Each year, scientists participating in the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Program (SciDAC), along with other researchers from the computational science community gather at the annual SciDAC conference to present scientific results, discuss new technologies and discover new approaches to collaboration. The 2008 SciDAC Conference will be held July 13-17 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington.
The 2008 SciDAC conference will bring together more than 300 scientists for four days of technical and scientific talks, poster sessions and informal discussions. The general chair of the 2008 SciDAC Conference is Rick Stevens, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Life Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory.
In addition to highlighting successes from the SciDAC program, the 2008 SciDAC conference will be a general celebration of computational science. We will bring together computational scientists from different nations, agencies, programs, and application domains to highlight recent advances in computational science in important areas: from understanding our universe on its largest and smallest scales, to understanding Earth’s climate change and its ramifications for humankind, to developing new energy sources. Application talks will focus on performance and scaling issues. Enabling technologies talks will focus on petascale applications and architectures.
Supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science, the SciDAC program brings together computational scientists, applied mathematicians, and computer scientists from across application domains and from universities and national laboratories across the United States. As a result, the computational state-of-the-art in many fields has advanced significantly, and the program has enabled studies that we could only dream about in the past. On top of this, a new infrastructure is developing for scientific advances at the petascale. In 2006, SciDAC announced its second round of projects, building on a number of successful projects in its first five years.