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XSEDE15 Call For Participation


XSEDE15, the 4th annual conference, will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who utilize and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout the world. This year's theme is Scientific Advancements Enabled by Enhanced Cyberinfrastructure. The XSEDE15 conference is designed to engage and directly benefit diverse communities including students, educators, researchers and practitioners across all fields of study and scholarly research, with particular emphasis placed on engaging under-represented minorities, women, and people with disabilities. The conference will provide numerous opportunities for developers, applications teams, students, innovators, CIOs, IT staff, and policy makers from academia, government, industry and other organizations to engage in discussions that will assist them in significantly advancing their effective utilization of digital resources. From experts in the field, to people who are novices to the applications of digital resources, the XSEDE15 Conference will provide a range of formal and informal opportunities for people to interact and address their diverse needs and interests.

Full papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings and submitted to the ACM Digital Library. In addition, selected papers from all the tracks will be invited to extend the manuscripts to be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal of Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience. Papers accepted for the "Education, Outreach, and Training" track will be invited to extend the manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Computational Science Education.

March 1
Begin accepting Technical Paper and Tutorial submissions
March 30 EXTENSION: April 6
Technical Paper, Tutorial and Abstract submission deadline
April 24
Registration opens 
May 4
Notification of acceptance for Technical Papers
Notification of acceptance for Tutorials
May 11
BoF, and Poster submission deadline
Student Travel Grant applications due
May 25
Notification of acceptance for BoF and Posters
Final technical program available on XSEDE15 website
Final camera-ready submissions due for Technical Papers
May 31
Visualization Showcase submission deadline
June 1 
Notification of Student Travel grant awards
June 8
Notification of acceptance for Visualization Showcase 
June 25
Regular registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern
June 26
Late registration opens 
June 26
Deadline for Hotel Block reservations ends


Technical Program

The XSEDE15 Technical Program includes four Paper tracks, Posters, Tutorials, Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions and a Visualization Showcase. All submissions should emphasize results and lessons derived from collaborations with digital resources providers including, but not limited to, XSEDE and the XSEDE Service Providers.


Submission Types: Full papers (strongly preferred) or abstract-only

Participants in the four Paper tracks will have the opportunity to make a formal 30-minute presentation. Submissions of both full papers and abstracts are permitted, but full papers (no longer than 8 pages) are strongly preferred; abstract submissions are limited to extended abstracts only (no longer than 2 pages) and will not be entitled to submit full papers to the proceedings. A limited number of authors will be invited to present at a plenary Lightning Round session, consisting of a series of 8-minute talks, followed by a special poster session. Authors selected for the Lightning Round will be informed at time of acceptance.

  • Accelerating Discovery in Scholarly Research: This track will emphasize scholarship in science, engineering, humanities, social sciences and other fields by using advanced digital resources. Submissions should clearly articulate the problem and outcomes, describe the computational methods and explain what resources were used and how they enabled the accomplishments. Submissions to this track may emphasize the computational methods and use of cyberinfrastructure, while reserving detailed discussion of original research results for publication elsewhere.
  • Technology: This track will focus on technology developments that enable increased performance, capability, productivity, usability or reliability of XSEDE resources. Topics include, but are not limited to, compute and storage systems, grid middleware, job schedulers, tracking and monitoring tools, workflow solutions, green computing, compilers, networking and data management. Submissions should describe the both the technology and it's impact. Submissions describing work done on any large-scale cyberinfrastructure are invited, particularly if relevant to XSEDE.
  • Software and Software Environments: This track will focus on software and software environments that enable the efficient use of computational resources. Topics may include, but are not limited to, science gateways, middleware and community codes spanning the sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences. Submissions should highlight strategies and approaches to software integration, modular frameworks, software and computation management and engagement of user communities. Submissions should also include details of software requirements, design strategies, architecture, implementation, deployment and the sustainability.
  • Education, Outreach and Training (EOT): This track will focus on EOT efforts for engaging and sustaining a diverse scientific, academic and industrial workforce in all fields of study. Submissions should represent successful efforts that help advance computational and data-enabled research or education by recruiting and preparing current and future generations to advance scientific discovery through the use of cyberinfrastructure. Submissions are especially encouraged that address the inclusion of traditionally under-represented communities (including women, minorities, people with disabilities, institutions and disciplines).


Submission Types: Abstract and optional mockup

Posters should present new results or promising work in progress. Posters give authors an excellent opportunity to discuss their work in greater detail, without the limits imposed by an oral presentation. We are currently exploring options to make the posters available for an extended period of time.

Birds of a Feather (BoF)

Submission Types: Proposal

The BoF sessions are intended to engage attendees in informal discussions devoted to forward-looking topics drawn from the areas described in the submission guidelines for the conference. Submissions involving multiple institutions or projects are especially welcome since this often leads to broader participation and a wider range of viewpoints.

Visualization Showcase

Submission Types: Extended Abstract (Up to 2 pages) + Video (Up to 5 minutes)

The Visualization Showcase is a forum to feature innovative and compelling research that utilizes visualization. Submissions must include a video (up to 5 minutes) and a document (up to two pages) describing the research, visualization techniques, role of visualization in supporting or advancing scientific inquiry, and brief information and underlying data and hardware resources. We also encourage you to include any challenges that were overcome during the viisualization process.


Submission Types: Proposal and draft tutorial content

Tutorials provide participants with in-depth training to effectively use XSEDE resources and services. Tutorials may be proposed as full day, half day, or quarter day tutorials. Quarter day tutorials are a new option being piloted this year for those with shorter topics to cover or for those who want to advertise beginner and advanced sections of a half day tutorial. Tutorials may cover a broad range of expertise and topics, including gateways, visualization, grid environments, data-intensive science, data management (within and across XSEDE resources), maximize productivity, computational science, parallel programming, optimization, systems management, the allocations process, and writing proposals.

