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Call for Papers - Cray User Group 2018 Conference: Visionary Computing

Stockholm, Sweden, 20-24 May 2018

Published Nov 07, 2017

Abstract submissions for CUG2018 are now open. The CUG Conference is more than computing; it represents users across all inter-connected and inter-related High Performance Computing disciplines, including computing, storage, networking, and analytics. 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 next year's conference in Stockholm, Sweden, which will be hosted by the PDC Center for High Performance Computing.

CUG 2018

Call for Papers

Important Dates

  • Abstract Deadline: 21 January 2018
  • Acceptance Notifications: 26 February 2018
  • Early Registration Deadline: 19 March 2018
  • Paper and Presentation Deadline: 15 April 2018
  • Invitation for Journal Submission: 28 April 2018
  • Conference Dates: 20-24 May 2018
  • Special Journal paper Deadline: 18 June 2018


Technical papers related to any Cray product are invited in the following suggested 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

  • Data Analytics Frameworks and Workflows such as Spark and Hadoop
  • Real Time Data Analysis
  • Cray Graph Engine

To submit your abstract please see the Call for Papers ( ) and follow the instructions. Abstracts for papers, tutorials, and BoFs are due by 21 January 2018. For papers, there is a requirement for a long abstract or outline of up to 1,000 words that can be attached as a PDF of up to 2 pages. Papers submitted by the 15 April 2018 deadline (midnight local Stockholm time) will be further reviewed and are eligible for the selection of the Best Paper (to be awarded and presented at the conference in a plenary session) and for publication in a special issue of the "Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience" (CCPE) Journal. We expect to accept the best 8 to 10 papers to the CUG2018 special issue of the journal.

The CUG2018 proceedings will be published in the public realm of approximately 3 months after the conference unless you specifically request that your paper be published only in the members-only realm. You may select this option during the Program Materials submission stage.

Help us make CUG in 2018 the best yet. I hope to see you at CUG 2018, "Visionary Computing" in Stockholm!

CUG Vice President and Program Chair