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SC2001 Conference Looking for High Performance Computing Applications to Stretch High Bandwidth Infrastructure Ų Statements of Interest Due by Wednesday, August 15

July 31, 2001

Once again, the annual SC conference on high-performance networking and computing is looking for researchers with high-bandwidth applications to push the network infrastructure‚s multi-gigabit links to their limits with demonstrations of leading-edge computer applications.

SC2001, to be held Nov. 10-16 in Denver, will again host the High-Performance Bandwidth Challenge, in which teams of researchers from around the world will use the conference network to demonstrate applications using huge amounts of data. Statements of intent to participate in this year‚s event are due by Wednesday, Aug. 15, and should be sent to bandwidthchallenge@scinet.supercomp.org.

The competition was first held at SC2000, where two applications broke the gigabit-per-second limit. This year, organizers are looking for useful applications to take advantage of OC-48 network connections, capable of carrying up to 2.5 gigabits per second.

At each year‚s SC conference, a special network infrastructure known as SCinet is built. This year‚s conference will feature a particularly exciting network infrastructure that will include multiple multi-gigabit (OC-192) links to the show floor and connections to most high-speed national research networks. "High-performance computing and networking go hand-in-hand and the SC conference presents an ideal opportunity for developers of leading-edge applications to show what they can do when a significant amount of bandwidth is at their disposal," said Bill Kramer, head of the High Performance Computing Department at the U.S. Department of Energy‚s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and chair of the SC2001 Bandwidth Challenge.

The idea is that participants will propose amazing applications that will both tax the SCinet network infrastructure and deliver innovative application value, Kramer said.

In turn, event organizers will provide access to high-speed networks, procurement and installation of specialized equipment, where feasible, and space and equipment for demonstrations. Organizers are requesting a statement of intent to participate by August 15, to assist with planning, followed by a proposal by Monday, Sept. 10. For more information about the high-bandwidth event, go to. Those who make the most effective and/or outrageous use of SCinet resources, as decided by a jury at the SC2001 conference, will be awarded recognition and prizes.

SC2001 is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture. For more information about SC2001, go to http://www.sc2001.org/

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