August 2003

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August Edition, August 21, 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 with urls and email addresses. To unsubscribe, 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.


REGISTER NOW AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT
Online registration for the SC2003 Technical Program is now open. To get an idea of the tutorials, technical papers and invited speakers at the conference, check out the Advance Program. Additional program content will be added regularly over the next two months.

If you need another reason to register – and not to put off registering until the last minute, here it is. If your registration and payment is received by 5 p.m. (Eastern time) Friday, Oct. 10, you will receive the early registration discount.


NCSA'S DONNA COX NAMED SC2003 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Opening the technical portion of the SC program will be keynote speaker Donna Cox, a full professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and director of the Experimental Technologies Division at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). A renowned expert on computer visualization, Cox has authored many papers and monologues on computer graphics, information design, education and scientific visualization. She has exhibited computer images and animations in more than 100 invitational and juried exhibits in the past nine years and her work has appeared on international television, including NOVA, Discovery Channel, CNN, and NBC Nightly News.


SC2003 SEEKING INNOVATIVE VISUALIZATIONS FOR OPENING VIDEO
In what has become an SC conference tradition, an innovative video serves as a prelude to the opening session of the technical program. Creators of this year’s opening video are now seeking innovative computer simulations and models. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 5.
Here’s how to submit your work for consideration: Quicktime movies, mpegs, avi, etc. need to be at least 640x480 resolution. Files can be uploaded to ftp.osc.edu using anonymous login and email address as the password. Put all files in the 'incoming' folder and email with the name of the files uploaded. Visualizations on tape should be in either Mini-DV or DVCpro format and should be mailed to Kevin Gecsi, Ohio Supercomputer Center, 1224 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 43212-1163.


PHOENIX CONFERENCE PROMISES HOTTEST-EVER TECHNICAL PROGRAM
This year's technical program includes 28 full and half-day tutorials, 60 technical papers, eight panel discussions and a series of Masterworks sessions. Visionaries and well-known leaders will speak on the state of high-performance computing and participate in lively panel discussions. An education program will offer hands-on sessions for teacher and faculty teams to help them incorporate computational tools into the classroom. For more information on the technical program, take a look at the SC2003
Advance Program.


WORLDWIDE SATELLITE SITES SOUGHT FOR SC GLOBAL
As SC2003 draws closer, institutions around the globe with Access Grid (AG) nodes are being encouraged to register as SC Global Satellite Sites. A robust, global infrastructure based on the Access Grid Toolkit 2.1 will be deployed in the coming weeks and will support worldwide participation in SC Global.

Satellite Sites are AG locations which use multimedia and interactivity to participate in SC Global events. For example, participants at Satellite Sites can ask questions through AG audio and video channels during panel discussions and presentations and participate in Birds of a Feather session discussions. Satellite Sites must participate in AG test sessions before the conference to ensure that their AG nodes are running smoothly and to prepared for the conference events.

Satellite Sites are strongly encouraged to use version 2.1 of the AG Toolkit. Argonne National Laboratory will conduct a hands-on tutorial Sept. 4 and 5 to help sites prepare for SC Global. Details on the tutorial are available online.

More on SC Global: After a one-year hiatus, SC Global will once again extend the reach of SC from Phoenix to sites worldwide. The program will link the convention center with numerous Access Grid nodes in 16 remote locations, seven countries, and five sovereign tribal nations, distributed across four continents. A multinational and multicultural meeting place, SC Global will feature art, music, dance and other innovative uses of advanced collaboration technologies in several showcase events. Visit the SC Global Web page to learn more about the SC Global program and Satellite Site registration information


EXHIBIT HALL SELLS OUT
The entire exhibition area of the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center has been sold out, according to conference planners, and the waiting list is growing. Almost 200 industrial and research exhibitors will showcase their latest systems, services and scientific achievements. Read more about the exhibits. View the exhibit hall floor plan.


UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
September 15, 2003
Application deadline for SC Global Satellite Sites

September 30, 2003
Final version of handouts for Tutorials due
Application deadline for Student Volunteers

October 10, 2003
Advance registration ends

October 15, 2003
Deadline for certification of all SC Global Satellite Sites
Notification of acceptance for Exhibitor Forum


CONFERENCE DATES – NOVEMBER 15-21, 2003
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 19-20
SC2003 Student Days in session