Boston University Is Key Player in International Supercomputing Conference

Contact: Ann Marie Menting, 617/353-2240 | amenting@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass) — Boston University will serve as one of 25 sites worldwide — and the only Boston site — for presentations in SC Global 2003, a supercomputing conference on advanced collaborative technologies scheduled for November 18 to 20. Jennifer Teig von Hoffman, project manager for the Scientific Computing and Visualization Group of the University’s Office of Information Technology, is conference chairwoman.

Involving participants on five continents, the conference will address innovative uses of technologies designed to improve collaboration over long distances. Key among these technologies is the Access Grid, the tool that will allow the conference’s global venue. The Access Grid is an ensemble of video- and computer-based resources integrated through a high-performance Internet-protocol network that provides interaction that rivals face-to-face communication and access to high-performance computing resources.

The technical program will include sessions on virtual prototyping to increase productivity, turnover, and customer satisfaction in engineering designs; exploring the human and social needs of advanced collaborative environments; and increasing representation and participation of underserved groups in high-performance networking and computing. This last topic is underscored by the participation of the Tribal Virtual Network, a five-tribal-nation consortium of Native American tribal museums and education centers that uses Access Grid technology.

Home site for the conference is Phoenix, Ariz. In addition to Boston University, other sites are Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, Australia’s Sydney VisLab, the UK’s University College London, and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea.

The conference is free and open to the public.

EVENT: SC Global 2003

DATE: November 18 – 20

TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Access Grid facility

111 Cummington Avenue, Room B17

Boston University, Boston, Mass.