SC2002 News

June Edition, June 20, 2002

Welcome to the June issue of the SC2002 newsletter, which you are receiving based on your attendance at previous SC conferences or because you have asked to be added to the mailing list. We hope you find it useful, but if not, please send an email to with the words "unsubscribe SC2002newsletter" in the body of the email. The newsletter provides short articles about the conference, upcoming dates and deadlines, and program developments. You can also find the latest information at.

SC2002, under the theme "From Terabytes to Insights," will be held Nov. 16-22 in Baltimore, MD.

Third Annual High-Performance Bandwidth Challenge Now Seeking Teams – Deadline to Sign Up is July 12
For the third year, the SC conference for high performance networking and computing will be the site of the High Performance Bandwidth Challenge, an annual competition for leading-edge network applications developed by teams of researchers from around the world. The competition will take place live on the SC2002 show floor in Baltimore using SCinet, the state-of-art, on-site network designed and built especially for the annual SC conference. SCinet will make available over 15 gigabits per second of wide area network connectivity to the competitors.

The High Performance Bandwidth Challenge is sponsored by Qwest Communications. Those planning to participate in the challenge must submit a statement of intent by July 12 and a full proposal by August 2. For more information about this year's High Performance Bandwidth Challenge, see

Housing Website Now Open for SC2002 Hotel Reservations
The Website for booking hotel rooms at SC2002 is now open for business. Go to the attendees section of the website and click on "housing." The site also provides a map of the conference hotels around the Baltimore Convention Center, a list of hotel amenities, and more lodging information. You are encouraged to make your hotel reservations as early as possible. The deadline for housing reservations guaranteed at the conference rate is Oct. 11.

Nominations Sought for Seymour Cray and Sidney Fernbach Awards
There is still time to get your nominations in for these prestigious awards honoring the memory of two great high-performance computing pioneers. The awards are sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and will be presented at SC2002. The deadline to submit nominations for each award is Wednesday, July 31. Here is more information about each of the awards.

Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award:
The Seymour Cray Award is given to individuals whose innovative contributions to high performance computing systems best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray. The award consists of a crystal model, certificate, and honorarium of $10,000.

The nomination form and submission information can be found at

Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award
This award was established in 1992 in memory of Sidney Fernbach, one of the pioneers in the development and application of high performance computers for the solution of large computational problems. A certificate and $2,000 are awarded for outstanding contributions in the application of high-performance computers using innovative approaches.

The nomination form and submission information can be found at
For more information on the Cray and Fernbach awards, see
For more information on SC awards, see the awards page in the program section of the SC2002 website .

Participating in SC2002? Help Show the Colors
If your firm or organization is participating in SC2002, why not let others know by posting the SC2002 logo on your Website or using it in printed materials to be distributed at the conference. You can find downloadable logos in both high resolution (for use in print) and lower resolution for Web displays in the news section of the website under "logos." Go to . Please remember that the logo is for noncommercial uses only.

Exhibitors Have More Time to Submit Proposals for Exhibitor Forum – New Submissions Due Date is Sept. 1
The SC conference offers industrial exhibitors an opportunity to make presentations in the Exhibitor Forum. These half-hour presentations give exhibitors a platform for highlighting their latest technical achievements, R&D breakthroughs and innovative products with an audience that is eager to learn more. Time slots for these talks, which often draw standing-room-only crowds, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot on the schedule go to

Applications must be submitted by Sunday, Sept. 1. Selection and notification will be made by Sept. 30.

HPC Challenge Information Announced
The HPC Challenge awards give SC participants the chance to showcase important applications and platforms. The awards, presented at the conference, will honor participants in three categories for innovative uses of high performance computing resources. Categories are:

*Most Innovative Data-Intensive Application: This award will be presented to the most innovative entry in the area of data mining, visualization, or combinations of the two.
*Most Geographically Distributed Application: This award will be presented to the team with the most geographically distributed application that solves a non-trivial problem.
*Most Heterogeneous Set of Platforms: Similar to the distributed application award, this will honor the most diverse set of architectures used to solve a single, non-trivial application.

The HPC Challenge includes three award levels: Platinum ($1,500 honorarium), Gold ($1,000), and Silver ($500). For more information, see the awards page of the SC2002 website in the program section: .
Or contact HPC Challenge co-chairs
Radha Nandkumar or
Tara Madhyastha

Upcoming Dates to Remember:
June 26, 2002: Notification of conditional acceptance for Technical Papers
July 1, 2002: Notification of acceptance of Tutorial proposals
July 12, 2002: High-Performance Bandwidth Challenge statements of intent due
July 29, 2002: Final version of Technical Papers due to confirm acceptance; Submission deadline for Birds of a Feather (BOFs); Submission deadline for Posters; Submission deadline for HPC Challenge Awards; Research Exhibits abstracts due

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