[hpc-announce] SC13 Call for Tutorials: Deadline Extended

Bronis R. de Supinski bronis at llnl.gov
Thu Mar 14 21:31:35 CDT 2013

[Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this announcement]

The deadline for SC13 Tutorial submissions has been extended
one week to April 1, 2013. The full call follows.

Call for SC13 Tutorial Proposals
November 17–22, 2013
Denver, Colorado

Submissions due March 25, 2013

Context and scope. The SC tutorials program is one of the highlights of 
the SC Conference series, and it is one of the largest tutorial programs 
at any computing-related conference in the world. SC13 will continue the 
tradition of offering a high-quality tutorial program providing attendees 
the opportunity to learn from and to interact with internationally 
recognized experts in the most popular areas of high performance computing 
(HPC), networking, and storage.

SC tutorials are intended to cover a wide range of topics of interest to 
the HPC community. The tutorials committee encourages proposals for 
full-day (six hours) or a half-day (three hours) tutorials with broad 
applicability and of interest to a large fraction of the SC13 attendees.

Proposals for the following areas (as well as others) are solicited:
• Basic and introductory topics for expanding broader engagement
• Applications and application frameworks
• Algorithms, numerical methods, and libraries
• Software engineering for portable performance and scalability
• Parallel programming methods, models, languages and environments
• Software tools for accelerators (GPGPUs, FPGA, etc.)
• Performance evaluation and/or optimization tools
• Debugging and correctness tools
• High performance I/O, storage, archive, and file systems
• Large databases and data mining for HPC
• High performance networking technology
• Scientific and information visualization
• Large systems administration and/or resource management
• Computer and network security
• Fault-tolerance, reliability, maintainability, and adaptability
• High performance computer architecture
• Clusters and distributed systems
• Embedded- and/or reconfigurable systems
• “Hot Topics” of current interest to the SC13 community

Review Process. Tutorial submissions will be reviewed by the SC13 
tutorials committee, which will consider among other factors:

• Quality of the proposal (clarity, completeness, and cohesiveness of the 
proposal, quality of the visual aids);
• Appropriateness for the SC13 audience and appropriateness for a 
• Timeliness of the topic;
• Potential audience appeal;
• Presentation history and teaching/speaking experience of the presenters;
• For “hands-on” tutorials, evidence that your demo and/or exercises have 
been thoroughly tested Proposal preparation guidelines: Competition for 
the approximately 30 tutorial slots at SC13 is expected to be strong, so 
you are urged to take great care in preparing your proposal. Make sure to 
state in the detailed description to whom your tutorial is targeted and 
specifically what you expect attendees to gain.

Proposals should present clearly the goals of the tutorial in terms of how 
the audience will benefit and explain how the tutorial will attract 
researchers, practitioners, or both. In the detailed description, discuss 
in details the tutorial content, schedule, and organization.

If your tutorial proposal is a “joint” effort between presenters from more 
than one institution, include “evidence” in your description that the 
tutorial will be cohesive and not just a disparate set of talks. Your 
proposed “detailed course outline” will be the most critical part of your 

Submission of visual aid samples is strongly encouraged along with the 
tutorial proposal, either via a file upload or via a URL.

Copyright. We will create a digital copy containing all tutorial notes (no 
hard copies). The digital copy will be issued to all tutorial attendees, 
and it will be made available to all conference attendees for an 
additional fee. All tutorial proposals must explicitly agree to the 
release of the tutorial notes for this purpose.

Hands-on Tutorials. As in previous years, the SC13 tutorial committee 
encourages “hands-on” tutorials – those that give attendees the chance to 
try pre-prepared demos or exercises during the tutorial. Hands-on 
tutorials will be considered for full-day tutorials only. Tutorials 
focused on software development and/or performance analysis tools are 
particularly appropriate for hands-on demos, but others may be as well. If 
you propose a demo- or exercise-based tutorial, you must include an extra 
section in your tutorial proposal to convince the tutorials committee that 
your demo and/or exercises have been thoroughly tested and debugged in a 
variety of settings to ensure completely smooth operation at the 
conference. SC13 will provide wired Internet access but no other equipment 
(other than standard AV for presentations). The demos and exercises may be 
run on attendee’s laptops (if they have one). If you have any questions, 
please do not hesitate to contact us at tutorials at info.supercomputing.org

Be sure to send your questions well in advance of the April 1, 2013 
deadline for submitting tutorial proposals.

