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Al Gore to deliver keynote at SC09

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Former US Vice President Al Gore will deliver the conference keynote address at SC09, which has adopted the theme 'Computing for a Changing World'. Gore will present a special focus on initiatives related to sustainability, bio-computing and the 3D internet.

Gore will deliver the keynote presentation on Thursday 19 November for the anticipated crowd of 11,000 attendees made up of leading computational scientists, researchers, and supercomputing experts from around the globe, many of whom work on HPC platforms and supercomputers researching life-changing issues such as disease understanding, drug discovery, renewable energy, and global climate change.

Gore has been an evangelist on global climate and energy-related issues since the 1980s. He has lectured around the globe and his climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth won an Academy Award and was instrumental in his selection as the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

'Al Gore has been a champion of applied computing technology for more than two decades,' said Dr Wilfred Pinfold, General Chair of SC09. 'The High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991, often referred to as "The Gore Bill" was undoubtedly a milestone in internet history. That bill led to formation of the National Information Infrastructure (NII), which Gore labelled the Information Superhighway. We are honoured to name Al Gore as our SC09 keynote speaker.'

SC09 will be held November 14-20, 2009 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.