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Welcome to SC2004

SC2004, the world’s leading conference on high performance computing, networking and storage, will be held in the brand new David L. Lawrence Convention Center (http://www.pittsburghcc.com/html/introduction.html) in Pittsburgh on November 6-12, 2004. The new convention center opened in March, 2003 and features 236,900 square feet of column-free exhibit space for SC2004, extraordinary meeting facilities and a stunning view of the Pittsburgh skyline and riverfront. The facility was designed with high-tech in mind and will be the best convention center yet in the SC Conference series. Pittsburgh itself has undergone a renovation since SC’96 was held in the city. There is a new football stadium, new baseball stadium and several new hotels in the downtown area. SC2004 will be located near the theater district, the cultural center of the city. It is a city on the move!

The SC2004 Conference will bring representatives from many technical communities together to exchange ideas, celebrate past successes and plan for the future. To reflect this important function, the conference theme is Bridging Communities, which represents not only the technical communities participating in the conference but the architecture of the city, too. We will utilize state-of-the-art technology in the conference high-performance network, SCinet, and in the Access Grid to bring participants from around the world to Pittsburgh. And at the convention center itself, the technical program, Education Program, and Minority Serving Institutions Program will all create bridges to new communities.

And most importantly, the SC2004 committee has included new program highlights to bring new communities to the conference. StorCloud will be a multi-vendor resource available to conference participants and could reach a petabyte of random accessible storage. To demonstrate real applications that use this tremendous resource, the StorCloud Challenge will solicit applications developers to participate in a competition for the best storage intensive application. Another new highlight will be the InfoStar initiative. This will provide real-time conference information to the participants in an easily accessible form. Information ranging from speaker information to late room changes to registration information is to be available throughout the conference. These innovations will set the standard for state-of-the-art conference information systems.

The Conference Technical Program will continue the tradition of providing high-quality, peer reviewed papers in research and application areas of high performance computing, networking and storage. Papers are being solicited from all communities including industry, DoD, federal agencies, and universities. The Technical Program will be the highlight of the conference.

And of course, we can’t leave out one of the most exciting and innovative aspects of the conference – the Exhibits! As in past years, there will be industry exhibits showcasing the latest technology available now that will be on the desktop in just a few more years, and research exhibits showcasing what’s new in the university, federal government and not-for-profit sectors. The Exhibits provide the time and the place for real information exchange and can lead to new partnerships and ideas!

On behalf of the SC2004 Conference Committee, I would like to invite you to come to Pittsburgh for the SC2004 Conference. It will be the event of 2004 that you don’t want to miss!

Dr. Jeffrey C. Huskamp
SC2004 General Chair


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