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SC08: Unleashing the Power of High Performance Computing

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession



WHAT: 20th Anniversary of the Premier Conference for High Performance Computing (HPC)

·    ACM co-hosts prominent industry experts on world’s latest HPC scientific and technical innovations

·    Weapons of Mass Disruption – technologies that can reshape HPC in the next 5-15 years

  •          Quantum computing
  •         Flash storage
  •         Cheap, low power optical communications

·    Masterworks Sessions – Real-world HPC applications in business, arts, medicine, energy

  •         Managing mountains of digital data to advance knowledge and scholarship
  •          Musical design patterns inspired by parallel programming
  •         Goodyear’s use of teraflop computing for innovative tire design
  •         Contributions of computational fluid dynamics to the Boeing 787
  •         HPC in finance: Where rocket science meets “The Street”
  •         Treating cardiovascular disease with predictive computer models
  •         HPC in the personalization of cancer therapy
  •         Computational opportunities in genomic and biomedicine
  •         Large scale simulation to create fusion energy heat
  •         Molecular simulations to produce renewable liquid biofuels
  •         HPC at zero-emission datacenters to reduce energy consumption

·    Industry and Research Exhibits

  •          From the world’s leading companies and organizations
  •          More than 265 exhibitors in a dynamic, interactive environment
  •          Exhibitor forum talks showcase new products, recent research, and future plans

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WHO: Keynote and Invited Speakers

·    Michael Dell, Dell Inc., Keynote on visions beyond the 20th anniversary of the SC conference

·    Kenneth H. Buetow, National Cancer Institute, on enabling the promise of personalized medicine

·    David Patterson, UC Berkeley Parallel Computing Lab on new approaches to multicore computing

·    John Wadsworth, Battelle Memorial Institute, on balancing energy use and environmental issues

·    Mary Wheeler, UT Austin, on a wish list for simulator capabilities of subsurface energy concerns


WHEN: November 15-21  Complimentary Press Registration (except meals)


WHERE: Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701  


WHY: Advances in computing technologies featured at SC08 are driving our ability to solve heretofore unsolvable problems in nanoscience, biotechnology, climate research, astrophysics, chemistry, fusion research, drug research, homeland defense, nuclear technologies and many other fields.  SC08 will demonstrate how high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis touch all disciplines to enhance people’s abilities to understand information.  This experience will lead to new understanding, promote interdisciplinary projects, and affect the educational process using computers for modeling and simulation in classrooms.


About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.  


Contact: Virginia Gold