Sept. 2003

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
REGISTRATION
AWARDS & PRIZES

SC2003 News
September Edition, Sept. 25, 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, 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.


CONFERENCE HOTEL ROOMS GOING FAST, BOOK YOURS NOW
If you haven’t booked your hotel room for SC2003 yet and want to be sure you’re staying in a hotel served by conference shuttle buses to the convention center, make your reservation now. Almost all room blocks held by the conference are sold out and while new hotels may be added, they will be located further from the convention center. Conference-sponsored shuttle buses will only serve hotels listed on the SC2003 hotels web pages.

Only three hotels – the Hyatt Regency, Wyndham Phoenix and Ramada Inn – are within easy walking distance of the convention center.

To qualify for the guaranteed conference rate, reservations must be made by 4 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2003 (Mountain Standard Time). For questions or concerns only, phone: 602-452-6262 (USA) or 602.452.6269 (Intl).

Canceled reservations are subject to a cancellation fee. Cancellations made after 4 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) Monday, October 27, will be charged the first night’s room and tax by the assigned hotel.

Changes to reservations must be made through GPCVB’s Housing Bureau. This can be done via the online reservation system or fax 602-452-6262.

More information is available from the Hotel Reservations web page.


REGISTER BY FRIDAY, OCT. 10, TO QUALIFY FOR LOWER FEES.
Advance registration for the SC2003 Technical Program and Tutorials ends Friday, Oct. 10. Registering in advance for the Technical Program can save up to $170 for ACM and IEEE members and $205 for non-members. Buying a two-day Tutorials passport by Oct. 10 costs just $595 for members or $755 for nonmembers, while the late-registration cost will be $825 and $1,035 respectively. To qualify for the lower rates, registration and payment must be received by 5 p.m. (Eastern time) Friday, Oct. 10.

Online registration is available for all aspects of the SC2003 conference.


ONLINE ADVANCE PROGRAM LISTS PAPERS, PANELS, POSTERS, PLENARIES AND MORE
This year's technical program includes 29 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. The complete technical program is now available in the online advance program. The format allows attendees to create their own custom schedule for the conference.


TUTORIALS FILLING FAST, SIGN UP NOW TO SECURE YOUR SEAT
Organizers of the SC2003 Tutorials Program received a record number of proposals this year, and this interest is mirrored by the strong early registration for the 29 tutorials that made the cut. This year's tutorial program, one of the largest tutorial programs at any computing-related conference, will include courses on programming tools and languages such as MPI, Python, UPC, Co-Array Fortran, and OpenMP, network security, performance measurement and modeling, and high-performance storage and I/O.

Given the growing importance of distributed computing, a key focus will be tutorials covering building and administering grids, using TeraGrid, high-performance data transport, and distributed/collaborative visualization. New technologies covered will include the Lustre filesystem, regional optical networks, energy conservation techniques for servers, and, in a unique attempt to peek "over the horizon," quantum information processing.

New for SC2003 will be a selection of "hands-on" tutorials offering attendees the chance to try prepared demos and exercises in a laboratory setting as part of the session, which will allow participants to build a grid, profile an application on one of the world’s largest parallel machines, run an application on the TeraGrid, or install and test a powerful cluster – all under close supervision of the leading experts in these fields.

Seating is limited for each of the tutorials, which are either half-day or full-day sessions, depending on the topic. A full list of tutorials is now posted. Information about registering for a single session or a one-day or two-day passport, is on the SC2003 registration page.


UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
September 30
Final version of handouts for Tutorials due
Application deadline for Student Volunteers

October 10
Advance registration ends.
Guaranteed-rate hotel reservations close.

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


CONFERENCE DATES – NOVEMBER 15-21
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 Days in session