June Edition, June 19, 2003
Greetings and welcome to the 2003 edition of the SC
conference series official newsletter. If you are receiving
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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
The judging criteria for 2003 have been expanded to
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
SC2002 Bandwidth Challenge winners:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cactus, Globus, and Visapult
University of Tokyo
CANARIE, National Center for Data Mining at the
University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern
University, SARA (Stichting Academisch Rekencentrum),
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
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
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
Keep in mind that BOFs held in conjunction with SC
Global needed to be submitted by the April 25 SC Global
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 Bureaus (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
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.
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
JUNE 27, 2003
Notification of conditional acceptance for all SC Global
Notification of conditional acceptance for Technical
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
Applications for HPC Challenge due
AUGUST 8, 2003
On-line registration opens
Submission deadline for High-performance Bandwidth Challenge