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Network Policy

At SC15, SCinet will strive to make the best wireless network resources available for you throughout the conference. Each year we are making improvements to the service, working in partnership with the city of Austin and the convention center IT staff.

All of SC’s networking resources – including nearly a terabit of wired bandwidth - are provided through SCinet. This year, SCinet will deploy IEEE 802.11a, 802.11g and 802.11n wireless networks that will enable basic access to the Internet at no charge to attendees. The wireless network will extend to meeting rooms, exhibit halls, and all common areas of the center occupied by SC15.

SC attendees are among the most connected conference-goers around the world and put even the most sophisticated wireless networks to the test. We apologize in advance if you experience any connection difficulties in certain areas due to reduced signal strength, network congestion, or other issue. SCinet actively monitors the health of the wireless networks and will make every effort to provide stable and reliable services.

Additional Wireless Policy Details

In order to provide the most robust wireless service possible, SCinet has some special policies in place. SCinet must control the entire 2.4GHz and 5.2GHz ISM bands (2.412GHz to 2.462GHz and 5.15GHz to 5.35GHz) within the convention center. This has important implications for exhibitors and attendees:

  • Exhibitors and attendees may not operate their own IEEE 802.11 (a,b,g,n or other standard) wireless Ethernet access points anywhere within the convention center, including within their own booth.
  • Wireless clients may not operate in ad-hoc or peer-to-peer mode due to the potential for interference with other wireless clients.
  • Exhibitors and attendees may not operate 2.4GHz or 5.2GHz cordless phones or microphones, wireless video or security cameras, or any other equipment transmitting in the 2.4GHz or 5.2GHz spectrum.

SCinet wants everyone to have a successful, pleasant experience at SC15. This should include the ability to sit down with your wireless-equipped laptop or PDA to check e-mail or surf the web from anywhere in the wireless coverage areas. Please help us achieve this goal by not operating equipment that will interfere with other users.

The SC15 Conference reserves the right to deny or remove access to any system in violation of the SCinet acceptable usage policy and to anyone who uses multicast applications or harms the network in any way, intended or unintended, via computer virus, excessive bandwidth consumption or similar misuse.

If you have any questions during the conference, please contact us at scinet@info.supercomputing.org