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Texas Advanced Computing Center to Host Meeting of IBM Scientific Computing User Group

August 9 - 13, 2004
Presentation Abstracts Due July 16, 2004
Early Registration Deadline July 23, 2004
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AUSTIN, Texas, June 29, 2004 — The tenth meeting of the IBM System Scientific Computing User Group (ScicomP) will be held Aug. 9-13, 2004, in Austin, Texas. ScicomP10 is being held in conjunction with the summer meeting of SP-XXL, a similar group with systems-oriented interests in large-scale scientific technical computing on IBM hardware. The combined meetings are being hosted by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Grid creates a tremendously powerful environment,” said University of London chemist Peter Coveney, who led the U.K. side of the TeraGyroid Project. With a sophisticated approach called “computational steering” the researchers launched multiple simulations from which they chose a set of dynamics on which to focus at large-scale. As a result, said Coveney, “our productivity skyrocketed.”

“The tenth meeting of the IBM Scientific Computing User Group promises to be one of the most informative ever. We expect particularly strong presentations on the latest developments in IBM processor architectures and in system software, given that the home of the POWER design and AIX development teams are just five minutes away,” said Bronis R. de Supinski, current ScicomP president. He added, “I am particularly looking forward to the keynotes. Jay Boisseau, the first ScicomP president and currently TACC Director, has promised some technical challenges in addition to a general description of TACC’s activities. Also, Peg Williams from IBM will provide us with a broad overview of IBM’s HPC software plans.”

The ScicomP 10 sessions will feature presentations from IBM research and development staff, on topics that will include hardware and software roadmaps for large systems, including that of the recent release of the POWER5 chip and the high-performance Federation switch; application development support software tools; performance programming, measurement, analysis, and tuning techniques. The meeting will also feature user presentations focusing on real-world experiences in porting, maintaining and running codes on large-scale systems. Topics will include code migration, scalable algorithms, hybrid programming models, exploiting system architectures, and scheduling and execution frameworks. Additionally, a day of tutorials will be presented by IBM staff and others.

SP-XXL will also hold technical sessions at this meeting open to participants from SP-XXL member sites. “These are very exciting times in high performance computing and our second meeting co-located with ScicomP promises to capture many timely topics,” said Nicholas P. Cardo, current SP-XXL chair and member of the Computational Systems Group at NERSC. “All attendees will benefit from the information presented in the combined sessions, particularly with the release of the new IBM POWER5 processor. SP-XXL members will have the opportunity to attend valuable ScicomP tutorials and participate in topics not typically discussed in SP-XXL meetings.”

Proposals for user and vendor presentations are being solicited now and abstracts for proposed user presentations can be submitted via the web form at The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 16.

Early registration deadline is Monday, July 23rd. Students may register at reduced rates for both the technical sessions and the tutorials. More information on this meeting can be found on the ScicomP10 web pages The agenda will be updated as it develops.

For questions regarding technical presentations, contact Bronis de Supinski at For questions on registration, contact David Skinner at For questions on local accommodations contact Avi Purkayastha

In addition to support from TACC, sponsorship for this meeting is being provided by IBM Corp.

About Texas Advanced Computing Center

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is one of the leading academic advanced computing centers in the nation. TACC’s mission is to enhance the capabilities of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and its partners through the application of advanced computing resources and expertise. TACC provides advanced computing resources and services to enable computationally-intensive research and conducts research and development activities to develop new computing techniques and technologies. More information on TACC is available at


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