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41st Cray User Group Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 24-28, 1999

Welcome to the 1999 Cray User Group Conference!

We are excited to welcome everyone to Minneapolis for the 1999 Cray User Group Conference. As the original home of Cray Research, it seems a fitting place to close out the millennium and look ahead to the next. We are indeed at the end of an era, as the supercomputing paradigm has shifted from the "big iron" to an HPC world of high-performance commodity processors.

The CUG Program Committee has planned an exciting week of technical sessions and discussions. Add to that good food, a grand night out in the elegant Minnesota History Center, an evening reception hosted by SGI, a special luncheon for CUG newcomers, and a chance to meet with your colleagues in the comfortable setting of the downtown Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel. We think it will be a rewarding and important event for the members of the CUG community.

The technical program promises to be excellent, and we encourage you to peruse the program. In addition, we are excited to have as keynote speaker Cherri M. Pancake, Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University.

Minnesota is called the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and we hope you take some extra time to enjoy the environment. Spring is a beautiful time of year here, and enthusiasm runs high as people begin to enjoy the outdoors after a long northern winter. From the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi River in the east, to the scenic shores of one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world (Lake Superior) to the farms and prairies of the west, Minnesota provides a diverse offering for visitors. Whether you like outdoor activities and sports, a quiet respite in the northern woods, or just some time in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to see the sights, we hope your stay will be memorable.

Minnesota is known for friendly but reserved people, who often are masters of understatement. To use the words of Garrison Keillor, well-known Minnesota humorist and host of national public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion," we think this conference will be "not too bad," which, translated from understated Minnesota parlance, means it will be great!

See you in Minneapolis!

John M. Sell
Network Computing Services, Inc.
Local Arrangements Chair

How to
Reach Us

Local Arrangements, Minneapolis

Until May 21, 1999:
Minneapolis CUG '99 Conference
Liz Stadther
Network Computing Services, Inc.
1200 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (1-612) 337-3430
Fax: (1-612) 337-3400
E-mail: cug99@networkcs.com
From May 22-28, 1999
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Phone: (1-612) 349-7885
E-mail: cug99@networkcs.com

CUG Office (Registration)

2911 Knoll Road
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Phone (1-304) 263-1756
Fax: (1-304) 263-4841
E-mail: bob@fpes.com


The conference begins on Monday, May 24 and ends mid-day on Friday, May 28, 1999.

Conference Location

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
(1-612) 349-4000 Phone
(1-612) 332-7165 FAX

Who May Attend

CUG bylaws specify that employees of a CUG member (usually a facility or company using an SGI computer, identified by its CUG site code) and users of computing services provided by a CUG member, may attend a CUG meeting. Visitors are also eligible to attend a CUG meeting, provided they have formal approval from a member of the CUG Board of Directors.

Conference Registration

Register for the conference using the on-line registration form located at http://www.cug.org/ or download and print the form to be mailed or faxed. Payment may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover); by check or purchase order, payable to "Cray User Group" (in U.S. funds only); or by electronic funds transfer, as detailed on the registration form. Registration forms may also be requested from the CUG Office or the Local Arrangements Office (see "How to Reach Us" above).

The member registration fee is $695 through April 30, 1999. The registration fee after April 30 and before May 20 is an additional $55. Registration on or after May 30 is $800. For the first registrant from non-member sites, add $500 for a one-year membership in addition to the registration fee.


Conference registration cancellations must be received by the CUG Office (see "How to Reach Us" above) before April 30, 1999. All registration fees will be refunded if the cancellation is received by this date.

Conference Registration Location/Hours

Conference registration will be located on the 4th floor, Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel.

Office Hours:
Sun, May 23 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Mon-Thu, May 24-27  8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Fri, May 28 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Badges and registration materials are available during these scheduled hours. All attendees must wear badges during CUG Conference activities.


The final program will be included with your registration packet at the Conference.


The conference registration fee includes luncheons Tuesday through Thursday. In addition, refreshments will be provided during breaks Monday through Friday morning. The fee also includes breakfast Tuesday through Friday mornings. Breakfast and luncheons will be served in the Marriott City Center sixth floor dining area. The refreshments during breaks will be available just outside session rooms on the fourth floor.

On Wednesday evening, all attendees are invited to enjoy a night out at the Minnesota History Center, located in St. Paul. A Newcomers' Luncheon will be held on Monday, May 24, for all those attendees who are participating in a CUG conference for the first time. On Monday evening, SGI Research will host a reception for all CUG Conference attendees at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.

Special accommodations and/or dietary requirements should be noted on the Conference registration form or the hotel reservation form, or you may forward them to the Local Arrangements Chair.


There is no smoking allowed at the Conference. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas of the hotel.



