Thursday, November 13, 2008

Getting ready for SC08

"The SC Conference is the premier international conference for high performance computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis. SC08 marks the 20th anniversary of the first SC Conference, then called Supercomputing, held in Orlando, Florida in 1988."

The keynote this year will be Michael Dell, which hopefully will be interesting. The first year I saw Bill Gates, who was pretty good, but I think Ray Kurzweil has been the most interesting keynote so far.

There are two "technology thrusts" or themes this year:

"The Energy Thrust will focus both on the use of high performance computing in renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as the challenge of best practices and technology trends aimed at energy efficient data centers. The Biomedical Informatics Thrust will focus on the use of grid and high performance computing technologies to support translational biomedical research, computational biology, large-scale image analysis, personalized medicine and systems biology."

There is also a Music Initiative, which I'm scheduled to be a part of. There is a music room where you can sign up for 45 minute slots, my gig is late Wed afternoon.

A Disruptive Technologies Exhibit will focus on "quantum computing, flash storage, cheap optical communications, and 3D chip stacking for 2015-2020." Could be interesting.

Lastly there are three Masterworks sessions focusing on real-world applications of HPC:
  • Goodyear's Loren Miller will speak on application of teraflop computing to tire design
  • Boeing's Doug Ball will discuss the use of CFD to the fuel-efficiency of the 787
  • Morgan Stanley’s John Storm and Prashant Reddy will discuss HPC on Wall Street
About 10,000 attendees are expected, and currently there are 338 vendors and research organizations registered to exhibit on the main floor. It's huge.

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