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October 23, 2008
Oct. 23 -- SC08 Austin occurs 20 years after the first conference, Supercomputing '88 in Orlando, Florida. A number of activities at SC08 are planned to highlight the evolution of the conference, supercomputing and related technologies. We hope you will find time to view, visit and reflect on the history of the SC Community; the computers, the accomplishments, the colleagues, and ultimately the friendships. At the same time we want to take time to project forward to both conjecture about the future and to lay the groundwork for that future and how SC can continue to contribute to the worldwide HPC community and society in general. We hope you will be able to join us for some of these "platinum anniversary" events.
In the Austin Convention Center, a large lobby museum will feature over 100 artifacts and memorabilia covering two decades of high performance computing. These are loaned by private collectors, national laboratories, academic institutions, vendors and museums. The booth will also feature clips, images and archive video from the past 20 years as well as talks by notable contributors to the field.
The museum will also include a "story booth" to capture attendees' observations about the impact and development of not only high performance computing and technologies, but their informal observations as an attendee of Supercomputing as well. A digital archive is available at http://www.scxyhistory.org to upload material such as significant photos, movies, videos, or textual anecdotes. Anecdotes might include a description of how participation in the conference has influenced a career or a description of event found particularly noteworthy.
The SC08 keynote session will feature a video retrospective of the past 20 years, contributed by people from academia, industry, and government. A souvenir DVD for all conference attendees includes a copy of this video as well as a digital archive of noteworthy photos and videos.
And finally on Friday, Nov. 21, there will be a panel discussion titled "SC: The Conference" chaired by Beverly Clayton, general chair for Supercomputing '96, and including a panel of five other past conference general chairs. They will examine the last 20 years of SC, its impact on our community, and speculate about the potential influences over the next 20 years. Come join us -- to ponder the future.
SC08 Anniversary Initiative co-chairs
Thomas DeBoni, Nancy Wilkins-Diehr and John Cobb
For more information: http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=20anniv.html
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