[ecoop-info] CCGird 2015 -- Call for Scalable Computing Challenge

Junchao Zhang jczhang at mcs.anl.gov
Wed Jan 7 00:35:39 CET 2015

 Call for 8th IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge
Co-located with IEEE/ACM CCGrid, 2015

The Eighth IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2015) is
sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable
(TCSC). The objective of the SCALE Challenge 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
scaling: 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
elastic scaling to acquire and release resources on-demand, based on current
need. In order to scale, applications to be supported by tools, middleware,
software cyber-infrastructure, programming frameworks, computing
and so on. The SCALE Challenge is concerned with advances in application
development and their supporting infrastructure that enable scaling.

All papers presented at the SCALE challenge of IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2015 will be
submitted to IEEE Xplore for publication and EI indexing.

Competitors submit proposals as white papers in advance that outline the
of the problem being solved, the solution technique, and document the
scalability achieved. From these proposals, a technical committee will
finalists to present their work and demonstrate their system or software in
action at the CCGrid conference. The judges will award a first prize winner
the conference. The white paper of the finalists will also appear in the
proceedings of the CCGrid Conference.

The Eighth IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2015)
will focus on end-to-end problem solving using concepts, technologies and
architectures (including Clusters, Grids and Clouds) that facilitate
Participants in the challenge will be expected to identify significant
real-world problems where scalable computing techniques can be effectively
and design, implement, evaluate and demonstrate solutions. SCALE 2015 will
held in conjunction with the 15th CCGrid Conference in Shenzhen, China on
5-7, 2015.

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

Overview of problem being solved and the techniques employed
The application scenario and its requirements
Performance metrics (number of cores, computational throughput, I/O
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 extensibility and uniqueness of results,
the extent to which the presented solution pushes the envelope in scalable
Analysis of solution and technology employed compared to related approaches
Papers will be shortlisted by a technical committee using the above merit
criteria. Up to 5 papers will be invited to compete in a final round at
2015. At least one member from each selected team must register, present and
demonstrate their project at CCGrid 2015. Participation from students and
early-career researchers, especially in leadership roles, is strongly

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

Papers of the finalists will appear in the CCGrid conference proceedings.

SCALE 2015 proposals can be submitted at the conference submission site
the SCALE Challenge Track:

Proposal submission: 8 Feb 2015
Decisions: 1 Mar 2015
Camera ready: 20 Mar 2015
Final presentation/demo: Between 4-7 May 2015

  Yogesh Simmhan, Indian Institute of Science, India, simmhan at serc.iisc.in
  James Lin, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, China, lin-xh at sjtu.edu.cn

  Joseph Antony, Australian National University, Australia
  Toshio Endo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  Alexandru Iosup, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
  Simon See, NVIDIA, Singapore
  BingQiang Wang, National Guangzhou Supercomputer Center, China
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