[hpc-announce] Call for Scale Challenge Proposals - Abstract Deadline Extended

Antonio J. Peña antonio.pena at bsc.es
Sun Jan 29 13:17:52 CST 2017


The 10th IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2017)
Co-­located with
The 17th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid 
Computing (CCGrid 2017)
May 14-17, 2017 Madrid, Spain
URL: https://www.arcos.inf.uc3m.es/wp/ccgrid2017/calls/scale-challenge/


The objective of the 10th IEEE International Scalable Computing 
Challenge (SCALE 2017) is to highlight and showcase real-world problem 
solving using computing that scales. Effective solutions to many 
scientific and engineering problems require applications that can scale. 
There are different dimensions to application scalability. For example, 
applications can scale-up to a large number of cores on a compute unit, 
scale-out to utilize multiple distinct compute units, or exhibit elastic 
scaling to acquire and release resources on-demand, based on current 
need. The result may be an application that can solve a larger problem, 
increase throughput, and/or reduce execution time. In order to scale, 
applications need to be supported by tools, middleware, software 
cyber-infrastructure, programming frameworks, computing infrastructure, 
etc. The SCALE Challenge is concerned with advances in application 
development and their supporting infrastructure to enable scaling. All 
papers presented at the SCALE challenge of IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2017 will be 
submitted to IEEE Xplore for publication and EI indexing.




The 10th IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2017) 
contest focuses on end­-to-­end problem solving using concepts, 
technologies and architectures (including Clusters, Grids and Clouds) 
that facilitate scaling. Participants in the challenge will be expected 
to identify significant current real-­world problems where scalable 
computing techniques can be effectively used, and design, implement, 
evaluate, and demonstrate solutions. SCALE 2017 will be held in 
conjunction with the 17th CCGrid Conference in Madrid.

We invite teams to submit papers outlining the problem addressed and the 
technologies employed to enable applications to scale. Papers should be 
up to 6 pages long in standard IEEE format. In addition to listing the 
team members and contact information, the papers should clearly outline:

    An overview of the problem being solved and the techniques employed
    The application scenario and its requirements
    Performance metrics (number of cores, computational throughput, I/O
    bandwidth, metadata operations, etc.), supporting data, and a
    qualitative description of how the application scales – scale-up,
    scale-out or any other type of scaling
    The solution – architecture, underlying concepts and technologies
    used, highlighting the innovative aspects of the solution
    Impact of the solution, including its extensibility, the uniqueness
    of the solutions and the results, and the extent to which the
    presented solution pushes the envelope in scalable computing
    Analysis of the solution and technology employed with a comparison
    to related approaches

Papers will be shortlisted using the above 6 points as merit criteria, 
and up to 4 papers will be invited to compete in the final round at 
CCGrid 2017. Finalists will be judged on the quality of their 
presentation, which shall include a short demonstration, as well as 
their responses to questions by a technical committee. At least one 
member from each selected team is expected to register, present the work 
in a special session at the CCGrid 2017 conference, and demonstrate the 
scale component. The judges will select a first prize winner at the 
conference. Finalist papers will appear in the proceedings of the CCGrid 
2017 Conference.

Participation from students and young researchers, especially in 
leadership roles, is strongly encouraged.

**** AWARDS ****
The finalists will be judged on the quality of their presentation and 
demonstration, as well as their responses to questions by a technical 
committee, and a first price will be awarded.


Abstract submission: February 5th, 2017 (Extended) Deadline for 
submitting proposals: *February 8th, 2017 (Firm)


Michela Taufer, University of Delaware, USA
Antonio J. Peña, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain

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