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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

October 15:
• Early Registration Deadline

October 19:
• Submissions due for Plenary and Keynote "Walk in Video"
• SCinet Circuit Request deadline
• Registration deadline for Mentor-Protégé Program

Check out the SC12 Invitation Video!

SC12 Invitation Video





Register by October 15 for Early Registration Rates!
SC12 Invited Speakers Provide Unique Perspectives on Systems, Architecture, Algorithms and Applications
Show Off Your Work at SC12 Keynote and Plenary Sessions, Submissions due Oct. 19
Attention Exhibitors: SCinet Connection Request System (CRS) Accepting Orders Until October 19
SC12 Panels Boasts Broad Range of Speakers and Topics
Meet your new and future colleagues at SC12

Register by October 15 for Early Registration Rates!

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 Monday, Oct. 15, and save up to $250 on the Technical Program as well as up to $305 off Tutorial registration.

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SC12 Invited Speakers Provide Unique Perspectives on Systems, Architecture, Algorithms and Applications

Each day of the SC12 conference will feature invited expert talks from HPC leaders representing industry, government and academic voices in our community. These talks will share perspectives on a variety of topics including building and using leading edge systems, fundamental algorithmic advances as well as the significant scientific breakthroughs enabled by our HPC ecosytem. Following the Tuesday morning keynote, Kim Cupps of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Buddy Bland of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will detail the trials and tribulations of siting two new large scale systems (LLNL's Sequoia and ORNL's Titan).

Following this talk, Kirk Cameron of Virginia Tech and Thomas Ludwig of the University of Hamburg will provide a close look at how energy consumption is becoming the dominant issue for supercomputing systems. In the last Tuesday session, Jim Demmel of the University of California at Berkeley and Linda Petzold of the University of California at Santa Barbara will detail important algorithmic advances.

On Wednesday, Al Gara of Intel and Zhiwei Xu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences will discuss how computer architecture trends will shape future simulation and large-scale data systems. Later in the day, Michael Wolfe from PGI and François Bodin of CAPS will share perspectives on the latest advances in compiling for accelerators. The final session on Wednesday will feature talks from Sylvie Joussaume of the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace and Tsuyoshi Yasuki of Toyota on emerging applications that will have major influence on society.

Bob Walkup of IBM and John Levesque of Cray will present Thursday morning. Their talks will also feature the major new systems at LLNL and ORNL, but with a focus on the applications they run and the performance that they achieve. Finally, Thursday afternoon will close with talks highlighting some scientific advances achieved through large-scale simulations by Ann Almgren of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Chisachi Kato of the University of Tokyo.

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Show Off Your Work at SC12 Keynote and Plenary sessions

The keynote and plenary sessions at SC12 will feature an SC-sponsored “Walk in Video Loop” which will run before and after these sessions as attendees arrive and depart. This is a unique, highly visible platform to showcase HPC projects that can be shared via video, or images. We are particularly interested in highlighting any unique scientific visualizations.

We are now accepting submissions.

  • Content will be projected on a high definition surface that is 32’ by 18’ with a 16x9 ratio. Submissions should be at least 1920x1080 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second.
  • Files should be submitted in a standard Quicktime or windows codec format.
  • Please include a separate file with your organization's logo, along with the names and photos of people involved in the project (if available).
  • Participation is FREE!
  • Upload files to - using the “Walk In, Walk Out video” submission form
  • Please clearly label your files with your company or institution name.

If you have any questions please email:
Submissions due by October 19, 2010

Attention Exhibitors: SCinet Connection Request System (CRS) Accepting Orders Until October 19

The SCinet CRS is the principal method that exhibitors may use to identify, request, and manage their network connection needs 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 collect 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 should have received 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

The CRS opened on August 1 and late fees took effect on September 28. The CRS will close on October 19.

Accepting requests to participate: August 1, 2012 - October 19th, 2012
PLEASE NOTE: Late fees took effect on Friday, September 28
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SC12 Panels Boasts Broad Range of Speakers and Topics

SC12 has developed a full schedule of panels across the entire week of the conference. The diverse set of topics selected for hour and a half sessions promises to be of extreme interest to the broad HPC community and conference attendees. These include areas of focus such as big data, clouds, networking and I/O, reliability, visualization, and many more. The panelists have been chosen from across the spectrum of academia, industry, and government labs, many of them leaders in their respective fields. If past years are of any indication, we can expect lively discussions, sometimes entertaining and always thought provoking. Panels having always been one of the most widely attended conference formats for collegial exchange, benefitting from active audience participation. The program committee and panel organizers invite you to become part of one of the highlights of this year’s conference.

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Meet your new and future colleagues at SC12

Initiated and organized by the Broader Engagement (BE) Committee, the Mentor-Protégé program supports the growth of a vibrant HPC community by connecting the new comers at the SC conference with experienced conference attendees. The mentors share their experiences from previous SC conferences and their expertise in High Performance Computing (HPC) discipline with the protégés who are participants of the communities programs (HPC Educators, Student Volunteers, BE, and Student Cluster Challenge participants). While the Mentors and Protégés are welcome to set their own meeting times for one-to-one interaction or attend sessions together as per their convenience, a social event (Mentor-Protégé Mixer) has been scheduled at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM on November 12th 2012 to encourage the interaction between the Mentors and Protégés. Join the program as a mentor and be a part of building our HPC future.

To register as a mentor:
Select yes in your conference registration, or
Send an email to: Mentor-protégé

Deadline: October 19th, 2012

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