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HPCDays 2024 : HPC Days 2024


When May 6, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Where Durham
Submission Deadline Feb 5, 2024
Categories    HPC   exascale   green computing   performance programming

Call For Papers

Call for presentations
HPC Days 2024
Durham, 6 May – 10 May 2024

Workshop site:
Submission deadline: 5th of February AoE
Notification: 4th of April

Theme: Challenges for the compute centre of the future - Finding talent, green supercomputing, serving the diverse HPC community

As we continue to progress further into the exascale era, HPC compute centres and research groups are facing several, multifaceted, challenges. Key issues typically faced across the community today include a skills shortage due to the permanent lack of talent, the fact that supercomputers consume a lot of energy, and the permanent tension between the ML/AI community and the traditional users of computational simulations. As we move to a position where decarbonising HPC is gaining significant importance, and the line between machines built for ML/AI and HPC continues to blur, indeed there is a strong argument to be made for porting codes so that they effectively leverage supercomputers (delivering scaling and efficiency) but this requires people with the right skills. During the essential discussion of these issues, it is important that we foster a diverse and inclusive HPC community to encompass all voices. Many of these issues are reaching a head and hence we hope for HPC Days 2024 to explore them.

Call for presentations

We invite proposals for talks, typically 15-25 minutes long, which will be embedded into a wider programme hosting invited speakers and vendor presentations.

Suggested topics of interest for this conference include (but are not limited to):
* Optimisation of HPC, AI and ML workloads to deliver increased efficiency and scaling on HPC machines
* Use of novel technologies, techniques and architectures to deliver improved energy efficiency
* Software, programming, and algorithmic approaches for reducing power consumption by codes
* The convergence of AI/ML and HPC applications and algorithms
* Success stories around efforts to encourage Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the HPC workforce
* Approaches to user training
* How we are able to share hardware designed for AI/ML with HPC and vica-versa
* Going beyond the batch system, for instance the use of interactive computing such as Jupyter notebooks, on traditional HPC machines
* HPC centre policy to enable non-traditional workloads
* Lessons learnt from energy efficient HPC centre operation

As HPC is a large community that encompasses many different roles, we welcome both technical and non-technical contributors at all career levels to submit their work in order to broaden the knowledge of all those who attend our event. We particularly encourage software and hardware development projects from the UK's ExCALIBUR project and DiRAC to present their project insights and outcomes.

Submission details

We request submission of an abstract, approximate length 300 words which will be peer reviewed, via the EasyChair system at .

Review Committee
* Rebecca Appleby, ARC, Durham University
* Eleanor Broadway, EPCC, Edinburgh
* Nick Brown, EPCC, Edinburgh
* Clare Jenner, DiRAC, UCL
* Alan Real, ARC, Durham University
* Tobias Weinzierl, CS, Durham University
* Alastair Basden, DiRAC/ICC, Durham University

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