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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

JULY 20:
• Exhibitor Forum Abstracts Due

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

• SCinet Request System (CRS) Opens

• Applications due for The Broader Engagement Program

September 4:
• Applications due for HPC Educators Program

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HOT TOPIC!Dr. Michio Kaku, World-Renowned Theoretical Physicist to Present Keynote at SC12
HOT TOPIC! SC12 Registration Now Live!
Get Ready Exhibitors! SCinet Connection Request System (CRS) Opens August 1, 2012
Calling Industry Exhibitors: Exhibitor Forum Submissions Due July 20!
Technical Posters and ACM SRC Submissions due July 31
Scientific Visualization Showcase Submissions due July 31
Student Volunteer Applications due July 31!
Proposals for Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions due July 31
Call for Submissions to Doctoral Showcase Program
Submit now open for the Broader Engagement Program
SC12 Housing is Going Fast! Make Your Reservations Now!

Dr. Michio Kaku, World-Renowned Theoretical Physicist to Present Keynote at SC12

Dr. Michio Kaku, a world-renowned theoretical physicist, will deliver the keynote address at SC12. Building on ideas presented in his most recent book "Physics of the Future: How Science will Change Daily Life by 2100," Dr. Kaku will open the SC12 technical program at 8:30 a.m. MT, Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York (CUNY). He graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and first in his physics class. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and been a professor at CUNY for almost 30 years. He has taught at Harvard and Princeton as well. Dr. Kaku’s goal is to complete Einstein's dream of a "theory of everything," to derive an equation, perhaps no more than one inch long, which will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. He is the co-founder of string field theory, a major branch of string theory, which is the leading candidate today for the theory of everything.

Dr. Kaku is the author of several international bestsellers, including "Hyperspace and Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century" and "Physics of the Impossible". His most recent book, "Physics of the Future: How Science will Change Daily Life" - the basis for the keynote address -  is based on interviews with over 300 of the world's top scientists and presents the revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself.

"Our community has entered a phase of radical change as we address the challenges of reaching exascale computation and the opportunities that big data will bring to science. Dr. Kaku will provide a unique and inspirational message on the impact that addressing these challenges will have on science and business as well as for society at large," said Jeff Hollingsworth, SC12 General Chair and Professor at the University of Maryland.

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SC12 Registration Now Live!

We are excited to announce that registration for SC12 is now open!  Join us in November for an exciting week of high quality technical papers, presentations, posters and invited speakers coupled with our world-class exhibit floor that uniquely brings together industry, government and academic organizations.  Register for SC12 by Wednesday, Oct. 17, and save up to $250!

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Get Ready Exhibitors! SCinet Connection Request System (CRS) Opens August 1, 2012

The SCinet CRS is the pincipal method that exhibitors may use to identify,
request, and manage their network connections with SCinet, the high performance network that provides local and wide area high capacity connections for the conference. The CRS is the online management system that SCinet uses to gather requests for standard network connections (such as 10- or 1- Gigabit Ethernet) and connections to be delivered as dark fiber either to another exhibitor booth or to a SCinet location.

The SC12 exhibits management company provides SCinet with a list of contacts for exhibitor organizations. These initial contacts will receive an email with a subject line of "Invitation to request SCinet connections" on August 1, 2012. That email contains login and password information for the CRS. If you do not know the contact for your exhibitor / organization, please contact the SCinet Helpdesk by sending email to

Connection requests may be submitted at any time beginning Wednesday, August 1.
A late fee must be charged for new connection requests received after Friday, September 28 and that the CRS will close for new connections on Friday, October 19.

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Calling Industry Exhibitors: Exhibitor Forum Submissions Due July 20!

Last year's Exhibitors Forum got rave reviews from exhibitors. Do you want to reach an audience of interested potential customers and fellow exhibitors?  SC12 encourages you to submit to the Exhibitor Forum.  Every year, the Exhibitor Forum features the latest advances of industry exhibitors, including new products and upgrades, recent research and development, customer case studies, and future plans and roadmaps.  It's an exciting part of the Exhibits program.  But it all depends on you, the company with the great idea, to submit a proposal and wow the attendees.

Submissions due by Friday, July 20, 2012  

Technical Posters and ACM SRC Submissions due July 31

SC12 solicits soliciting technical posters on novel and innovative research for display in a prominent location during the conference. Poster authors will get the opportunity to discuss poster contents at the Research Poster Reception, and one poster will be selected to receive the Best Poster Award. ACM student members are encouraged to submit posters to the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), compete for awards at SC12, and have the opportunity to join the SRC Grand Finals.

Submissions due: July 31, 2012
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Scientific Visualization Showcase Submissions due July 31

The Scientific Visualization Showcase is back for SC12. The Scientific Visualization Showcase will be presented in a museum/art exhibit-style environment so that attendees can experience and enjoy the latest in science and engineering HPC results expressed through state-of-the-art visualization technologies. We encourage participation—both in submissions and attendance at the conference—from people and areas that normally do not get involved with SC. The selected visualizations will be on display during SC12 and will be included in the digital archive.

Submissions due: July 31, 2012
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Student Volunteer Applications due Tuesday, July 31!

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.

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

Student Volunteer applications are available at the SC12 Submissions site:
Application deadline: July 31, 2012.
For more information visit:

Proposals for Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions due July 31

The Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) program invites you to submit a proposal if you are interested in holding a session that emphasizes audience interaction and open discussion on non-commercial HPC topics of focused mutual interest and currency within the HPC community. A strong emphasis should be placed on audience-driven discussion and participation. We expect the number of submissions to exceed the number of available rooms for BOF sessions; submissions, therefore, will be reviewed by a selection committee for topic, submission quality, audience engagement, and level of interest to the SC community.

Submissions due: July 31, 2012
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Call for Submissions to Doctoral Showcase Program

Submissions are now being accepted for the Doctoral Showcase program, which for 2012 has been expanded into two tracks:

  • Dissertation Research Showcase: This track provides a venue for Ph.D. students who will be graduating in the next 12 months to present a summary of their dissertation research. It also provides an ideal opportunity for prospective employers in academia, research laboratories and industry to interact with prospective Ph.D.s. Everyone attending the conference is encouraged to attend this program. Come to see the latest and greatest dissertation work done by tomorrow’s HPC experts.
  • Early Research Showcase: This track provides early-stage research students with an opportunity to present their research and engage with the SC community. The showcase invites both students who are researching computational techniques and high performance computing, and students applying computational techniques to their scientific domain. Everyone attending the conference is encouraged to attend this program to engage with future HPC experts and provide valuable feedback and learn about future research developments.

Submissions due : July 31, 2012
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Submit now for the Broader Engagement Program

The Broader Engagement (BE) component of the Communities Program focuses on increasing the involvement of individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups in the SC'12 conference and in high performance computing (HPC). Competitive grants are available to support travel to and participation in the SC'12 technical program and exhibits.

Applications for the BE program are now being accepted. Individuals from underrepresented groups in HPC and belonging to any computing-related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants can either choose to apply under the Standard Track or the Advanced Track. The Standard Track is intended for newcomers to SC, while the Advanced Track is for returning and/or advanced BE participants who are interested in accessing the tutorials with partial support from the conference. Detailed information on the BE program is available at:

Applications Close: August 11, 2012
Submission site:

SC12 Hotel Rooms are Going Fast! Make Your Reservations Now!

Hotel rooms are going fast for SC12., there are still some rooms available near the convention center.  Some government room rates are also still 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. 

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