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SC12 promises the community another amazing conference year filled with scientific and technical
innovations from around the world in high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.

Held this year in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah from November 10-16, 2012, SC12 brings together scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and managers from across the community to showcase how developments in these areas are driving new ideas, new discoveries and new industries.

As we head toward November, please use this monthly newsletter as a resource for final preparations, deadlines and news regarding the conference.

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Important dates and Deadlines

• SC12 Housing opens

Abstracts due for:
• Technical Papers
• ACM Gordon Bell Prize

Full Submissions due for:
• Technical Papers
• Workshop Proposals
• Tutorial Proposals
• Panel Proposals
• HPC Educators (formerly Education) Program

Abstracts due for:
• The SCinet Research Sandbox

Full Proposals due for:
• SCinet Research Sandbox

Full Submissions due for:
• IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award Nominations
• ACM - IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award Nominations

JULY 31:
Full Submissions due for:
• Posters and ACM Student Research Posters
• Birds-of-a-Feather Session Proposals
• Scientific Visualization Showcase
• IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award Nominations
• Student Volunteer applications

• Applications due for The Broader Engagement Program

Check out the SC12 Invitation Video!

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• Technical Papers Abstracts due April 20; Full Papers due April 27
• State of the Practice (SOP) now part of the technical papers program
• Tutorial Proposals due April 27
• Calling Network Innovators:  Submit to the SCinet Research Sandbox
• ACM Gordon Bell Prize Abstracts due April 20; Full Papers due April 27
• Call for Panel Proposals
• Workshop Proposals due April 27
• SC12 Housing Will Open March 23rd!
• Enter the Student Cluster Competition!  Submissions due April 27
• HPC Educators (formerly Education) Program Submissions Due April 27

Technical Papers Abstracts due April 20; Full Papers due April 27

The SC Technical Papers program is the premier forum for submissions of excellent scientific merit that introduce new ideas to the field and stimulate future trends in high performance computing, networking, and storage. New features in 2012 include:

• Eight topical areas for presenting the highest-quality, original research: Algorithms; Applications; Architectures and Networks; Clouds and Grids; Performance, Energy, and Dependability; Programming Systems; Storage, Visualization, and Analytics; System Software

• "State of the Practice" integrated into technical papers as the ninth topical area for presenting contributions that can advance the practice of high performance computing, including facilities, services and systems.

• A rebuttal process to enhance the rigor of peer review to determine acceptance of submissions.

A two-part submission process will be used again this year, with abstracts due by April 20 and full papers by April 27. Acceptance criteria include originality, technical soundness, presentation quality, timeliness, impact, and relevance to SC. With our focus on quality and the observed trend towards substantial increases in submissions from year to year, we expect a 20% acceptance rate for SC12. Awards will be given for Best Paper and Best Student Paper.

Abstracts due: April 20, 2012 (abstracts are required to submit a full paper)
Papers due: April 27, 2012
Review Rebuttals: June 15-19, 2012
Notifications: July 15, 2012

For more information and a detailed CFP:
Questions: See
Or contact:

State of the Practice (SOP) now part of the technical papers program

Upon its inception in SC11, SOP was a successful but separate track in the technical program; for SC12 it is being incorporated into the technical papers program as one submission area. A SOP paper must stand on its own with respect to its academic quality just as other papers in SC, but at the same time the review criteria would be differentiated in order to emphasize the archival "experience" aspect.

The SOP area concerns all aspects related to the pragmatic practices of HPC, including infrastructure, services, facilities, large-scale application executions, etc. Work that develops best practices, optimized designs, benchmarks, or even those that refute old practices, is of particular interest. Although concrete case studies within a conceptual framework would likely serve as the basis for submitted papers, efforts to generalize the experience for wider applicability will be highly valued.

For details please refer to the call for papers as well as the FAQ at
Or contact:

Tutorial Proposals due April 27

The Tutorial program remains one of the most valued and attended components of the SC Technical Program. Tutorials communicate the latest information in areas that include tools, architecture, programming languages and infrastructure, large systems management, and general computational science. Tutorials cover the range of SC attendees, from novice researchers to experts honing their knowledge.

The Tutorials program committee especially seeks new proposals from developing areas that are of a broad interest to the SC community, as well as classical proposals that round out the program. Tutorials may be proposed for full-day (six hours) or half-day (three hours) sessions. Tutorials provide a unique experience for attendees to learn from and interact with internationally recognized experts.

Proposals due: April 27, 2012
For more information and a detailed CFP:

Calling Network Innovators: Submit to the SCinet Research Sandbox

The SCinet Research Sandbox (SRS), now in its third year, allows researchers with innovative network approaches to experimentally showcase their ideas in the unique, live environment of the SCinet infrastructure. This year the SRS proposal process will be tightly coupled with the SC12 Technical Program. All accepted SRS proposals will be published in the SC12 proceedings, and have a speaking slot in the technical program. Submissions should be 5-6 pages long, and include descriptions of:

• The planned network experiments, desired outcomes, the relevance to the HPC community.

