ParCo 2015 comes to Edinburgh

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 12 Feb 2015 | 10:48

Later this year, The University of Edinburgh is hosting ParCo2015, the International Conference on Parallel Computing.

ParCo is a biennial event that has been running for over 30 years, making it one of the longest running international conferences on parallel computing. The conference is well established as an influential platform for exchanging know-how on the newest parallel computing strategies, technologies, methods, and tools. I'm one of the local organisers of ParCo2015, which is being jointly hosted by EPCC and the School of Informatics.

Keynote talks

ParCo conferences feature keynote presentations from leading figures in the parallel computing field. This year we are pleased to announce the following keynote talks:

  • Bio-Inspired Massively-Parallel Computation: Stephen Furber, ICL Professor of Computer Engineering, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK

  • Scientific Software Challenges in the Extreme Scaling Era: Simon McIntosh-Smith, Head of the HPC Research Group at the University of Bristol, UK 

  •  Parallel Program = Operator + Schedule + Parallel data structure: Keshav Pingali, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin, USA

  • How might future HPC architectures utilize emerging neuromorphic chip technology?: Rick Stevens, Associate Laboratory Director, Argonne National Laboratory and Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Chicago, USA.  

Call for papers

The call for papers is currently open - see


The conference also provides an opportunity to organise mini-symposia on any aspect of parallel computing - past conferences have featured subject such as parallel computing with FPGAs, application tuning, extreme scaling and heterogeneous architectures.

Submission deadlines

The important dates to note are 28 February 2015 for abstracts, and 31 March 2015 for mini-symposium proposals.

To find out more, visit the ParCo website or contact the organising committe