Call for Participation

Computing for the Common Good

Call for Participation

The ACM PEARC23 Technical Program Committee (TPC) invites you to submit technical content proposals for the ACM PEARC23 Conference which will be held from July 23 to July 27, 2023. The conference theme will be — Computing for the Common Good —Submissions may address any topic related to advanced research computing and data, but topics consistent with one or more of the three technical tracks described below are of particular interest. While not required, authors are encouraged to submit work related to the conference theme that addresses issues with broad societal impact in areas such as health, energy, climate, equity and education. Submissions may take several forms, also indicated below. Authors need to plan for onsite delivery of their presentations.

Students are welcome and encouraged to submit papers, posters, and panel proposals through the normal process.

The ACM has a new authorship policy. Please review before submitting your final paper.

Technical Tracks for PEARC23

Applications and Software: Papers in this track will be of interest to researchers, software developers, students, and educators. Papers will focus on practice and experience relating to the use of advanced research computing to address problems in the physical and life sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, computer science, engineering, education, manufacturing, government, and other fields.

Examples of relevant topics include development of domain-specific software; applications of and application software for GPUs, novel CPUs, FPGAs, or other advanced hardware; optimization, parallelization, or other enhancements to existing software; advanced visualization techniques; science gateways and other novel ways to access advanced computing; workflow management systems; cost-effective use of cloud and on-premise HPC resources; advanced user support; scientific results, insights, or breakthroughs enabled by research computing; tools, libraries, middleware, and frameworks that lead to more effective use of computational and data resources; approaches to scientific code design patterns, security, and reusability; and applications of machine learning techniques.

Systems and System Software: Papers in this track will be of interest to system administrators, network administrators, and cybersecurity specialists. Papers will focus on practice and experience related to physical or virtual systems (compute, storage, visualization, instruments, and networking); system software for managing hardware; middleware and interoperability; virtualization and containerization; and operating distributed cyberinfrastructures and research computing environments.

Examples of relevant topics include containerized solutions; job scheduling; monitoring and usage analysis; fault detection and repair; software stack management; experience with advanced storage systems; hardware and systems for data-centric computing; networking challenges; design and use of visualization environments; design, deployment, and maintenance of virtualized environments; funding and operating of advanced research computing facilities (including considerations of cost of locally-sited hardware vs. remote hardware such as cloud facilities); systems procurement; systems administration; cybersecurity; practice and experience in facilitating the acquisition, operation, and use of advanced hardware, software, networks and services to advance research, scholarship, and creativity securely and sustainably; data center energy efficiency, hardware life cycle and other environmental impacts; operational performance comparisons and performance aspects of cloud environments. Submissions covering both established state of practice as well as novel research in operations are welcome.

Submission Deadlines

Key Dates

  • February
    • February 3rd: Tutorial and Workshop submissions due
  • March
    • March 3rd: Full Paper submissions due
    • March 3rd: Tutorial and Workshop author notifications
  • April
    • April 7th: Full Paper author notifications
    • April 21st: Short Paper, Poster, Co-Located Event submissions due
  • May
    • May 12th: Panel, Birds of a Feather, Viz Showcase submissions due
    • May 12th: Short Paper, Poster, and Co-Located Event author notifications
  • June
    • June 2nd: Viz Showcase author notifications
    • June 9th: Panel and Birds of a Feather author notifications
    • June 16th: Full Paper, Short Paper, Poster and Viz Showcase camera ready manuscripts due
Note: These dates are final and will not slip!
We must maintain these dates to ensure a fair and equitable review process for all authors and to ensure we meet the ACM proceedings deadlines. Submissions will be through EasyChair and are open now. Submissions received after posted deadlines will not be considered.
Note: All submission deadlines will be at 11:59 PM anywhere on Earth on the specified date.

Workforce Development, Training, Diversity, and Education: Papers in this track will be of interest to educators, research computing and data (RCD) professionals, executive leadership, early career professionals, and students. Papers will focus on practice and experience in developing and sustaining advanced research computing as a profession, and developing a highly proficient workforce that realizes the full potential of people in all demographic groups.

Examples of relevant topics include training in advanced research computing; curriculum development for STEM, computer science, data science, and computational sciences; learning technologies; case studies involving underserved communities and groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields; career and workplace improvement (leadership opportunities, coaching and/or mentoring opportunities as part of a leadership development experience, community recognition of the value of research computing and data professionals, creating an inclusive environment); professional development in relevant professional and technical skills; and defining research computing and data career tracks.

Submission Requirements for PEARC23

As a published ACM author, you and your co-authors are subject to all ACM Publications Policies, including ACM’s new Publications Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and Subjects.