• Previous similar experiments, and any results obtained. This might be from the SC11 SRS, or from experiments in other environments.

• A comparison of this experiment to related work in this area.

• A description of the network requirements (both local and wide-area) and vendor collaborations (if appropriate).

• Please include a Wide Area Network diagram of the proposed experiment, if applicable.

The SC12 SRS will again include a 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps), multi-vendor OpenFlow network testbed however the use of the OpenFlow testbed is not required for participation in SRS.

SRS Abstracts Due: April 27, 2012
Full Proposals Due: June 1, 2012
Notification: July 15, 2012
For more information:

ACM Gordon Bell Prize Abstracts due April 20; Full Papers due April 27

The Gordon Bell Prize is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievement in high performance computing. Administered by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), financial support for the annual $10,000 award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high performance and parallel computing. The purpose of the award is to track the progress of parallel computing, with particular emphasis on rewarding innovation in applying HPC to applications in science. Prizes may be awarded for peak performance as well as special achievements in scalability, time-to-solution on important science and engineering problems and low price/performance. Finalists will present their results in a technical session during the conference.

Abstracts due: April 20, 2012
Papers due: April 27, 2012
For more information:

Call for Panel Proposals

Panels are among the most exciting and attended forums of the SC technical program, providing a unique context to address the driving and controversial topics of the field of supercomputing. This year is likely to be among the most interesting as the HPC community is increasingly looking to address the challenges of Exascale computing and the opportunities of the Cloud, among others. Key leaders in the field tackle challenging questions and provide their unique viewpoints through this unique medium of high tempo exchange. The panelists are by no means the only aspect of the dynamic that drives the hour and a half fast-paced meeting. Active engagement of the audience delivers a spontaneous and serendipitous interplay that can be both informative and entertaining. This year SC will host a number of cutting-edge panel sessions. As contributors to the many facets of the field, you are highly encouraged to consider organizing such a panel and submitting a proposal for its consideration.

Proposals due: April 27, 2012
For more information:

Workshop Proposals due April 27

SC12 welcomes proposals for independently planned full-, half-, or multi-day workshops that complement the overall technical program events, expand the knowledge base of its subject area, and extend its impact by providing greater depth of focus. Proposals for workshops will be reviewed with an eye toward providing interaction and in-depth discussion of stimulating topics of interest to the HPC community.

Proposals due: April 27, 2012
For more information:

SC12 Housing Will Open March 23rd!

Reserve your hotel room early to ensure you get just the right match for your needs. Be sure to use the official SC12 housing website so you can take advantage of the special prices the conference has negotiated for attendees. Choose among 20 hotels, many within easy walking distance of the convention center. Other hotels are close to the light rail system (TRAX). A large section of the Downtown area, including Temple Square and the area just west of the State Capitol is a fare free zone and there is no charge if visitors enter and exit a bus or TRAX between the designated streets.

Keep watch on the SC12 web site and via our social media channels, for information on when the housing site will go live. Exhibitor booth managers will also receive email notifications when housing opens.

IMPORTANT NOTE: SC12 works exclusively with The Housing Connection (THC) to provide hotel reservations. Any other housing organizations claiming to be affiliated with SC12 are NOT official partners; avoid problems by using the authorized SC12 reservation site.

For more information:

Enter the Student Cluster Competition! Submissions due April 27

SC12 will again feature the Student Cluster Competition as an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition will feature small student teams that compete to harness the incredible power of current-generation cluster hardware. In a real-time challenge, teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students will build a small cluster of their own design on the SC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest sustained performance across a series of applications. Held in collaboration with the Communities Program, the Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high performance computing community.

Submissions open: March 12, 2012
Submissions close: April 27, 2012
Notification: May 18, 2012


HPC Educators (formerly Education) Program Submissions Due April 27

The HPC Educators (formerly Education) Program offers activities for undergraduate educators and SC attendees interested in integrating HPC and Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDESE) into classrooms. It also engages government and industry with the HPC educator community and provides a forum to share best practices. SC12 will provide interested attendees with the opportunity to learn from and interact with internationally recognized experts teaching undergraduate and early career students in all areas of computational science and engineering, computer science and engineering, high performance computing, networking, and storage. For SC12, the HPC Educators Program will be closely aligned with the SC Technical Program. Submissions for education tutorials and panels will undergo a rigorous peer-review process similar to submissions to the Technical Program, and the calls for proposals to the two programs will be coordinated closely. SC12 strongly encourages educators to submit proposals for the HPC Educators Program with particular emphasis on curriculum development and pedagogy.

Submissions Due: April 27, 2012
For guidance on submissions and other programmatic information, visit:


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