
point its browser to sc11.boopsie.com.
Bringing Underrepresented Communities in HPC to Seattle
The Broader Engagement (BE) Program will bring people from underrepresented communities in HPC, from around the
world, to Seattle in November.
This year, BE is providing direct support to about 90 of 230 applicants, a group that is almost equally divided between
students and faculty/professionals. This year, for the first time, we are able to provide support for up to 14 international
BE participants, extending involvement in the HPC community around the world.
Both institutions and individuals are recognizing the value of BE as an access path to SC and the world of HPC.
Forty students from the XSEDE Scholars program will be part of BE. We are building a diverse and supportive HPC
community of experts, newcomers and learners.
The BE program includes: a BE Welcome Session on Saturday, November 12; Special Sessions on Sunday and Monday,
November 13 and 14; a Mentor/Protégé Session on Sunday, November 13; a Student Job/Opportunity Fair on Wednesday,
November 16; and a Scavenger Hunt throughout the exhibit halls. In addition, BE attendees have full access to the technical
program, including the Education Program sessions. More than half of the supported BE participants will be in the new
advanced track, which offers additional access to the world-renowned SC11 Tutorials.
BE welcomes attendees to all BE sessions. SC11 participants can "add on" BE to their registration to participate in BE
sessions and social events. Visit the Communities Booth in the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC), 4th floor,
South Lobby, for information and assistance.
International Registration at SC11 Larger than Ever
The number of international registrants for SC11 has surpassed previous years' registrations, thus increasing the
international dimension of the conference.
The SC international program was established to help international attendees get the most out of their conference
experience at SC. The website (sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=international.html) contains information specially tailored
to international attendees.
Be sure to visit the International Attendees Center, located in the Washington State Convention Center, Communities
Commons, Room 203.
Get Connected @ SC11
Join the SC11 conversation on Twitter and Facebook! Connect with colleagues, discuss the technical program, get the latest
news from exhibitors, post videos and images about your experience and share tips about Seattle attractions!
Follow @supercomputing and use #SC11 --- the official Twitter hashtag for the conference --- to let the world know what you
see, hear and feel during the week. We want it all! Don't forget to "like" us at facebook.com/SCconference and "check-in"
on Foursquare where there will be giveaways."
Look for our Connection Zones in the WSCC and the TCC, where Wiffiti by LocaModa will animate all of the SC11
social media buzz in real time on large screens! Use #SC11 and your tweets will automatically pop up.
1. Start a new text message on your cell phone to 87884
2. Compose your message always starting with @SC11
3. Hit "SEND" and watch your message appear!
You can also email SC11@wiffiti.com with your short message in the subject line and/or photo attached and it will
pop-up on the Connection Zone screen!
A Trip Down Memory Lane?
For some of you, this will definitely be a trip down memory lane. On the 6th floor exhibit space in the Washington State
Convention Center, you can play your favorite arcade games through the last few decades. Whether you were a PacMan
fan or a Galaga fan, you will be able to relive those times in the gaming area. Then finish by playing Jeopardy! against
the famous Watson machine. Prizes? Of course!
Match Wits with IBM's Watson at SC11
Attendees at SC11 will have the opportunity to match wits in a game of Jeopardy! with IBM's Watson computing system.
Watson will be featured in a kiosk located on the 6th floor of the Washington State Convention Center, separate from the
main IBM booth. The kiosk is a version of the full IBM Power Systems-based Watson system that competed on the game show.
Those who choose to compete against the machine will be able to see the probabilities Watson calculated in formulating
answers. Just as in the television version, contestants will be able to choose a question category and dollar amount,
though there will be no host, and contestants will be on their honor for scoring. In keeping with the theme for SC11,
Watson offers one more way of "connecting communities through HPC."
Amazing Daily Giveaways on the 6th Floor (WSCC)
We'll be giving away some unbelievable prizes this year, and all you have to do to win one is turn in a card.
• Garmin nuvi 1390LMT 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map & Traffic Updates
• Apple iPad 2 Tablet (16GB, WiFi)
• Amazon Kindle Fire (Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, WiFi)
• Roku 2 XS Streaming Player (1080p)
• Kodak Easyshare C182 Digital Camera
• Flip UltraHD Video Camera (Black, 8GB, 2 hours)
• Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Integrated WiFi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player
• Sony DPF-D1010 10.2-Inch WVGA LCD Digital Photo Frame
And the best part is you do not have to be present to win. All you have to do is claim your prize before the show closes.
See you on the 6th Floor!
Call for Interest in SC Leadership Roles
Nominations for the George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Program Chair are now open through October 18.
The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE Computer Society and SC Conference series established
George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Program in 2006. The fellowship seeks to help address the important issue of
training the next generation of HPC scientists and engineers. The award is overseen by a small committee of active
members of the HPC community who serve a three year term. The SC Steering committee is seeking a chair for the
term starting in 2012. To nominate a person or to nominate yourself for the Chair position, send an email giving the
candidate's name, a recent curriculum vitae (CV) that highlights professional and society experience.
Please send letters of interest to Wilfred Pinfold at email@example.com
Thank you to all our readers who participated in the
HPCwire 2011 Readers' Choice Awards!
The HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards are widely acknowledged as the most esteemed awards presented at SC each
year to industry and user organizations that have demonstrated excellence within the global HPC community.
HPCwire extends its congratulations to the 2011 HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards winners!
This year's elections were by far the most competitive and highly contested races since the program's inception, with
several candidates in extremely close races down to the final day of polling. Reader participation exceeded all
expectations and broke the all-time record for most ballots received, with 4x the number of voters making their voices heard!
The final presentation of these prestigious and highly anticipated awards to each firm's leading executives will take
place live during SC11 in Seattle, Washington, followed by final results published to HPCwire LIVEwire Special Feature
coverage. We look forward to seeing you there.
Fun Fact about Seattle
Within the walls of a Frank Gehry-designed building is a world where music, science fiction, and experience is blended
together to make up the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP/SFM). State-of-the-art
exhibitions and hands-on interactive showcase music where you can "look, touch, experiment and perform," along with
science fiction collections that include Klingon daggers to E.T. to first editions of literary classics. Current exhibitions
include Nirvana, Battlestar Galactica, Guitar Gallery, and Avatar. Be sure to visit the unique museum, which is easily
accessible by monorail.
For more information about EMP/SFM: http://www.empmuseum.org
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