Call for Participation

Submissions for PEARC17 are closed.

The Technical Program for the PEARC17 includes four Paper tracks, Tutorials, Posters, a Visualization Showcase and Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions. All submissions should emphasize experiences and lessons derived from operation and use of advanced research computing on campuses or provided for the academic and open science communities. Submissions aligned with the conference theme—Sustainability, Success, and Impact—are particularly encouraged.

The Conference Proceedings will be published electronically by ACM International Conference Proceedings Series and included in the ACM Digital Library. New for PEARC17, poster papers and visualization showcase descriptions can be included in the proceedings along with papers and extended abstracts. Selected technical papers 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. Selected papers from the “Workforce, Diversity, and Evaluation” track on training or education topics will be invited to extend the manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Computational Science Education.

Graduate and undergraduate students who are working on projects that use advanced research computing resources on campus or at national centers are invited and encouraged to submit papers or posters. To qualify as a student submission, the work must be primarily the student’s, the student must be the primary author, and the student must present the paper or poster. The conference will recognize the best overall student paper, best undergraduate poster, and best graduate poster.

Submission Deadlines

  • Monday, March 6 — Tutorials submission deadline
  • Monday, March 13 — Technical Papers submission deadline (EXTENDED)
  • Friday, March 31 — External Program & Workshop proposal deadline
  • Monday, April 3 — Notification of acceptance for Tutorials
  • Friday, April 21 — Notification of acceptance for Technical Papers
  • Monday, May 8 — Poster, Vis Showcase, Birds of a Feather submission deadline (EXTENDED)
  • Tuesday, May 23 — Poster, Vis Showcase, Birds of a Feather notification of acceptance
  • Thursday, May 25 — Student Program financial support applications deadline
  • Thursday, June 1 — Student Program financial support notifications of acceptance
  • Friday, June 9 — Final camera-ready submissions due for Proceedings contributions

Technical Papers

Submission Types: Full papers (strongly preferred) or extended abstracts

Submissions of both full papers and extended abstracts are permitted. Full papers of 5–8 pages are strongly preferred; extended abstracts should be at least 2 and no more than 4 pages. Authors with papers or extended abstracts accepted in the paper tracks must have at least one author attend the conference to make a 30-minute presentation. Extended abstracts can be included in the proceedings, but will not be entitled to submit full papers to the proceedings or be considered for the special journal issues.


Student papers—Please indicate if the primary author is a student on your submission. To qualify, the work must be primarily the student’s, the student must be the primary author, and the student must present the paper at the conference.


  • TechnologyThis track will focus on technology and infrastructure developments, practices, and experiences that enable increased performance, capability, productivity, usability or reliability of digital resources. Topics may include, but are not limited to, compute and storage systems, grid middleware, cybersecurity, job schedulers, tracking and monitoring practices and tools, workflow solutions, green computing, networking and data management. Submissions should describe both the technology and its impact. Submissions related to any advanced research computing environment are welcome.

  • Software and DataThis track will focus on practices and experiences related to software and data environments that enable the effective use, access, or operation of advanced research computing. Topics may include, but are not limited to, science gateways, middleware and community codes spanning the sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences. Submissions can highlight strategies and approaches to software integration; modular frameworks; cybersecurity issues; software, data and computation management; and engagement of user communities. Submissions should also include details of software and data requirements, design strategies, architecture, implementation, deployment and sustainability.

  • Workforce, Diversity, and Evaluation: This track will focus on workforce development and diversity efforts for engaging and sustaining a diverse scientific, academic and industrial workforce in all fields of study. Submissions should represent evidence-based 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).

  • Accelerating Discovery in Scholarly Research: This track will emphasize the practices and experiences in facilitating and enabling scholarship via advanced research computing. Submissions may highlight computational approaches employed (algorithms, techniques, software, models, etc.), should explain how advanced research computing enabled or enhanced the scholarly accomplishments, and discuss how the work may apply beyond the original work. Submissions to this track may include case studies of computational practices and environments that helped advance state-of-the-art research. It is not expected that submissions will include detailed discussion of original domain-focused research results.


Submission Types: Proposal and draft tutorial content

Tutorials provide participants with in-depth training to effectively use and manage advanced research computing resources and services. Tutorials should be identified as targeting Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced skill levels and may be proposed as full-day (6-hour), half-day (3-hour), or quarter-day tutorials (1.5-hour). Quarter-day tutorials are an option for those with shorter topics to cover or for those who want to offer Introductory and Advanced sections of a half-day tutorial, for example. Tutorials may cover a broad range of topics, for example: gateways, visualization, grid environments, cybersecurity, data-intensive science, data management, maximizing productivity, computational science, parallel programming, optimization, systems management, and writing proposals.


PEARC17 is pleased to provide complimentary Tutorials Day registration for up to two presenters per accepted Tutorial.


Submission Types: Abstract and optional mockup

Posters should present new results or promising work in progress, ideally aligned with topics encouraged in the paper tracks and/or aligned with the conference theme. Posters give authors an excellent opportunity to discuss their work in greater detail, without the limits imposed by an oral presentation. Posters should address how advanced research computing applies to or benefits from the work.


Poster size: maximum of 3.5 ft (1.1 m) wide by 4 ft (1.2 m) tall. To be included in the proceedings, authors of accepted posters will need to provide a 2- to 4-page version of the poster formatted in the proceedings format by the June 9 deadline.


Student posters—Please indicate if the primary author is a student on your submission. To qualify, the work must be primarily the student’s, the student must be the primary author, and the student must present the poster. See the Student Program page for information about opportunities for financial support.

Visualization Showcase

Submission Type: Proposal

The Visualization Showcase presents innovative digital imagery that demonstrates the analytic potential of advanced computing technologies and the transformative impact that such images have on scientific discovery. Proposals should be of general interest to advanced research computing communities and should include a brief explanation (abstract) as to why the research is relevant to improving the quality or productivity of the resources and services available to the open science community. The visualizations should be provided via link for viewing (e.g., YouTube) or downloading (e.g., Dropbox) in a common media format such as MPEG or QuickTime. To be included in the published conference proceedings, authors of accepted visualizations will need to provide an extended abstract (2–4 pages) using the proceedings format detailing the science application, resulting data, and the visualization techniques and tools applied.

Birds of a Feather

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. Proposals should discuss the relevance of the topic to the conference participants and the specific contribution of each organizer.

Exhibitor Forum

Submission Type: Abstract

The Exhibitor Forum provides a venue for For-Profit Conference Exhibitors to deliver technical or customer presentations of interest to attendees. Exhibitor Forum presentations will be 30-minute slots and may include software demonstrations, user success stories, and descriptions of how your organization’s offerings help advanced computing technologies to have impacts on science, scholarship, and society. Submissions should include a session title, abstract, and presenter information.

External Programs

Submission Type: Proposal

As a venue that brings together representatives from across a wide range of communities, PEARC17 welcomes external groups and programs that want to host events and meetings during the conference week. A variety of opportunities exist for workshops or meetings throughout the week of the conference. Short meetings may be accommodated during breaks or lunches in the Technical Program.


Proposals should include the hosting group and a primary point of contact for logistics questions, a description of the purpose of the meeting (and whether it is open or closed to general attendees) and its alignment with the PEARC17 conference goals, the anticipated number of attendees, the preferred scheduling, and any special requirements. Groups taking advantage of this opportunity are expected to have their attendees register for the conference and hotel block. Costs for extra food or specialized room setups will be borne by the group.