29-31 May 2018
University of Ljubljana
CET timezone

Call for Contributions

PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference

From 29 to 31 May 2018, PRACE will organise the fifth edition of its Scientific and Industrial ConferencePRACEdays18 – under the motto HPC for Innovation: when Science meets Industry in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The conference will bring together experts from academia and industry who will present their advancements in HPC-supported science and engineering. PRACEdays18 forms the central event of the European HPC Summit Week 2018.

Call for Contributions

PRACE would like to receive contributions for presentations of excellent scientific merit from scientists and researchers from academia and industry. Past and present users of PRACE resources are highly encouraged to send in a contribution based on their PRACE-supported project(s). But it is not necessary that your past or present work was / is supported by PRACE and / or DECI and / or SHAPE to be eligible for this Call.

Submissions should take the form of an extended abstract (one page), detailing the novelty or originality of the science or research project and the need for HPC to accomplish the results. The forward-looking achievements should demonstrate scientific discoveries, innovation in industry or address society’s grand challenges.

The conference programme provides space for presentations in parallel sessions PRACEdays18. The maximum length of each presentation is 25 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions from the audience.

Applicants selected for a presentation will receive a free conference pass. Travel and accommodation will not be reimbursed. The standard conference fee is € 60,-

PRACE supports the Women in HPC initiative (http://www.womeninhpc.org.uk/) which works towards equal representation in High Performance Computing. The Scientific Steering Committee and Industrial Advisory Committee of PRACE encourage female researchers and scientists to submit their contribution to both the Call for Contributions and the Call for Posters.


Applicants are invited to send in contributions from scientific or industrial domains that use HPC. Examples are (in alphabetical order):

  • Aeronautics/Aerospace
  • Astrophysics
  • Automotive/Transport
  • Chemistry
  • Energy / Renewable Energy
  • Engineering / Manufacturing / SMEs
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Finances
  • Life Sciences
  • Material Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Particle Physics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Oil & Gas
  • Telecommunications/Electronics

The domain should be clearly indicated on the submission. If several domains apply, the main one should be indicated, with the secondary domain(s) in brackets.



The Call for Contributions is now closed, no further submissions will be accepted.

Submissions should include:

  • A meaningful title for your contribution.
  • A one page abstract
  • The details of the author and co-authors:
    • Name and contact details, photo and a brief CV/biography of the (main) author especially his/her current position and area of interest. Please note that the CV/biography should be short (about ¼ page in minimum 12 point font type).
  • The main domain and possible sub-domains to which the presentation pertains.

The one-page abstract should include:

  • A description of the novelty / originality of the science/research project.
  • A description of the need for HPC / how HPC was instrumental in obtaining the results.
  • A forward-looking statement demonstrating scientific discoveries, innovation in industry or addressing society’s grand challenges.

For examples see PRACEdays17-presentations.

Submissions as well as the resulting presentations and posters should be tailored to a wide audience, using layperson’s terms and examples where possible.

The selection process took longer as expected. Therefore all applicants, whether successful or not, will be notified of the outcome of the Call in begin of by 31 January 2018.

A successful applicant has the right to decline participation until 02 February 2018, 12:00 (noon) CET, so that an adequate replacement can be found.

Criteria for selection

The PRACE Conference Programme Committee, consisting of members of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) will review all submissions with the goal of selecting the most excellent presentations across as wide a range of scientific and industrial domains as possible.

Submissions will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Novelty / originality of the science/research project.
  • The need for HPC to accomplish the results and the way this is highlighted.
  • The forward-looking achievements in scientific discoveries or in innovation in industry that should lead to solutions for society’s grand challenges.


PRACE Award for Best Scientific Presentation

PRACE awards a prize to the best paper submitted to the PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference in one of the following areas:

  • A breakthrough in science achieved through high performance computing.
  • An algorithm or implementation that achieves a significant improvement in scalability or performance.
  • A novel approach to performance evaluation on a massively parallel architecture.

The PRACE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) selects the paper to receive the PRACE Award for Best Scientific Presentation, which will be announced at the Opening Session and presented at the closing session. The PRACE Scientific Award consists of a diploma and a token prize, as well as a voucher for € 1 500 which can be used to attend an HPC training event or conference (based on reimbursement of real costs).

PRACE Award for Best Industrial Presentation

The PRACE Award for Best Industrial Presentation will not be awarded in 2018.




In co-operation with the author, PRACE will publish the abstracts of the selected submissions on the conference webpage of the PRACE website (http://www.prace-ri.eu/pracedays18 ) together with a photo and details of the presenter (name, institution, country, short biography). An example of how this is done can be found here: http://www.prace-ri.eu/pracedays17-presentations.

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