The Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC) is inviting submissions for the PASC17 Conference, co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and SIGHPC, which will be held at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano, Switzerland, from June 26 to 28, 2017.

The PASC Conference is an interdisciplinary event in high performance computing that brings together domain science, applied mathematics and computer science - where computer science is focused on enabling the realization of scientific computation.

The goal of the PASC papers initiative is to advance the quality of scientific communication between the various disciplines of computational science and engineering. The initiative is built from an observation that the computer science community traditionally publishes in the proceedings of major international conferences, while domain science communities publish primarily in disciplinary journals - neither of which is read regularly by the other disciplinary community. PASC papers presents a remedy to this situation that enables interdisciplinary exchange in a manner that bridges scientific publishing cultures and is useful to individual and community research goals.

By submitting papers to the PASC Conference, authors can benefit from the rapid and broad dissemination of results afforded by the conference venue and associated proceedings, as well as from the impact associated with publication in a high-quality scientific journal.

Submissions Guidelines

The PASC17 papers program is soliciting high-quality contributions of original research relating to high performance computing in eight domain-specific tracks:

  • Climate and Weather
  • Solid Earth Dynamics
  • Life Sciences
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Physics
  • Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Emerging Domains in HPC

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • The use of advanced computing systems for large-scale scientific applications
  • Implementation strategies for science applications in energy-efficient computing architectures
  • Domain-specific languages, libraries or frameworks
  • The integration of large-scale experimental and observational scientific data and high-performance data analytics and computing
  • Best practices for sustainable software development and scientific application development

We invite paper submissions for PASC17 of page length between 5 and 10 pages. The page limits include figures, tables, and appendices, but not references, for which there are no limits.

Contributions should be submitted using the PASC17 online submissions portal, which is now open.

Submissions Deadlines (Extended)

The review process is designed in the following stages:

  • December 12, 2016 January 23, 2017 (23:59 Anywhere on Earth): Submissions close
  • January 31, 2017 February 20, 2017: First review notification
  • March 1, 2017 March 13, 2017: Revised submissions close
  • April 11, 2017: Final review notification

PASC17 Conference and Proceedings Publication

Accepted manuscripts will be published in the ACM Digital Library at the time of the PASC17 Conference, June 26-28, 2017. Authors will be given 30-minute presentation slots at the conference, grouped in topically focused parallel sessions.

Post-Conference Journal Submission

Following the conference authors will have the opportunity to develop their papers, and, where appropriate, associated open-source software, for publication in a relevant, computationally focused, domain-specific journal. The journal paper should be an expanded version of the conference paper (consistent with the ACM policy for major revisions [1]) presenting a more complete description of the work – a fuller introduction, deeper project description, additional results, etc. and may be accompanied by associated open-source software.

To facilitate post-conference journal publications, the PASC Conference has formed collaborative partnerships with a number of high-quality scientific journals, including Computer Physics Communications (CPC) [2], the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES) [3], and ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (ACM TOMS) [4]. Members of the journals’ editorial boards will work with the PASC Papers Committee in reviewing PASC papers and in identifying papers to be extended and submitted to partner journals. Authors should communicate their interest in publishing with a partner journal during the review process. The current membership of the PASC Partner Journal Editors Board is as follows.

  • Prof. Stan Scott, Computer Physics Communications, Editor-in-Chief & Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Dr. Robert Pincus, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES), Editor-in-Chief & University of Colorado/ NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Mike Heroux, ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS), Editor-in-Chief & Sandia National Laboratory

Review Process

The PASC17 Papers Committee, chaired by Dr. Jack Wells (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and Prof. Torsten Hoefler (ETH Zurich), is responsible for reviewing submitted papers. The goal of the paper-selection process is to combine the strengths of the conference and journal publication schemes in order to execute an effective, high-quality publication venue in large-scale computational science. We use four key principles to design a paper selection process for ACM PASC17: (1) no pre-selected committee, (2) short revision process, (3) double-blind peer-review, and (4) expert reviewers suggested by primary reviewers. For a more detailed discussion of this process and its implementation within PASC16, please see T. Hoefler, "Selecting Technical Papers for an Interdisciplinary Conference: The PASC Review Process", in the Proceedings of the Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing Conference (2016) [5]. Papers will be evaluated on their significance, technical soundness, originality, and quality of communication.

As submissions will be evaluated double blind, authors should not be named, and references to an author's own previous work should be in the third person. Papers should be in the ACM proceedings format [6]. We suggest using "An Author", "Another Author", etc., in the ACM templates, and leaving affiliations and contact details blank.

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