EVL at SC 2004

Participants: Alan Verlo, Allan Spale, Greg Dawe, Jason Leigh, Lance Long, Laura Wolf, Luc Renambot, Maxine Brown, Nicholas Schwarz, Rajvikram Singh, Thomas A. DeFanti, Tina Shah, Venkatram Vishwanath, Yunhong Gu, Xinwei Hong, Robert L. Grossman

URL: http://www.sc-conference.org/sc2004

Pittsburgh, PA

EVL is part of the OptIPuter project, which has a large presence at this year’s SC 2004 conference.

The OptIPuter, so named for its use of Optical networking, Internet Protocol, computer storage, processing and visualization technologies, is an envisioned infrastructure that will tightly couple computational resources over parallel optical networks using the IP communication mechanism. The OptIPuter exploits a new world in which the central architectural element is optical networking, not computers - creating “supernetworks”. The goal of this new architecture is to enable scientists who are generating terabytes and petabytes of data to interactively visualize, analyze, and correlate their data from multiple storage sites connected to optical networks. Specifically, the OptIPuter’s broad multidisciplinary team is conducting experiments with two data-intensive e-science efforts to ensure a useful and usable OptIPuter design: EarthScope efforts at the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) efforts at the UCSD National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Other groups, notably the USGS EDC and NASA, look to the OptIPuter project to provide the necessary leadership in developing and deploying next-generation affordable, interactive, large-scale display and Earth science analysis technologies. The OptIPuter receives major funding from NSF ITR cooperative agreement SCI-0225642 to UCSD.

Below is a list of OptIPuter-related research demonstrations and presentations by EVL and its partners that are taking place during the week of the conference.

  • National LambdaRail booth #1153
    • Scalable Adaptive Graphics Environment (SAGE)
      University of Illinois at Chicago, Electronic Visualization Laboratory
    • Trans-Pacific HDTV
      University of California, San Diego, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (UCSD / NCMIR) and Biomedical Informatics Research Network (UCSD / BIRN)
    • OptIPuter Middleware: Terabyte Data Juggling and DVC Framework
    • University of California, San Diego, Concurrent Systems Architecture Group
    • UDT Fairness and Friendliness Demo
      University of Illinois at Chicago, National Center for Data Mining
    • NASA High-Volume Data Displays
      NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA / GSFC), Scientific Visualization Studio

  • National Center for Data Mining (NCDM) booth #653
    • Data Stream Merge
      University of Illinois at Chicago, National Center for Data Mining
    • Photonic Data Services
      University of Illinois at Chicago, National Center for Data Mining Northwestern University, International Center for Advanced Internet Research

  • Dutch booth #2150
    • High-Resolution Grid-Enabled Visualization for Life Sciences and Climate Modeling
      SARA Computing and Networking Services

  • Nortel Networks booth #1333
    • International Wavelength / Lightpath Switching Using Distributed Control Planes
      Northwestern University, International Center for Advanced Internet Research, University of Amsterdam
    • DWDM: Data-Intensive Computational Grid Services Enabled by Dynamic Switched Wavelengths
      Northwestern University, International Center for Advanced Internet Research

  • University of Southern California booth #2649
    • Grid-Based Visualization Framework
      University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute

  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) booth #548
    • Stereo Visualization of Jet Instabilities in Stratified Fluid
      NCSA Visualization Group
    • OptIPuter (presentation)
      Tom DeFanti, University of Illinois at Chicago, Electronic Visualization Laboratory


Xin Liu (UCSD), Andrew Chien (UCSD), “Realistic Large-Scale Online Network Simulation,” Wednesday, November 10, 10:30 - 11:00am

Oliver T. Yu (University of Illinois at Chicago), Thomas A. DeFanti (University of Illinois at Chicago), “Collaborative User-Centric Lambda-Grid over Wavelength-Routed Network,” November 10, 11:00 - 11:30am

Yunhong Gu (University of Illinois at Chicago), Xinwei Hong (University of Illinois at Chicago), Robert L. Grossman (University of Illinois at Chicago), “Experiences in Design and Implementation of a High Performance Transport Protocol,” Tuesday, November 09, 03:30 - 04:00pm


Speakers: Peter Clarke (University College London, UK), Thomas A. DeFanti (University of Illinois at Chicago), Jun Murai (Keio University, Japan), Kees Neggers (SURFnet bv, The Netherlands), Bill St. Arnaud (CANARIE, Canada).

Chair: Maxine Brown (UIC), “GLIF Infrastructure - Why Do We Need 10Gbps Networks?,” Friday, November 12, 10:30am - 12:00pm


Philip Papadopoulos (UC San Diego / San Diego Supercomputer Center), “The OptIPuter: Experimental Hybrid Network Structure and Emerging Software Services for Lambda-enabled Computers,” Thursday, November 11, 10:30 - 11:15am

John Orcutt (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), “Cyber Infrastructure in the Earth Sciences - A Necessary and Timely Collaboration,” Thursday, November 11, 11:15am - 12:00pm


SC Global Keynote: Larry Smarr (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and Harry E. Gruber Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, UC San Diego), “Towards a Planetary Collaboratory,” Tuesday, November 09, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Allan Spale (University of Illinois at Chicago), “ImmersaView Launcher: A Shared AG Application” Tuesday, November 09, 04:20 - 05:00pm

Raj Singh (UIC), “TeraVision: High bandwidth, collaborative video streaming on the Access Grid,” Thursday, November 11, 11:30am - 12:00pm


Keynote Talk: Tom West (President and CEO of the National LambdaRail), “NLR: Providing the Nationwide Network Infrastructure for Network and ‘Big Science’ Research,” Tuesday, November 09, 08:30 - 09:30am

Email: laura@evl.uic.edu

Date: November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004

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