MORGANTOWN -- Regional businesses and area faculty are invited to the Regional Business Opportunities in Supercomputing 2006 Seminar Friday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, Pa.

Sponsored by the members of the SuperComputing Science Consortium (SC)2 which includes West Virginia University, the seminar will feature speaker Steve Meacham, program director within the National Science Foundation on special assignment to the NSF Office of Cyber Infrastructure.

Meacham will describe federal initiatives underway to advance the state of the art in high performance computing and what those advances may mean to every day life.

The free seminar is open to the public. Pre-registration is required.

The seminar's economic development and technical outreach programs are especially tailored for small-to-medium-sized technology-oriented organizations. For a complete agenda and to register online, visit http://sc-2.psc.edu/seminar2006. Interested individuals may also register by contacting Barbara Kirby at 724-852-3388.

"We will have state, federal and other funding agencies describing how organizations with a technical orientation can apply for grants," said Lynn Layman, co-chair and founder of the SuperComputing Science Consortium. "We will have a student poster session featuring students from across the region and from other parts of the world presenting their recent work."

Layman added that a free training class entitled "High Performance Computing 101" will be offered on Thursday, July 13.

Formed in August 1999, (SC)2 is a regional partnership that seeks to advance energy and environmental technologies through the application of high-performance computing and communications.

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