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Ninth SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing

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This is a visible and important international meeting for parallel scientific computing and parallel numerical algorithms. The conference provides a forum for communication among the applied mathematics and scientific computing communities and researchers in other disciplines, such as computer science and geoscience.

For this ninth conference, we have chosen to emphasize the interaction with application scientists who have large scale computation, data, and storage needs which lead to the use of parallel machines.The conference will be held jointly with the Fifth SIAM Conference on Geosciences, with overlap sessions planned to encourage interaction among participants of both meetings. In addition, some of the invited speakers will be talking about parallel computing opportunities in novel application domains.

How to Contribute


The organizing committee invites proposals for minisymposia in areas related to the conference themes. A minisymposium consists of four related talks of 30 minutes each (including time for discussion). Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not exceeding 100 words), and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations. Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract and a 2-page extended abstract in LaTeX format to [email protected]. To obtain a minisymposium proposal form, please complete and submit the request for information reply form, or e-mail your request to [email protected]. The form is also available at

Presentations in Lecture or Poster Format

Contributions in lecture or poster format are invited in all areas of parallel processing and scientific computing consistent with the conference themes. Each contributor must submit a 75-word abstract and a 2-page extended abstract in LaTeX format to [email protected]. Submissions must include a title, author(s) names and affiliations, and the postal address, e-mail, telephone number, and fax of the submitting author. Accepted papers will be assigned by the organizing committee to either a lecture presentation or a poster. Contributors should indicate which format they prefer. A poster presentation consists of the use of visual aids, such as 8.5" x 11" sheets for mounting on a 4' x 6' poster board and will be presented in an informal setting that allows presenters to discuss their research with individual attendees. A poster board will be available at the conference for each poster presenter.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to limit the number of contributed presentations an individual speaker may present.

Electronic Submission

Every presenter of either a minisymposium or contributed or poster presentation must submit both a 75-word abstract and a two-page extended abstract to be considered for presentation and enclosure in the proceedings. Submissions must be sent electronically to [email protected] by using the LaTeX macro for both brief and extended abstracts available at The extended abstracts will be reviewed by the organizing committee. If accepted, the authors will be notified to prepare their papers for the proceedings. The brief abstracts will appear in the final program.

Dates to Remember
These are all firm dates.

August 3

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals.

September 1

Deadline for submission of minisymposium speakers 75-word and 2-page extended abstracts.

September 1

Deadline for submission of 75-word and 2-page extended abstracts for either a contributed lecture or poster format.

December 22

Deadline for papers from accepted authors for inclusion in proceedings.

Notice of Acceptance or Rejection

Authors will be notified as to whether or not their 2-page extended abstracts have been accepted by October 16, 1998.


The conference program, registration, hotel, and transportation information will be available on the Web in November 1998.

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  SIAM Conferences

Ninth SIAM Conference
on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing

March 22-24, 1999
Adam's Mark San Antonio-Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, Texas
Sponsored by SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing

Held jointly for the first time with the
Fifth SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences

And immediately preceding the Parallel Processing conference on Sunday, March 21, 1999

  • Short Course on PETSc

  • Short Course on MPI-2
  • Short Course on OpenMP

Conference Themes

The principal themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Scalable Algorithms and Implementations

  • Large-Scale Parallel Applications
  • Software Tools and Libraries
  • Parallel I/O
  • Data Mining
  • Parallel Visualization and Image Processing
  • Multidisciplinary Simulation and Optimization
  • Object-Oriented Parallel Systems
  • Clusters of Shared Memory Machines
  • Wide Area Parallel Computing
  • Parallel Processing in the Geosciences
  • Parallel Processing in Mathematics

Invited Presentations

Meeting the ASCI Challenge: Terascale Scientific Simulation
Steven F. Ashby, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

PARASOL, A Parallel Library for Large Sparse Linear Systems
Petter E. Bjørstad, University of Bergen, Norway

Merging Advanced Microscopy with Advanced Computing
Mark Ellisman, University of California, San Diego

NewRealistic Climate Modeling on US-Made High-End Parallel Computers: Formulations, Machine Considerations, and Results
Albert J. Semtner, Naval Postgraduate School and National Center for Atmospheric Research

Synthetic Environments for Modeling Subsurface and Surface Flows
Mary F. Wheeler, University of Texas, Austin

Organizing Committee

Bruce Hendrickson, Co-chair
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque
Katherine A. Yelick, Co-chair
University of California, Berkeley
Christian H. Bischof
Argonne National Laboratory
Iain S. Duff
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom & CERFACS, France
Alan S. Edelman
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
George A. Geist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Michael T. Heath
University of Illinois, Urbana
Michael A. Heroux
Cray Research/Silicon Graphics Inc.
Chuck Koelbel
Rice University
Robert S. Schreiber
Hewlett Packard Laboratories
Richard F. Sincovec
University of Texas, San Antonio
Mary F. Wheeler
University of Texas, Austin

Short Courses

Three tutorials will be conducted on Sunday, March 21, prior to the conference. The first will be an all-day tutorial on PETSc, a system for writing large-scale scientific applications modeled by partial differential equations. The other two will each be half-day tutorials. One will be on the MPI-2 message passing interface and the other on the new OpenMP parallel programming interface.

Short Course on PETSc
Organizers and Lecturers:
Satish Balay, Bill Gropp, Lois Curfman McInnes and Barry Smith, Argonne National Laboratory

Short Course on MPI-2
Organizers and Lecturers:
Purushotham Bangalore and Tony Skjellum, Mississippi State University

Short Course on OpenMP
Organizer and Lecturer:
Chuck Koelbel, Rice University

Conference Proceedings

The proceedings will be available at the conference in CD-ROM format only. It will be included in the registration fee. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be notified by October 16, 1998. Instructions for preparing your paper in a postscript format will be sent at the same time. Your PostScript file and hard copy of your paper must reach the SIAM office by December 22, 1998 to be included in the proceedings. This is a firm deadline. Papers received after December 22 will not be included.

Created: 3/25/98 Updated: 10/29/98
Maintained by Maryann M. Donaghy, [email protected]