[hpc-announce] UrgentHPC SC19 workshop submissions open

BROWN Nicholas n.brown at epcc.ed.ac.uk
Fri Jul 19 10:11:16 CDT 2019

                        CALL FOR PAPERS: Submissions open!

First international workshop on HPC for Urgent Decision making (UrgentHPC)

      In conjunction with SC19: The International Conference for
      High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis,
      Sunday afternoon November 17, 2019, Denver, Colorado, USA.
        In cooperation with IEEE TCHPC.


Paper submission deadline: August 14, 2019 (AoE)
Author notification: September 10, 2019
Camera ready deadline: September 30, 2019

Responding to disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, extreme flooding,
earthquakes, tsunamis, winter weather conditions, and accidents;
technological advances are creating exciting new opportunities that have
the potential to move HPC well beyond traditional computational
workloads. Whilst HPC has a long history of simulating disasters, what’s
missing to support emergency, urgent, decision making is fast, real-time
acquisition of data and the ability to guarantee time constraints.

Our ability to capture data continues to grow very significantly, and
combining high velocity data and live analytics with HPC models can aid
in urgently responding to real-world problems, ultimately saving lives
and reducing economic loss. It’s not just responding to disasters, but
also making urgent decisions addressing more general issues such as
human health emergencies and global diseases. The challenges here are
significant, but if HPC can be proven as a tool in responding to these
real-world issues, the impact for our community is huge.

Leveraging HPC for urgent decision making requires expertise in a wide
range of areas, from dealing with real-time data, to experience in
generating results within a specific time frame (real-time constraints),
and generating visualisations enabling front-line decision makers to
make correct choices first time, every time. It isn’t just technical
challenges, but also policy issues that also need to be considered such
as utilising our HPC machines in a more interactive manner to enable the
urgent exploration of numerous disaster responses.

This workshop will bring together stakeholders, researchers and
practitioners from across the HPC community to identify and tackle
issues involved in using HPC for urgent decision making. Success
stories, case-studies and challenges will be shared, with the goal of
further building up a community around leveraging HPC as an important
tool in urgently responding to disasters and societal challenges.

Call for Papers
We invite you to submit both full and hot-topic research papers
detailing original work in the area of using HPC for making urgent
decisions. Topics of interest for workshop submissions include (but are
not limited to):

* Example use-cases and case-studies that use HPC for urgent decision making
* Techniques for integrating HPC workflows with real-time data
* Approaches to verify and validate unreliable real-time data, for
instance from sensors, IoT and satellites
* System design for data reduction and pre-processing at source, for
instance using edge computing and heterogeneous resources such as FPGAs
* The use of data formats and conversion techniques to support the
handling of data from numerous and diverse sources
* Algorithmic techniques to guarantee result generation in specific time
frames, such as result refinement which generates more accurate results
as time progresses
* Studies of leveraging HPC for workloads with real-time time constraints
* Changes to existing HPC technologies and policies that are required to
support using HPC interactively
* The ability for HPC codes to adapt their resource requirements
dynamically, for instance via elastic compute
* Visualisation and presentation techniques to support rapid and
accurate urgent decision making by the end user
* Reduction and feature extraction of results to highlight critical
issues of interest
* Complimenting results with provenance data for additional context and
* Data analysis techniques for making urgent decisions in response to

Paper Submission Guidelines
* Papers should be submitted electronically via the SC19 Submission Page
* All papers will be peer-reviewed and accepted papers published via
* Papers will be published via IEEE TCHPC and as such they must follow
the IEEE formatting, templates available
* Full paper submissions are limited to 10 pages and hot-topic
submissions 4 pages. The page limit includes figures, tables, and
appendices, but does not include references, for which there is no page
* Submitted papers should not have appeared in or be under consideration
for a different workshop, conference or journal.
* In submitting the paper, the authors acknowledge that at least one
author of an accepted submission will register for and attend the workshop.

There is more information available at https://www.urgenthpc.com and
please feel free to email any questions to Nick Brown
(n.brown at epcc.ed.ac.uk<mailto:n.brown at epcc.ed.ac.uk>)

* Nick Brown (EPCC at the University of Edinburgh)
* Vinay Amatya (PNNL, DoE)
* Deidre Brucker (NCAR)
* Thierry Goubier (CEA)
* Vyacheslav Olshevsky (KTH)

Program Committee
* Guillaume Colin de Verdière (CEA)
* Robert Rallo (PNNL)
* Antonino Tumeo (PNNL)
* Gerald Baumgartner, Louisiana State University
* Gordon Gibb, EPCC at the University of Edinburgh
* Stefano Markidis, KTH
* Andreas Gerndt, DLR
* Johannes Guenther, Intel
* Sabri Pllana, Linnaeus University
* Peter Messmer, NVIDIA
* John Feo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
* Steven W.D. Chien, KTH
* Sergio Rivas-Gomez, KTH
* Piero Poletti, FBK
* Giorgio Guzzetta, FBK

Supporting projects & organisations
This workshop is supported by the VESTEC and LEXIS EU FET H2020
projects, along with PNNL and NCAR
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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