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Sandia/UNM Tours, March 23, 2015


Sandia National Labs and the University of New Mexico will host a tour day for participants in the Supercomputing Challenge on Monday March 23, 2015. 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.

Meeting Time

Meeting time is at 7:30 am and should be back at the hotel around 4:00 pm.

Meeting Place

Those going on the Sandia Tour 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.

Sandia Schedule

7:30 Badging at Hotel
8:00 Travel from Hotel to Kirtland Air Force Base
8:30 Building 6970 - Robotics and Security
10:00 Building 858 - Microelectronics FAB
11:00 Building 880 - Computing Annex, Computer Museum, presentations
   C35F Visitor Video, David Martinez Tour, SkyBridge Demo, Data Management
12:10 Lunch-Building 880-C35F
   Management talks and Video, "Why I became a scientist"
1:15 Building 880, Walk to 810
1:30 Building 810 Tour
2:50 Bus to CERL
3:00 CERL 140 Supercomputing
4:00 Return to Bus
4:15 Return to Holiday Inn Express

Sign up details

The Sandia Tour is limited to US citizens. 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 7:30 AM at the hotel. Read over the details for visiting Sandia at:

Lunch will be provided.

The following information is needed for every participant for the Sandia Tour:

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, March 6, 2015 to allow enough time for processing information at Sandia's badge office. Email the registration information to sandiatour1415 at supercomputingchallenge 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 consult1415 at supercomputingchallenge dot org with the students' and teachers' names and school. Let Consult know if housing is required.

UNM Tours: Computing Research at UNM, Monday, March 23, 2015



At UNM, the day will start a demonstration in the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program of student projects. Electronic gaming, movie making, and digital art are features of the IFDN Program. Next students will go to the ARTS Lab and visit the gDome, The gDome is based in a DigitalSky2 system by Sky-Skan, Inc. which employs a cluster of eight PCs powering six video projectors, sound, and control/interface. A Fractal presentation will followed a Pizza lunch with Computer Science faculty.

Sign Up

The tour of UNM is open to anyone and there isn't a size limit. If you want to go on the UNM tour, email consult1415 at supercomputingchallenge dot org with the students' and teachers' names and school. Let Consult know if housing is required.

Meeting Time

Meeting time is at 8:30 am and should be finished around 3:00 pm.

Meeting Place

Meet at IFDM Mesa del Sol, 5700B University W. Blvd., 87106 at 8:30 am.

Parking: At Mesa del Sol, plenty of parking near entrance. You'll get there by going south on University. If you were to take south I-25, you'd turn onto the Sunport road and then go south when you get to University. MdS is down past rental car center and past golf course and past the International School. If you look at this link it may help you recognize the building.

After Mesa del Sol, we'll go back to UNM to CARC at the corner of University and Central. If you come up Central from I-25, you'll turn left or North onto University. Take the next left and the next left between UNM central parking and CARC. Go into CARC and get a parking pass and then go out onto Central. Go right and right again onto Ash and right again up the hill into the parking behind CARC. BTW, you'll need to flash a Driver's Licence when picking up pass.

If you are coming on a bus, you may want to park in front of the CARC. It is right next to UNM Parking control and I think they'll be helpful.

UNM Schedule

8:30 Arrive at IFDM Mesa del Sol
   Hosts: Diahndra Grill and staff
8:30 UNM Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media
10:30 Travel to UNM ARTS Lab (Snack)
   Hosts: Joel Castellanos, Tim Thomas
11:00 Tours of the ARTS Lab, focus on visualization posters, machine room
   Hosts: Susan Atlas and Abra Altman
11:45 Demonstrations and Presentations at ARTS DOME
   Hosts: Truman de Young and Tim Thomas
12:45 Lunch
1:15 Fractals
   Hosts: Joel Castellanos and his students
2:00 Travel across the stree to Centennial Engineering basement
2:15 Swarm Robot Demo
   Hosts: Melanie Moses
3:00 Departure

For questions about the Supercomputing Challenge, a 501(c)3 organization, contact us at: consult1415 @

New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge, Inc.
80 Cascabel Street
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544
(505) 667-2864

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