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CUG 2018 Call For Papers

Now in its 40th year, the Cray User Group (CUG) facilitates collaboration and information exchange across the high-performance computing (HPC) community. You and your colleagues from CUG Member sites around the world hold the key to sustaining this conference as an invaluable source of information and technical interchange.

Please consider presenting at the CUG 2018 conference, May 20 – 24, in Stockholm, Sweden. If you are not from an active CUG member site, please read Who May Attend CUG before submitting your abstract. Share your experiences and help us work cooperatively toward solutions to problems encountered.

CUG is not only about computing, it represents users across all inter-connected and inter-related HPC disciplines, including computing, storage, and analytics.

Submissions related to any Cray product are invited in the following suggested categories (also known as “tracks”) and topics.

Applications and Programming Environments
  • Programming Environment
  • Compilers
  • Libraries
  • Tools
  • 3rd Party Applications
  • User Code Optimization
  • Utilization of Heterogeneous Systems
  • Application Performance on Intel Xeon and Phi KNL™ Architecture
User Services
  • Account Administration
  • Consulting
  • Manage Cray and 3rd Party Software
  • Documentation
  • Training
  • User Support
  • Outreach
Systems Support
  • Operations
  • Environmental Monitoring, Cooling, and Power
  • Facilities and Site Preparation
  • Tuning and OS Optimization
  • System Operations
  • Architecture
  • Job Scheduling and Accounting
  • Mass Storage
  • Networking
  • System Interoperability
  • Resiliency, Reliability, Availability, Scalability
File Systems and I/O
  • Tuning and Performance
  • Problem Determination
  • Application Tuning for Optimal I/O Performance
  • Comparisons Using Different Filesystems on Cray Systems
  • High Performance Storage Solutions for Big Data and Supercomputing
  • Cray DataWarp™ Configuration
  • Burst Buffer Usage Experiences
  • Novel/Emerging Use of Storage Devices such as NVM
Data Analytics and Data Sciences (New since CUG 2017)
  • Data Analytics Frameworks (such as Spark and Hadoop)
  • Workflows
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Real Time Data Analysis
  • Cray Graph Engine
Conference Best Paper Award

On May 23, 2018, during a plenary session, CUG will recognize the conference’s best paper.  We will announce nominations from the three finalists and then award the conference’s best paper.  Only papers submitted by the Papers due date of Apr 15, 2018 are qualified for further rounds of reviews to be selected as the best paper. The best paper talk will be presented during the plenary session.

Special Issue of the CCPE Journal (New since CUG 2017)

CUG will publish a special issue of the “Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience” (CCPE) Journal comprised of selected CUG2018 papers. Papers submitted by the Apr 15, 2018 due date will be reviewed to be invited to the journal publication. We expect to accept the best 8 to 10 papers to the CUG special issue of the journal. Authors will be notified of their acceptance prior to the conference and camera ready submissions will be due on June 18, 2018.  Please refer to Instructions to CUG2017 CCPE Special Online Issue (a similar link to CUG2018 Special Journal will be available later) and CCPE Authors Guidelines, including Copyright information for more details.  Authors have an option to indicate whether they are insterested for their papers to be considered for the special CCPE issue. Please refer to CCPE Special Issue of CUG 2017 for the published CUG2017 papers.

Help Us Make CUG 2018 the Best Yet!

Please note: You are required to submit both a paper and slides for your presentation so that they can be published in the CUG Proceedings. Papers presented at CUG conferences and workshops must be original works written for that presentation and may not be works prepared for other conferences or publications. To further assist you with preparation of your paper and slides, please read and follow the Information for Authors. You may also review presentations from Previous CUG conferences and seek advice from the Special Interest Group Chairs or Program Committee Members.

CUG Conference Abstract Submission System

You may request an opportunity to present your work at CUG through submission of an abstract. The submission types are: paper, tutorial, and birds of a feather (BOF).  For papers, there is a requirement for a long abstract or outline of up to 1000 words that can be attached as a PDF of up to 2 pages. This abstract will form the basis for acceptance to the CUG Conference. There is also a shorter abstract of up to 150 words. This shorter abstract will be included in any printed and online material and will accompany the presentational material and paper in the proceedings. The full (long) abstract will be used by reviewers to evaluate your submission. Completion of the long abstract as part of the submission process is required, it should differ from your short abstract.

The submission system is available from the opening date for submissions through the last day of each CUG Conference. During that time, the capabilities available to authors will change to reflect existing deadlines. There will be specific windows of time for abstract submissions and paper and presentation upload. Authors can make changes to submissions until the deadline passes for the current stage. CUG uses Linklings as the conference submission system. Authors must establish an account within the submission system that may then be used to manage their submission materials.

Important Dates
Activity Deadline
Submissions Open  November 6, 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline  January 21, 2018
Acceptance Notifications  February 26, 2018
Paper and Presentation Slides Deadline  April 15, 2018
Invitation for Journal Submission  May 18, 2018
Special Journal Paper Deadline  June 18, 2018
Submit an Abstract

Please use the CUG Conference Submission System to submit an abstract.
For further assistance and/or volunteering to help with the conference program, please contact Yun (Helen) He, Vice-President and Program Chair.