To ensure that you receive the CUG Conference rates, please use the hotel reservation form for making hotel reservations. Forms may be mailed or faxed to the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. If you use a credit card to guarantee the reservation, you may instead call the hotel to set up the reservation. If you call, be sure to say that you are registering for the CUG Conference. Reservations must be received by the hotel by April 30, 1999. See "Conference Location" above for the address and phone number of the hotel. The reservation form is available through the CUG web site, or you may request a form to be faxed or mailed by the local arrangements office (see "How to Reach Us" above).

Shipping Information

Speakers or others who need to ship items, should ship them to the Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel no more than three working days in advance of the Conference. Shipping labels should indicate your name and the CUG Conference, and should be sent to the attention of Sharon Gysbers at the hotel address listed above.

Business Center

The Minneapolis Marriott City Center has a business center located in the main lobby area. Services available there include printing, copying, and faxing. Those with laptops can take them to the business center and send files to printers (including transparencies). There is a charge for these services.

Special Assistance

Any requests for special assistance during the Conference should be noted on the "Special Requirements" area of the registration form, or you may let the Local Arrangements Office know (see "How to Reach Us" above).



During the Conference (May 24-28), messages will be taken at the on-site CUG office at (1-612) 349-7885. Messages may also be e-mailed to cug99@networkcs.com. The messages will be posted in the registration area.

E-mail and Personal Computers

E-mail facilities will be provided at the Conference for attendees' use. There will be a Macintosh and a PC available for last-minute editing.


A copy machine for making a limited number of copies will be available in the CUG Conference office on-site. If you plan to distribute copies of your presentation, please bring sufficient copies with you. You may also use the Minneapolis Marriott Business Center for making copies, for a charge.


Passports and Visas

A visitor visa may be required for travel to the United States, along with a valid passport. Please check with the American Embassy or Consulate in your area for detailed information, or talk to your travel agent.


The currency is the U.S. dollar. Currency, including travelers checks, can be exchanged at a bank or at the airport. Norwest Bank, at Sixth Street and Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. At the airport, there is a currency exchange service located across from Northwest Airline's ticket counter on the upper level of the main terminal. The hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays.


Electrical service is 120 volts, 60 cycle. You will most likely need an adapter for use in electrical outlets.


The average daily high temperature in May is 21 degrees C. or 69 degrees F. Light coats or jackets are recommended, and there may be rain.


Airport Express (1-612) 827-7777
Airport Express is a public shuttle van service, providing transportation from the airport to hotels in Downtown Minneapolis. A shuttle departs from the airport (in front of the luggage pick-up area) approximately every half hour. The cost is $10.00 one-way and $16.50 round-trip. It is best to make advance reservations using the above phone number.

Taxi (1-612) 726-5877
At the airport, taxis are available at the cab starter booth. From the Main Terminal building, cross underground through the Ground Transportation Center toward the parking ramp and go up one level. The distance to downtown Minneapolis is approximately 16 miles. All cab fares are metered.

Car Rental Agencies:
Alamo Rent-a-Car (1-800) 327-9633  www.goalamo.com
Avis Rent-a-Car (1-800) 331-1212  www.avis.com
Budget Rent-a-Car (1-800) 527-0700  www.budgetrentacar.com
Dollar Rent-a-Car (1-800) 800-4000  www.dollarcar.com
Hertz Rent-a-Car (1-800) 654-3131  www.hertz.com
National Car Rental (1-800) 227-7368  www.nationalcar.com
Americar (1-612) 866-4918
Enterprise (1-800) 325-8007
Thrifty (1-800) 367-2277


Please note that Monday, May 31, is Memorial Day, a U.S. national holiday. Some shops and services may be unavailable that day.


CUG Night Out

The traditional CUG Night Out will be a trip to the Minnesota History Center, located across the Mississippi River from Minneapolis, in downtown St. Paul. The building itself provides an elegant setting for dinner. You will also be able to explore the history exhibits, visit a gift shop, or just relax and enjoy the magnificent views of the Minnesota State Capitol and the St. Paul Cathedral. Weather permitting, the outdoor plaza will be available to take in a warm spring evening.

SGI Reception

SGI will host a reception on Monday evening, from 7:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. All conference participants and their guests are invited to attend.

Newcomers' Luncheon

All first-time CUG attendees are invited to the Newcomers' Luncheon to be held on Monday, May 24 for those who are first-time CUG attendees. This is a good time to meet CUG officers and ask any questions you may have about CUG or the Conference.

Tour of Network Computing Services, Inc.

There will be an opportunity for CUG attendees to tour Network Computing Services, Inc., your local host for the Minneapolis CUG Conference. Detailed information will be provided at the Conference.