SC10 Technical Program and Registration Open

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 9 July, 2010Registration for SC10, the premier international conference on high-performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis, is now open on the SC10 registration website. In addition, SC10’s highly anticipated technical program schedule is now available in a new interactive calendar format.

SC10, the 23rd annual conference in this series, will take place from 13-19 November in New Orleans. The conference anticipates more than 11,000 attendees from industry, academia, and government. The SC Technical Program has emerged as the premiere place to discuss and demonstrate emerging techniques and innovative applications in high-performance computing. SC10, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and ACM, will offer a broad spectrum of technical presentations and discussions, including rigorously peer-reviewed papers, panels, tutorials, workshops and posters that showcase the latest findings from laboratories and research institutions around the world.

“We are very excited about the quality of material that will be presented during this year’s Technical Program,” said Ricky Kendall, Scientific Computing Group Leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and SC10 Technical Program Chair. “We hope that our multiple venues that present important areas of HPC work and research will give SC10 participants a variety of content to review, consider and discuss during the conference.”

For example, the SC10 Technical Papers Committee received 253 submissions, conducted 1,009 reviews, and participated in several days of committee meetings to accept 51 papers that will be presented during this year’s Technical Program.

Each year, the SC Technical Program highlights specific areas. For SC10, the technological thrust areas that will be featured prominently are climate simulation, heterogeneous computing and data-intensive computing.

The climate simulation area will highlight the importance of HPC-based research to help scientists understand global warming, climate change and other environmental processes.

“The topic of climate has never been more relevant to a meeting like SC10, given the growing importance of simulation to addressing climate change questions from policy makers and stakeholders” said James Hack, National Center for Computational Sciences director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the SC10 climate simulation thrust co-chair. “HPC will become an even more critical resource to help the broader research community to develop solutions to potential environmental impacts.”

“This topic is particularly relevant to SC10, in view of recent extreme weather events, such as the very mild winter in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics while Washington, DC experienced the heaviest snowfall in history,” said William Sawyer, HPC Application analyst at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, and the SC10 climate simulation thrust area co-chair. “HPC is a critical resource to help the broader research community understand these and other weather events, develop solutions to current climate issues, and help minimize the environmental impact of future events."

The heterogeneous computing thrust area will examine the technological and research advances in software scientists will need to use accelerator-based computing, which is now occurring on large-scale machines and could propel supercomputing to the exascale level.

“When we get to exascale computing, these machines will be running up to a million trillion calculations per second, and the supercomputing architectures we have now are not sufficient to support that,” said Robert D. Adolf, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory research scientist and the SC10 heterogeneous computing thrust area chair. “It’s important that as we advance toward exascale, we get people from research and industry together to discuss the tools and applications we must develop so we can use these systems to their full potential.”

The third SC10 technological thrust area, data-intensive computing, will spotlight innovative research and solutions for managing data across distributed HPC systems, especially hardware and software requirements for effective data transfer.

“As high-performance computing becomes widespread and more users are accessing these systems, they are generating unprecedented amounts of data that need to be shared, sorted and stored efficiently, and must be easily accessible with high performance for analysis,” said Michelle Butler, technical program manager for Storage Enabling Technologies at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and SC10 co-chair of the data-intensive computing thrust area with Patricia Kovatch of National Institute for Computational Sciences. “Through this thrust area, we’ll discuss innovative techniques in use today or in the future for data management that can address this issue.”
 
The SC10 Technical Program Committee also has selected 13 workshops that will be featured this year. Workshops will highlight aspects of the SC10 technological thrust areas. The following workshops will take place in full, half and multi-day sessions, depending on the topic:
• Running a Lean and Productive HPC Center
• Petascale Data Analytics on Clouds: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
• 4th International Workshop on High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing Technology & Applications (HPRCTA'10)
• 5th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science (WORKS10)
• Gateway Computing Environments (GCE10)
• Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Analysis in High-Performance Computing
• Scalable Algorithms for Large-Scale Systems
• 5th Petascale Data Storage Workshop
• 1st International Workshop on Performance Modeling, Benchmarking and Simulation of HPC Systems
• 2010 Workshop on Ultrascale Visualization
• 3rd Workshop on Many-Task Computing on Grids and Supercomputers (MTAGS)
• ATIP US-China Workshop on HPC: Challenges and Advantages of Specialized Hardware
• Early Adopters PhD Workshop 2010

The SC10 Technical Program Committee has selected 33 tutorials that will showcase current and developing practices in the community, covering a range of topics from basic parallel concepts and understanding the performance of HPC applications to advanced techniques for using GPUs. The tutorials are:
• How to Analyze the Performance of Parallel Codes 101: A Case Study with Open|SpeedShop
• Validation of an HPC Cluster: A Sometimes Neglected Aspect of System Administration
• High Performance Computing with CUDA
• A Hands-On Introduction to OpenMP
• Advanced MPI
• A Practical Approach to Performance Analysis and Modeling of Large-Scale Systems
• An Overview of the X10 Programming Language and Development Tools
• Developing Scientific Applications using Eclipse and the Parallel Tools Platform
• How to Do Agent-Based Modeling on Supercomputers
• Introduction to PGAS (UPC and CAF) and Hybrid for Multicore Programming
• Linux Cluster Construction
• Parallel Computing 101
• In-Situ Visualization with the ParaView Coprocessing Library
• Volunteer Computing with BOINC
• Elastic-R: A Virtual Collaborative Environment for Scientific Computing and Data Analysis in the Cloud
• Hybrid MPI and OpenMP Parallel Programming
• InfiniBand and High-Speed Ethernet for Dummies
• Introduction to VisIt: Visualization and Analysis for Very Large Data Sets
• OpenCL: An Introduction to Heterogeneous Programming for HPC
• Scalable Dynamic Formal Verification and Correctness Checking of MPI Applications
• Using Ct Technology for Efficient Development of Multicore Applications
• Hands-On Practical Parallel Application Performance Engineering
• Parallel I/O in Practice
• Parallel Programming in Chapel: The Cascade High-Productivity Language
• Parallel Programming with Coarray Fortran
• Python for High Performance and Scientific Computing
• Advanced Topics in Heterogeneous Programming with OpenCL
• Advanced VisIt Usage: Visualization and Analysis for Very Large Data Sets
• Designing High-End Computing Systems with InfiniBand and High-speed Ethernet
• Ingredients for Good Parallel Performance on Multi-Core Processors
• Program Optimization through Loop Vectorization
• Running Parallel Simulations and Enabling Science Gateways with the NSF MATLAB Experimental Computing Resource at Cornell
• Web Portals for Computational Science

In addition to offering the Technical Program, SC10 continues its tradition of providing an unparalleled exhibit space, which uniquely brings together leaders in academia, research, government and industry. The SC10 exhibit floor is a natural complement to the technical program as a venue for debuting the most leading-edge prototypes and services in the HPC and advanced networking field. Read more about SC10 exhibits.

Lastly, the SC Communities programs will also return to SC10. Communities is designed to support emerging leaders and groups that have traditionally been under-represented in computing by providing opportunities for students, faculty, early-career professionals, and international attendees to participate in the SC Conference. SC10 Communities includes the Education Program, Broader Engagement, Ambassadors, Student Cluster Competition (a shared event with the Technical Program), and Student Volunteers activities.  

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