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Karen Green NCSA, 217-265-0748, kareng@ncsa.uiuc.edu
Julie Wulf, Argonne National Laboratory, 630-252-7163, wulf@mcs.anl.gov

Worldwide Sites Plan SC2001 Participation through SC Global
Project will link Denver conference with the top and bottom of the world—and points in between

May 1, 2001

ARGONNE, IL - Sites spanning six continents from the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center in Faribanks, AK, to the NSF Polar Research Center in Antarctica will participate virtually in SC2001, the annual high-performance computing and networking conference scheduled Nov. 10–16 in Denver. This electronic international participation will be part of SC Global. The participants will be called "constellation sites."

So far a total of 35 sites, including 14 outside the United States, are making this the first global technical conference linking groups of people worldwide using Grid technologies. Additional sites in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and 21 U.S sites also plan to participate.

Constellation sites will have the chance to participate remotely in activities on the SC show floor, and many will also offer content to the conference--from workshops on computing and networking issues, to interactive art exhibits and cultural exchanges. In addition, a variety of panels and birds-of-a-feather sessions will unite participants from around the world.

SC Global will use the Access Grid (http://www.accessgrid.org), a system that links people over high-speed networks for virtual meetings and other collaborative sessions. Developed by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, the Access Grid is being deployed by the National Computational Science Alliance. A crew from Argonne National Laboratory will operate an Access Grid node on the SC2001 exhibit floor.

"SC Global will make SC2001 the first supercomputing and networking conference in which people can be active participants, whether they are in the Denver Convention Center, or thousands of miles away at a constellation site," said Ian Foster, a senior scientist at Argonne, professor of computer science at the University of Chicago, and head of the SC Global project. "We hope to show people the potential of Grid technologies as a means of enabling international scientific communication and collaboration. It will be a glimpse at a form of interaction that will become commonplace as the 21st century progresses."

Constellation sites are currently busy installing the equipment needed to participate in SC Global and taking part in practice runs. Sites that have confirmed their participation are:

" Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center, Albuquerque, NM
" Alliance Center for Collaboration, Education, Science and Software, Arlington, VA
" Antarctica, NSF Polar Research Center
" Arctic Region Supercompting Center, Fairbanks, AK
" Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing, Sydney, Australia
" Admire Group, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Beijing, China
" Boston University, Boston, MA
" Cineca Supercomputing Center, Bologna, Italy
" Department of Defense Dependent Schools, Heidelberg, Germany
" Florida International University, Miami, FL
" Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Juelich, Germany
" Free University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
" Games Society of Korea, Seoul, South Korea
" Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, South Korea
" Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
" Maui High Performance Computing Center, Kihei, HI
" Montana State University, Bozeman MT
" National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
" National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Champaign, IL
" San Diego Supercomputer Center, San Diego, CA
" Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
" Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
" Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
" Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
" University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
" University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
" University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago
" University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
" University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
" University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
" University of Montana, Bozeman, MT
" University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
" University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
" Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
" West Virginia University. Morgantown, WV

For more information on SC Global see http://www.accessgrid.org.
For more on SC2001, see https://sc2001.org.

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