Call for Participation: Exascale Applications and Software Conference

Edinburgh, UK, 21st-23rd April 2015

Organised by EPCC at The University of Edinburgh, in cooperation with SIGHPC

The aim of this conference is to bring together all of the stakeholders involved in solving the software challenges of the exascale – from application developers, through numerical library experts, programming model developers and integrators, to tools designers. The following keynote presentations have been confirmed:

  • Mark Taylor, Head of CFD at McLaren Racing, will discuss the use of HPC in Formula 1 racing and the challenges faced in this industrial area as we head towards the exascale.
  • Simon Portegies Zwart, Professor of Computational Astrophysics at Leiden University will present massively parallel GPU-accelerated galaxy simulations which have been nominated for the 2014 Gordon Bell prize.
  • Pete Beckman, Director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne National Laboratory, will provide an update on recent progress in the US with a particular focus on software for the exascale.
  • Xue-feng Yuan, Director of The National Supercomputer Centre at Guangzhou, will describe the experience of managing Tianhe-2, the world's largest supercomputer.
  • Cynthia McIntyre, Senior Vice President, Council on Competitiveness, will focus on the value of HPC engagement with industry.

How to Participate

Authors are invited to present research and experience in all areas associated with developing applications for exascale and the associated tools, software programming models and libraries. Work can be presented as a talk or as a poster at the conference. A peer review process will be used to select abstracts. Following the conference, successful authors of talks will be expected to submit a paper for publication in the conference proceedings. Proceedings will be published through The University of Edinburgh and through the ACM Digital Library.

NVIDIA best talk and poster prizes: An NVIDIA K40 GPU (retail price $5,000) and two NVIDIA GTX780 GPUs will be presented as best talk and poster prizes respectively.

Submission of Abstracts

The conference seeks contributions in the form of an abstract on relevant topics, including (but not limited to):

  • enabling and optimising applications for exascale in any scientific area;
  • developing and enhancing numerical algorithms for exascale systems;
  • aiding the exploitation of massively parallel systems through tools, e.g. performance analysis, debugging, development environments;
  • programming models, techniques and libraries for exascale;
  • evaluating best practice in HPC concerning large-scale facilities and application execution;
  • cross-cutting issues such as energy-efficiency and resilience;
  • hardware co-design for the exascale;
  • large-scale benchmarking and performance evaluation.

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words (talks) or 200 words (posters), and must be submitted by the 23rd January 2015. Please check for detailed submission instructions.

Important Dates

**Extended** Abstract Submission deadline: 23rd January 2015

Author notification: 16th February 2015

Early Bird Registration deadline: 17th March 2015

Registration deadline: 10th April 2015

Conference: 21st - 23rd April 2015

Paper Submission deadline: 4th May 2015

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About Edinburgh

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The conference is being organised by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh and will be held at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, UK.


Conference & Organising Committee

General chair: Professor Mark Parsons, EPCC – The University of Edinburgh

Vice chairs: Dr Lorna Smith and Dr Michèle Weiland, EPCC – The University of Edinburgh

Program Committee

Chair: Dr Alan Gray, EPCC – The University of Edinburgh

Peter Bauer, ECMWF, UK

George Beckett, iVEC, Australia

Jason Beech-Brandt, Cray, UK

Boris Chetverushkin, Keldysh Institute, Russia

Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee, USA

Bill Gropp, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA

Rolf Hempel, DLR, Germany

Bastian Koller, HLRS, Germany

Erwin Laure, KTH, Sweden

Chris Maynard, Met Office, UK

Per Oster, CSC, Finland

Happy Sithole, CHPC, South Africa

Lorna Smith, EPCC, UK

Vladimir Voevodin, Moscow State University, Russia

Michele Weiland, EPCC, UK

Stefan Wesner, University of Ulm, Germany

Xue-feng Yuan, National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou, China


Last updated: 13 Jan 2015 at 14:33