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SC06 September Newsletter
Greetings and welcome to the September edition of the SC06 official newsletter. Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society and ACM, SC06 is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis.
This newsletter is intended to give you useful, up-to-date information about SC06 through short articles with web links and email addresses. To unsubscribe, follow the directions at the bottom of this email. Newsletters also will be posted on the SC06 website. If you have colleagues who would like to subscribe to this monthly newsletter, send them to:
Here are highlights from the SC06 September Edition:
  • Inventor Ray Kurzweil Announced as SC06 Keynote Speaker
  • Make Your Hotel Reservations Now for SC06!
  • Scatter/Gather Focuses on "Unconference" Approach
  • HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards Accepting Nominations
  • Learning & Physical Challenges Education (LPCE) Program Offers Scholarships
  • SC06 Storage Challenge Finalists Chosen

SC06 is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage, sponsored by ACM and IEEE.
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SC06, under the theme "Powerful Beyond Imagination," will be held November 11-17, 2006, in Tampa, FL.
Inventor Ray Kurzweil announced as SC06 Keynote Speaker
Ray Kurzweil, described as "the restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal, and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes, will be the keynote speaker at SC06. Kurzweill was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.
The title of his speech will be "The Coming Merger of Biological and Non Biological Intelligence."
Other invited speakers include: Delores Etter, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition; Matthew J. Szulik, Chairman and CEO, Red Hat; Peter Hofstee, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Scientist for Cell; and Tsugio Makimoto, President, TechnoVision Consulting, (Formerly Corporate Advisor of Sony).
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Make Your Hotel Reservations Now for SC06!
Hotel room reservations for the SC06 conference on high performance computing, networking, storage and analytics can now be made though the official conference Web site at Attendees are encouraged to book their rooms as soon as possible to ensure the best selection of hotel location and room rate.
Special SC06 arrangements have been made with 31 hotels in the Tampa Bay area. SC06 room blocks at these selected hotels will be held until Friday, October 6. Reservation forms, a list of hotels with rates and cancellation policies can all be found on the SC06 hotels page.
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Scatter/Gather Focuses on "Unconference" Approach
Scatter/Gather's objective is to stimulate a very open dialog of new ideas and emerging work. This year we'll modify the format a bit to more closely resemble an "unconference" in which the meeting is driven and created dynamically by the participants. We'll use a whiteboard to self-organize, so look for the sign-up display at the conference near the registration area. Time-slots are limited and the policy is first-come, first-served. Remember, the idea is to share and get feedback on your ideas, not make a polished presentation!
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HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards Accepting Nominations
HPCwire is now conducting a survey of several thousand randomly selected readers to gather nominations for the 2006 HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards.
You can have a voice - and a vote - in the 2006 HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards. If you are one of the names randomly selected for this survey, be sure to vote and make your opinion heard.
If you would like to receive a copy of the HPCwire Readers' Choice Award survey, contact Mike Bernhardt, Associate Publisher of HPCwire at
All winners will be formally presented with their HPCwire Readers' Choice Awards on the SC06 show floor. The details of their technologies will be subsequently covered in HPCwire.
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Learning & Physical Challenges Education (LPCE) Program Offers Scholarships
LPCE Faculty/Educators, Administrators, Special Education Professionals and students with disabilities have the opportunity to see and discuss the latest high-performance networking and computing technology and meet leading researchers from around the world while contributing to the success of this annual event.
Two participants from six institutions will receive reimbursement to attend the conference, two-day seminars by computing experts at their institutions, and SC Desktop during the conference.
Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2006.
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SC06 Storage Challenge Finalists Chosen
Four teams have been selected as SC'06 Storage Challenge finalists based on proposals they submitted for innovative approaches in handling data-intensive HPC applications. Each of the finalists will submit final reports on their development projects prior to the SC'06 conference in November and then present their work during a session of the conference program.
The SC06 Storage Challenge committee is pleased with the initial response to this new challenge and welcomes suggestions for next year's challenge.
The four finalists are :
1.) "Trading Memory for Disk: Using Parallel Access to Fast InfiniBand Disk Arrays for Large Computational Chemistry Applications" submitted by Troy Benjegerdes, Brett Bode, and Kyle Schochenmaier from NASA Ames Laboratory
2.) "Scaling NFS through RDMA for Cluster Computing" submitted by Dov Cohen, Jeff Decker, Noah Fischer and Helen Chen from Sandia National Laboratory
3.) "HuSt: A Heterogeneous Unified Storage System for GIS Grid" submitted by Lingfang Zeng, et al., from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Jizhong Han, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Zhanwu Yu, from Wuhan University
4.) "High Performance Data Analysis for Particle Physics Using The Gfarm File System" submitted by Osamu Tatebe, Mitsuhisa Sato, Taisuke Boku, Akira Ukawa from the University of Tsukuba, and Nobuhiko Katayama, Shohei Nishida, and Ichiro Adachi from Japan's High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
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