7th Workshop

Distributed Supercomputing

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The Lodge at Tamarron, Durango, Colorado, USA
March 4-6, 2003 
(By invitation only.)

Thank you for attending the SOS7 and making it such a success!
The presentations will be available on CD. If you would like one of these CDs, please contact
Bernadette Watts (bmwatts@sandia.gov).

Most Current Email Message (February 8, 2003):


We have finalized the Program details for the SOS7 Workshop. Updated and detailed information on Program, Participants, and other information will show up on the website (http://cs.sandia.gov/SOS7/) soon. The expected attendance is 120. We are rushing you the highlights first.

1. March 3, Monday
5:30pm to 7:30pm Buffet Reception

2. March 4, 5, and 6
Each morning we start with Breakfast at 7am, Program starts at 7:30am, break at 9am for 15 minutes, and the morning session ends at 11:30am. The afternoon session starts at 4pm, break at 5:30pm for 15 minutes, and ends at 7:30pm, followed by dinner. It is extremely important that we adhere to the schedule.

A summary of the Program for each day follows in order. Exact times will be listed in the Program:

a. March 4, Tuesday Morning:
Welcome & Intro: Camp, Pundit, Womble
Keynotes by: Zacharia, Camp
Report on Recent Workshops, Chaired by Johnson,
Panelists: Morse, DeBenedictis, Maccabe, Hough, Riesen, Kranzlmueller, Panda, Katz, Gropp, Levine

b. March 4, Tuesday Afternoon
Session on Machines Already Operational, Chaired by Oliver
Panelists: Riesen, Seager, Morrison, Reed (Dan), Levine, Hart, Gonnord
Keynotes by: Gruber, Dongarra, Dan Reed
Dinner Keynote by Sterling

c. March 5, Wednesday Morning
Session on Planned Machines, Chaired by Bob Meisner
Panelists: Riesen, Seager, Tomkins, Minnich, Studham, Bland, Moreira
Session on Other Killer Applications, Chaired by Washington,
Speakers: Mezzacappa, Heffelfinger, Hart
Keynote by Levine

d. March 5, Wednesday Afternoon
Keynotes by: Johnson, Gropp
Panel Session on Runtime, OS, Message Passing, and Resource Management, Moderator – Brightwell,
Panelists: Scott, Wyckoff, Thakur, Sadayappan, Skjellum, Becker, Harrell

e. March 6, Thursday Morning
Session on Research & Applications in Europe, Chaired by Kuonen & Sawley
Panelists: Morin, Parrinello, Gunzinger
Session on Vendors’ Contribution, Chaired by Verwaerde
Panelists: Smith (Cray), Hsieh (Dell), McClellan/Kaufmann (HP), Denneau (IBM), Wheat (Intel), Gustafson (Sun), Reinhardt (SGI)

f. March 6, Thursday Afternoon
Keynotes by: Nicol, Gorda, Leland
Crystal Ball Panel, Moderator – Sterling,
Panelists: Geist, Stricker, Merrill, Camp, Reed
THANKS to Sponsors for Beverages and Parka, Overseas Attendees, Support Staff, All Participants: Camp

Neil D. Pundit, Ph.D.
Department Manager, Technical Chair SOS7 Workshop
Scalable Computing Systems Dept.
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1110
Phone: (505) 845-7601; Fax: (505) 845-7442
Email: pundit@sandia.gov
Web: http://cs.sandia.gov/bios/pundit.htm

Message sent out by Neil Pundit in January 2003:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for accepting our invitation for the SOS7 Workshop on Distributed Supercomputing, to be held March 4-6, in Durango, CO, USA. Additional details are available at <http://cs.sandia.gov/SOS7/>. Currently, we expect 120 attendees.

Here is what we would like you to do:

  1. HOTEL: Make your hotel reservation by calling 800-678-1000 (do mention SOS7) latest by Jan 24, 2003. You should also provide details of who else in the party, choice of winter activities, and any food restrictions. Deposit for one night will be charged on your credit card which can be refunded if you cancel by Feb 5, 2003.
  2. PERSONAL DETAILS: Please send to Deanna Ceballos ( drcebal@sandia.gov ) your name, email, affiliation, address, and a short bio by Jan 24, 2003. This information will be published in the Program booklet.
  3. FOREIGN NATIONAL: If you are NOT a US citizen, please fill out the Foreign National Request form AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

We will keep updating the website as we have further details. If there is a major update, we will tell you by email. We will contact you for your individual participation by a separate email.

