ACM Gordon Bell Prize Nominations Due April 15

April 12, 2016

April 12 — The Gordon Bell Prize is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievement in high performance computing. The purpose of the award is to track the progress over time of parallel computing, with particular emphasis on rewarding innovation in applying high performance computing to applications in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. Prizes may be awarded for peak performance or special achievements in scalability and time-to-solution on important science and engineering problems.

How to Nominate: The ACM Gordon Bell Prize is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. The purpose of the award is to track the progress over time of parallel computing, with particular emphasis on rewarding innovation in applying high-performance computing to applications in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. Prizes may be awarded for peak performance or special achievements in scalability and time-to-solution on important science and engineering problems.  Finalists present their work each November at the annual SC Conference, and the award is presented at the SC Awards Ceremony accompanied by a prize of $10,000.  Financial support for the award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing.

Next Deadline: April 15, 2016

Selection Criteria: Teams of up to 12 individuals may apply for the award.  Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of the following considerations:

  • Evidence of important algorithmic and/or implementation innovations
  • Clear improvement over the previous state-of-the-art
  • Performance is not dependent on an architecture that is specialized or cannot be replicated
  • Detailed performance measurements demonstrate the submission’s claims in terms of scalability (strong as well as weak scaling), time to solution, and efficiency in using bottleneck resources (such as  memory size or bandwidth, communications bandwidth, I/O), as well as peak performance.
  • Achievement is generalizable, in the sense that other scientists can learn and benefit from the innovations

Although solving an important scientific or engineering challenge is important to demonstrate/justify the work, scientific outcomes alone are not sufficient for this prize.

Submissions: Nominations for the Gordon Bell Prize must explain the innovations, detail the performance levels achieved on one or more real-world applications, and articulate the implications of the approach for the broader HPC community.  Prepare materials in the format specified below, and submit them using the online nomination form.

  • Name, address, phone number, and email address of nominator (person making the submission).
  • List of up to 12 names (including the nominator, if appropriate) to be cited as awardees, along with the institutional affiliation for each.
  • Suggested citation if the nomination is selected.  This is normally the same as the title under which the nomination statement will be published in the SC proceedings.
  • Nomination (PDF not exceeding 11 pages in length, following typical technical paper page standards:  11pt font, single spaced text, fitting within 7.5” x 10” text area).  Each nomination must provide the information necessary for judging and comparison, but also be suitable for inclusion in the SC conference proceedings, organized into the following sections.  Note that the materials should explain the contribution in terms understandable to a non-specialist.  Only nominations meeting all requirements will be considered.

The committee will select up to 6 nominations as “finalists” made on the basis of empirical performance measurements submitted (not extrapolated performance predictions).  Each nominator should be prepared to reproduce both performance and scientific results.

Finalist submission will be published in the SC proceedings and presented at the SC conference.  Prior to publication, finalists will be allowed to correct typographic errors, but no other changes to the text will be permitted prior to publication unless specifically requested by the committee.

Finalists will be given the opportunity to provide updated results in early August, prior to the final award decision.

Source: ACM

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