November Edition, November 7, 2002
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ROBERT HARRISON TO RECEIVE 2002 SIDNEY FERNBACH AWARD
Robert J. Harrison, an internationally recognized quantum
chemist who is the principal architect of the Northwest
Computational Chemistry Software (NWChem), has been
named as the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's
2002 Sidney Fernbach Award. The Fernbach Award, which
will be presented during the SC2002 Awards Program on
Thursday, Nov. 21, honors Sidney Fernbach, one of the
pioneers in the development and application of high
performance computers for the solution of large computational
problems. Harrison worked at DOE's Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory before joining the staff at Oak
Ridge National Laboratory this past summer.
Here is additional information about the importance
of Harrison's work as noted in the nomination submitted
by Horst Simon, director of DOE's National Energy Research
Scientific Computing Center: "In quantum chemistry
there are a number of computational packages, ranging
from the pioneering effort called "GAUSSIAN"
which was part of John Pople's Nobel Prize-winning work,
to more recent commercial packages designed to run on
workstations. NWChem is the first large-scale effort
to produce such a code, and the attendant algorithms,
for massively parallel computers. Harrison is its principal
architect, and is clearly the intellectual power behind
its development. Because this code is publicly distributed-and
not sold commercially-it has the potential to revolutionize
Sidney Fernbach Award was established by the IEEE Computer
Society in 1992 and is awarded for outstanding contributions
in the application of high performance computers using
ORBACH, DIRECTOR OF OFFICE OF SCIENCE AT U.S. DEPARTMENT
OF ENERGY, TO ADDRESS SC2002 CONFERENCE
Raymond L. Orbach, Director of the Office of Science,
U.S. Department of Energy, will discuss "High End
Computation and Scientific Discovery" at SC2002.
Orbach will open the second day of the conference's
technical program, speaking at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday,
director of DOE's Office of Science, Orbach oversees
DOE's Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing
(SciDAC) program. Launched last year, SciDAC aims to
develop the scientific computing software and hardware
infrastructure needed to use terascale computers to
advance fundamental research in several areas related
to the department's missions, including climate modeling,
fusion energy sciences, chemical sciences, nuclear astrophysics,
high energy physics and high-performance computing.
the SC2002 news release about this year's invited speakers
at . Click on "News Releases."
ADVICE FOR CHANGING, CANCELING HOTEL ROOMS
Here's some last-minute news from the SC2002 Housing
coordinator Debbie Huszar:
conference hotels are currently in "sold out"
status. If you need to make a NEW reservation, please
contact the Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors
Association (BACVA) Housing Bureau Call Center at 506-433-7966.
If you need to change or cancel an existing reservation,
please contact your hotel directly. A list of hotels
and phone numbers is available on the SC2002 Website
at in the "Housing" section. Be aware
that the hotels will enforce the $150 cancellation penalties
after Nov 7 - no exceptions.
And Early Departures
Early departures: Changes to existing reservations must
be made directly with your hotel. At time of check-in,
verify your departure date. Lack of notification may
result in an early departure fee (at the discretion
of individual hotels).
hotels are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA). Guest rooms, common areas, meeting facilities
and transportation services are within ADA requirements.
Exhibitors who require meeting room or reception space
at any of the conference hotels should contact Debbie
Huszar at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 503.722.2262.
BETWEEN AIRPORT, HOTELS, CONVENTION CENTER
Most of the conference hotels are located within easy
walking distance of the Baltimore Convention Center
(BCC). Because of the hotels' proximity, conference
busing will NOT be provided this year. There are skywalks
for some of the hotels adjacent to the BCC. See the
Housing Map at in the "Housing" section
rental services are available at the airport, train
station and most hotels. Check with your hotel for the
specific car rental service on their property. SuperShuttle
(800-258-3826) provides transportation services to and
from the Baltimore (BWI) airport at half-hour intervals
from 5:45 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. Go to the service desk
in the baggage area to get a boarding pass for the shuttle.
