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See the Revolution...Before it Happens
Think you know all about the hottest new inventions of the information age? If you’ve never been to an SC conference, think again.

SC, the showcase for the latest in super fast networks and the snazziest high performance computers, challenges your assumptions and takes you on a roller coaster into the future. The conference sizzles when trendsetters in industry come in contact with academicians who dare to dream of the next generation in networking, data analysis and management, visualization, and computer modeling tools.

The annual high performance computing and networking conference looks to the future, consistent in its dedication to highlighting technology that is five to 10 years from commercial adoption. Past SC conferences have featured experimental computing designs capable of trillions of calculations per second, real-time collaborations among groups on the show floor networked with sites around the world, and glimpses at breakthroughs in telemedicine, wireless computing, data mining, and visualization of scientific data. SCinet, the network set up each year on the SC show floor, is the fastest network anywhere in the world.

SC2002 in Baltimore will offer bleeding edge technology with stunning exhibits and faster-than-lightening computer systems. Academic and industry researchers draw on this conference as an arena to feature high performance computing and networking discoveries designed to transform terabytes of data into insights about the origins of our universe, our own genetic makeup, the condition of our planet and its ecosystems, and how to keep ourselves safe in a dangerous world.

Who attends SC?

  • 5000-plus attendees from industry, research universities, and government labs
  • SC2001 attendees came from 26 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, and Asia.
  • Attendees spend an average of $3.54 million
  • Average planned spending could reach $7 million this year
  • Average attendee travels 1,000-plus miles to attend
  • For 70 percent of attendees, this is the only conference they will attend all year.
The SCinet Network
  • SC2001 - Denver:
    • Over 15 gigabits/second external connectivity, multiple Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) rings
  • SC2000 - Dallas:
    • SCinet backbone OC - 192 and demonstrated first public 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • SC99 - Portland:
    • SCinet backbone OC-48 and OC-192 (10 gigabits/second) using DWDM
  • SC98 - Orlando:
    • SCinet backbone OC48 ATM (2.4 gigabits/second)
  • SC97 - San Jose:
    • SCinet backbone was OC12 ATM (622 megabits/second)
  • Networking Stats for SC2001:
    • Installed 40 miles of fiber
    • Installed 133 fiber drops
    • Over 2,500 unique network devices
    • Over 600 wireless devices
    • Over 5.3 GB/s peak traffic across the DEMARC
  • Service stats for Sc2001:
    • Transported over 70 terabytes across the DEMARC
    • Operated SC's first production 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    • Opened (and closed) 130 trouble tickets
    • Provided exhibitors with speeds of over 15 GB/s to the WAN
  • Breakdown of the 133 fiber drops:
    • 55 Gigabit Ethernet
    • 54 100Base FX
    • 10 10 Gigabit Ethernet
    • 2 ATM OC3c
    • 1 ATM OC12c
    • 1 POS OC48c
    • 6 Dark Fiber (SM)
    • Wireless connectivity across the convention center