Exascale Applications and Software Conference

General event

Exascale Applications and Software Conference

  • Event time: Starts on 9th April 2013. Runs until 11th April 2013
  • Event dates: 9th April 2013 to 11th April 2013
  • Location: Edinburgh

Event details

This conference will bring together all of the stakeholders involved in solving the software challenges of the exascale – from application developers, through numerical library experts, programming model developers and integrators, to tools designers.

Keynote speakers

  •  Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  •  Vladimir Voevodin, Research Computing Center, Moscow State University
  •  Bill Tang, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  •  George Mozdzynski, ECMWF - The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  •  Peter Coveney, Centre for Computational Science at University College London
  •  Jack Dongarra, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Tennessee

Authors are invited to submit novel research and experience in all areas associated with developing applications for exascale and the associated tools, software programming models and libraries.


The scale of today’s leading HPC systems, which operate at the petascale, has put a strain on many simulation codes – both scientific and commercial. However many of the scientific challenges behind these codes are driving the need for the next generation of exascale HPC systems. For simulation codes that are already struggling to scale up to petaflop levels, major investment is required to enable these codes to run at the exascale. Application optimisation and algorithmic modifications only represent part of this challenge. Systems of the scale envisaged present enormous challenges in terms of reliability, programmability, power consumption and usability. Programming models, libraries, languages, compilers and tools all need adaption and improvement. Applications must interact with many of these software aspects to be able to exploit exascale systems efficiently.

Submission of abstracts

The conference seeks contributions in the form of an abstract on relevant topics, including, but not limited to:

  •  enabling and optimising applications for exascale in any scientific area;
  •  developing and enhancing numerical algorithms for exascale systems;
  • aiding the exploitation of massively parallel systems through tools, e.g. performance analysis, debugging, development environments;
  •  programming models and libraries for exascale;
  • evaluating best practice in HPC concerning large-scale facilities and application execution

Authors have the opportunity to submit their work to be presented as a talk or as a poster at the conference. A peer review process will be used to select abstracts for presentation at the conference. Following the conference, authors of talks will have the opportunity to submit a paper for publication in the conference proceedings.

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and need to be submitted by the 10th December 2012. Please check www.easc2013.org.uk/submit-abstract for detailed submission instructions.


To register please go to http://www.easc2013.org.uk/registration

Early Bird Registration closes at 18:00 GMT on the 28 February 2013.


The conference is being organised by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh and will be held at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, UK.

Program committee

Chair: Dr Mark Parsons, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Professor Paul Kelly, Imperial College London
Dr Stefan Wesner, HLRS, University of Stuttgart
Professor Erwin Laure, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology
Professor Mitsuhisa Sato, University of Tsukuba
Mr Rolf Hempel, DLR
Dr Per Oster, CSC’s IT Center for Science Ltd
Professor Francois Bodin, CAPS Enterprise
Dr Jason Beech-Brandt, Cray UK
Professor Barbara Chapman, University of Houston
Dr Lorna Smith, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Dr Adrian Jackson, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Dr Michele Weiland, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh

Local organising committee

Dr Mark Parsons, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Dr Lorna Smith, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Dr Michele Weiland, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Dr Adrian Jackson, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Ms Katie Urquhart, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Ms Irina Nazarova, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh

Our General events include one-off events and lectures that are hosted by, or are of relevance to, the School of Physics and Astronomy..

Find out more about General events.