March 2003


SC2003 News
March Edition, March 20, 2003

Greetings and welcome to the 2003 edition of the SC conference series official newsletter. If you are receiving this newsletter, it is because you attended a previous SC conference. The newsletter is intended to give you useful, up-to-date information about SC2003 through short articles and a lot of urls and email addresses. It will be distributed at least once each month up to the time of the conference. To unsubsribe from our distribution list, click on the link at the top of this email. Newsletters also will be posted on the SC2003 website.

SC2003 to Convene November 15-21 in Phoenix
SC2003 continues the 15-year Supercomputing Conference tradition of highlighting the most innovative developments in high-performance computing and networking. Bringing together scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, visualization artists, system administrators and managers, SC2003 in Phoenix will demonstrate how these developments are sparking new ideas and new industries, as well as rekindling older ones. The conference will feature the latest scientific and technical innovations from around the world. For the latest developments about the conference, read SC2003 News and check out the conference website.

SC Global Returns
SC2003 marks the return of SC Global, the multi-national and multi-cultural meeting place for communication and discussion of ideas relating to high-end computing and communications and their impact on science and society. SC Global 2003 will link the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center with Access Grid nodes worldwide. With advances in Access Grid technology, as well as continued exponential growth of the network, we expect to be joined by at least 1,000 participants at more than 150 locations across the United States, Europe, South America, Australia, Asia, and beyond. For information on how to participate in SC Global, see the website.

Submissions Website Opens Monday, April 7, Submissions Deadline is Friday, April 25
The SC2003 planning committee will begin accepting submissions on Monday, April 7. Submissions are being sought for Gordon Bell Prize nominations, panels, all SC Global categories, technical papers and
tutorials. For submission details and a link to the submissions website, check out the technical program section of the website. The conference will be held Nov. 15-21 in Phoenix.

The SC2003 Technical Papers program promises to bring the latest research advances in high-performance computing and networking to Phoenix. The topics of interest span the breadth of the field. See the submissions website for more details. Extended abstracts up to 12 pages in length will be peer-reviewed.

Research Exhibits Space and Networking Requests Due April 25
Research exhibitors are reminded that space and networking requests are due by April 25. The application forms for booth space and networking requests will be posted in the research exhibits section of the website. Research exhibits costs have changed this year and networking requests will cost a flat $1,500 each. There will be NO free network connections this year.

Hotel Reservations Page to Go Live in Mid-April – Submit Requests Early
The SC2003 hotel situation in Phoenix will be similar to Portland and Dallas, with only a couple of hotels within walking distance of the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center. The conference has booked blocks of rooms at these hotels, as well as others farther out and will again provide shuttle bus service between these outlying hotels and the convention center. However, conference attendees who book rooms at hotels outside the conference reservation block will have to make their own transportation arrangements for getting to the convention center.

In short, attendees should make their reservations as early as possible to get the best possible accommodations. This is especially true for getting rooms at the lower government rate – these rooms always go quickly. Several hotels in the conference block this year are offering rooms at rates close to the government rate. All rooms are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The reservations schedule, a hotel amenity list, and a map of the conference hotels will be available on the Web in mid-April. Watch this newsletter for updates.

The Hotel Reservation System Web page will be open from Monday, June 2, to Friday, October 10, 2003.

Exhibitors interested in reserving room blocks (10 or more rooms) or have special requirements regarding their reservations should contact the SC2003 Housing Coordinator for further assistance as soon as possible. Some exhibitors are already requesting blocks, so don't delay! The deadline for Exhibitor Blocks is Friday, September 19. Exhibitors needing rooms for meetings or receptions should also get their requests in early.

For more information about SC2003 hotel accommodation, please contact SC2003 Housing Coordinator Debbie Huszar, c/o Task Handlers, Inc., at 503.722.2262.

Education Program Focuses on Teacher Teams
Teams of undergraduate faculty and K-12 teachers are invited to attend the SC2003 Education Program, to be held over the first four days of SC2003. Participants are expected to participate in the entire program, arriving on Friday evening, Nov. 14, and departing no earlier than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Participants also are encouraged to attend other conference offerings, including Tutorials, Exhibits, and Technical Program sessions. Applications for the Education Program are due May 30. A link to application forms is available on the website.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

APRIL 7, 2003
Website for submissions opens

APRIL 25, 2003
Submission deadline for Gordon Bell Prize nominations
Submission deadline for Panels
Submission deadline for all SC Global categories (Showcase, BOFs, Panels, Papers)
Submission deadline for Technical Papers
Submission deadline for Tutorials
Submission deadline for Research Exhibits Space and Networking Requirements

MAY 30, 2003
Applications for Education Program due
Applications for HPC Challenge due

JUNE 27, 2003
Notification of conditional acceptance for all SC Global categories
Notification of conditional acceptance for Technical Papers

JULY 18, 2003
Submission deadline for High-Performance Bandwidth Challenge statements of intent