6/5/2003 - More than 100 leading IT professionals, scientists, engineers and luminaries from around the world are converging at the Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) High Performance Computing Consortium (SHPCC) event in Heidelberg, Germany, June 21-23, 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.
In April, Sun announced the creation of a new, expanded High Performance and Technical Computing (HPTC) business unit to span Sun and drive HPTC customer requirements to a broader range of future developments. The move brings into a single view Sun's HPTC products, programs and investments across all of its divisions, including software, services, sales, storage, computer systems products, and the Education vertical.
"Sun's goal is to help our HPTC customers and partners advance science. We do this by offering best of breed solutions built upon solid platforms and standards," said Shahin Khan, vice president of High Performance and Technical Computing, Sun Microsystems. "From the Sun Fire V880z visualization server, which I consider the hottest graphics system on the market today, to Sun's HPC Storage Area Network technologies and its Sun ONE Grid Engine software, Sun has the broadest set of offerings for the HPTC market. In addition, other foundation technologies such as Project JXTA or chip multithreading promise to provide not just high performance but also high productivity to Sun customers."
As Sun continues its leadership in bringing together the academic research community, its commitment to high performance and technical computing is further demonstrated by the announcement of the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center as a Sun Center of Excellence (COE) in New Generation Networks, Grids and Portals. Through the center's development of a scientific research portal, an environment that provides access to computational services using advanced grid infrastructure, based on the Sun ONE Grid Engine Platform, researchers will be able to seamlessly access the high performance computing environment -- and focus on scientific problems rather than computational operations.
Alongside other European Sun COEs, including London's Imperial College, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, the Danish Technical University, Uppsala University, Aachen University, and the University of Ulm, Sun's Center of Excellence program has built a strong foundation for the high performance and technical computing research community.
"The SHPCC is a true testament of Sun's continued commitment to the scientific, engineering and technical computing markets," said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research, Sun Microsystems. "An increasing number of researchers are discovering the advantages of Sun's architecture and partner relationships, 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 second HPC Consortium Meeting for 2003 will be held in Phoenix, AZ, USA, November 14-16, just prior to the 2003 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: June 21-23, 2003 Location: Heidelberg, Germany, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Speakers: The SHPCC will feature speeches from Shahin Kahn, Sun VP of HPTC; Wolfgang Gentzch, Sun Director of grid computing; Marc Tremblay, chief architect, Sun Processor Product group; Jarek Nabrzyski, director, Poznan Supercomputer Center along with several industry visionaries.
For more information: http://www.sun.com/edu.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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