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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

Abstracts due for:
• Technical Papers 
• ACM Gordon Bell Prize
• The SCinet Research Sandbox

MAY 4:
Full Submissions due for:
• Technical Papers
• Workshop Proposals
• Tutorial Proposals
• Panel Proposals

MAY 15:
• Student Cluster Competition due

Full Proposals due for:
• SCinet Research Sandbox

• SCinet Call for Network Resources for SC12 due

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

JULY 20:
• Exhibitor Forum Abstracts Due

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

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Upcoming Technical Program Deadlines extended by one week!
Technical Papers Abstracts now due April 27; Full Papers due May 4
Additional Guidance for Panels Proposals; due May 4
ACM Gordon Bell Prize Abstracts due April 27; Full Papers due May 4
Workshop Proposals due May 4
Tutorial Proposals due May 4
Networking Innovators: Submit to the SCinet Research Sandbox
SC12 Housing is Open, Rooms are Going Fast!
Science applications chosen for Student Cluster Competition; Submissions due May 15
Now Accepting Student Volunteer Applications!
Call for Interest in SC Leadership Roles
SCinet Call for Network Resources for SC12 due by June 8

Technical Program Deadlines extended by one week!

The deadlines for Technical Program submissions have been extended by a week. Abstracts for Technical Papers and Gordon Bell Prize submissions are due April 27, 2012. Full submissions for Technical papers and Gordon Bell Prize, proposals for Panels, Workshops, and Tutorials, and Abstracts for the SCinet Research Sandbox (SRS) are due May 4, 2012. Full Submissions for the SRS are still due on June 1, 2012.

Or contact:

Technical Papers Abstracts due April 27; Full Papers
due May 4

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 27 and full papers by May 4. 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 27, 2012 (abstracts are required to submit a full paper)
Papers due: May 4, 2012
Review Rebuttals: June 15-19,2012
Notifications: July 15, 2012

For more information and a detailed CFP:
Or contact:

Additional Guidance for Panel Proposals; due May 4

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. Key leaders in the field tackle challenging questions and provide their unique viewpoints through this unique medium of high tempo exchange.

In an effort to enhance the quality of the SC Panels to better inform and stimulate, proposers are encouraged to consider alternative approaches to the conventional format. In particular, it is discouraged to use panels as merely a collection of short talks. Panels are intended to give vision and perspectives on cutting edge issues, not merely an outlet for product positioning. In order to enhance diverse participation, it is urged that panelists and proposers alike do not participate in the submission of more than two panel proposals. One possible forum that has proven effective is the slide-less panel; a moderated roundtable discussion that is driven by a sequence of short questions in response to which the panelists provide spontaneous insights. Other creative hour and a half long panel formats are also welcome. SC12 seeks such innovations in panel structure and looks forward to such proposals.

Proposals due: May 4, 2012
For more information:

ACM Gordon Bell Prize Abstracts due April 27; Full Papers due May 4

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 27, 2012
Papers due: May 4, 2012
For more information:

Workshop Proposals due May 4

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: May 4, 2012
For more information:

Tutorial Proposals due May 4

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: May 4, 2012
For more information and a detailed CFP:

Networking 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

SC12 Housing is Open, Rooms are Going Fast!

Housing is now open for SC12.  As of Monday, April 9th, almost 70% of the rooms under contract for the conference have been reserved. There is still hotel space available near the convention center.  There are also government room rates available.  Please make your reservation soon if you have specific hotel requirements.

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:

Science Applications Now Chosen for Student Cluster Competition; Submissions due May 15

The scientific applications for the SC12 Student Cluster Competition have been determined. Teams must run these applications on datasets provided to them at the beginning of the competition. This year's applications are:

This year's competition has two tracks: the Standard Track teams must find a vendor partner who provides the hardware for the competition; teams in the LittleFe Track will be provided with a system at the competition site. LittleFe Track is open to any team from any educational institution that has not previously participated in the Student Cluster Competition. Institutions are not allowed to send teams to both tracks.

The deadline to apply is May 15, 2012. Any team that is interested in either competition should contact the committee at

Now Accepting Student Volunteer Applications!

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply as volunteers to help with the administration of the conference. In exchange for volunteering, you will receive complimentary conference registration, housing (for out-of-town volunteers), and most meals.  Student volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest high performance computing and networking technologies, meet leading researchers from around the world, and contribute to the success of SC12.

Student Volunteer applications opened April 1, 2012 and will be available at the SC12 Submissions site:
Applications close on July 31, 2012.

International attendees who will require a travel visa are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.

For more information on the Student Volunteer program and other student-related programs at SC12, visit: .


Call for Interest in SC Leadership Roles

The SC Steering Committee is seeking future leaders for the SC Conference Series

Conference General Chair
Nominations for the SC15 General Chair are now open and will close on June 18, 2012. To nominate a person or to nominate yourself for the general Chair position, send an email giving the candidate's name, a short paragraph describing how the candidate meets the following criteria, and a recent curriculum vitae (CV) that highlights professional and SC experience.

  • Experience managing large, complex projects in which the people executing the project do not all report directly to the manager
  • SC or equivalent experience, for example, head of two or more previous committees
  • Visionary in our community
  • Able to set strategic direction (and delegate its execution)
  • Willing and able to make the conference her/his top priority for the year of the conference
  • Experience managing a large budget, ~$6M

Member of the SC Steering Committee
Nominations for two openings on the SC Steering committee are now open and will close on September 17, 2012. To nominate a person or to nominate yourself for a position on the Steering Committee, send an email giving the candidate's name, a short paragraph describing how the candidate meets the following criteria, and a recent curriculum vitae (CV) that highlights professional and SC experience.

  • Visionary in our community
  • Willing and able to commit time to attend three one-day in-person meetings and monthly one-hour teleconferences

Other leadership positions in the conference committee
The Steering Committee keeps a list of people interested in leadership roles on the conference and provides these names to upcoming General Chairs for possible inclusion on their committees. To volunteer for a position on the Conference Committee, send an email with a short paragraph describing the position(s) you are interested in, and a recent curriculum vitae (CV).

Please send letters of interest in future General Chair, SC Steering Committee and other leadership positions to Barry V. Hess (

SCinet Call for Network Resources for SC12 due by June 8

The University of Utah and the Utah Education Network (UEN) are partnering with SCinet to provide both Internet-based and dedicated wide area connectivity services for SC12. To provide the best experience possible network capabilities for the conference participants, exhibitors and network entities are being requested to share their advanced network resource needs in supporting their organization's presence and large scale exhibit demonstrations at the conference.

SCinet will work with national research networks ESnet, Internet2, National LambdaRail (NLR), Netherlight, UEN, and other collaborating networking organizations to implement the required resources for SC12. If your organization will require network resources beyond a basic IPv4/IPv6 network service, please respond to this call with the details of your particular requirements. In particular please share what you are aware of regarding the following details:

  • Network bandwidth required (e.g., GigE, 10GigE, Nx10GigE, 100GigE)
  • Potential long haul network provider(s) to reach SPCC (e.g., ESnet, Internet2, NLR)
  • Origination point(s) of network resources
  • Will the network resources be dedicated to a single purpose or can they be shared with other SC12 participants?
  • If the network resources can be shared, will you need Layer-2 (e.g., point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet) or Layer-3 (e.g., IPv4, IPv6) support?

Please send your connectivity requirements and questions to the SCinet WAN Team by June 8, 2012. 

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