CUG 2021 Call For Papers

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.

We invite you to present at the CUG 2021 virtual conference in the first week of May 2021. If you are not from an active CUG member site, please read the “Attending a CUG Meeting” section at https://cug.org/events/.

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

This year we are soliciting submissions in three categories:

    • Paper
      • Full-length abstracts presenting novel results
      • Submissions in this track will require a final paper
      • Will be given priority for available slots
      • Will be considered for publication in a special issue of the CCPE journal
    • Presentation
      • Submissions in this track are intended to be “presentation-only”
      • do not require a final paper submission, but a final version of slides will be required
      • not considered for publication in the CCPE journal
    • Birds of a Feather (BoF)
      • Submissions in this track should prioritize interactivity in a virtual environment
      • Submissions of this type often include: presentations, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions
      • Consider if another group will submit a similar BoF and if your should merge proposals

Submissions related to any Cray or HPE Apollo product are invited in the following suggested categories:

Applications, Analytics and Environments
  • Programming Environment, Compilers, Libraries, Tools
  • 3rd Party Applications
  • Application and Workflow Performance
  • New Architecture Results (e.g. ARM, FPGAs, Slingshot)
  • Optimization methods and techniques
  • Utilization of Heterogeneous Systems
  • Data Analytics Frameworks
  • Container Technologies
  • Machine Learning / Deep Learning / AI
  • Real-time Data Analysis
User Services
  • Account Administration
  • Consulting
  • Software testing, management and integration
  • 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
  • Storage
  • Networking
  • System Interoperability
  • Resiliency, Reliability, Availability, Scalability
File Systems and I/O
  • Tuning and Performance (System and application side)
  • Problem Determination and analysis
  • Comparisons and benchmarking
  • Configuration / Administration
  • Usage Experiences
  • Novel/Emerging Use-cases
Conference Best Paper Award

We will announce nominations from finalists and then award the conference’s best paper.  Only papers submitted by the Papers due date will qualify for further rounds of reviews to be selected for the best paper award.

Special Issue of the CCPE Journal

CUG will publish a special issue of the “Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience” (CCPE) Journal comprised of selected CUG 2020 papers. Papers submitted by the 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. Prior to the conference, authors will be notified of their acceptance and the due date for camera ready submissions.

Help Us Make CUG 2021 the Best Yet!

Please note: You are required to submit both a paper and slides (or just slides for the presentation-only submission track) 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, presentation, 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.  A short abstract of up to 150 words is also required, and 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, and it should differ from your short abstract.
  • For presentation-only submissions only a short abstract is required (up 250 words). This abstract will form the basis for acceptance to the CUG Conference, and will also be included in any printed or online material.

Please submit all abstracts through the linklings submission system.

Important Dates
Activity Deadline
Submissions Open January 4, 2021
Abstract Submission Deadline February 7, 2021March 21, 2021
Acceptance Notifications April 12, 2021
Pre-recorded video April 28, 2021 AoE
Presentation Slides Deadline May 2, 2021 AoE
Camera Ready Program Material (full papers, final version of slides, etc) June 20, 2021 AoE
Invitation for Journal Submission July/August
Special Journal Paper Deadline TBD

For further assistance and/or volunteering to help with the conference program, please contact Brandon Cook, Vice-President and Program Chair via vicepresident@cug.org