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SDSC Announces 10th Annual Summer Institute for Science Researchers

Week-long lecture and "hands-on" laboratory sessions to focus on data-oriented computing

Published 07/14/2004

San Diego (July 14, 2004) - The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) today announced that it will host its 10th Annual Summer Institute August 23 - 27, 2004. Held in the SDSC building at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and entitled "SDSC Summer Institute: Data Computing," the week-long program will provide researchers with an introduction to the concepts and tools available in established and new technologies for the creation, manipulation, dissemination and analysis of large datasets.

"SDSC has a nationally known reputation for providing scientific researchers with a solid introduction to the benefits high-end computing," said Donald Frederick of SDSC's scientific computing services group and program training coordinator. "These lectures and 'hands-on' laboratory sessions led by experts from the SDSC's staff as well as other institutions are designed to introduce researchers to technology that can help them reach their goals faster and more efficiently."

Topics* covered at "SDSC Summer Institute: Data Computing" will include:

  • An introduction to data-intensive computing
  • Designing databases for data-intensive computing
  • Introduction to data analysis and data mining tools
  • User interfaces for scientific data and data visualization
  • Building and using data collections
  • Web services for research data
  • Building ROCKS clusters
  • Case studies in data research projects including:
    • Protein Data Bank (PBD)
    • Cyber Infrastructure for Phylogenetic Research (CIPRes)
    • Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
    • SDSC Biology Workbench
    • National Virtual Observatory (NVO)

*Schedule is subject to change

Interested parties can apply for the SDSC Summer Institute online at Deadline for application is August 2, 2004, however interested parties should apply immediately since space is limited to a maximum of only 35 attendees.

Travel stipends are available for qualified, matriculating graduate and undergraduate students at U.S. colleges and universities. Free accommodations in UCSD student housing are available to all attendees. For more information, please contact Donna Turner at or 858.534.8329 or Donald Frederick at or 858.534.5020.

About SDSC

The mission of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is to innovate, develop, and deploy technology to advance science. SDSC is involved in an extensive set of collaborations and activities at the intersection of technology and science whose purpose is to enable and facilitate the next generation of scientific advances. Founded in 1985 and primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), SDSC is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego. With a staff of more than 400 scientists, software developers, and support personnel, SDSC is an international leader in data management, grid computing, biosciences, geosciences, and visualization. For more information, see

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Institute contact:
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