Oct. 2003


SC2003 News
October Edition 2, Oct. 30, 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 or requested information about SC2003. To unsubscribe, click on the link at the bottom of the email [html version], 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 at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ.

Both America West and Southwest airlines are offering special discounts for SC2003 attendees. Here are the details:

On flights from November 6-27, America West Airlines is offering a discount of up to 10 percent on airfare, plus other travel discount options to and from the ACM/IEEE SC 2003 conference. Use the Convention and Meeting Services (CAMS) Code AP4074 to receive your discounts.

There are three options for making your discounted reservations:
• Use your CAMS Code at americawest.com in the eCertificate area of the home or Air Schedules and Reservations pages for your airline reservations. Your discount will be outlined in detail on the Purchase page. Enter AP4074T if purchasing your tickets 60 days or more prior to travel and AP4074 for ticket purchases less than 60 days prior to travel.
• Call the America West Group & Specialty Travel Department directly at 800-548-7575 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday (any time zone in continental U.S.).
• Contact your preferred travel agent and reference your CAMS Code.

Southwest Airlines offers up to 10 percent off most fares for air travel to and from SC2003, with the convenience of Ticketless Travel. To qualify, call Southwest Airlines Group and Meetings Reservations at (800) 433-5368 and reference the assigned ID Code number A0221. Reservations sales agents are available 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, or 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Central Standard Time.

Spending a week or more in an unfamiliar city poses all kinds of challenges, from finding convenient restaurants to locating parking and the nearest ATM. The Downtown Phoenix Partnership, a non-profit group dedicated to revitalizing downtown Phoenix, offers help to conventioneers through the Copper Square Ambassadors (CSAs). CSAs are on duty seven days a week, 365 days a year, and are happy to offer directions, answer questions, or walk you to your destination within the downtown area known as Copper Square. Look for CSAs in their black and khaki uniforms on foot and on bicycle throughout downtown Phoenix. Or, call the Ambassadors for more information at 602-253-6394.

Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH). DASH is a free shuttle bus service that operates throughout downtown Phoenix and the state capitol area. At lunchtime, buses operate every six to 10 minutes. Look for the DASH bus stop signs throughout Copper Square and the state capitol area.

Mobile Information Kiosk (MIK). The city of Phoenix stations its Mobile Information Kiosk in areas of high pedestrian traffic near major events, hotels and conferences. The MIK provides information on events, restaurant menus, and arts and cultural venues in Copper Square. A member of the Copper Square Ambassadors is located at the kiosk to answer questions, offer recommendations and provide assistance to visitors. Look for the wooden cart with giant wagon wheels and the black Copper Square awning.

Conference shuttle buses. Conference hotels are located in the downtown, midtown and airport areas of Phoenix. Conference busing will be provided this year to all conference hotels except for the Hyatt Regency, Wyndham Phoenix and the Ramada Inn as they are within walking distance of the convention center. For a list of hotels that will have shuttle service, see the Hotel Amenities Chart. Bus service is provided at no cost to attendees and will run every 15-20 minutes during the following times:
Saturday, Nov. 15: Noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16: 7:15 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17: 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18: 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19: 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20: 7:15 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21: 7:15 a.m. to 2: p.m.

Airport transportation. Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is a short (10-15 minute) drive from downtown. The airport offers a list of transportation services on its Web site.

Human-powered transportation. Several companies offer pedicab service, in which passengers ride in an open carriage pulled by a person riding a bicycle. It is environmentally friendly, the drivers know the city very well and are fun to talk to. Many of these drivers work only from tips, so appreciation and generosity is greatly encouraged. They are happy to provide transportation from the hotels to various restaurants and sites as well as to and from the convention center. Check out this unique aspect of Phoenix!

Parking. A map of parking garages in the vicinity of the convention center is posted on the SC2003 Web site.

The America West Arena, home of the Phoenix Suns, is only one block from the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center, and the Suns are making it easy for SC2003 participants to attend a professional basketball game. The Suns have reserved several special sections for SC attendees and are offering the tickets at $15 (regular price $30) and $43 (regular $70). All SC attendees at the Suns games will receive a Suns Hoops 'N Groups T-shirt and recognition on the jumbotron. Games scheduled for the week of SC2003 are:

• Saturday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.: vs. Detroit Pistons
• Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.: vs. Chicago Bulls
• Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.: vs. Orlando Magic

To learn more and to buy tickets, go to the special Suns Web page for SC2003 attendees. Questions? Call Jeremy at 602-379-7853.

SC Global 2003, the largest Access Grid™ event ever, will take place November 18-20 as part of the SC2003 conference. SC Global will feature participants from at least 60 sites around the world, in 12 different countries and five sovereign tribal nations on five different continents. Even more Access Grid (AG) locations will participate as Observer Sites, watching the conference over the AG and submitting their questions and comments through a web-based application.

Among the exciting and innovative uses of collaborative technologies to be presented at SC Global is the Tribal Virtual Network (TVN). The TVN, a consortium of Native American tribal museums and education centers, will discuss their unique application of the Access Grid, demonstrating how collaborative technologies are overcoming the "Digital Divide" by providing greater access to education and training.

SC Global 2003 will also feature a dynamic technical program through a combination of panel discussions, Birds of a Feather sessions and showcase events. Other sessions include:
• Virtual prototyping to increase productivity, turnaround and customer satisfaction in engineering designs
• Increasing representation and participation of underserved groups in high-performance networking and computing
• Exploring the human and social needs of advanced collaborative environments
• Discussing the future of the AG with some of the top thinkers in the grid community

SC Global is open to all attendees of SC2003, including those with exhibits-only and exhibitor badges. Events will take place in rooms 6-10, near Lobby One at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center. Read the SC Global Web pages for more info.

SC2003 attendees will have the opportunity to tour the largest-ever array of exhibits by high-performance computing industry and research organizations. The sold-out exhibit hall will contain 130 industry and 89 research exhibitors in an area equivalent to nearly four football fields. This year’s exhibits eclipse last year’s highly successful show and will occupy the largest amount of square footage — 221,000 square feet — covered in the SCxy conference series.

The exhibits will open during a gala reception from 7-9 p.m. Monday, November 17, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, November 18-19, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, November 20.

"The exhibits at SC2003 will be spectacular," said SC2003 Exhibits Chair Dave Cooper of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. "We will have a record number of exhibitors that feature state-of-the-art technologies for computing environments from the desktop to the world's largest supercomputers."

Learn more at the SC2003 exhibits Web page.

The SC2003 Registration Web page offers numerous options, but you have to scroll down a ways to learn about buying one-day passes to the exhibits hall. The one-day exhibits passes cost $80 and can be purchased in advance for any of the three days the exhibits are open – Tuesday, Nov. 18; Wednesday, Nov. 19; and Thursday, Nov. 20. Passes can be purchased using the SC2003 on-line registration form.

November 15-18
SC2003 Education Program in session

November 16-17
SC2003 Tutorial Program in session

November 17
SC2003 Exhibits Gala Opening

November 18-20
SC2003 Exhibits open

November 18-20
SC Global events

November 18-21
SC2003 Technical Program presentations

November 19
SC2003 Student Day in session