[hpc-announce] NRE-2016: Call for Papers

Keyrouz, Walid (Fed) walid.keyrouz at nist.gov
Tue Jul 5 14:32:34 CDT 2016

[Apologies for the repeat posting to fix a typo.]

!!!!!     Call for Participation     !!!!!

Numerical Reproducibility at Exascale Workshop (NRE2016)

Where:		In cooperation with SC16, Salt Lake City, Utah
When:		Friday morning, November 20, 2015
Web:		http://www.cs.fsu.fedu/~nre
Submit:		https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nre2016
Deadline:	Monday, August 29, 2016
Notifications:	Monday, September 19, 2016
Full Papers:	Monday, December 19, 2016
Organized by:	Walid Keyrouz (NIST) and Michael Mascagni (FSU & NIST)


Experimental reproducibility is a cornerstone of the scientific method.  As computing has grown into a powerful tool for scientific inquiry, computational reproducibility has been one of the core assumptions underlying scientific computing.  With "traditional" single-core CPUs, documenting a numerical result was relatively straightforward.  However, hardware developments over the past several decades have made it almost impossible to ensure computational reproducibility or to even fully document a computation without incurring a severe loss of performance.  This loss of reproducibility started with CPUs that used out-of-order execution to improve performance.  It has accelerated with recent architectural trends towards platforms with increasingly large numbers of processing elements, namely multicore CPUs and compute accelerators (GPUs, Intel Xeon Phi, FPGAs).

Programmers targeting these platforms rely on tools and libraries to produce codes or execute them efficiently.  As a result, codes can run efficiently, but have execution details that can be impossible to predict and are often very difficult to understand after execution.  Furthermore, parallel implementations often result in code with varying execution orders between runs, leading to non-reproducible computations.  The underlying reasons are that (1) the hardware and system software allocate parallel work in ways that are not always specifiable at compile time and (2) the execution often proceeds in an opportunistic manner with the execution order changing between runs.  As such, floating-point computations, which are not commutative and associative, can have different execution orders and execute on different processing elements between runs, leading to runs with varying results as a matter of fact.  The predictability of systems is further complicated by two issues that are becoming more critical as systems grow in scale: (1) interconnect systems with latencies that are often outside the control of programmers and (2) reliability as the mean time between failure (MTBF) is now measured in hours on large systems.  This situation seriously affects the ability to rely on scientific computations as a metrological substitute for experimentation!

Previous Offerings

This is the second offering of Numerical Reproducibility at Exascale; the first edition, NRE2015, was at SC15.

Workshop Scope

The workshop is meant to address the scope of the problems of numerical reproducibility in HPC in general and those anticipated as we scale to Exascale machines in the next decade.  We initially seek contributions of extended abstracts (two pages) in the areas of computational reproducibility in HPC from academic, government, and industry stakeholders.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Case studies of reproducibility or the lack of it
* Reproducibility issues in current HPC
* System-level solutions
* Algorithmic solutions
* Software solutions
* Uncertainty quantification in computational reproducibility
* Fundamental numerical analysis of reproducibility
* Future prospects

Workshop Format

The workshop will have:

* two plenary talks with authors TBD
* a morning of contributed talks
* a panel discussion to summarize the problem, current research, and prospects on long-term solutions

Papers submitted to the workshop will be reviewed.  The referees will select the papers that will be presented in the workshop.  In addition, a group of papers will be published in a special issue of Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (MATCOM) devoted to Numerical Reproducibility.


Submissions of two page extended abstracts are sought.  The format for the abstracts is not specified, but full papers that are accepted will be published in the MATCOM special issue.  The MATCOM instructions for authors can be found on the MATCOM website.

The abstracts are to submitted as a PDF document using Easychair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nre2016

Travel Support

Some limited travel support may be available via NIST.  Important Dates (all are Mondays)

Aug 29, 2016: submission deadline for two page abstracts via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nre2016

Sep 19, 2016: notification of authors about their submissions based on: rejection, acceptance as a paper, acceptance as a paper and presentation

Dec 19, 2016: submission deadline for full papers for refereeing via the MATCOM site, the papers must be in MATCOM format

Organizers and Co-Editors of the MATCOM Special Issue

* Walid Keyrouz, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
* Michael Mascagni, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Florida State University, USA

Steering Committee

* Dong H. Ahn, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, USA
* David Bailey, UC Davis, USA
* Mike Heroux, Sandia National Laboratory, USA
* David R. C. Hill, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France
* Torsten Hoefler, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland
* Walid Keyrouz (co-organizer), NIST, USA
* Miriam Leeser, Northeastern University, USA
* Xiaoye Sherry Li, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
* Yaohang Li, Old Dominon University, USA
* Michael Mascagni (co-organizer), FSU/NIST, USA
* Junji Nagano, Insitute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan
* Nathalie Revol, INRIA/ENS-Lyon, France
* Siegfried Rump, University of Hamburg, Germany
* Michela Taufer, University of Delaware


E-mail: numerical.reproducibility.at.nist.gov (replace '.at.' by '@')

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