[hpc-announce] Call for Papers CLHS15 : Second Workshop on the Changing Landscape in HPC Security

Scott Campbell scampbell at lbl.gov
Sun Dec 28 19:26:40 CST 2014

Second Workshop on the Changing Landscape in HPC Security, 2015
Co-located with ACM HPDC June 15-16, Portland, OR, USA

The intention of this workshop is to provide an arena for researchers
and practitioners to share their recent advances in HPC security, to
learn from one another, and to provide a vehicle for grassroots
communication between these two communities regarding their respective
data and theory needs.

Important dates:

    Paper Submission Due: February 13, 2015
    Notification of Acceptance: March 20, 2015
    Camera Ready Version Due: April 1, 2015
    Workshop: June 16, 2015


As user needs drive technological and organizational changes, providing
effective and non-intrusive security within a HPC environment provides a
number of challenges for both researchers and operational personnel.
While the complexity of the aggregate system increases dramatically, the
need for timely and accurate decision making about user activity remains
unchanged.  This growing complexity is balanced against a backdrop of
routine user and application attacks, which remain surprisingly
effective over time.

This workshop will focus on the problems inherent in securing
contemporary large-scale compute and storage systems.  In particular we
are looking at the unusual ecosystem that HPC provides - what makes it
different than other large scale distributed computing environments and
how this has driven how, where and why security is done.  In addition we
want to address the problem of high noise, low value attacks in the
overall design and implementation of security services.  What can be
done to increase the effectiveness of attack detection when you are not
just looking for scanners, IRC bots and spam relays?

While these specific areas are interesting starting points for papers
and presentations, any original and interesting topic will be considered.

Web Site:

Workshop Format and Topics

The format of the workshop will be a combination of research/state of
the art papers, as well as discussion sections where specific topics
will be brought up.  This format is intentional as to provide the
maximum opportunity for communication between researchers and analysts.

Besides the general class of problems described in the overview, we
invite the submission of original work that is related to the topics
below. The papers can be either short (4 pages) position papers, or long
(8 pages) research papers.

        Accounting and Audit
        Cloud Security
        Data and Application Security
        Data/System Integrity
        Database Security
        Identity Management
        Intrusion and Attack Detection
        Intrusion and Attack Response
        Secure Networking
        Secure System Design
        Security Monitoring & Management
        Security in Untrusted & Adversarial Environments and Systems
        Security of Grid and Cluster Architectures
        Security Visualization

Please note that these example topics are in the context of the unique
set of problems and difficulties within the HPC space.

For the State of of the Practice papers, the focus will be on the
resolution of specific issues - ideally those identified in the Overview
section, but really any significant problem which is endemic to the HPC
domain.  Within the paper an explanation and exploration of the issue,
resolution description and a numerical analysis showing that the
proposed issue resolution was successful.

In addition to the paper presentations, there will be one or two
discussion sessions as well.

Submission instructions:

Authors are invited to submit papers with unpublished, original work of
not more than 8 pages of double column text using single spaced 10 point
size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages (including all text, figures, and
references), as per ACM 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines (document
templates can be found at
http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). Papers will
be peer-reviewed, and accepted papers will be published in the workshop
proceedings as part of the ACM digital library.

Submission site for papers is


    Scott Campbell, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
    Adam Slagell, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Programme Committee


Please contact me at scampbell at lbl.gov with any additional questions or


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