Student Participation Opportunities

XSEDE15 provides students with multiple opportunities to participate. In this section we describe topics and activities that are of specific interest to students.

Student awards

Undergraduate and graduate students who are working on research projects that use XSEDE, campus-level resources or other cyber-infrastructure are invited to submit Technical Papers and Posters. The conference will recognize the best overall student technical paper, best student paper in each technical track, best undergraduate poster and best graduate poster. To qualify for these awards, the work must be primarily the student's, the student must be the primary author and the student must present the paper or poster.

Student Travel Grants

A limited number of student travel grants may be available for XSEDE15 pending funding from the National Science Foundation. Priority will be given to lead authors of accepted papers and posters that qualify as student papers/posters as detailed above. Application instructions will be posted here as they become available. Recipients of travel grants will be notified after the final decisions have been made on the acceptance of posters and technical papers.

Other Student Participation Opportunities

There will be a one-day intensive collaborative modeling and analysis challenge, a session on careers in modeling and large data analytics, a mentorship program and opportunities for students to volunteer to assist with Conference activities. Further details about these and other student program activities will be posted as they become available.

Submission and formatting instructions

All submissions should be made via the XSEDE15 EasyChair site at

  • All initial submissions should be in PDF. Final papers and abstract-only submissions should be submitted in PDF, following ACM format templates available on the ACM website: (In extenuating circumstances and only if needed, we may request original files, MS Word or LaTeX, from authors of specific papers in order to ensure ACM Digital Library compatibility.)
  • Authors should all be listed in submitted documents and in the EasyChair forms using the same spelling in both places. In the LaTeX template, to list more than six authors in the XSEDE15 publications, please specify all authors in the \author section exactly as in the author section of the EasyChair forms. Do not use the \additionalauthors section. Similarly, for the Word template, please specify all authors on the front page under the title and nowhere else (such as footnote). The XSEDE15 program schedule and proceedings will show author names and affiliations exactly as they are listed in the EasyChair forms.
  • Papers, including student papers, should be no more than eight pages and must conform to the ACM proceedings templates. Papers should include the names and affiliations of all co-authors. Papers should be original works, not already published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. Extended papers for the special journal issue must have a minimum of 25% new content and must reference the publication in the XSEDE15 proceedings. Student authors should check the "Student paper (science-engineering, technology, software, EOT)" box in EasyChair under the "Title, Abstract and Other Information" section of the submission page. A student paper is one in which the work described was primarily done by a student who is also lead author of the paper. Papers must be presented by the student author in order to be eligible for the student paper award.
  • Abstract-only submissions to the 4 tracks (Accelerating Discovery in Scholarly Research, Hardware and Systems Software, Software and Software Environments, and Education, Outreach, and Training) should be up to two pages in length, providing sufficient detail for reviewers to make informed judgments about the work. Inclusion of figures is encouraged. Abstracts should include the names and affiliations of all co-authors. Accepted abstract-only submissions will be published in the conference proceedings but will not be entitled to submit full papers to the proceedings.
  • Poster submissions, including student posters, should be one page maximum. The abstract should contain the technical project description and the names and affiliations of all co-authors. An optional poster mockup may be submitted with the abstract. At least one project contributor is expected to be present. Student poster submitters, depending on their student status, should check one of the three boxes – High School, Undergraduate or Graduate Student Submission – in EasyChair under the "Title, Abstract and Other Information" section of the submission page.
  • Accepted poster submissions, including student submissions, presented at the conference during the scheduled poster session. At least one project contributor is expected to be present. Details on size/format of the posters will be provided closer to the conference date. Abstracts describing accepted posters will be published on the conference website. A student poster is one in which the work described was primarily done by a student who is also lead author of the poster. Posters must be presented by the student author in order to be eligible for a student poster award.
  • Each accepted poster is assigned one half of a 4 feet tall x 8 feet wide display board. The only format requirement is that your poster properly mounts on its display board and stay within the allotted 4'x4' space.
  • Visualization abstracts should be one page maximum and should include: title of the submission, names and affiliations of all contributors (both image creation and science content), indication of which author will be presenting, XSEDE (or other cyberinfrastructure provider) resources used, description of the contribution the imagery makes to the science, and a Web or FTP link to view or download the animation or still image. NOTE: If submitters are unable to provide a Web link to movie and images, they can be uploaded via Dropbox. A Dropbox invitation will be sent to all who submit to the Visualization Showcase. Animations should be in a standard Windows- and Mac-compatible format such as MPEG, AVI, MOV, etc., preferably at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Still images can be in any generally used image format, such as TIFF, BMP, JPG, PNG, etc. No proprietary formats will be accepted, and a minimum resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels is recommended.
  • Birds of Feather (BOF) proposals should be one page maximum and should specify: title and topic of the BOF and the names and affiliations of the organizers. BOF sessions will be canceled if none of the organizers are present to lead the discussion.
  • Tutorial proposals should be two pages long. The first page should include a one-page summary with title and topic of the tutorial; names and affiliations of all instructors; software requirements; any prerequisites; whether the tutorial is half or full day; and whether the entire tutorial is introductory, intermediate, or advanced. The second page should include a detailed agenda of the material to be covered. Proposers may include a partial or full set of draft slides to be used for the tutorials, as well as instructions for hands-on activities. Preference will be given to hands-on activities and proposals that include substantial or full drafts of the tutorial slides and exercises. Please address your backup plans, in the case of any unanticipated difficulties (e.g., network outages) in your submission.

If you have questions, contact Bob Sinkovits, the Technical Program Chair, at