XSEDE12  •  July 16-20, 2012

InterContinental (Magnificent Mile)
505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Contact: info@xsede.org

XSEDE12 is hosted by

XSEDE, Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, xsede.org.

in cooperation with


Platinum Sponsors

Dell and Intel logos.
Dell website  |  Intel website

Gold Sponsors

Appro Supercomputer Solutions.

Penguin Computing logo.

Silver Sponsor

Logo of CRAY The Supercomputer Company.

Bronze Sponsor

NVIDIA logo.

Non-profit Silver Sponsor

Computation Institute logo.

Non-profit Bronze Sponsors

Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation logo.

FutureGrid logo.

Pervasive Technology Institute, Indiana University logo.

Call for Participation

LAST UPDATED: June 22, 2012.

ALL DEADLINES ARE PASSED. See you at the conference!

For Word and LaTeX templates, seehttp://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates .


Scientists, engineers, social scientists, and humanists at colleges, universities, and research centers around the world use advanced digital resources and services to make us all healthier and safer. As the premier distributed cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research in the United States, XSEDE supports supercomputers and high-end visualization and data analysis resources across the country, as well as data collections and computational tools that are critical to the success of those researchers. XSEDE integrates these resources and services, makes them easier to use, and helps more people use them. 
The conference committee for the inaugural XSEDE12 conference seeks submissions of excellent quality addressing the challenges of designing, deploying, integrating, and using advanced digital resources to facilitate scientific discovery both within and outside of XSEDE. Submissions related to Campus Bridging are of particular interest. XSEDE12 will showcase the discoveries, innovations, and achievements of those who use, build, and support XSEDE resources and other cyberinfrastructure resources around the world. XSEDE12 also will create a forum for discussion of current needs and future plans among researchers, students, XSEDE staff, and NSF representatives.
Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be archived.

