Supercomputers are used to power discoveries and to reduce the time-to-results in a wide variety of disciplines such as engineering, physical sciences, and healthcare. They are globally considered as vital for staying competitive in defense, research and development activities in various disciplines, financial sector, several mainstream businesses and even agriculture. An integral requirement for enabling the usage of the supercomputers, like any other computer, is the availability of the software. Scalable and efficient software is typically required for optimally using the large-scale supercomputing platforms, and thereby, effectively leveraging the investments in the advanced CyberInfrastructure (CI). However, developing and maintaining such software is challenging due to several factors, such as, 1) no well-defined processes or guidelines for writing software that can ensure high-performance on supercomputers, and 2) shortfall of trained workforce having skills in both software engineering and supercomputing. With the rapid advancement in the computer architecture discipline, the complexity of the processors that are used in the supercomputers is also increasing, and, in turn, the task of developing efficient software for supercomputers is further becoming challenging and complex. To mitigate such challenges, there is a need for a common platform that brings together different stakeholders from the areas of supercomputing and software engineering. To provide such a platform, the second workshop on "Software Challenges to Exascale Computing (SCEC)" is being organized in Delhi, India, in December 2018.
The SCEC18 workshop will not only inform the participants about the challenges in large-scale HPC software development but will also steer them in the direction of building international collaborations for finding solutions to those challenges. The workshop will provide a forum through which hardware vendors and software developers can communicate with each other and influence the architecture of the next generation supercomputing systems and the supporting software stack. By fostering cross-disciplinary associations, the workshop will serve as a stepping-stone towards innovations in the future.
Benefits of the SCEC18 workshop to the researchers and users in the academia: the workshop will provide an opportunity to disseminate their results to the public, and find potential collaborators.
Benefits of the SCEC18 workshop to software developers: the workshop will provide an opportunity to understand the future trends in the HPC hardware and develop collaborations in the code modernization and optimization disciplines.
Benefits of the SCEC18 workshop to HPC service providers: the workshop will provide an opportunity to understand the challenges that the community faces in using the HPC platforms efficiently, and connect with the user-community.
Benefits of the SCEC18 workshop to HPC hardware vendors: the workshop will provide an opportunity to understand the evolving needs of the HPC community, and network with potential customers.
Benefits of the SCEC18 workshop to students: the workshop will provide an opportunity to network with HPC and advanced software engineering professionals, faculties and researchers, learn about the internship and career opportunities, discuss the opportunities for higher education.
The workshop proceedings will be of interest to the students, researchers, and other professionals who are working in the areas of HPC software and large-scale supercomputers.
SCEC 2018 workshop proceedings will be published by Springer in their prestigious Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series.
We invite authors to submit their original and unpublished work, that is not under review for another publication. Full papers (10 -15 pages in length including references) should be formatted as per the Springer-specified guidelines (details below) for the double-blind review.
We also invite short papers or extended abstracts for the lightning talks. The short papers should also be prepared following the Springer guidelines, and could be 6-9 pages in length including references. A selected number of short papers will also be included in the workshop proceedings. While all the short papers will NOT be published in the proceedings, they will be archived and made publicly accessible through Figshare and a Github repo. These submissions will have a DOI number for future citations. Those interested in presenting lightning talks are also required to submit the PDF copies of the rough draft of their slides. The PDFs of the abstract and the slides can be merged into a single PDF file, and can be uploaded to Easychair for peer-review.
The PDF version of the papers/extended abstracts can be submitted for review through the SCEC 2018 submission website :
The review process is double-blind, and each paper will be reviewed by at least three committee members and/or
external reviewers. The papers will be evaluated on the basis of the relevance to the workshop theme, clarity of the content presented,
originality of the work, and the impact of the work on the community.
Springer's formatting information is available at the following link:
The registration fees for the workshop is Rupees 3200 (about US $46) for the participants from the Indian academic institutions. The registration fees for the participants from non-academic institutions in India is Rs. 10,000 ($138). The registration fees for all the participants from the institutions outside India is US $250. The fees can be paid using check, direct bank deposit, or credit/debit card. Further details on making the registration fees payment will be provided by September 26, 2018. All the workshop attendees should register in advance by filling the registration form whose link is provided below.Registration Form
We are happy to announce the availability of funds for covering the workshop participation cost for a limited number of undergraduate/graduate students. The students from the U.S. institution who are interested in applying for this participation grant, should submit the following form by September 25, 2018:
The students from the institutions outside the U.S. can apply for this participation grant, by submitting the following form by September 25, 2018: