7/17/2002 - More than 100 leading IT professionals, scientists, engineers and luminaries from around the world are converging at the Sun Microsystem's High Performance Computing Consortium (SHPCC) event to discuss high-end scientific and engineering computing issues and trends. The bi-annual SHPCC is a premier conference for attendees to gain knowledge about Sun's products and plans in high performance and technical computing, as well as build community ties within the industry.

As Sun continues its leadership in bringing together the academic research community, its commitment to high performance computing is further demonstrated by expansive collaborative efforts in the UK. Sun has selected the University College London as a Sun Center of Excellence (COE) in Grid Management Technologies. Alongside other Sun COEs, including London's Imperial College, Oxford University and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, the expansion of Sun's Center of Excellence program in grid-related technologies and applications has built a strong foundation for the high performance computing research community.

Dr. Steven Newhouse of Imperial College has been named a Sun Lecturer in e-Science, honoring his extraordinary contributions to the global grid and e-science community, and will play a prominent role at SHPCC.

The White Rose initiative in Yorkshire, a consortium of the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield, recently engaged Sun's expertise in grid computing to build the joint infrastructure for scientific computing. While different types of Sun servers are installed in these three locations, researchers will be able to access applications through Sun's technical computing portal at any given time and run compute jobs in either location, based on the intelligence of Sun's policy-based scheduling management software, Sun Grid Engine Enterprise Edition, which is intergrated with the toolkit from the Globus project. Sun Grid Engine software has been intergrated with Globus since 1999.

"The SHPCC is a true testament of Sun's continued commitment to the scientific, engineering and technical computing markets," said Kim Jones, vice president of global education and research, Sun Microsystems. "An increasing number of researchers are discovering the advantages of Sun's architecture and partnerships, and the SHPCC is a forum that allows professionals to capitalize and learn about the work being done in the field of high performance computing."

The next HPC Consortium Meeting will be held in Baltimore, Md., USA, just prior to the 2002 Supercomputer Conference.

The Facts About SHPCC
What: The SHPCC is an independent, volunteer-organized, international group of member organizations that own or use Sun computer systems with an emphasis on high-performance, technical computing and visualization. The SHPCC was organized to provide the high performance computing community with leadership and provide a forum for information exchange to enable the development and effective use of Sun computational tools in achieving business and research objectives of member organizations.

Date: July 18-20, 2002
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, at the Hilton Glasgow

Speakers: The SHPCC will feature keynote speeches from Wolfgang Gentzch, director of grid computing, Sun Microsystems; Marc Tremblay, chief architect, product processor group, Sun Microsystems; Malcolm Atkinson, director, UK National Science Center along with several industry visionaries.

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