Galaxy developers,

There is an upcoming workshop on accessible HPC that might be of interest to 
many of you. It would be great to see the Galaxy community perspective included 
in these discussions. Details follow.



Extending High-Performance Computing Beyond its Traditional User Communities

Co-located with the 8th IEEE International Conference on eScience,
Chicago, USA
October 8, 2012

Call for Papers:

Papers submission due: Aug. 6, 2012

Historically, high-performance computing (HPC) has enabled computationally 
intensive simulations performed in batch mode on a small number of standalone 
supercomputers, shared among users selected for their computing skills as much 
as for expertise in their own disciplines. There has been a sustained effort 
over the past decade to broaden this model by deploying a wider variety of HPC 
systems tied into emerging national and global cyber-infrastructure (CI), yet 
only a small fraction of the resources fielded by HPC-based CI programs such as 
the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is currently 
used by people who are not members of communities that have used supercomputing 
centers since the 1980’s.

Given the digital instruments and methods that are revolutionizing biological, 
environmental, and physical sciences, as well as the promise of important 
benefits to social sciences and the arts and humanities, XSEDE is undertaking a 
proactive effort to work with members of these communities to identify barriers 
and to develop projects that show how to effectively overcome them.

In this context, the goal of the proposed workshop is to discuss examples of 
successful projects as well as barriers and practical approaches to overcoming 
them. After the presentation of selected papers, there will be a discussion 
among all the participants. The desired outcome is an improved understanding of 
actions that should be taken by the various stakeholders in order to enable a 
wide spectrum of practitioners to use HPC resources as part of their work and 
data flows, and to establish an informal network of people and communities 
interested in this outcome.

We invite papers that describe projects that have already used HPC systems, or 
whose requirements analysis indicates a need for HPC systems as part of the 
infrastructure for their implementation – if specific topics of concern are 
satisfactorily addressed.

Disciplines of study include, but are not limited to:

        • Genomics and bioinformatics
        • Social, behavioral and economic sciences
        • Digital humanities
        • Public Health
        • Citizen science
        • Computational linguistics
        • Machine learning
        • Digital arts
Topics of concern include, but are not limited to:

        • Campus, Cloud and HPC resources: tradeoffs and interoperation
        • Security and privacy of HPC environments
        • Data management, integration and visualization from Lab to HPC and 
        • Parallelization of compute- or data-intensive tasks
        • Programming paradigms, tools and programming environments
        • Access to and scheduling of HPC environments
        • Community portals and gateways
        • Workflow management and remote collaboration
        • System level support for workflows that include HPC
        • Fault-tolerance of distributed applications
        • Scalability of infrastructures and applications
        • Training and education of current and future practitioners
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