The technical papers component of the SC2001 program is especially strong and vibrant. Sixty papers were selected from a pool of 240 submissions covering a broad technical scope and offering a truly international perspective on high performance networking and computing. Eighty-four of the papers were student submissions, of which seventeen were accepted and six nominated for the best student paper award.
In my view, SC has come into its own with this year’s program. Several of the papers represent the unique combination of real science, novel computational methods, and in-depth performance analysis on leading-edge platforms that only comes together at SC. You will find sessions such as “Sea, Wind, and Fire,” “Groundbreaking Applications,” and “Material Science” tackling computational modeling of the ocean, atmosphere, combustion, and structures. Several of these are finalists for the Gordon Bell Prize. Clusters and Grids are well represented from hardware and software viewpoints, reflecting the emergence of these important platforms. In-depth design studies explore leading commericial architectures, novel hardware devices, and emerging interconnects. Theoretical and empirical studies investigate new parallel numerical methods, algorithms, and performance-analysis techniques. Networking and storage are explored from unusual angles, and eScience emerges in the context of new modes of interacting with computational processes and high performance architectures.
Together, these papers provide a rich treatment of the latest technical work over the broad scope of high performance networking and computing. They are complemented with workshops on selected topics and a leading Masterworks track of invited speakers.
I would like to thank the members of the Technical Papers Committee and the Program Committee, who worked so hard to bring it all together and the authors from around the world who have built such a strong program. I think you too will find it exciting.