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11/3/2005 12:26:00 PM


Council on Competitiveness to Host 'Birds of a Feather' Session at Supercomputing 2005; Panelists Will Discuss Evaporation of HPC Application Software Market

To: National and Assignment Desks, Daybook Editor

Contact: Bill Booher of the Council on Competitiveness, 202-969-3385 or bbooher@compete.org

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Council on Competitiveness, a national organization of business, academic and labor executives, today announced that a "Birds of a Feather" (BOF) forum will be held at the Supercomputing 2005 (SC'05) Conference in Seattle, focusing on the lack of production quality HPC application software.

This session, "Evaporation of the HPC Application Software Market" will build on the Council's successful HPC Users Conference and Application Software Workshop, held in Washington, D.C. in July 2005. Panelists will discuss the challenges of maintaining and creating HPC application software suitable for a competitive, corporate "production" environment, the state of the ISV application software market, and the role of government, universities and national laboratories to help accelerate development of new and/or updated code.

Dr. Stanley Ahalt, executive director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, will moderate the roundtable discussion among panelists and BOF attendees. Panelists include:

-- Paul Bemis, vice president marketing, Fluent, Inc.

-- Al Geist, corporate fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

-- Thomas Lange, director, Corporate R&D Modeling & Simulation, The Procter & Gamble Company

-- Loren Miller, director, IT Research Development & Engineering, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

-- Dr. Reza Sadeghi, vice president, Enterprise Computing, MSC.Software

The discussion will also draw on the recently released Council/DARPA Study of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) Serving the High Performance Computing Market, conducted by IDC. This study found that the business model for HPC application software is fast disappearing. The lack of scalable application software is preventing more aggressive use of HPC by industry, and seriously impeding industrial and national competitiveness. http://www.compete.org/hpc/hpc_software_survey.asp

This BOF session is open to all SC'05 attendees. The BOF will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (PST) in room 608-609 of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.


About The Council on Competitiveness:

An organization of the top business, university and labor leaders in the United States, the Council on Competitiveness is responsible for influencing the course of American competitiveness on regional, national and global scales. The Council stands unique in its ability to anticipate and respond to changing economic conditions through a series of comprehensive programs to maintain competitiveness and security, support innovation, benchmark national competitiveness and shape public policy. The Council is available on the Web at http://www.compete.org.



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