Monday, August 31, 2015

SC15 Workshops More Vibrant than Ever!

The SC15 Workshops program has broken the record for the largest number of workshops since its inception, and will be as vibrant as ever. The Workshop program includes 22 full-day and 20 half-day workshops distributed across Sunday November 15, Monday November 16, and Friday morning of November 20. The high-value workshops selected this year by a rigorous peer-reviewed process focus on in-depth presentations, discussion, and interaction on topics of interest to the HPC community.

“The diverse set of topics featured at the SC15 workshops this year is unique to no other conference” said Workshops Chair Michela Taufer (University of Delaware). “Long time hosted workshops with an exciting and well-established audience will be held side by side with newer workshops on emerging topics. For example workshops like DISCO and VHPC are in their 10th edition, while many new workshops are responding to demands for the exascale era, like the new 1st. Numerical Reproducibility at Exascale workshop.”

Attendees can indeed choose among workshops that target technical HPC aspects associated to e.g., irregular applications, architectures and algorithms, such as IA^3, participate in the discussion about educational techniques for fostering parallel programming in undergraduate and graduate curriculums, learn more about the challenges that face women in HPC, or appreciate how HPC is revolutionizing applications all over the sciences with, for example, new computational approaches for cancer.

“While several workshops are wrapping up their program, others are still collecting paper submissions and can serve as a great target for new attendees to present their work at SC15 for the first time” said Workshops vice-Chair Trilce Estrada  (University of New Mexico). The SC15 workshop webpage provides the complete list of workshops. Authors looking for a home for their work can learn more about individual workshops’ scope and URL by clicking on particular workshop names in the program.

“This year, we wanted to encourage attendees to participate in several workshops, across the three days, by introducing a single, small fee of $40 for students and $90 for regular attendees. This pass has to be added to their technical program registration” said the Technical Program Chair Jeffrey Vetter (ORNL). “We hope many colleagues who register for the regular technical program will take advantage of this new opportunity,” he added.

There are no doubts that workshops at SC15, with their rich programs, will complement the overall SC15 Technical Program events, expanding the knowledge of their attendees on subject areas, and extending the HPC impact with greater depth of focus. Register before October 15 and enjoy any workshop at SC for the new single, small registration fee!

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