1-5 December 2019
Birchwood
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
Early-bird registration is now closed.

Abstract Guide

IMPORTANT DATES

  • The Call for Abstracts for Talks only is extended to 14 October 2019.
  • Workshop proposal and Poster abstract submission is now closed.
  • Authors will be notified by 18 October 2019
  • Early-bird Registration closes on 31 October 2019
  • Last day for Online Registration is 28 November 2019

THERE WILL BE NO DISCOUNT FEES FOR ON-SITE REGISTRATION.

Guide for Abstracts and Proposal Submission

Please address queries regarding abstracts to Andrew Gill (agill at csir.co.za).

 

The CHPC welcomes contributions for:

  • A proposal for a Workshop (including short courses and tutorials), Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) or Special Interest Group (SIG) session;

Workshops, tutorials, BoFs and SIG sessions will take place during one of the workshop days (Sunday 1 December and Thursday 5 December 2019).

  • An oral presentation by researchers in the technical programme;

The breakaway sessions from Monday to Wednesday, 2 to 4 December 2019, are open to researchers from academia, industry and government for oral presentations. The breakaway sessions will occur in parallel and will be coordinated by session organisers.

  • A poster display by students for the technical programme.

Please use the Abstracts submission form to submit all contributions.  You may type your abstract content directly into the form, or may upload the abstract as a file (PDF or ODT preferred).

HPC Content: please include a brief description of the HPC aspects of your work, which summarizes the use of HPC or the application to HPC. For example, include information on HPC application code used, problem size, core counts, memory, scaling, use of OpenMP or MPI, computational challenges, etc.

 

Proposals for Workshops, or B.o.F. or S.I.G. sessions.

Please see the templates below (and also on the main page).  Download and fill in then submit as for an abstract.  Select the Workshop, BoF or SIG track as appropriate, and then upload the completed template file.

  • Tutorial/Short Course Workshop proposal template in DOCX format
  • Tutorial/Short Course Workshop proposal template in ODT format
  • BoF/SIG proposal template in DOCX format
  • BoF/SIG proposal template in ODT format

(The LibreOffice ODT file format is preferred.)


Presentations

The breakaway sessions from Monday to Wednesday, 2 to 4 December 2019, are open to researchers from academia, industry and government for oral presentations. The breakaway sessions will occur in parallel and will be coordinated by session organisers.

The technical programme will be devoted to high performance computing and related fields within the national cyberinfrastructure initiative and will be divided among these parallel sessions:

HPC Technology

  • HPC Technology and Computer Engineering
  • HPC Techniques and Computer Science
  • HPC Big Data and Data Science
  • AI and Machine Learning

HPC Applications

  • Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational and Space Physics
  • Material Science
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Earth System Modelling
  • Other sciences and HPC related fields

SA NREN

  • National Research and Education Networks

DIRISA

  • Data Intensive Research

Proposals for S.I.G. sessions in specialised topics are also welcome.


Oral presentation guidelines:

  • Each delegate will only be allocated 25 minutes per presentation.
  • A maximum of three abstracts (talks and/or posters) per delegate may be submitted.
  • The email address of the presenter must be on the abstract and the maximum length of each abstract should be one page. In the case where tables and figures are included in the abstract, the length of the abstract can extend to two pages.


Student Poster Competition

All posters by full-time students will automatically be entered into the CHPC Student Poster Competition.  Prizes will be awarded on Wednesday at the Prize-Giving evening function.


POSTER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Poster display boards will be provided by the CHPC and will be set up in the exhibition area. Display boards will be 900mm wide and posters should be in portrait A1 size. Please note that posters must be in English and must have a title, author's name and affiliation. Delegates, especially students are encouraged to bring posters relating to the theme of the conference or their field of study. All posters should be set up between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday 1 December 2019 and be removed on Thursday, 5 December 2019.

HPC Content: include comments on the HPC aspects of your work, which summarizes the use of HPC or the application to HPC. For example, include information on the HPC application code used, problem size, core counts, memory, scaling, use of OpenMP or MPI, computational challenges, etc.

Failure to include HPC content will most likely lead to rejection.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR TALKS


File Formats

In addition to Powerpoint (PPT) or Open Office Presentation (ODP) file, provide a PDF of your slides. PDFs are more portable, the fonts and images are all embedded in the file, and you can usually be sure the slides will display as on your own computer.

Video Formats

If you include videos with your presentation, also bring along the videos as separate files in case the embedded video does not play.  The recommended format for videos is MPEG-2 which is widely supported, or AVI using the XviD codec.  The video should preferably not have sound, but if it does, normalise the audio track to avoid sudden changes between soft and loud and keep the volume to a normal conversational level.

Readability is Most Important

  • Use high contrast between text and background colours.
  • White or light colour backgrounds with black text work best as the hall will be lit with overhead lights during the talks and slides with dark or black backgrounds will be washed out by the room lighting.
  • Avoid using an image for the background of slides as this makes the text harder to read.
  • Use a sanserif font (e.g., Ariel, Helvetica, or CM Bright) and avoid serif fonts (like Times).
  • Use a large enough font size so that audience members in the far rows can still read your text and equations.

Be aware of aspect ratio:

The data projector may have a resolution of 1024x768 and a 4:3 aspect ratio.  Most laptops and many desktops have widescreen displays with aspect ratios of 16:9 or 16:10.  Check your slides display properly at 1024x768 and confirm that the font and images do not look squashed or stretched.

Be concise:

  • Talks are 25 minutes long which means approximately 18 slides, including the title and conclusion.
  • Any videos must be short.

Time will be strictly adhered to as the schedule is tight.

Be prepared:

Bring your files with you on a USB flash drive. Preferably, on more than one drive.  You may email everything to us before, just in case.