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SC 2002 News - Nov. 14, 2002........FINAL EDITION!!!
Here is the latest news about the SC2002 conference, now being set up at the Baltimore Convention Center.

SC2002 REGISTRATION DESK OPENS AT 1 P.M. SATURDAY, NOV. 16, CONTINUES THROUGH THE WEEK
The SC2002 registration desks will open at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, allowing pre-registered attendees to pick up their materials, as well as providing on-site registration. All attendees should bring photo identification with them to the registration desk, located in the lobby of the Baltimore Convention Center.

Here's the registration desk schedule:
Saturday, Nov. 16 - 1-6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17 - 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 18 - 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19 - 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 20 - 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21 - 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22 - 8-11 a.m.

For more information about registration, go to.

LIVE NETCASTS FROM SC2002 TO FEATURE KEYNOTE, PLENARY SPEAKERS
Live netcasts of National Science Foundation Director Rita Colwell's SC2002 keynote address, as well as plenary presentations by Raymond L. Orbach,
Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science; computational cosmologist Julian Borrill of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Tetsuya Sato, Director-General, of the Earth Simulator Center, Japan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC); and Ron Kikinis, Harvard Medical School, will be offered live from SC2002.

Also part of the SC2002 netcast program will be this month's Internet2 Virtual Briefing, originating from the show floor in Baltimore. The Virtual Briefing will feature interviews with Ian Foster of Argonne National Laboratory, Donna Cox of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Bob Grossman of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rounding out the netcast schedule will be video highlights capturing some of the most interesting SC2002 exhibitors.

The SC2002 netcast will feature streaming QuickTime, made possible by donations from Apple Computer, and will include several other streaming video formats, including MPEG-1 multicast. For a complete schedule and more information about how to view the netcasts, go to and click on "netcasts." The schedule should be posted by Friday afternoon.

REMINDER; SC GETS SMART: INTELLIBADGE AT SC2002
For the first time in conference history, SC2002 will give technical program attendees the option of participating in a demonstration of "smart" technology called the IntelliBadge, allowing users to track events of interest and find people with similar interests. Using conference IntelliBadge kiosks or any web browser, IntelliBadgers will be able to view statistics on the conference and specific events, determine how many miles they've walked at the convention center, and judge their chances of winning a prize at the end of the demonstration. No personal information will be distributed without the explicit permission of the IntelliBadger.
Conference attendees can sign up for IntelliBadge at a special booth in the SC2002 Registration area at the Baltimore Convention Center. Learn more at
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SC2002 DEDICATES EDUCATION PROGRAM TO MARYLAND EDUCATOR
The SC2002 Education Program will be dedicated to the memory of Mary Ellen Verona, who died Oct. 7 at age 56 after a long battle with breast cancer. A short dedication ceremony will take place during the opening of the Education Program at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Verona's family will be on hand to accept a framed memento honoring the longtime Maryland educator.

Verona was founder of the Maryland Virtual High School of Science and Mathematics, a coalition of high schools in Maryland linked via dedicated Internet connections, which are used to conduct experiments, research topics, and collaborate with other students and teachers. Verona was also a principal investigator with the Education, Outreach, and Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (EOT-PACI), the education and outreach component of the National Science Foundation's PACI program, and a computer science, mathematics, and science teacher in the Montgomery County Public Schools for more than 15 years.

"Mary Ellen will be remembered as a visionary, who saw very early on the value of online collaboration, modeling software and visualization as tools in teaching science," said Roscoe Giles, general chair of SC2002 and a team leader with EOT-PACI.

RECORD NUMBER OF MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN SC2002 PROGRAM
SC2002 will host a record number of participants in its Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) Participation program, an initiative to increase the involvement of under-represented minorities at the conference. The MSI Participation program, now in its third year, includes 43 participants from 32 institutions in the United States and Puerto Rico, 48 and 53 percent rises, respectively, in the numbers of participants and institutions since last year. The goal of the program is to increase the involvement of underrepresented minorities in the emerging Internet-based Information Age, in turn, diminishing what is often called the "digital divide."

MSI program attendees will take part in panels and tutorials on computational science in education. They will also participate in Birds of a Feather sessions, informal discussions on topics of mutual interest. Also, five MSIs will have booths in the Academic Village area of the exhibit hall. Beyond increasing MSI participation in the SC conference, the program is designed to foster collaborative relationships between faculty at the MSIs and other research and education centers. Ultimately, the program aims to have a significant impact on the amount and quality of computational science education at MSIs. Already the program has led to the formation of an MSI HPC working group that meets regularly apart from the SC series.

