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SHPCS 2019 : Security and High Performance Computing Systems


When Jul 15, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019
Where Dublin, Ireland
Submission Deadline Apr 12, 2019
Notification Due Apr 26, 2019
Final Version Due May 8, 2019
Categories    security   HPCS   cloud   privacy

Call For Papers

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters


High performance computing systems intersect with the computer security world in primarily two ways. The first one is as multi-user systems where guarantees beyond availability of the service must be provided to their users (e.g., confidentiality of the data being processed by different actors, integrity of the results and the computation itself). The second one is as potential tools to assess the cost effectiveness of extensively equipped attackers. SHPCS welcomes contributions on both these research directions.

Concerning the first point, SHPCS addresses security aspects related to targeting HPC, grid, and cloud environments, such as security threat awareness, proactive network traffic analysis, network and host intrusion prevention systems, incident response, forensic analysis, and resolution of security incidents. Furthermore, SHPCS considers how to add security properties to high performance computing systems and how they can be formally verified both at design-time (formal verification) and at run-time (run-time verification). In this case, safety properties can also be jointly addressed, e.g., considering availability and fault tolerance for high performance computing systems.

Concerning the second security-HPC interaction, SHPCS covers how to use HPC systems to solve security problems. For instance, an HPC system can be employed to assess the concrete resistance of a given cryptosystem against known cryptanalytic attacks, whenever performing a significant precomputation may increase the feasibility of known attacks. Moreover, SHPCS investigates the tradeoffs between maintaining high performance and achieving security in computing systems and solutions to balance the two objectives. In particular, challenging scenarios arise due to the nature of academic and industrial research HPC centers, where actors with different access rights share the same resources. Indeed, different levels of disclosure of the results, ranging from open science to industrial intellectual property may be needed for the outcomes of computations conducted on the same cluster.

The workshop seeks submissions from academia and industry presenting novel research on all theoretical and practical aspects of security related to HPC environments, as well as case studies and implementation experiences. Papers should have practical relevance to the construction, evaluation, application, or operation of secure systems.

The SHPCS Workshop topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

* Incident response, forensic analysis and resolution of security incidents.
* Awareness and quantification of the threats to the security in HPC environments
* High-performance security solutions for authentication and data access authorization
* Proactive and reactive network traffic analyses
* Scalable and usable access control systems
* High Performance Secure Storage
* Cloud HPC security aspects, including use of lightweight containers for security purposes
* Accounting and auditing techniques suited for HPC services
* Side-channel attacks which can be conducted on HPC systems
* Formal verification of security of protocols and tools for HPC systems
* High Performance implementation of formal verification tools
* High Performance implementation of cryptosystems
* High Performance cryptanalysis
* Intrusion and Attack Detection and Response
* Privacy Preserving and Enhancing Technologies
* Blockchain schemes for HPC decentralization
* High Performance solutions for outsourced data processing
* Trustworthy computation solutions to provide reliable results to users (e.g. process Enclaves)


Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the HPCS 2019 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE or ACM Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly.


Plans are underway to have the best papers, in extended version, selected for possible publication in a reputable journal as special issue. Detailed information will soon be announced and will be made available on the conference website.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the Workshop, please contact the workshop organizers.


Paper Submissions: ------------------------------------------- 24 March 2019
Acceptance Notification: -------------------------------------- 08 April 2019
Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due by: ----------- 24 April 2019
Conference Dates: -------------------------------------------- 15–19 July 2019


Marco Baldi and Francesco Spegni
Università Politecnica delle Marche
Email: {m.baldi | f.spegni}

Gerardo Pelosi and Giovanni Agosta
Politecnico di Milano
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