New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Sandia Tour, Monday, March 9, 2009

Teams from Freedom High, Artesia High, Northern NM College, Los Alamos Middle School, Desert Academy and McCurdy toured Sandia National Laboratories.


Sandia National Labs and UNM High Performance Computing Center will host a tour day for participants in the Supercomputing Challenge on Monday March 9th, 2009. Students are eligible to come to the tour day if their team has submitted an interim report and participated in the project evaluations. Participants of the Sandia tour MUST be US citizens.

The Sandia Tour is limited to 50 Challenge participants and sponsors. Registration will be on a first come first served basis. There is financial support available for lodging for those schools traveling long distances (so they can spend the night on Sunday). We will meet off-base and be bused on base. We will meet at 8:30 AM (we will let you know of the location in a later email). The agenda is still in flux so we are not yet sure what time we will be finished. We are shooting for about 3:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

The following information is needed for every participant:

Name Date of Birth
City and State of Birth
School Name
School Address
Team Number

A Social Security Number is necessary to get visitor badges for access to Sandia National Labs Technical Areas; however, the Challenge will provide your Social Security Number. If you did not provide your Social Security Number to the Challenge during registration, you will need to make arrangements to get that information to us.

It is ESSENTIAL that all participants wishing to go on the tour bring a photo ID to be admitted to Kirtland Air Force base and be badged by Sandia National Labs.

Please only make a reservation if you will be able to attend as space is limited. Please make your reservation by Friday, February 20, 2009 to allow enough time for processing information at Sandia's badge office. Email the registration information to sandiatour09 at challenge dot nm dot org.

The tour of UNM is open to anyone and there isn't a size limit. If you would prefer the UNM tour over the Sandia tour, email consult challenge dot nm dot org with the students' and teachers' names and school. Let Consult know if housing is required.

Meeting Place

Those going on the Sandia Tour (students from Artesia, Desert Academy, Freedom, Los Alamos Middle School, McCurdy and NNMC) will meet at the Holiday Inn Express in Albuquerque located on Hotel Avenue. Hotel Avenue is just south of Lomas (between Lomas and I-40) and East of Eubank. The address is: 10330 Hotel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123-1256. The phone number is 505-275-8900.

Meeting Time

Meeting time is at 8:00 am and should be back at the hotel around 4:00 pm.

Sandia Schedule

8:30 Leave hotel
9:00 Luminescence of nano-objects presentation in CINT Building-Sergei Ivanov
10:00 Tour of Hermes and Saturn-Ken Mikkelson
11:15 Lunch-Building 960
12:30 TLCC and JCEL Tours- John Noe and David Logsted with Warren Hunt
2:15 Robotics-Dan Peutz
4:00 Arrive back at the hotel

UNM Tours: Computing Research at UNM, Monday, March 9, 2009


Teams from Jackson Mid School, Nuestros Valores Charter School and Artesia High toured UNM.

Meeting Place

Those going on the UNM Tour (students from Artesia, Jackson Middle School, Los Alamos Middle School, Nuestros Valores) will meet at UNM-CHPC, at 1601 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

Meeting Time

Meeting time is at 8:20 am and should be finished around 3:00 pm.

UNM Schedule

8:20 Arrive at CHPC
8:30 Tour Visualization Lab with Victor Vergara
9:30 Tour CHPC and Machine Room with Tim Thomas
10:30 Tour of ARTS Lab with Eric Whitmore
11:30 Lunch in Centennial Engineering Center with the Computer Science Department Faculty.
12:30 Tours of the ECE@UNM: Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
3:00 Departure

For questions about the Supercomputing Challenge, a 501(c)3 organization, contact us at: consult @