Technical Papers

Call for Papers

IEEE Cluster 2018 is the 20th edition of the IEEE Cluster conference series

Clusters are the primary architecture for building today’s rapidly evolving cloud and HPC infrastructures, and are used to solve some of the most complex problems. The challenge to make them scalable, efficient, and more functional requires a community effort in the areas of cluster system design, management and monitoring, at the hardware, system, middleware and application levels.

Following the successes of previous IEEE Cluster conferences, for IEEE Cluster 2018, which will be held September 10-14, 2018 in Belfast UK, we again solicit high-quality original work that advances the state-of-the-art in clusters and closely related fields. All papers will be rigorously peer-reviewed for their originality, technical depth and correctness, potential impact, relevance to the conference, and quality of presentation. Research papers must clearly demonstrate novel research contributions while papers reporting experiences must clearly describe lessons learned and impact, along with the utility of the approach compared to previous ones.

Authors must indicate the primary area of preference out of the four areas below. They may optionally rank the other areas. The paper may be accepted as a full 10-page paper, or the committee might decide to accept it as a short paper with 4 pages in the proceedings. Short 4-page paper submissions will also be considered. Note: references are not counted in the above limits on the number of pages.

Area 1: Application, Algorithms, and Libraries

HPC and Big Data application studies on large-scale clusters
Applications at the boundary of HPC and Big Data
New applications for converged HPC/Big Data clusters
Application-level performance and energy modeling and measurement
Novel algorithms on clusters
Hybrid programming techniques in applications and libraries(e.g., MPI+X)
Cluster benchmarks
Application-level libraries on clusters
Effective use of clusters in novel applications
Performance evaluation tools

Area 2: Architecture, Network/Communications, and Management

Node and system architecture for HPC and Big Data clusters
Architecture for converged HPC/Big Data clusters
Energy-efficient cluster architectures
Packaging, power and cooling
Accelerators, reconfigurable and domain-specific hardware
Heterogeneous clusters
Interconnect/memory architectures
Single system/distributed image clusters
Administration, monitoring and maintenance tools

Area 3: Programming and System Software

Cluster system software/operating systems
Programming models for converged HPC/Big Data systems
System software supporting the convergence of HPC and Big Data processing
Cloud-enabling cluster technologies and virtualization
Energy-efficient middleware
Cluster system-level protocols and APIs
Cluster security
Resource and job management
Programming and software development environments on clusters
Fault tolerance and high-availability

Area 4: Data, Storage, and Visualization

Cluster architectures for Big Data storage and processing
Middleware for Big Data management
Cluster-based cloud architectures for Big Data
Storage systems supporting the convergence of HPC and Big Data processing
File systems and I/O libraries
Support and integration of non-volatile memory
Visualization clusters and tiled displays
Big data visualization tools
Programming models for big data processing
Big data application studies on cluster architectures

Paper Submission:

Paper Format: Submissions must be in PDF format. Since the camera-ready version of accepted papers must be compliant with the IEEE Xplore format for publication, submitted papers must conform to the following Xplore layout, page limit, and font size.

  • Submissions are required to be within 10 pages (not counting references).
  • Submissions must be single-spaced, 2-column numbered pages in IEEE Xplore format (8.5x11-inch paper, margins in inches -- top: 0.75, bottom: 1.0, sides:0.625, and between columns:0.25, main text: 10pt).
  • Paper will NOT be reviewed double-blind. Author names and affiliations should be included in the submitted paper, and appropriate citations of prior work must be included.
  • LaTeX and Word Templates are available here
  • Only web-based submissions are allowed.
  • Please submit your paper via submission system

    Important dates:

  • Abstract deadline: May 1st 2018
  • Full Papers due: May 8th 2018 (this is a hard deadline; no extensions are anticipated)
  • Paper Acceptance Notification: July 3rd 2018
  • Camera-ready deadline: July 31st 2018
  • Conference: September 10-13 2018
  • Deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (AoE)

    Organizers

    General Co-chairs:

    • Dimitrios Nikolopoulos, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
    • Bronis R. de Supinski, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

    Program Chair:

    • Paul H J Kelly, Imperial College London, UK

    Local Arrangements Chair:

    • Katie Stewart, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

    Complete committee list is available here