We look forward to seeing you in Durango.

Copy of invitation letter sent out by Neil Pundit in October 2002:

On behalf of Bill Camp, Director of Sandia’s Computing Sciences* Center, and the Sandia host, I am pleased to invite you to the SOS7 Workshop on Distributed Supercomputing to be held March 4-6, 2003 in Durango, Colorado, USA, at The Lodge at Tamarron (http://www.tamarron.com). The Purgatory Ski Resort is only 15 minutes away (http://www.durango.org/vp/purgatory.html). For additional leisure activities see below.
(* Computation, Computers, Information and Mathematics)

WHAT IS SOS? SOS is a series of highly interactive Workshops on Distributed Supercomputing, sponsored jointly by the Sandia National Labs, the Oak Ridge National Lab, and the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH and EPFL). SOS7 in 2003 will be the 7th year. The last one hosted by Sandia was SOS4 in New Orleans, LA, USA in 2000, attended by over 70 people, as many of you will recall. With your help, SOS7 will be the best ever in the series.
(prior SOS workshops)

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: We plan to have a highly interactive program for 3 full days with an expected attendance of 70. (For a much lower attendance or by popular choice we can shorten the program to only 2 full days. Please tell us your thoughts.) Each day we will have a 4.5 hours break for leisure activities, and 7 working hours for the Workshop. We are planning sessions on:

  • New Machines (SNL’s Red Storm, ORNL’s X1, LANL’s new cluster, LLNL’s new cluster (MCR), PNL Cluster, ..)
  • Report on Recent Workshops and Conferences (Petaflops Architectures, FAST-OS, Cluster Performance Enhancements, SIO, European PVM/MPI, Cluster
    2002, ..)
  • Keynote Talks (Earth Simulator, Emerging Architectures, ..)
  • Experience with Big Machines
  • Killer Applications
  • Research Underway
  • State-of-the-art Papers
  • Panel Discussions on Controversial Topics
  • Look into the Future
  • Planning for SOS8 including a Program Committee

REGISTRATION: We will begin with an (optional) evening Reception on Monday, March 3, 2003. Workshop days are March 4, 5, and 6. (We need your input for the 3rd day). With a generous support of our Computer Science Research Institute, a Registration fee of US$100 will cover expenses and all meals except lunches. We are looking into a medium weight unisex parka as a souvenir for the registrants. And, you can buy them for your family and friends.

LOCATION: Direct flights to Durango (DRO) are available from Denver (DEN), Houston (IAH), Albuquerque (ABQ), and Phoenix (PHX). A shuttle between DRO and the resort can be arranged. While at the resort, you won’t need a car. If you prefer, drive to Durango from Albuquerque takes 3.5 hours.

ACCOMMODATION: A substantially reduced room rate of US$85.00 per night has been negotiated. [Early Arrival and late stay up to March 7 are allowable at this rate.] Each room has 2 Queen beds, and a kitchenette. There is no charge for additional occupants in the room. A limited number of rooms have a loft with 2 single beds (in addition to 2 Queen beds).

LEISURE ACTIVITIES: Group Rates will be available for skiing at the nearby Purgatory Ski Resort (newly named Durango Mountain Resort), rated among top 10 in the USA. See http://www.durango.org/vp/purgatory.html . Additionally available non-skiing attractions include: snowmobiles, snowtubing, sleigh rides, ice skating, downtown Durango, Narrow Gauge Railway, and Hot Springs bath and massage.

We invite you to a rare opportunity to soak into all aspects of Distributed Supercomputing as well as into the seasonal pleasures possible at a world-class resort. You can make it a family vacation.


  1. Your Acceptance, your thought on the 3rd day, additional invitees, OR
  2. If you can’t attend, your recommendation for an alternate, AND
  3. Any other suggestion on the program, speakers, topics