Call for Participation

Submissions are sought in the following areas:
  • Science: This track will be about science, first and foremost, highlighting important scientific discoveries that were enabled by XSEDE and TeraGrid. Submissions will be accepted based on their scientific merit and the degree to which XSEDE (or TeraGrid) enabled the reported achievements. Submissions should: articulate the scientific problem and outcomes; describe the scientific and computational methods (algorithms, techniques, software); and explain how XSEDE resources (systems and staff) aided the science accomplishments. Submissions are welcome from anyone, but, for this track, scientists and engineers using XSEDE are especially encouraged to submit a paper. Recognizing the importance of protecting original scientific research so it may be published in other primary research journals or discipline-specific conferences and the difficulty of publishing detailed information about computational methods, those submitting science track papers may choose to focus the paper on the computational methods and how cyberinfrastructure resources enabled the research. Scientific results may be described in general terms, without presenting original research results within the paper. In this way, submitters retain the ability to publish research data elsewhere and can cite the XSEDE12 paper for methodological details. Papers will be given preference over abstract-only submissions.
    Submission types: Paper or Abstract; papers preferred.
  • Technology (Systems and Middleware): This track will be about technology, particularly systems and middleware. Submissions should present technology developments and capabilities that enable increased performance, capability, productivity, and/or reliability of XSEDE resources. Submissions should describe the technology in detail, discuss achieved or potential impact, and articulate future plans. Submissions describing work done on any large-scale cyberinfrastructure are invited, particularly if there are useful comparisons that can be drawn related to XSEDE or lessons from which XSEDE can learn. Papers will be given strong preference over abstract-only submissions.
    Submission types: Paper or Abstract; papers strongly preferred.
  • Software and Software Environments track (Gateways, Bridging, Application Developers): This track will be focused on the software generally visible to the end user—applications, gateways, or software that enables Campus Bridging. Submissions should present technology approaches to software issues, and might, for example, describe classes of scientific problems addressed by a particular type of software, the computational methods, and how the software accesses XSEDE resources. Of particular interest are submissions from software developers or software vendors regarding challenges and opportunities in the deployment and use of software on XSEDE, as well as considerations on how the software is innovative and how it is sustained. This track will include the types of submissions included in the gateway track of past TeraGrid conferences. Submissions pertaining to Campus Bridging are particularly invited. Papers will be given strong preference over abstract-only submissions.
    Submission types: Paper or Abstract; papers strongly preferred.
  • Education, Outreach, and Training (EOT): This track will focus on EOT efforts for sustaining a large and diverse scientific, academic, and industrial workforce. Submissions should represent successful efforts that help advance computational science and engineering by recruiting and preparing current and future generations to advance scientific discovery through the use of cyberinfrastructure. Submissions are especially encouraged that address the inclusion of traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities (including women, minorities, and people with disabilities), institutions, and disciplines. Papers will be given strong preference over abstract-only submissions.
    Submission types: Paper or Abstract; papers strongly preferred.
  • Panels: Panel sessions provide an opportunity for conference attendees to engage in stimulating discussions with experts on topics critical to XSEDE's mission of furthering science through advanced digital resources and services. Proposals for panel discussions should describe why the topic is timely and relevant to XSEDE12 and why the panelists are well qualified to facilitate a lively, interesting, and informative discussion. Panel proposals should include a proposed duration, with a guideline that 1/3 of the total time should be allocated for discussion. Ninety minutes is suggested as a default panel session duration. 
    Submission type: Proposal.
  • Posters: Posters should present new results or promising work in progress dealing with the use of TeraGrid or XSEDE for scientific research and/or the development of new technologies for scientific computing.
    Submission type: Abstract and optional mockup.
  • Visualization Showcase: The Visualization Showcase provides a digital gallery of the powerful, evocative imagery associated with XSEDE's most exciting and compelling results. Submissions should have used TeraGrid/XSEDE resources to generate data, produce the visualization, or both, and should be the result of work accomplished within the past year.
    Submission type: Abstract.
  • Birds of a Feather (BOF): The BOF's are intended to engage attendees in exciting, informal, interactive sessions devoted to forward-looking topics drawn from the areas described in the submission guidelines for the conference.
    Submission type: Proposal.
  • Tutorials: Half- and full-day tutorials provide participants with in-depth training to effectively use XSEDE high performance computing resources and services. Topics may cover a broad range of expertise and topics, including gateways, visualization, grid environments, data-intensive science, data management (within and across XSEDE resources), how to maximize productivity, computational science, parallel programming, optimization, systems management, the allocations process, and writing proposals. Tutorial presenters will receive an honorarium.
    Submission type: Proposal and draft tutorial content.
  • Student Poster Contest: Students may submit posters demonstrating how they use computational science -- including models, simulations, and visualizations -- to solve science, engineering, or mathematics problems. Awards will recognize the best poster in each of three categories: High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate.
    Submission type: Abstract.
  • Student Research Papers: Undergraduate and graduate students who are working on research projects that use TeraGrid/XSEDE or Open Science Grid (OSG) resources are invited to submit papers describing their research. Students should submit to one of the conference tracks—Science; Technology; Software and Software Environments; or Education, Outreach, and Training—and include a cover page in the submission indicating that he or she is a student.
    Submission type: Paper.

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Submission and formatting guidelines

