CUG 2022 Local Arrangements

In the interest of the public health of all attendees, the Cray User Group and CUG 2022 will follow all pertinent United States Federal, State (CA) and Local (Monterey County) health guidelines.  There is an expectation that the majority of attendees will be fully vaccinated, but there is no explicit requirement to demonstrate this as part of your registration and attendance.

Please note: If an individual develops signs or symptoms of COVID, they shall not attend any portion of any conference event and must immediately leave the Conference venue.  Symptomatic individuals must confirm receipt of a negative PCR COVID test before being allowed to return.  It is the responsibility of the symptomatic individual to obtain the necessary US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved test.  Failure to report symptoms will result in exclusion from the event.


The conference will be held at the Monterey Marriott.

350 Calle Principal, Monterey, California 93940

Only a limited number of rooms are available at the Monterey Marriott on certain nights.  Rooms are available at the Portola and may be booked here, https://book.passkey.com/go/CrayUser2022Group.  You may also make a reservation at the Portola by calling (866) 711-1734.  To get the group rate be sure to mention that you are with the Cray User Group.  The room rate is $245 per night and does include WiFi. Guests may reserve until April 19.

These hotels are within walking distance of the Monterey Marriott and may have rooms available over the weekend.  CUG does not have room blocks so you will need to contact the hotel directly to enquire about availability.

Conference Office and Registration

Badges and registration materials will be available outside the CUG Office during the following times. Registration will also be available during the Sunday welcome reception at Ferrantes Bayview, Monterey Marriott, 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Sunday:  3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m, CUG registration desk
Sunday: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m, Ferrantes Bayview, Monterey Marriott
Monday:  7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, CUG registration desk
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m, CUG registration desk

To register after Tuesday morning visit the CUG office.

All attendees must wear badges during CUG Conference activities.

Smoking Policy

There is no smoking allowed at the Conference.

Special Assistance

Any requests for special assistance during the conference should be noted on the “Special Requirements” area of the registration form. You may also contact the Local Arrangements Committee.

Conference Program Overview and Social Events

Sunday, May 1

  • XTreme SIG meeting (XTreme members only) 
  • Welcome Reception – From 18:00-20:00 (6 to 8:00 p.m.) All attendees and their guests are invited to a welcome reception at Ferrantes Bayview, Monterey Marriott.

Monday, May 2

  • Half- and Full-Day Tutorials; Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions (early evening)

Tuesday, May 3

  • Conference keynote, plenary sessions, technical paper presentations, and BoFs
  • HPE Networking Event – From 18:00-21:00 (6 to 9 p.m.) HPE will host their Networking Event at The Monterey Beach House, 285 Figueroa St, Monterey, CA 93940, USA.  All registered attendees and their guests are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, May 4

  • Plenary sessions, best paper presentation, technical paper presentations, and BoFs
  • CUG Night Out – From 18:15-22:00 (6:15 to 10 p.m.) CUG and Intel welcome you to the CUG Night out at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. All registered attendees and guests with a paid CUG night out ticket are welcome to attend.

 The Monterey Bay Aquarium has specific guidelines that as of March 1, 2022 include proof of vaccination. Those      guidelines are subject to change and are posted here, https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/proof-covid19-vaccination-required .

Attending a night event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) provides an unforgettable experience and makes a difference! As a nonprofit organization, event proceeds support the MBA’s exhibit, education and conservation research programs. Amazing animals and awe-inspiring views are just a few things that make the MBA unique. The MBA’s mission to inspire conservation of the ocean drives all of their day-to-day culinary operations.

Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin’s creative, inspired and sustainable cooking philosophy centers on fresh, local and in-season ingredients, and suppliers who care about ocean conservation. Chef Matthew sources 90 percent of all produce, protein, and dairy products within 90 miles of the Aquarium, which reduces carbon emissions associated with shipping and storing food from outside the region. He is also an advocate for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. Hear Chef Matthew discuss our night events HERE.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is proud to announce that all the events they host will now be CarbonNeutral® certified with Natural Capital Partners! MBA continues to increase efficiency, support electric vehicles, use renewable energy and reduce event waste. Any remaining emissions are offset with verified emissions reductions from an afforestation project in Mexico. In addition, they are supporting the Million Mangrove campaign and 1,250 mangrove trees will be planted in Southern Mexico. MBA is proud to support these projects, which aligns with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s strategy and connection to two UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 13 Climate Action and SDG 14 Life Below Water. Achieving certification for events program, promotes their efforts to model best practices for environmental sustainability.

In this new program MBA is including offsetting of corporate event attendees’ emissions from their travel to the Aquarium and their hotel stays.

To achieve CarbonNeutral® certification, MBA is working with Natural Capital Partners, experts in the delivery of solutions for positive impact on carbon and renewable energy. MBA has achieved net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the global standard for carbon neutral programs. This involved an independent assessment of the CO2 emissions produced from heating, lighting, waste, supplier and attendee travel followed by the purchase of environmental instruments which support low carbon sustainable development and renewable energy projects around the world. All the projects are independently verified to assure the quality of the emissions reductions or renewable energy generation to enable MBA to report a net zero carbon footprint.

Thursday, May 5

  • Technical paper presentations, and plenary sessions
Local area attractions
  • Monterey Tourism
  • Restaurants
    • Hula’s 622 Lighthouse Ave. (831)655-4852
    • Monterey Fish House 2114 Del Monte Blvd. (831)373-4647
    • Il Vecchio 110 Central Ave.- Pacific Grove (831)324-4282
    • Stokes Adobe 500 Hartnell St. (831)264-8775
    • Peppoli at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach (831)647-7433
  • Golf clubs
    • Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley
    • Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel Valley
    • Black Horse & Bayonet in Seaside
    • Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach
Hotel Information

The Monterey Marriott is located downtown and situated along the waterfront which overlooks Monterey Bay.  There are several attractions nearby including the Monterey Aquarium, Cannery Row, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur. Visit the hotel website for additional information and details on amenities. There are numerous transportation options available to/from the Monterey airport.


Reservations by attendees at the Monterey Marriott must be received before Friday, April 8, 2022.  The hotel will continue to accept reservations after the cut-off date, based on room and rate availability.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of these methods.

Breakfast is in addition to the room rate of $234; Buffet breakfast is $27 and a full American breakfast is $18 .

Complimentary guest room internet is available to all Marriott Bonvoy members.  For non-members, discounted internet is available for $1.00 per night per room.

The Hotel’s room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 12% Occupancy Tax + 4.15% CCFD Fee + $0.75 CA Fee + $2.00 Monterey Fee) in effect at the time of check-out.

Book by phone: Call the hotel at +1 877 901 6632 (US and Toll-Free) and mention “CUG 2022 Event” to receive the discounted group rate or the prevailing government rate.

NOTE: The government rate is only applicable from May 1 – May 5. Any dates before/after this date range will be booked at the discounted CUG group rate. Call the hotel in order to book some nights at the government rate and the rest of your stay at the CUG discounted rate.

Book online: https://book.passkey.com/go/CUG2022