SC2004 Conference Registration Open
Registration is now open for SC2004, the annual conference on high performance computing, networking and storage. This year’s theme, Bridging Communities, reflects the inclusive nature of the conference with the storage community a major element of the program.

Kicking off the technical portion of the program will be Tom West, CEO of National LambdaRail, Inc (NLR), a national effort focused on implementing and operating a national network infrastructure to serve the needs of the advanced research community. West has over four decades of executive management experience in the research and high education community. He has served as a small college president, a vice chancellor for administration for regional campuses in a public university system, and 26 years as the CITO for two large public university systems. He served as President and Chief Executive Office for CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) until June 2004, when he resigned to devote all his time to NLR.

This year's technical program includes 23 tutorial sessions, 59 technical paper presentations, eight panel discussions, 16 Masterworks presentations, and a series of workshops and poster sessions.

The Education Program will engage undergraduate faculty and K-12 teachers in four days of hands-on workshops to learn about high performance computing and communications tools and resources appropriate for their classroom.

New this year are two special initiatives: StorCloud and InfoStar. StorCloud will create a high performance computing (HPC) storage capability to showcase HPC storage technologies. StorCloud will comprise state-of-the-art heterogeneous devices and technology to build a virtual on-site “storage on request” area network capability to demonstrate high bandwidth applications at the conference. The goals of InfoStar are to provide real-time information about multiple aspects of the conference to all participants and create a searchable knowledge base about conference events and attendance.

SC Global will focus this year on collaborative applications and tools that have developed over recent years in the Access Grid environment. SC2004 will connect to remote communities around the world through the Access Grid that will broadcast the keynote address, as well as selected conference elements.

SC2004 has already attracted more than 225 exhibitors planning to showcase their latest systems, services and scientific achievements. The exhibition is already the largest on record with many more exhibitors expected to join the growing exhibit floor.

Online registration information is available at www.sc.conference.org/sc2004/registration.html. To qualify for advance
registration discounts, registration and payment must be received by midnight Friday, October 8, EDT.

The conference will convene November 6-12 at the all-new David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Visit the web site at www.sc-conference.org/sc2004 for complete details.

SC2004 is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (ACM SIGARCH).