  • Abstracts submitted to the Science, Technology, Software, or EOT tracks should be one to two pages in length, providing sufficient detail for reviewers to make informed judgments about the work. Inclusion of figures is encouraged. Abstracts should include the names and affiliations of all co-authors and indicate which author will be presenting.
  • Papers should be no more than eight pages and must conform to the guidelines specified for ACM proceedings. The guidelines are available online at: www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates. Papers should include the names and affiliations of all co-authors and indicate which author will be presenting. Papers that are not accepted can be re-submitted as posters. Papers should be original works, not already published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Panel proposals should be two pages maximum and should include the title and topic of the panel discussion, the proposed agenda, the names and affiliations of all panelists, and justification for the topic and panelists chosen.
  • Poster and Student Poster abstracts should be one page maximum; include the names and affiliations of all co-authors and indicate which author will be present during the poster session. An optional poster mockup may be submitted with the abstract. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and accepted submissions will be expected to address reviewer comments.
  • Visualization abstracts should be one page maximum and should include: title of the submission, names and affiliations of all contributors (both image creation and science content), indication of which author will be presenting, TeraGrid/XSEDE resources used, description of the contribution the imagery makes to the science, and a Web or FTP link to view or download the animation or still image. NOTE: If submitters are unable to provide a Web link to movies and images, they can be uploaded to the following URL: ftp://ftp.sdsc.edu/incoming/vizshowcase. Animations should be in a standard Windows- and Mac-compatible format such as MPEG, AVI, MOV, etc., preferably at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Still images can be in any generally used image format, such as TIFF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, etc. No proprietary formats will be accepted, and a minimum resolution of 1280 x1024 pixels is recommended.
  • Birds of a Feather (BOF) proposals should be one page maximum and should specify: topic/title of the BOF, and names and affiliations of the organizer(s).
  • Tutorial proposals should include a one-page summary with topic/title of the tutorial; names and affiliations of all instructors; software requirements; any prerequisites; whether the tutorial is a half or full day; and whether the entire tutorial is introductory, intermediate, or advanced. On a second page, tutorial proposals should include a detailed agenda of the material to be covered. Proposers may include a partial or full set of draft slides to be used for the tutorials, as well as instructions for hands-on activities. Preference will be given to hands-on activities and proposals that include substantial to full drafts of the tutorial slides and exercises.
All initial submissions should be in PDF. Final papers should be submitted in Word or LaTeX format, following ACM templates. Initial and final submissions should be made at www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=xsede12.
Word and LaTeX templates are available on the ACM website at:
All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and accepted submissions will be expected to address reviewer comments.
  • Accepted abstract submissions to Science, Technology, Software, and EOT tracks will be included in the conference program as 30-minute presentations.
  • Accepted paper submissions will be included in the conference program as 30-minute presentations and will appear in the conference proceedings. 
  • For accepted panel proposals, the panel title, abstract, and list of presenters will appear in the conference proceedings.
  • Accepted poster submissions will be included in the poster session, and at least one project contributor is expected to be present there. Details on size/format of the posters will be provided closer to the conference date. Abstracts describing accepted posters will be published on the conference website.
  • Accepted visualization submissions will be displayed in the Visualization Showcase during the conference; at least one contributor to each accepted submission is expected to be present for the showcase. Abstracts describing accepted visualizations will be published on the conference website.
  • Accepted BOF submissions are expected to have at least one of the submitters present to lead the discussion; BOFs will be cancelled when this is not the case.
  • Accepted tutorial submissions will be scheduled for half- or full-day sessions held during the first day of the conference. Abstracts describing accepted tutorials, along with tutorial content, will be published on the conference website.
IMPORTANT: There will be no further deadline extensions. However, for submissions that run into unexpected difficulties, a one-time extension of 24 hours may be granted, provided the corresponding abstract was submitted prior to the deadline.

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Key dates

  • April 13:  Tutorial and Panel proposals due.
  • April 25:  Paper abstracts and abstract-only submissions due, including abstracts for student research papers. Student papers will be presented as an integrated part of the program.
  • May 2: Final deadline for paper submission, provided an abstract is submitted by the April 25 deadline. A paper abstract must be submitted by April 25 to qualify for the May 2 extension.
  • May 7:  Notification of acceptance for tutorials.
  • May 14:  Conference registration opens.
  • May 15:  Visualization Showcase abstracts and BOF proposals due.
  • May 17:  Notification of acceptance for panels.
  • May 28:  Notification of acceptance for papers.
  • June 1:  Poster submissions due. Notification of visualization showcase and BOF acceptances.
  • June 13: Notice of poster acceptance.
  • June 15Final camera-ready submissions due for papers and abstract-only submissions to Science, Technology, Software, and EOT tracks. Final poster, panel, BOF, and visualization abstracts also due.
  • June 19: DEADLINE FOR EARLY REGISTRATION (midnight Central time) This is a one-day extension from previously posted date.

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Questions about XSEDE12 should be directed to info@xsede.org.

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