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SC2004 News - June Edition

Welcome to the June edition of SC2004 News, the official newsletter of the SC conference series. The newsletter is intended to give you brief, useful, and up-to-date information about SC2004.

SC2004, Bridging Communities, will be held November 6 - 12 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

*** Research Exhibits Selection Process Started ***

 Research exhibit booth selection has begun. Booth contacts will receive an individual email to select a booth. Please include your 200-word abstract when you make your booth selection.

*** Hotel Registration Opens July 12 ***

 Reservation and rate information on conference hotels will be available on July 12. There is no shortage of good quality and good value hotels in Pittsburgh, and several are within walking distance of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Look for details at, where some hotel information is already posted.

*** Conference Registration Opens July 22 ***

 Mark the date. Thursday, July 22, 2004, is the opening of SC2004 conference registration. Remember to register early to take advantage of any discounts. Visit the website at for details as they become available.

*** Annual High Performance Bandwidth Challenge Seeks Teams***

 The High Performance Bandwidth Challenge, an annual competition for leading-edge network applications developed by teams of researchers from around the world, provides a showcase for the technologies and people who provide the networking capabilities crucial to supercomputing. The bandwidth challenge, running across SCinet, is designed to test the limits of network capabilities, and past events have showcased multi-gigabit per second demonstrations never before thought possible. The SC2004 challenge will push this envelope even farther. As always, the competition will take place on the conference exhibit floor.

 Teams can sign up for the bandwidth challenge at the submissions website Submissions are due Sept. 1, but letters of intent to participate are due July 18. For questions, send email to

 *** Nominations Being Accepted For Seymour Cray & Sidney Fernbach Awards ***

 Nominations are being sought for the Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award and the Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award.  These awards, sponsored by IEEE Computer Society, will be presented during the awards ceremony at SC2004 in Pittsburgh.

 --The Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award is given to individuals whose innovative contributions to high performance computing systems best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray. The award consists of a certificate, a crystal model, and a $10,000 honorarium. The nomination form and submission information is available on the IEEE awards website at

 --The Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award was established in 1992 in memory of Sidney Fernbach, one of the pioneers in the development and application of high performance computers for the solution of large computational problems. A certificate and $2,000 are awarded for outstanding contributions in the application of high performance computers using innovative approaches. The nomination form and submission information is also provided at

 The deadline for submitting nominations for both the Cray and Fernbach awards is July 31. 

*** Gather Together at Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions ***

 Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions give conference attendees a 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 26. Submissions should be made via the submissions website at

*** MSI Program Deadline Approaching ***

 The deadline for application submissions to the Minority Serving Institutions program is Thursday, June 30. The program provides grants to help the SC conference reach minority audiences and to encourage collaboration among MSI faculty and staff and scientists and technologists at major research institutions. To apply, go the submissions website at


June 24, 2004
    Applications for Education Program due

June 28, 2004
   Notification of conditional acceptance for Tutorials
    Notification of conditional acceptance for Technical Papers
    Notification of conditional acceptance for all SC Global categories

June 30, 2004
    Submissions deadline for MSI Program

July 12, 2004
    Hotel registration opens

July 22, 2004
    Conference registration opens

July 26, 2004
    Final version of Technical Papers due to confirm acceptance  
    Submission deadline for Posters  
    Submission deadline for HPC Software Challenge
    Submission deadline for Birds-of-a-Feather (BOFs) sessions
    On-line registration for SCinet network connection opens

July 31, 2004
    Submission deadline for Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering         Award
    Submission deadline for Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award  
    Full proposals due for the StorCloud Challenge

September 1, 2004
    Submission deadline for HPC Bandwidth Challenge

September 7, 2004
    Notification of acceptance for Posters
    Submission deadline for Exhibitor Forum
    Application deadline for SC Global Satellite Sites
    Application deadline for Student Volunteers

September 23, 2004  
    Deadline for final version of handouts for Tutorials