General guidelines and submission timeline: We will begin accepting submissions for PEARC23 in mid-November thru EasyChair. Manuscripts must be submitted to EasyChair by the deadline for each submission type shown below. All submissions will be peer reviewed for quality and relevance to the ACM PEARC community. Authors should submit to the track that best fits their subject, but may be re-assigned by the TPC based on track-relevance. We expect that the proceedings will be published when the conference opens.


Full and Short Paper Authors: Please read the ACM Author Representation Policy. Also note that at least one author of an accepted Full or Short paper must attend the conference to present the work.


Authors should prepare their Full and Short Papers using the SINGLE-COLUMN ACM Conference Proceedings Primary Article Template. Papers not respecting the submission requirements will be subject to immediate REJECT without review. For example, papers exceeding the page limit.

Templates are available as follows:



Note: Whether using Overleaf or another LaTex editor: Regardless of default documentclass settings in the template, please set documentclass to \documentclass[manuscript]{acmart}



Note: The new format is incredibly “greedy” on vertical space when it comes to figures. If you have several figures in your paper, inserting figures in pairs may be helpful. That is, make one wide image out of Figure 1 and Figure 2 (for example) and insert that as a single image into the template.


ACM has partnered with Overleaf, a free cloud-based collaborative authoring tool, to provide an ACM LaTeX authoring template. For more information on this, please see the ACM Publication workflow page. Note that Overleaf can import .bib bibliography files (e.g., from EndNote); see this article for details. For those having difficulty working with the templates, please reach out for support via [email protected] before the submission deadline.

Full Papers

Full Papers (Up to 12 pages as laid out in the single-column publication format, including references) are expected to represent significant, novel work relevant to the ACM PEARC conference community. Please remember that Full Paper submissions that are not judged by reviewers to meet the threshold for acceptance can be resubmitted as Short Papers (the deadline for short papers is intentionally longer than for Full Papers for this reason). Resubmitted Short Papers are still subject to the standard review process.

Full Paper submissions are due March 03, 2023.

Short Papers

Short Papers (Up to 6 pages as laid out in the single-column publication format, including references) describe work in progress or less substantial results (e.g., lacking full implementation or evaluation, etc.). Note that full papers that had been rejected and modified for resubmission as short papers are reviewed independently of the original submission.

Short Paper submissions are due April 21, 2023.

Papers not respecting the submission guidelines will be subject to immediate REJECT without review. For example, papers exceeding the page limit.

Paper Novelty

Paper Novelty (applies only to Full Papers and Short Papers): ACM PEARC will review all papers in accordance with published SIGHPC policy and the ACM Plagiarism Policy. Under no circumstances should authors submit previously published work, submit the same work simultaneously to multiple venues, or submit papers that plagiarize the work of other authors. These rules also apply to self-plagiarization without proper attribution. Like other conferences and journals, ACM PEARC prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who engage in them. In some cases, the program committee may share information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the integrity of papers under consideration. If the Technical Program Committee discovers a violation of these principles, sanctions may include, but are not limited to, contacting the authors’ institutions and publicizing the details of the case.

The ACM policy on simultaneous submission considers technical reports as not a concurrent publication.

Student Papers

To qualify as a student paper (either a Full or Short Paper), the primary author must be a student, and the work must be primarily that of the primary author and collaborating students (although staff and faculty collaborators are allowed). At least one student author of an accepted student paper must attend the conference to present the work.

Camera-Ready Manuscripts

Authors of accepted Full and Short Papers should address reviewer comments for the final version and must provide camera-ready final versions using the ACM Template by June 16, 2023. More information on the process of uploading final versions will be forthcoming. If you experience difficulties uploading your camera-ready files into the ACM TAPS (The ACM Publishing System) platform, email TAPS support at [email protected] or reach out to [email protected] as soon as possible; someone will be able to help you with your submission.



The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)


Layout guidelines for all submission types other than Full and Short Papers (which must use the ACM templates as described above): no template for these submission types is required, but authors should use standard letter-sized pages (8 ½” by 11”), at least a 10 pt. font, no more than 6 lines per inch, and at least 1-inch margins on all sides.

Tutorials and Workshops

These may be proposed as either a full-day (6-hour) session or a half-day (3-hour) session, and should allow for breaks (which are in addition to the 3 or 6 hours of material). Submissions must be 2–4 pages in length (following the layout guidelines above), and include a detailed description of the tutorial/workshop; the length, structure and format; goals; target audience and expected background and/or skill levels; expected attendance; and relevance to ACM PEARC23 attendees. A list of proposed instructors/speakers and their roles must also be provided, along with a list of recent offerings of similar tutorials/workshops by the same or similar organizers.


