Call for Abstracts

The deadline to submit your abstract has been extended to December 1, 2014.

September 3, 2014 – Call for abstracts issued
December 1, 2014, close of business – Deadline for submission of regular abstracts
January 9, 2015 – Workshop registration opens
January 16, 2015 – Notification of abstract acceptance
January 23, 2015 – Deadline for submission of student poster abstracts
January 30, 2015 – Notification of student poster abstract acceptance
March 4-5, 2015 – Workshop, BioScience Research Collaborative, Rice University

The Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Workshop, hosted annually at Rice University, is the premier meeting place for discussion of challenges and opportunities around high performance computing, information technology, and computational science and engineering. The Program Committee is pleased to invite you to participate in the 8th annual workshop.  We encourage you to submit a technical abstract(s) to be considered for the workshop program. The workshop offers ample opportunities to attend talks, engage in networking and technical conversation, and talk with students about research and employment opportunities.

To accommodate growth in the number of abstracts accepted, the workshop is organized with keynotes and thematically organized parallel tracks. In 2014 the themes of the parallel tracks were Applications I & II, Programming Models, Libraries & Tools, and Systems Infrastructure, Facilities, and Visualization.  The two Application sessions contained a mix of reservoir, seismic and algorithm talks.

The technical themes for the 2015 workshop sessions will be determined by the Program Committee based on the diversity and strengths of abstracts received and accepted. The 2015 workshop will build on the successful past student involvement that includes posters on display throughout the workshop. A separate call for student posters will be forthcoming.

High-end computing, computational science & engineering, and information technology continue to stand out across the Oil and Gas Industry as critical business enablers with a relatively well-understood return on investment. However, challenges are mounting around a rapidly changing technology landscape. We are now several years past the end of exponential hardware “performance” scaling. The cost of delivering future generations of Moore’s Law transistor density is increasingly difficult and may soon be cost-prohibitive. These industry-wide component challenges are accelerating the need for investments in people (workforce), algorithm development, and software innovations in order to support continued ROI and performance scalability. In light of these challenges and opportunities, we invite authors to submit abstracts in the following areas:

  • Algorithms and scalability
  • Big Data applications in oil & gas
  • Clouds for scale-up and scale-out technical computing
  • Curriculum, education and training for computing and HPC
  • Data visualization/distributed visualization/remote visualization
  • Distributed data management
  • High performance i/o and file systems
  • HPC facilities and infrastructure scaling
  • Making Exascale software/hardware a reality for oil & gas
  • Portable programming models for heterogeneous/hybrid system architectures
  • Parallel software development and tools
  • Programming models for heterogeneous/hybrid system architectures

We hope to attract the broadest possible set of abstracts and are open to submissions beyond the topics listed above. Abstracts that come across to the Program Committee as marketing will be rejected without review. In cases where you think a marketing message may be a concern, we strongly encourage you to partner with a customer and include users and relevant use-cases.

New for 2015: Disruptive Technology Track

For the 2015 workshop the Program Committee is soliciting submissions that will qualify for a disruptive technology track. This will be organized as a short session before a networking break and will give presenters 1 minute (pitch) in plenary, followed by space to display a 2’x3’ foam core poster during the break immediately following the pitch session. Submissions to this track need to clearly highlight the what, how, and why the technology is disruptive, as well as why it is applicable to the topic of the conference.

Abstracts will be handled electronically through Easy Chair. Please note that you will need to create an account with Easy Chair in order to submit your abstract.  Easy Chair will not e-mail you or share your contact information.


Please note, you will have the option of submitting a pdf version of the abstract.  The abstract should be no more than 2 pages text and 4 pages with numerical figures included, with 1″ margins and 11pt or 12pt font.

For questions about sponsorship, please contact Victoria Langlais at

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