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SCICOMP 2000, the Second Meeting of IBM SP Scientific Computing User Group, to be held at SDSC August 13-16

SCICOMP Becomes First International User Group for IBM SP Scientific and Technical Users

Published 06/07/2000

Contact: David Hart, SDSC,, 858-534-8314

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO -- SCICOMP 2000, the second meeting of IBM SP Scientific Computing User Group (SCICOMP), will be hosted by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, California, from August 13-16, 2000. The early registration deadline is July 14.

The SCICOMP meeting series enables computational scientists and engineers to learn about tools and techniques for developing applications that achieve maximum performance and scalability on IBM SP systems. Technical presentations will highlight recent results and advanced techniques and will provide the kind of information, expertise, and experience that scientific and technical applications developers need but cannot easily find elsewhere.

The user-oriented meeting will feature presentations from both IBM staff and experienced SP users. Topics will include: SP systems roadmap; IBM applications development software; programming tools; scalable algorithms; programming models; performance programming techniques; performance analysis and code optimization; MPI+OpenMP programming; and migrating codes from other systems. Tutorials by IBM staff and employees of KAI and Etnus will be held on the first day of the meeting.

SCICOMP grew out of a workshop for SP users held at SDSC in March 1999. The formal user group was established at that end of that workshop, and the first official SCICOMP meeting was hosted by IBM's Advanced Computing Technology Center (ACTC) in October 1999. At a recent ACTC-sponsored workshop in Paris, attendees from Europe and the Middle East voted to become part of SCICOMP, making it the first international user group for IBM SP scientific and technical users.

"The development of SCICOMP as a user group has been incredibly rapid. It demonstrates the tremendous level of interest in the scientific HPC community for developing high-performance SP applications," said Jay Boisseau, SDSC associate director of Scientific Computing and founder of SCICOMP. "I am happy that SCICOMP has been useful in helping users achieve this goal."

In keeping with the international character of SCICOMP, future meetings will alternate between locations inside and outside of the United States and occur approximately every six months. "ACTC is proud to support SCICOMP as an international user group, and looks forward to helping it grow and benefit even more SP users," said John Levesque, director of ACTC.

Users are encouraged to register for SCICOMP early and to make presentations at the meeting. More details, including information on registration and presentations, is available at the SCICOMP Web site: For questions regarding technical presentations, contact Jay Boisseau at For questions on registration and local accommodations contact Peggy Wagner at

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego, and the leading-edge site of the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI) ( SDSC is funded by the National Science Foundation through NPACI and other federal agencies, the State and University of California, and private organizations. For additional information about SDSC and NPACI, see or contact David Hart,, 858-534-8314.