29, 2002--SC2002, this year's edition of the SC conference series, will
feature the most advanced network in the history of the conference. SC2002,
with the theme "From Terabytes to Insights," will be held November
16-22 in Baltimore.
Over 50 volunteers
representing more than 35 leading companies, universities and research
laboratories will assemble SCinet, the high-performance network built
each year to support the SC conference, on the floor of the Baltimore
SCinet will feature
more than 40 billion bits per second (Gbps) of external network capacity,
more than ever before. With 50,000 times the speed of a typical home broadband
connection, the network connections to the SC2002 exhibition floor could
transmit a DVD-quality feature-length movie in less than a second. Eight
separate external connections, ranging in speed from 155 million per second
(Mbps) to 10 Gbps, will all be carried on separate wavelengths of light
via DWDM (dense wave division multiplexing) into the Baltimore Convention
Center on a single fiber optic pair.
the work of individuals from the best of the leading-edge networking community,"
said Dennis Duke, chair of Cinet and professor of physics at Florida State
University. "We're looking forward to deploying and demonstrating
the potential of the latest networking technologies at SC2002."
SCinet will deploy
57 miles of fiber optic cable on the convention center show floor to support
150 individual connections to exhibitors. SCinet supports a broad range
of interconnect technologies, including 10 Gigabit Ethernet, OC-48c and
OC-192c Packet over SONET (POS), and dark fiber. For the first time, multiple
connections on the show floor network are being aggregated onto a single
pair of fiber using DWDM. IPv6, the next generation Internet protocol,
will be implemented conference-wide. Attendees and exhibitors also will
have free access to the emerging IEEE 802.11a wireless technology, the
54 Mbps successor to the IEEE 802.11b(WiFi) technology.
In addition to supporting
demonstrations by a record-breaking number of exhibitors, SCinet will
host the third edition of the High-Performance Bandwidth Challenge. Sponsored
by Qwest Communications, this competition will feature entries from science
and engineering research communities across the globe, which will use
SCinet's unique capabilities to demonstrate emerging techniques or network
Entries in the Bandwidth
Challenge this year are: "Bandwidth to the World," Stanford
Linear Accelerator Center; "Data Services and Visualization,"
Sandia National Laboratories; "Global Telescience featuring IPv6,"
National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR); "Grid
Datafarm for a HEP Application," National Institute of Advanced Industrial
Science and Technology; "Real-Time Terascale Computation for 3D Tele-Immersion,"
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; "Wide Area Distributed
Simulations using Cactus, Globus and Visapult," Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory; "Bandwidth Gluttony-Distributed Grid-Enabled
Particle Physics Event Analysis," California Institute of Technology;
and "Data Reservoir," University of Tokyo.
SCinet Sponsor Organizations
For more information
on SCinet, please visit http://scinet.supercomp.org.