June 2003


SC2003 News
June Edition, June 19, 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 lots of urls and email addresses. It will be distributed at least once each month up to the time of the conference. To unsubscribe from our distribution list, click on the link at the bottom of the email, or reply to this message with the word "unsubscribe" as the subject of the message. Newsletters also will be posted on the SC2003 website.

SC2003, under the theme “Igniting Innovation," will be held Nov. 15-21 in Phoenix, AZ.

Fourth Annual High-Performance Bandwidth Challenge Seeks Teams — Sign Up By July 18
For the fourth straight year, the SC conference will be the site of the High Performance Bandwidth Challenge, a competition for leading-edge network applications developed by teams of researchers from around the world. Sponsored by Qwest Communications and SCinet, Bandwidth Challenge competitors use the conference's unique SCinet infrastructure to demonstrate emerging techniques and applications, many of which consume enormous amounts of network resources. Last year, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory captured the competition for the "Highest Performing Application" with a wide area distributed simulation using Cactus, Globus, and Visapult software. The simulation reached a peak data transfer rate of 16.8 Gb/s — nearly 25,000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection.

The SC2003 Bandwidth Challenge seeks contestants who will significantly stress the SCinet network infrastructure while delivering innovative application value across the multiple research networks that connect to SCinet. SCinet expects to deliver as many as four 10 Gb/s wide area network interconnects to the Phoenix Convention Center to support the competition. Bandwidth Challenge contestants also will receive access to other research networks, technical support, and space for equipment if needed.

The judging criteria for 2003 have been expanded to include:

  • Maximum top sustained TCP utilization

  • Best entry for IPv6 (minimum of two entries needed)

  • Best features of non-stock TCP implementations (i.e. Web 100)

  • Applicability to the real world

  • Most improved entry (compared to a previous entry)

  • Best multi-continental entry

  • Best first-time demonstration

As always, the competition will take place on the conference exhibit floor. The six judges will include two from academia, two from industry and two media representatives. Qwest will award at least one monetary prize for the team that makes the most effective and/or courageous use of SCinet resources. All teams much submit a notification of intent to participate by July 18. Full proposals must be received by Aug. 8. For more information, see the website.

SC2002 Bandwidth Challenge winners:

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Cactus, Globus, and Visapult

  • University of Tokyo
    Data Reservoir

  • CANARIE, National Center for Data Mining at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, SARA (Stichting Academisch Rekencentrum), StarLight
    Project Dataspace

HPC Challenge Submissions Due in July
The HPC Challenge awards give SC participants the chance to showcase important and innovative uses of high performance computing applications and platforms. This year, the HPC Challenge awards will honor participants in two categories: Innovative Data-Intensive Application and Geographically Distributed Application. Submissions may be made via the SC2003 submissions website. Submissions are due July 18.

Industry Exhibitors Invited to Participate in
Exhibitor Forum

Industrial exhibitors at SC2003 have the opportunity to highlight research and development breakthroughs through the Exhibitor Forum, a series of talks and updates presented during the conference. This forum typically showcases the latest technology advances from industry exhibitors in all high-performance related disciplines. Last year, 61 percent of conference attendees found the Exhibitor Forums valuable or very valuable.

Submissions are due July 31.

SC Global Open to All Attendees
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 numerous Access Grid nodes across the United States, Europe, South America, Australia, Asia, and beyond. SC Global will feature art, music, dance, and other innovative uses of advanced collaboration technologies, in several Showcase events. In addition, SC Global will be an important extension of SC2003's high-quality technical program.

All SC Global 2003 activities will be open to all conference attendees; exhibitors are encouraged to attend. In addition, there will be participation from Global Satellite Sites and Observer Sites. Global Satellite Sites will provide audience interaction from around the world, while Observer Sites will allow for passive viewing.

More information on SC Global is available here.

Gather Together at Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions give conference attendees the chance to gather informally to discuss topics of mutual interest. The conference provides meeting room space and posts daily schedules for the BOFs, which are open to all conference attendees. Those with ideas for BOFs must submit a title and short description (maximum 300 words) by July 31. Submissions should be made via the submissions website.

Keep in mind that BOFs held in conjunction with SC Global needed to be submitted by the April 25 SC Global deadline.

Hotel Registration is Now Open
Room reservations at conference hotels are handled on a first-come, first-served basis through the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (GPCVB) Housing Bureau. Information regarding locations, rates and amenities are located in the Hotel Amenities Chart, and Hotel Map. Reservations must be made by using the online “Passkey” reservation system or by completing the SC2003 Conference Housing Form. Conference rates will not be given to persons who directly contact the hotels.

This service is for individual room reservations only (roommates included). Exhibitors interested in reserving room blocks (10 or more rooms) or have special requirements regarding their reservations should contact Debbie Huszar, SC2003 Housing Coordinator for further assistance.

DEADLINE for Hotel Room Reservations guaranteed at the conference rate is 4 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2003 (Mountain Standard Time). Contact information is available on the website.


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

JULY 31, 2003
Final version of Technical Papers due to confirm acceptance
Submission deadline for Birds-of-a-Feather (BOFs) sessions
NOTE: BOFs that wish to include participation from remote Access Grid sites must submit by the SC Global deadline of April 25, 2003
Submission deadline for Exhibitor Forum
Submission deadline for Posters
Submission deadline for Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award
Submission deadline for Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award
Submission deadline for Research Exhibits abstracts
On-line registration for SCinet network connections opens
Applications for HPC Challenge due

AUGUST 8, 2003
On-line registration opens
Submission deadline for High-performance Bandwidth Challenge full proposals