Oct. 2003

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
REGISTRATION
AWARDS & PRIZES

SC2003 News
October Edition 1, Oct. 9, 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.


GET YOUR HANDS ON THE GRID IN EXPANDED SC20003 TUTORIALS PROGRAM
When it comes to getting their hands on the Grid, SC2003 attendees just can’t get enough of it. Because of the great demand in the session on “How to Build a Grid Service Using the Globus Toolkit(R) 3” scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17, an identical session has been added to the Sunday, Nov. 16, schedule.

“Although Advance Registration is still open, we looked at the strong demand for the tutorial in building a Grid service and decided to add a second session,” said SC2003 Tutorials Chair Harvey Wasserman of Los Alamos National Laboratory. “This is a hands-on tutorial and we wanted to give as many people as possible an opportunity to gain expertise from experts in the field.”

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


FINAL REMINDER: ADVANCE REGISTRATION AND HOUSING DEADLINES ARE FRIDAY, OCT. 10
Now is the time to stop procrastinating--the deadlines for booking hotel rooms at the conference rate and for advance conference registration at lower fees are both 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. Those buying two-day Tutorials passports can save $230 to $280. To qualify for the lower rates, registration and payment must be received by 5 p.m. (Eastern time) Friday, Oct. 10. You can find information about types of registration and fees on the SC2003 registration page.

Housing reservation can be made via the online reservation system available from the SC2003 hotel reservations web page. Only those reservations made by 4 p.m. (Mountain time) Friday, Oct. 10 will qualify for the guaranteed conference rate. Cancelled reservations are subject to a cancellation fee. Cancellations made after 4 p.m. (Mountain time) Monday, October 27, will be charged the first night’s room and tax by the assigned hotel. For questions or concerns only, phone: 602-452-6262 (USA) or 602.452.6269 (Intl), or email hsgcoor@visitphoenix.com.


GETTING AROUND PHOENIX: HELP AND ADVICE IS READILY AVAILABLE
Spending a week or more in an unfamiliar city poses all kinds of questions, from finding convenient restaurants to locating parking and the nearest ATM. While most SC conference host cities strive to make attendees feel welcome, Phoenix is exceptionally well organized in this regard.

The Downtown Phoenix Partnership, a non-profit group dedicated to revitalizing downtown Phoenix, offers help to conference attendees 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.


MAKE YOUR EXHIBITOR BADGE REQUESTS ONLINE
SC exhibitors should order their staff badges and guest badges online. Registration forms and passes are not available in hard copy. Industry exhibitors receive five complimentary badges per every 100 square feet of booth space and one complimentary Technical Program registration. All additional badges cost $100 each. Exhibits only badges for clients are $80 each. Badges for research exhibitors cost $100 each. Exhibits only badges for clients are $80 each.

Exhibitors must enter their booth number to enter the registration system. For questions, call 703-449-6418.


UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

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 Day in session