How to submit. Tutorials may be proposed for either a full-day (six hours) 
or a half-day (three hours). Full-day proposals may include up to four 
presenters, half-day proposals may include one or two presenters. Half-day 
tutorials on new and emerging technologies are encouraged.

Tutorial proposals must be submitted electronically via the web site: 

using a combination of web form and file upload. Some of your information 
must be in both the web form and in the file upload. The file you upload 
should contain the following sections, each beginning on a separate page:

1. Abstract in text format (200-word maximum).
2. A detailed description of the proposed tutorial (2 pages maximum) with 
the following sections:
• Tutorial goals – specifically how attendees will benefit;
• Why the topic is relevant to SC13 attendees;
• Targeted audience (researchers, students, developers, practitioners, 
• Content level (% beginner, % intermediate, % advanced)
• Audience prerequisites;
• General description of tutorial content;
• If your presenters are from different institutions, how you will ensure 
cohesive tutorial content; and
• If your tutorial has been presented previously, how you will update it 
for SC13.
3. Detailed outline of the tutorial (1 page maximum in outline form).
4. A statement about “hands on” exercises. Proposal must clearly state 
whether hands on exercises are required (essential) or optional or not 
included. The statement should describe your demo or hands-on exercises (2 
pages maximum). Include a description of any hardware needed and how you 
will provide it. Also include evidence that your demo and/or exercises 
have been thoroughly tested.
5.Resume or Curriculum Vitae for each presenter (4 presenters maximum, 
2-pages maximum each). Make sure this includes a list of short courses the 
presenter has taught.
6. A statement agreeing to release the notes for the SC13 tutorial digital 
7. A request for travel support, if any.

Although not required, you are strongly encouraged to submit samples of 
your visual aids. You may upload these in PDF format separately or as an 
addendum to your detailed proposal, or you may supply a URL at which the 
samples may be found.

Half-day tutorial proposals will need to indicate if they would be willing 
to present the tutorial on Friday morning (last day of the conference) if 
the proposal is accepted.

Honoraria and Support. For each full-day tutorial, a $2,000 honorarium 
will be shared among presenters; for each half-day tutorial the (shared) 
honorarium is $1,000. Tutorial presenters may also request coverage for a 
portion of their travel expenses. SC13 full-day tutorial presenters (up to 
a maximum of four per tutorial) may request a travel stipend, two days of 
hotel expenses and air transportation arranged through the conference 
travel agent. Half-day tutorial presenters (up to a maximum of two per 
tutorial) may request a travel stipend, one day of hotel expenses and air 
transportation arranged through the conference travel agent. All requests 
for travel support must be included in the tutorial proposal.

If your proposal is accepted. Tutorial submissions may be conditionally 
accepted, pending certain modifications recommended by the committee. You 
will be required to supply copies of your viewgraphs about 2 months before 
the conference. Please note: the visual quality of both the screen and 
printed versions of the handouts continues to be a concern for tutorial 

Important SC13 Information:

Location: Denver Convention Center, Denver, CO
Information: http://sc13.supercomputing.org/
Web Submissions: https://submissions.supercomputing.org/
Email Contact: tutorials at info.supercomputing.org
FAQ: http://sc13.supercomputing.org/content/tutorials-faq

Important Dates:

Web Submissions Open: January 24, 2013
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2013
Conditional Notification: May 31, 2013
Conference Dates: November 17-22, 2013
Tutorial Dates: November 17-18, 2013

SC13 Tutorials Chair:
Bronis R. de Supinski, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

SC13 Deputy Tutorials Chair:
Naoya Maruyama, RIKEN

SC13 Tutorials Committee: The committee list is available online at

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