First trip from hotels arrives at BWI at 6:55 a.m. Their
rate is currently $11 one-way or $18 round trip. Round
trip tickets are available at BWI only.
service and private town car services are approximately
$15-$40 plus tip, one-way from BWI to the conference
hotels. BWI Limo Service (aka Private Car) is offering
conference participants a one-way rate of $28 from BWI
to any hotel in the Inner Harbor/Downtown area or back
to the airport from the hotels or convention center.
Call, 800-685-0888 or 410-519-0000 for reservations.
light rail service is now available to downtown Baltimore
from BWI. The airport station is conveniently right
outside the baggage claim area. The service, which stops
at a station adjacent to the convention center, operates
every 17 minutes, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday,
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
and holidays. One-way fare is $1.35 between the airport
and the convention center.
CHALLENGE COMPETITORS' TIMES ANNOUNCED
The third annual High-Performance Bandwidth Challenge
has drawn seven entrants, each of which will be seeking
to maximize use of SCinet, the high-capacity network
built especially for the SC conference.
a schedule of the Bandwidth Challenge demos:
2 p.m. - Data Reservoir
3 p.m. - Global Telescience Featuring IPv6
11 a.m. - Grid Datafarm for a HEP Application
12 p.m. - Bandwidth to the World
1 p.m. - Terascale Computation for 3D Tele-immersion
2 p.m. - Data Services and Visualization
3 p.m. - Bandwidth Gluttony
4 p.m. - Simulations Using Cactus, Globus and Visapult
will be done on Thursday, Nov. 21, with the results
announced at the Awards session at 1:30 Thursday afternoon.
more information, including a description of each challenger,
go to and click on "Bandwidth Challenge
POSTS RECORD FOR LARGEST NUMBER OF EXHIBITORS
Storage Computer Corporation of Nashua, NH, became the
last vendor to be squeezed into the SC2002 Exhibition,
bringing the total number of industry exhibits to 122.
The 2002 conference has also drawn 99 research exhibitors,
for a total of 221 - the most ever in the history of
the conference. As conference exhibits manager Don Collier
puts it, "We are totally out of Exhibitor Kits
and space and time."
Here is our second edition of Exhibitor Notes, short
news items from SC2002 exhibitors. At the most, we will
have only one more issue of SC News before the conference,
so exhibitors who would like to tell the SC audience
about plans for their booth should send items asap to
SC News Editor Jon Bashor at JBashor@lbl.gov.
Long items will be edited. Limit one news item per exhibitor.
COMPUTING BUILDS "TRUE GRID" AT SUPERCOMPUTING
In a compelling demonstration of collaboration and interoperability
through Grid computing, Platform Computing (Booth #1205)
and seven business partners will create a "True
Grid" from the SC2002 show floor, incorporating
IT resources across North America. Using Grid software
Platform MultiCluster, Platform Globus and the Globus
Toolkit, Platform and its partners Apple, Dell, HP,
IBM, Microway, RLX and SGI, will build a heterogeneous
Grid integrating the system, cluster and Grid middleware
levels. Deployments like this are being used to simulate
real-life Grid computing for federal applications ranging
from the design of defense systems to intelligence operations.
industry veteran Rene' Copeland, Platform's vice president,
government and life sciences, will turn on Platform's
"True Grid" at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Immediately following this, Ian Lumb, Grid solutions
manager, will host a theatre presentation titled "True
Grid: Enabling Extreme Interoperability Through Grid
Computing," to describe how Grid software can help
organizations to leverage high degrees of heterogeneity
as a corporate strength.
the show, Copeland will also be announcing the creation
of a new Platform division to develop and customize
distributed and Grid computing solutions for the U.S.
Federal Government. Numerous partners are presenting
along side Platform at their booth. In addition, on
Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 2.30 p.m., Platform's Lumb will
present "Crossing the IT Chasm: Taking Applications
from the Cluster to the Grid". Lumb will discuss
how to transition from clusters to a Grid Computing
model and the associated benefits for collaboration,
high-throughput computing and data management.
the complete theatre schedule please visit.