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From Viraj Bhat <vi...@yahoo-inc.com>
Subject CFP Fourth IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2011) - Deadline 28 Feb 2011
Date Tue, 01 Feb 2011 21:02:23 GMT
Hi all,

Please consider submitting to the:

The Fourth IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2011), sponsored by the
IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC).

Objective and Focus:

The objective of the Fourth IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2011),
sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC), is
to highlight and showcase real-world problem solving using computing that scales.

Effective solutions to many scientific problems require applications that can scale. There
are different dimensions to application scaling: for example, applications can scale-up to
large number of cores or compute units, scale-out to utilize multiple distinct compute units,
or scale-down to release resources that are no longer needed. In order to scale, applications
need the support of tools, middleware, infrastructure, programming systems, etc. SCALE is
concerned with advances in application development and supporting infrastructure that enable

Call for Proposals:

The Fourth IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2011) contest will focus
on end-to-end problem solving using concepts, technologies and architectures (including Clusters,
Grids and Clouds) that facilitate scaling. Participants in the challenge will be expected
to identify significant current real-world problems where scalable computing techniques can
be effectively used, and design, implement, evaluate and demonstrate solutions. SCALE2011
will be held in conjunction with the 11th CCGrid Conference in Newport Beach, California,
USA on 23-26 May, 2011.

We invite teams to submit white papers outlining the problem addressed and the technologies
employed to enable applications to scale. White papers should be up to 4 pages long, 12-pt.
font and single column, and in addition to listing team members and contact information, should
clearly outline:

1. The problem being solved and the technology employed

2. The application scenario and its requirements

3. Performance data and a qualitative description of how the application scales -- scale-up,
scale-out or any other type of scaling

4. The solution -- architecture, underlying concepts and technologies used -- highlighting
the innovative aspects of the solution

5. Impact of the solution, including extensibility and uniqueness of results, and the extent
to which the presented solution pushes the envelope in scalable computing

6. Analysis of solution and technology employed compared to related approaches

In addition to the above, finalists will be judged on the quality of their presentation, which
shall include a 5-minute demonstration, as well as their responses to questions, by a technical

Papers will be shortlisted using the above 6 points as merit criteria, and up to 6 papers
will be invited to compete in a final round at CCGrid 2011. Selected teams will receive an
award of up to $1000 to help with travel to the conference. At least one member from each
selected team will be expected to present and demonstrate their project at CCGrid 2011.  Participation
from students and young researchers, especially in leadership roles, is strongly encouraged.

First  prize:   Plaque + $1000
Second prize:   Plaque + $500

Tentative timeline:
The deadline for submitting proposals is 28 Feb, 2011.
Decisions:  04 March 2011.
Final presentation/demo: 23-26 May, 2011.

Shantenu Jha, Rutgers and Louisiana State University, USA, sjha at cct dot lsu dot edu


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