eSCape 2000 Event to Showcase HPC Anywhere, Anytime

July 14, 2000

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Dallas, TEXAS — For many computer users, the ability to log on and check their email from anywhere represents the latest in computing technology. Now, imagine a point in the future where a person using a handheld computer and wireless modem can log into a supercomputer in California, run a massively parallel code using data stored at sites in New York, Iowa and Illinois, and download a 3D simulation of the scientific results at a conference in Texas.

Such a scenario isn’t just the stuff of the future, but will be a centerpiece of SC2000, the annual conference of high-performance networking and computing, to be held Nov. 4-10 in Dallas, Texas.

Known as eSCape 2000, this demonstration of the ability to compute anywhere will showcase various technologies now being developed by the world’s leading R&D organizations in high-performance computing and networking. Organizations and researchers interested in participating in demonstrations of such capabilities need to submit their proposals by Friday, July 28. Instructions and more information can be found on the Web at http://www.sc2000.org/escape2000 .

“eSCape 2000 is really about escaping today’s technological boundaries and making the nation’s computing and networking resources more productive to more people,” said Stephen Jones of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and co-chair of eSCape 2000. “Many of the computing technologies taken for granted today were initially demonstrated at past SC conferences, and we believe what will be shown in Dallas in November will again portend what will be commonplace in the future.”

eSCape 2000 is set to demonstrate how palm-sized computing and wireless communication will dramatically change the technology landscape. The convergence of these technologies creates new opportunities in high-performance computing, a field once relegated to a handful of supercomputer centers.

Using the latest technologies, eSCape 2000 will demonstrate the possibility of ubiquitous access to the nation’s high performance computing infrastructure. This means extending the human-computer interface out from the desktop, allowing users to integrate computing, data exploration and understanding, and access to large data warehouses as part of their daily activities.

Participants are invited to demonstrate applications and technologies that they feel best illustrate how being able to reach “HPC Anywhere” will impact supercomputing and the people and industries that depend on supercomputing. The event will be organized as a combination forum/permanent exhibit, and participants will each be allotted 25 minutes for a presentation and demonstration of their research project.

The SC2000 conference will provide a wireless infrastructure to serve as a showcase for demonstrations of novel interfaces to high-performance computing resources, data and applications.

Additionally, SC2000 will include two days of tutorials by the leading experts in the field, as well as three days of technical presentations highlighting new technologies, applications and results. The conference will also feature exhibits by the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance computing and networking hardware and software. There will also be displays by many of the nation’s leading research institutions which are putting those technologies to work to advance scientific knowledge, enhance education and open new opportunities for research and development.

For more information about SC2000, go to http://www.sc2000.org To learn more about eSCape 2000 go to http://www.sc2000.org/escape2000 .

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