Welcome from the CUG Program Committee...
Welcome to the 50th Cray User Group meeting, CUG 2008 Crossing the Boundaries. This technical conference provides a unique opportunity for you to exchange problem-solving information and enjoy professional interactions with your fellow Cray Inc. high performance computing system users.
The CUG Program Committee has assembled a diverse and impressive array of detail-packed presentations in General and Parallel Technical Sessions, Tutorials, and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings. Furthermore, Cray, Inc. is committed to having many technical experts on hand throughout the entire program. In addition, we expect many of Cray’s vendor partners to participate in the technical program and to be available for informal discussions.
- General Sessions provide you with the latest corporate and technical information from Cray, Inc. executives, as well as topics of general interest to this audience.
- Parallel Technical Sessions give you an opportunity to focus on the specific knowledge domains of interest to you.The presentations in the technical sessions have been reviewed and selected for you by the Program Committee.
- Tutorials are a great opportunity for you to update your technical skills with the help of selected experts from Cray Inc. and/or other CUG sites.
- SIG Meetings include discussion of the technical issues surrounding Legacy Systems, Applications and Programming Environments, User Support and System Support. These meetings are where we work together to maintain and improve our organization and the CUG technical program.
In addition to these prepared presentations and workshops, there are many opportunities for informal discussions.
- Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions, the most dynamic aspect of a CUG conference, are scheduled as needed. You are welcome to organize a BoF session. Notices of BoF sessions will be posted on the Message Board.
- The CUG Night Out, the Cray Reception, luncheons, and breaks are among the many occasions you will have to exchange information with your colleagues from other CUG sites and to engage the insight and expertise of representatives from Cray Inc. and their technology partners.
Two excellent Keynote Speakers are part of this year's program:
- Professor Ilpo Vattulainen, Leader of the Biological Physics & Soft
Matter Group, Tampere University of Technology
- Kari Enqvist, Professor of cosmology, University of Helsinki; Theory
Programme Director, Helsinki Institute of Physics
In addition, our host, Dr. Kimmo Koski, will discuss "Petaflop Computing in the European HPC Ecosystem."
CUG 2008 promises to be a rewarding, educational, and entertaining conference.
I look forward to seeing you at the May conference in Helsinki, Finland.
John P. Noe
CUG Vice-President and Program Chair
Sandia National Labs