NEW BOFs AND CHANGES TO THE BOFs SCHEDULE
Finally, the SC2002 Birds of a Feather schedule is finalized. In addition to several time changes, three new BOFs have been added to the schedule. All conference attendees planning to attend a BOF should check the SC2002 website for up-to-date room numbers and times, as well as the signage at the convention center. The Web will be updated by 5 p.m. Pacific time today. Following, is information on the new BOFs.

  • WEDNESDAY 12:00 - 1:00 P.M., ROOM 314/315
    NSF HPC Technology Project,
    Sandra R. Swanson, University of Hawaii, and Bob Converse, Maui Community College

    A consortium of four community colleges and seven affiliate supercomputer sites and business partners constitute a National Science Foundation
    Advanced Technology Education Center of Excellence for High Performance Computing (HPC) technology.
  • WEDNESDAY 5:30 - 7:00 P.M., ROOM 321/322
    PERUSE MPI Extensions
    Terry Jones, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    The objective of PERUSE is to provide detailed information about events and activities within the MPI library or in lower software layers. PERUSE aims
    to complement PMPI, the standard MPI profiling interface, but give more information about the internal state and processing of the MPI library.
  • THURSDAY 12:00 - 1:00 P.M., ROOM 314/315
    OSCAR Cluster Toolkit
    Stephen L. Scott, Brian Luethke, John Mugler, Thomas Naughton, and Hardik Shukla, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    The Open Source Cluster Application Resources (OSCAR) project is a working group of the Open Cluster Group. This gathering will be a forum for OSCAR
    users to interact with the developers.

EXHIBITORS' NOTES
In response to several inquiries, SC News is including one-paragraph items from SC2002 Exhibitors.

SYSKONNECT TO DEMO NETWORK INTERFACE CARDS IN BOOTH 1904
SysKonnect (www.syskonnect.com) focuses on the worldwide development, manufacture and marketing of high-end adapter boards for computer and telecom networks. The company's products include both high-performance fiber- and copper-based network interface cards (NICs) for Gigabit-Ethernet systems, as well as FDDI/CDDI and FDDI concentrators for strategic networks. The company's comprehensive line of SK-NET NICs is ideally suited to secure-server-based public- and private-sector computing environments, such as electronic commerce, finance, healthcare, imaging, and other bandwidth-intensive applications, as well as to enterprise systems developed by SAP and Baan. SysKonnect is a subsidiary of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) of Sunnyvale, CA, the leading global semiconductor provider of complete broadband communications solutions for the data communications and storage markets.

DOE'S BERKELEY LAB, NERSC TO FEATURE TALKS ON CLIMATE, CLUSTERS, COLLIDING BLACK HOLES AND MORE (BOOTH R-1761)
The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center will host 14 presentations at SC2002 on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and Wednesday, Nov. 20. All talks will be given in the Berkeley Lab booth (R-1761), located in the DOE Science Area. Among the speakers will be LBNL scientists, NERSC users from Oak Ridge and Los Alamos national labs and a Max-Planck-Institut in Germany, as well as Unlimited Scale Inc. A complete list of speakers, times and topics can be found on the Web at.

FROM TERAGRID TO SMART TECH, NCSA/ALLIANCE BOOTH TO SHOW TOMORROW'S TECHNOLOGIES TODAY (BOOTH R-1249)
Visitors to booth R1249 at SC2002 will get a peek at the power of the TeraGrid, learn about the technology behind the IntelliBadge project, observe the capabilities of an early version of the NEESgrid, see visualizations of supernovae explosions and black hole collisions, and much more. The booth is the research exhibit of the National Computational Science Alliance (Alliance) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Several demonstrations will utilize a 32-node TeraGrid Linux cluster--IBM servers with Intel's Itanium2(tm) processor--which will be distributed at the Alliance booth and three of its TeraGrid partner booths. Another presentation will highlight the use of an early version of the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation grid, or NEESgrid. For those who want to know what it took to develop the IntelliBadge project, two NCSA researchers will demonstrate the interactive database and visualization technologies that were used to create and support IntelliBadge. For a full schedule of NCSA/Alliance demonstrations, stop by booth R-1249.

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