Discussions to Cover Computation and Controversy
Attendees of SC2002 will be treated to a thought-provoking set of panel
discussions on topics from homeland security to innovations in high-end
computing to the impact of the Earth Simulator, the world's fastest supercomputer.
This year's conference, with the theme "From Terabytes to Insights,"
will convene Nov. 16-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Some of the best-known
experts in the field will lead the discussions on significant questions
and major accomplishments in high performance computing, including:
- High End Information
Technology Requirements for Homeland Security
Panelists: Chaitan Baru, University of California, San Diego; Cray Henry,
Larry Davis, DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program; Russ
Graves, MITRE; Joe Picciano, FEMA; Ted Senator, DARPA Information Awareness
will discuss the role of HPC resources in homeland security, including:
managing large, heterogeneous databases; balancing the need for information
sharing and security; and molecular dynamics simulations as countermeasures
to biological threats.
- Planning for
a Homeland Security Research Agenda
Panelists: Paul Rosenbloom, University of Southern California Information
Sciences Institute; Tom DeFanti, University of Illinois at Chicago;
Stephen Squires, Hewlett Packard; Lee Holcomb, U.S. Office of Homeland
Security; Art L. Money, consultant; Peter Freeman, National Science
Experts will examine the issues involved in developing a long-term research
and development agenda for homeland security using ideas from recent
workshops, emerging industrial technologies, defense department experiences,
- The 40 Tflop/s
Earth Simulator System: Its Impact on the Future Development of Supercomputing
Panelists: David Bader, DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research;
David Kahaner, Asian Technology Information Program, Tokyo; Burton Smith,
Cray, Inc.; Hisashi Nakamura, Research Organization for Information
Science & Technology, Tokyo.
This panel will look beyond the initial excitement over the introduction
of the Earth Simulator System, the world's fastest computer, to the
possible scientific advantages that could be gained from such a huge
performance leap and the possible impact of ESS on commodity-based supercomputers.
- HPCS: Achieving
high-end computing productivity
Panelists: Marty Deneroff, SGI; Mootaz Elnozahy, IBM; Richard Kaufmann,
Hewlett Packard; Richard Games, MITRE; Burton Smith, Cray, Inc.; Danny
Cohen, Sun Microsystems Inc.
Participants will discuss the High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS)
Program, initiated by DARPA to bring a broad spectrum of innovative
technologies and architectures into DoD computing systems.
biology and high performance computing
Panelists: Chris Johnson, University of Utah; John Reynders, Celera;
David Bader, DOE/University of New Mexico; Debra Goldfarb, IDC; Rick
Stevens, Argonne National Laboratory/ University of Chicago
Bioinformatics, genomics, and other biological sciences promise to more
than double the size of the high performance computing market. This
panel will discuss HPC strategies for solving biological and biomedical
- Truth and Consequences:
The Making of Discovery Channel's "Unfolding Universe"
Panelists: Tom Lucas , Tom Lucas Productions, Inc.; Ed Seidel, Max Planck
Institute; Neil Tyson, American Museum of Natural History; Michael Norman,
University of California, San Diego; Robert Patterson, NCSA
The Discovery Channel documentary "Unfolding Universe" includes
extensive astronomy, astrophysics, computational science and scientific
This panel promises a lively discussion/debate on how to best present
science to the general public.
- Are Designer
Supercomputers an Endangered Species?
Panelists: Thomas Sterling, Center for Advanced Computing Research,
California Institute of Technology; Gita Alaghband, University of Colorado,
Denver; Jamshed Mirza, IBM; Tadaski Watanabe, NEC; Candace Culhane,
Will the emergence of Components Off-the-Shelf (COTS) clusters and distributed
computing projects lead to the end of custom-designed machines? Or will
the new Earth Simulator System result in a resurgence of specialized
- Desktop Grids:
10,000-fold Parallelism for the Masses
Panelists: Kim Baldridge, San Diego Supercomputer Center; David Ceperley,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Andrew Chien, University
of California at San Diego; David Dixon, Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory; John Reynders, Celera
Internet distributed computing projects have used hundreds of thousands
of processors to solve problems and may represent a breakthrough technology.
Panelists will explore how to accelerate the use of distributed desktop
More about panels,
including abstracts and a schedule, can be found by going to and clicking
"panels." To register for SC2002, see .
SC2002, the annual
high performance networking and computing conference, brings together
scientists, engineers, educators, visualization artists, programmers,
and business leaders to share ideas and glimpse the future of high performance
networking and computing, data analysis and management,
visualization, and computational modeling. SC2002 is sponsored by the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society and
by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on
Jon Bashor, JBashor@lbl.gov
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Karen Green, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Center for Supercomputing Applications