  • Tutorials: Tutorials provide participants with in-depth training in the use, facilitation, or operation of research computing and data resources and services. Tutorials should emphasize hands-on, practical content over lecture content, should specify the amount of hands-on activities, and specify the target audience as Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced in the proposed topic. While the internet is expected to be available in session rooms during the tutorials, authors should be prepared to conduct tutorials without internet connectivity in case of an outage.
  • Workshops: Workshops provide a focused, in-depth venue for presentations, discussion, and interaction. Submissions will be selected with a preference for topics that inspire deep and interactive dialogue on important topics within the research computing and data communities. 


Tutorial and Workshop submissions are due February 03, 2023. Tutorial and Workshop submissions are not included in proceedings.


Co-Located Events

Co-located events are permitted to be closed-door/by-invitation-only project meetings that may need to convene during the conference. All organizers, presenters, and participants of workshops and/or co-located events must be registered attendees of PEARC23, must agree to the PEARC23 Code of Conduct, and are subject to the ACM Code of Ethics and Policy Against Harassment. Each co-located event will be reviewed for acceptance based on how closely its mission aligns with the mission of the PEARC conference series. Organizers of co-located events, whether open to all attendees or closed by-invitation-only sessions, must submit their event proposal via the published submission portal EasyChair. Please see our Guidance for Workshops and Co-Located Event Organizers, Presenters, and Participants for additional information about workshops and co-located events.


Co-Located Event submissions are due April 21, 2023.


Panel sessions are 90-minutes long and will be scheduled as part of the technical sessions. Panel submissions should give the names of the organizer(s) and panelists, and describe the specific contributions of each organizer or panelist. For panels that are similar to those presented previously by the same or similar organizer(s), the submission should identify the venues of recent offerings and differentiate the ACM PEARC23 submission from prior offerings. Panel submissions should be 2–4 pages in length (following the layout guidelines above).


Panel submissions are due May 12, 2023. Panel submissions are not included in proceedings. 


Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions

BoF sessions are one hour in length and gather community members to discuss a topic of shared interest. BoF submissions should include the proposed topic, list the names of the organizer(s) and panelists/presenters, and describe the specific contributions of each organizer or panelist/presenter. For BoF sessions that have been presented previously by the same or similar organizer(s), the submission should identify the venues of recent offerings and differentiate the PEARC23 submission from prior offerings. Submissions should indicate whether audio-visual equipment is required. BoF submissions should be 2–4 pages in length (following the layout guidelines above).


BoF submissions are due May 12, 2023. BoF submissions are not included in proceedings.



Posters summarize projects, information, research, etc., concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion. The poster is usually a mixture of a brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. Accepted posters will be presented in a poster session at PEARC23; authors are present while other participants can view the presentation and interact with them. The maximum presentation space for posters is 3.5 ft (1.1 m) wide by 4 ft (1.2 m) tall. Proposals should be extended abstracts (2-4 pages) that describe the work to be presented. Proposers are also encouraged to include a preliminary mockup of the poster presentation. The goal is to advance the presentation of work in the poster.


Poster submissions are due April 21, 2023.

Student Posters

To qualify as a student poster, the primary author must be a student, and the work must be primarily that of the primary author and collaborating students (although staff and faculty collaborators are allowed). At least one student author of an accepted student poster must attend the conference to present the work.


Hints for New Poster Authors: 

  • State the contribution and originality of your work clearly and explicitly: What is the problem? How does your approach help? Why is it better than other available approaches?
  • Focus on the contribution of your work rather than the background, including just enough background to make clear how your work differs from significant prior work.

Poster submissions may be accepted based either on the significance of the problem or on the originality of your approach.


PEARC Visualization Showcase

PEARC23 will include a visualization showcase session in which visualizations and visualization-associated research projects will be presented. Proposals should be submitted as short papers (following format described in the short papers and authors note paragraphs above) that describe the visualization and, as appropriate, the data, the computational application that generated the data, and any special or novel visualization techniques, tools, or software developed or used. Additionally, for ongoing visualization-associated research projects, the goals, progress, and findings to date should be described. Interactive visualization submissions are also encouraged, and abstracts should describe demonstration requirements. Submissions should provide a link to a (possibly preliminary) version of the visual content to be presented, in a form ready for viewing, downloading or running by reviewers. The conference will provide one or more large monitors for display, or space for an interactive visualization, but submitters should not assume the availability of special computing or networking capability. In addition to the visualization content being presented, accepted submissions should provide a brief (2-5 minute) video that provides a screen-captured overview of the associated visualization. These video overviews will be displayed around the conference, to provide previews for the showcase. The Visualization Showcase will be hosted in a special section of the poster gallery during the conference


  • Extended Abstract for Viz submissions needs to conform to ACM requirements to be eligible for inclusion in proceedings.
  • For more information, please contact [email protected].

PEARC Visualization Showcase submissions are due May 12, 2023. Viz Showcase submissions ARE INCLUDED in proceedings.