Deadline extended for UrgentHPC workshop at SC20

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 31 Aug 2020 | 15:33

SC, the world's largest high-performance computing conference, will be held virtually during the week of November 9-13. It is a disappointment not to be going to SC in person, but the flip side is that the conference will be open to a wider audience than would have been possible had it been held in Atlanta as originally planned.

This year I am organising the second run of the Urgent HPC workshop, which is an event aimed at bringing together those who are researching the role of HPC and data science in making urgent decisions to tackle disasters. The event first ran last year at SC19 and comprised a keynote talk by the founder of Technosylva – the world’s leading wildfire simulation code development company – six technical papers, and a panel. Based upon that success we decided to run the workshop again this year, and given all that has happened since then, exploring this topic is more timely than ever before! 

Our involvement in VESTEC, an EU-funded Future and Emerging Technologies project, prompted the organisation of the first workshop. VESTEC is a research project that aims to fuse HPC and real-time data for urgent decision making, and here in EPCC we lead the work-package around supercomputing. What’s really exciting is that, as we approach the two-year mark, we are starting to obtain some really interesting results, but we realise that community-building is required around this topic in order for it to have a longer term impact.

The area of interest for the workshop is broad, with the sole requirement that content must have a link to using HPC or data for disaster response. This is because, as we see it, HPC can play a significant part in real-time disaster response, but numerous challenges must be solved before this can be fully exploited. For instance highly-relevent topics include data analysis techniques, real-time computation, running on the edge, and policy changes required at the HPC machine level. Furthermore, a fundamental aim of this session is to bring together experts from all the different areas of HPC and data science to share their experiences of trying to tackle the underlying issues.

Paper submission deadline

We have extended the deadline for Paper submissions to the workshop, with the new submission deadline now Friday September 4, AoE.

Papers will be published in IEEE TCHPC, and there are two categories: short, position-style Papers of up to 6 pages, and full Papers of up to 10 pages. Authors of accepted Papers will have a slot to present their work (virtually), and SC is doing a really good job of organising the event to allow a combination of pre-recorded videos and live discussion can take place.


If you are interested in submitting a Paper, please see the workshop website for more details and a link to the Linklings submission portal: 

Urgent HPC workshop:

VESTEC project website:


Nick Brown, EPCC

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