XSEDE16 Call for Participation

The EasyChair submission site is open: http://bit.ly/XSEDE16Submit
Abstracts and papers should be submitted using the ACM proceedings format: http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template




XSEDE16, the 5th annual conference, will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who use and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout the world. This year's theme is DIVERSITY, BIG DATA, & SCIENCE AT SCALE: Enabling the Next-Generation of Science and Technology.

The XSEDE16 conference is designed to engage and directly benefit diverse communities including students, educators, researchers and practitioners across all fields of study and scholarly research, with particular emphasis placed on engaging under-represented minorities, women, and people with disabilities. The conference will provide numerous opportunities for developers, applications teams, students, innovators, CIOs, IT staff, and policy makers from academia, government, industry and other organizations to engage in discussions that will assist them in significantly advancing their effective utilization of digital resources. From experts in the field, to people who are novices to the applications of digital resources, the XSEDE16 Conference will provide a range of formal and informal opportunities for diverse communities to interact and address their needs and interests.

Full papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings and submitted to the ACM Digital Library. In addition, selected papers from all the tracks will be invited to extend the manuscripts to be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal of Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience. Papers accepted for the "Workforce Development and Diversity" track will be invited to extend the manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Computational Science Education.


April 1

Tutorial submission deadline

April 15

Technical Papers abstracts deadline

April 22   29

Technical Papers submission deadline extended to April 29

April 29

Notification of acceptance for Tutorials

May 2

BoF and Poster submission deadline   extended to May 13
Modeling Day registration opens

May 11 Registration open!
May 13 Visualization Showcase submission deadline
BoF and Poster submission deadline (students and non-students)

May 27

Notification of acceptance for Technical Papers
Notification of acceptance for Visualization Showcase, BoF and Posters
Travel Grant applications deadline (students and volunteers)

June 3

Final camera-ready submissions due for Technical Papers

July 17 - 21

XSEDE16 @ Miami


Technical Program 

The XSEDE16 Technical Program includes four Paper tracks, Posters, Tutorials, Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions and a Visualization Showcase. All submissions should emphasize results and lessons derived from collaborations with digital resources providers including, but not limited to, XSEDE and the XSEDE Service Providers. Submissions that use other advanced computing resources (e.g., DOE, DOD, private) are welcome.

We are accepting paper submissions through April 29 even if an abstract has not been submitted


Submission Types: Full papers (strongly preferred) or abstract-only

Participants in the four Paper tracks will have the opportunity to make a formal 30-minute presentation. Submissions of both full papers and abstracts are permitted, but full papers (no longer than 8 pages) are strongly preferred; abstract submissions are limited to extended abstracts only (no longer than 2 pages) and will not be entitled to submit full papers to the proceedings. A limited number of authors will be invited to present at a plenary Lightning Round session, consisting of a series of 8-minute talks, followed by a special poster session. Authors selected for the Lightning Round will be informed at time of acceptance.

  • Accelerating Discovery in Scholarly Research: This track will emphasize the scholarship enabled via advanced digital resources in research pertaining to science, engineering, humanities, social sciences, data science, and other domains. Submissions should highlight the computational approaches employed and explain what resources were used and how they enabled the scholarly accomplishments. Submissions to this track may emphasize the computational methods (algorithms, techniques, software, models, etc.) and the advantage of using cyberinfrastructure for the advancement of state-of-the-art research, while reserving detailed discussion of original research results for publication elsewhere.
  • Technology: This track will focus on technology developments that enable increased performance, capability, productivity, usability or reliability of digital resources. Topics include, but are not limited to, compute and storage systems, grid middleware, job schedulers, tracking and monitoring tools, workflow solutions, green computing, compilers, networking and data management. Submissions should describe both the technology and its impact. Submissions describing work done on any large-scale cyberinfrastructure are invited.
  • Software and Software Environments: This track will focus on software and software environments that enable the efficient use of computational resources. Topics may include, but are not limited to, science gateways, middleware and community codes spanning the sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences. Submissions should highlight strategies and approaches to software integration, modular frameworks, software and computation management and engagement of user communities. Submissions should also include details of software requirements, design strategies, architecture, implementation, deployment and the sustainability.
  • Workforce Development and Diversity: This track will focus on workforce development and diversity efforts for engaging and sustaining a diverse scientific, academic and industrial workforce in all fields of study. Submissions should represent successful efforts that help advance computational and data-enabled research or education 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 under-represented communities (including women, minorities, people with disabilities, institutions and disciplines).


Submission Types: Abstract and optional mockup

Posters should present new results or promising work in progress. Posters give authors an excellent opportunity to discuss their work in greater detail, without the limits imposed by an oral presentation. Posters should include reference to the advanced cyberinfrastructure used in the work. Submissions that use any form of advanced cyberinfrastructure, from XSEDE or another source, are welcome.

Birds of a Feather (BoF)

Submission Types: Proposal

The BoF sessions are intended to engage attendees in informal discussions devoted to forward-looking topics drawn from the areas described in the submission guidelines for the conference. Submissions involving multiple institutions or projects are especially welcome since this often leads to broader participation and a wider range of viewpoints. Proposals should discuss the relevance of the topic to the conference participants and the specific contribution of each organizer.

Visualization Showcase

Submission Types: Proposal

The Visualization Showcase presents innovative digital imagery that demonstrates the analytic potential of advanced computing technologies and the transformative impact that such images have on scientific discovery. Proposals should be of general interest to the digital resources community, be stored in a common media format such as MPEG or Quicktime File Format, and be provided via link for viewing (e.g. YouTube) or downloading (e.g. Dropbox). Submissions should also include a brief explanation (abstract) as to why the research is relevant to improving the quality and diversity of the resources and services available to the open scientific research community.

(OPTIONAL) Submissions may include an in-depth document detailing the science application and resulting data as well as the visualization techniques applied; these documents will be included in the published Conference Proceedings.


Submission Types: Proposal and draft tutorial content

Tutorials provide participants with in-depth training to effectively use XSEDE resources and services. Tutorials may be proposed as full-day, half-day, or quarter-day tutorials. Quarter-day tutorials are a new option for those with shorter topics to cover or for those who want to advertise beginner and advanced sections of a half-day tutorial. Tutorials may cover a broad range of expertise and topics, for example: gateways, visualization, grid environments, data-intensive science, data management, maximizing productivity, computational science, parallel programming, optimization, systems management, the allocations process, and writing proposals.

Student Participation Opportunities 

XSEDE16 provides students with multiple opportunities to participate in the Technical Program and in targeted student activities.

Student Papers and Posters (please indicate if you are a student on your submission)

Undergraduate and graduate students who are working on research projects that use XSEDE resources, campus-level resources or other cyber-infrastructure are invited to submit Technical Papers and Posters. The conference will recognize the best overall student technical paper, best student paper in each technical track, best undergraduate poster and best graduate poster. To qualify for these awards, the work must be primarily the student's, the student must be the primary author and the student must present the paper or poster.

Student Travel Grants

A limited number of student travel grants may be available for XSEDE16. Volunteers are encouraged to apply. Apply Now

Student Program Opportunities

For all student attendees, XSEDE16 will include: a one-day intensive collaborative modeling and analysis challenge; a session on careers in modeling and large data analytics; a mentorship program; and opportunities for students to volunteer to assist with Conference activities. Modeling day registration opens on May 2. Participation from traditionally under-represented communities including women, minorities, and people with disabilities, is strongly encouraged.