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Call for Position Papers: DOE Applied Mathematics Research for Exascale Computing

While opening up the possibility of conducting ground-breaking science, computing at the exascale will introduce difficult challenges such as extreme concurrency, memory and data motion limitations, energy control, and resilience. Substantial applied mathematics research is required to realize the full benefits of computing at the exascale. At the request of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Office of Science, US Department of Energy (DOE), the Exascale Mathematics Working Group (EMWG) is working to identify promising applied mathematics research opportunities that address the challenges of exascale computing. As part of the process, the EMWG is soliciting community input in the form of position papers. The EMWG will review these position papers and, based on the quality of their position papers, selected contributors may have the opportunity to participate in the Workshop on Applied Mathematics Research for Exascale Computing, currently planned for August 21-22, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

To stimulate a dialogue that will shape the future of applied mathematics research for exascale computing relevant to DOE mission requirements, we are seeking position papers that address:

  • Gaps in current thinking about applied mathematics for the exascale
  • Algorithmic approaches to address new questions accessible at the exascale
  • Holistic mathematical approaches that address exascale challenges

Position papers are to be no more than two pages in length; no additional material other than a list of cited references will be considered. Use no smaller than 11-point font and at least one-inch margins.  There is no limit to the number of position papers that an individual or group can submit. Each position paper should provide contact information (name, institution, email address) for a single, corresponding author.

Submission Procedure:
As of May 7, 2013, the submission period has been closed.  The EMWG would like to thank everyone who submitted a position paper.

Responsive submissions will be made public via the EMWG website (see and portions may be included in the final report that summarizes the working group’s findings.

The workshop will be organized around the submissions. Speakers for the workshop will be selected from the position papers based on their quality, originality, and the expectation that the paper will stimulate constructive discussion. Participants will be expected to fund their own travel and accommodations for the workshop.

Please refer to the ExaMath13 website ( for updates on the workshop details.


Length: Up to 2 pages (references excluded)
Format: PDF file; at least 11-point font and 1” margins
Due Date: 5 p.m. PDT on May 7, 2013 
Notification of Selection for Workshop Presentation: June 1
Exascale Mathematics Workshop: August 21-22, Washington, D.C.


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