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HighPer 2018 : Internatonal Spring School on High Performance Computing


When Apr 23, 2018 - Apr 27, 2018
Where San Sebastián / Donostia
Submission Deadline TBD
Categories    computer science

Call For Papers


HighPer 2018 will be a research training event with a global scope aiming at updating participants about the most recent advances in the critical and fast developing area of high performance computing, which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research and industrial innovation with an extraordinary potential for a huge impact on scientific discoveries, medicine, engineering, business models, and society itself. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.

Most subareas of high performance computing will be displayed, from foundations, infrastructure and management to applications. Major challenges in the field will be identified through 2 keynote lectures, 24 five-hour and fifteen-minute courses, and 1 round table, which will tackle the most active and promising topics. The organizers are convinced that outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most motivated students. Interaction will be a main component of the event.

An open session will give participants the opportunity to present their own work in progress in 5 minutes. Moreover, there will be two special sessions with industrial and recruitment profiles.


Master students, PhD students, postdocs, and industry practitioners will be typical profiles of participants. However, there are no formal pre-requisites for attendance in terms of academic degrees. Since there will be a variety of levels, specific knowledge background may be assumed for some of the courses. Overall, HighPer 2018 is addressed to students, researchers and practitioners who want to keep themselves updated about recent developments and future trends. All will surely find it fruitful to listen and discuss with major researchers, industry leaders and innovators.


3 courses will run in parallel during the whole event. Participants will be able to freely choose the courses they wish to attend as well as to move from one to another.


HighPer 2018 will take place in San Sebastián, a famous touristic coastal city in the Basque Country which was European Capital of Culture 2016. The venue will be:

Centro Ignacio María Barriola
Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
Campus de Gipuzkoa
Plaza Elhuyar, 1
20018 San Sebastián / Donostia

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: (to be completed)

Federico Calzolari (Scuola Normale Superiore), Supercomputing: From CERN to Our Lives

PROFESSORS AND COURSES: (to be completed)

Srinivas Aluru (Georgia Institute of Technology), [intermediate] High Performance Computational Biology

Ümit V. Çatalyürek (Georgia Institute of Technology), [introductory/intermediate] HPC Graph Analytics

Alan Edelman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), [introductory] High Performance Computing on Parallel Computers and GPUs with Julia

Richard Fujimoto (Georgia Institute of Technology), [intermediate] Parallel Discrete Event Simulation

Alfio Lazzaro (University of Zurich), [introductory/intermediate] Code Performance Optimizations

Frank Mueller (North Carolina State University), [advanced] Embracing the Exascale Challenge: From Accelerators over Scalable Program Tracing to Resilience

Viktor K. Prasanna (University of Southern California), tba

J. (Ram) Ramanujam (Louisiana State University), tba

Adrian Sandu (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), tba

El-Ghazali Talbi (University of Lille 1), [] Parallel Metaheuristics for Optimization and Machine Learning

Todd J. Treangen (University of Maryland, College Park), [intermediate] Metagenomic Assembly and Validation

Elena Vataga (University of Southampton), [introductory] Hands-on Introduction to HPC for Life Scientists


An open session will collect 5-minute voluntary presentations of work in progress by participants. They should submit a half-page abstract containing title, authors, and summary of the research to david.silva409 (at) by April 16, 2018.


A session will be devoted to 10-minute demonstrations of practical applications of high performance computing in industry. Companies interested in contributing are welcome to submit a 1-page abstract containing the program of the demonstration and the logistics needed. At least one of the people participating in the demonstration should have registered for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david.silva409 (at) by April 16, 2018.


Firms searching for personnel well skilled in high performance computing will have a space reserved for one-to-one contacts. At least one of the people in charge of the search should have registered for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david.silva409 (at) by April 16, 2018.


Íñigo Aldazabal Mensa (co-chair)
Carlos Martín-Vide (co-chair)
Manuel J. Parra-Royón
Txomin Romero Asturiano (co-chair)
David Silva


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The selection of up to 8 courses requested in the registration template is only tentative and non-binding. For logistic reasons, it will be helpful to have an estimation of the respective demand for each course. During the event, participants will be free to attend the courses they wish.

Since the capacity of the venue is limited, registration requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The registration period will be closed and the on-line registration facility disabled when the capacity of the venue is exhausted. It is highly recommended to register prior to the event.


Fees comprise access to all courses and lunches. There are several early registration deadlines. Fees depend on the registration deadline.


Suggestions for accommodation will be available in due time.


Participants will be delivered a certificate of attendance indicating the number of hours of lectures.


david.silva409 (at)


Centro de Física de Materiales (CSIC-UPV/EHU)
Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC)
Universitat Rovira i Virgili

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