Call for Tutorials

Call for SC12 Tutorial Proposals
November 10–16, 2012
Salt Lake City, Utah

Submissions due April 27, 2012

Context and scope. The SC tutorials program is one of the highlights of the SC Conference series, and it is one of the largest tutorial programs at any computing-related conference in the world. SC12 will continue the tradition of offering a high-quality tutorial program providing attendees the opportunity to learn from and interact with internationally recognized experts in the most popular areas of high
performance computing (HPC), networking, and storage. 


SC tutorials are intended to cover a wide range of topics of interest to the HPC community. The tutorials committee encourages proposals for full-day (six hours) or a half-day (three hours) tutorials with broad applicability and of interest to a large fraction of the SC12 attendees. 


Proposals for the following areas (as well as others) are solicited:

Basic and introductory topics for expanding broader engagement

Applications and application frameworks

Algorithms, numerical methods, and libraries 

Software engineering for portable performance and scalability

Parallel programming methods, models, languages and environments 

Software tools for accelerators (GPGPUs, FPGA, etc.) 

Performance evaluation and/or optimization tools

Debugging and correctness tools

High performance I/O, storage, archive, and file systems

Large databases and data mining for HPC

High performance networking technology

Scientific and information visualization

Large systems administration and/or resource management

Computer and network security

Fault-tolerance, reliability, maintainability, and adaptability

High performance computer architecture

Clusters and distributed systems

Embedded- and/or reconfigurable systems

“Hot Topics” of current interest to the SC12 community


Review Process. Tutorial submissions will be reviewed by the SC12 tutorials committee, which will consider among other factors: 

Quality of the proposal (clarity, completeness, and cohesiveness of the proposal, quality of the visual aids),

Appropriateness for the SC12 audience and appropriateness for a tutorial, 

Timeliness of the topic, 

Potential audience appeal, 

Presentation history and teaching/speaking experience of the presenters.

For “hands-on” tutorials, proof that your demo and/or exercises have been thoroughly tested Proposal preparation guidelines: Competition for the approximately 30 tutorial slots at SC12 is expected to be strong, so you are urged to take great care in preparing your proposal. Make sure to state in the detailed description whom your tutorial is targeted to and specifically what you expect attendees to gain.


Proposals should present clearly the goals of the tutorial in terms of how the audience will benefit and explain how the tutorial will attract researchers, practitioners, or both. In the detailed description, discuss in details the tutorial content, schedule, and organization. 


If your tutorial proposal is a “joint” effort between presenters from more than one institution, include “proof” in your description that the tutorial will be cohesive and not just a disparate set of talks. Your proposed “detailed course outline” will be the most critical part of your submission. 


Submission of visual aid samples is strongly encouraged along with the tutorial proposal, either via a file upload or via a URL. 


Copyright. We will create a USB stick containing all tutorial notes (no hard copies). The USB stick will be issued to all tutorial attendees, and it will be made available to all conference attendees for an additional fee. All tutorial proposals must explicitly agree to the release of the tutorial notes for this purpose.


Hands-on Tutorials. As in previous years, the SC12 tutorial committee encourages “hands-on” tutorials – those that give attendees the chance to try pre-prepared demos or exercises during the tutorial. Hands-on tutorials will be considered for full-day tutorials only. Tutorials focused on software development and/or performance analysis tools are particularly appropriate for hands-on demos, but others may be as well. If you propose a demo- or exercise-based tutorial, you must include an extra section in your tutorial proposal to convince the tutorials committee that your demo and/or exercises have been thoroughly tested and debugged in a variety of settings to ensure completely smooth operation at the conference. SC12 will only provide wireless Internet access and no other equipment (other than standard AV for presentations). The demos and exercises may be run on attendee’s laptops (if they have one). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at


Be sure to send your questions well in advance of the April 27, 2012 deadline for submitting tutorial proposals.


How to submit. Tutorials may be proposed for either a full-day (six hours) or a half-day (three hours). Full-day proposals may include up to four presenters, half-day proposals may include one or two presenters. Half-day tutorials on new and emerging technologies are encouraged. 


Tutorial proposals must be submitted electronically via the web site: 

using a combination of web form and file upload. Some of your information must be in both the web form and in the file upload. The file you upload should contain the following sections, each beginning on a separate page:

1. Abstract in text format (200-word maximum).

2.A detailed description of the proposed tutorial (2 pages maximum) with the following sections:

Tutorial goals – specifically how attendees will benefit;

Why the topic is relevant to SC12 attendees;

Targeted audience (researchers, students, developers, practitioners, etc.)

Content level (% beginner, % intermediate, % advanced)

Audience prerequisites;

General description of tutorial content;

If your presenters are from different institutions, how you will ensure cohesive tutorial content; and

If your tutorial has been presented previously, how you will update it for SC12.


3.Detailed outline of the tutorial (1 page maximum in outline form).

4.A description of your demo or exercises for hands-on tutorials (2 pages maximum) if applicable. Include a description of any hardware needed and how you will provide it. Also include proof that your demo and/or exercises have been thoroughly tested.

5.Resume or Curriculum Vitae for each presenter (4 presenters maximum, 2-pages maximum each). Make sure this includes a list of short courses the presenter has taught.

6.A statement agreeing to the release of the notes on the SC12 tutorial USB stick.

7. A request for travel support, if any.


Although not required, you are strongly encouraged to submit samples of your visual aids. You may upload these in PDF format separately or as an addendum to your detailed proposal, or you may supply a URL at which the samples may be found.


Half-day tutorial proposals will need to indicate if they would be willing to present the tutorial on Friday morning (last day of the conference) if the proposal is accepted. 


Honoraria and Support. For each full-day tutorial, a $2,000 honorarium will be shared among presenters; for each half-day tutorial the (shared) honorarium is $1,000. Tutorial presenters may also request reimbursement for a portion of their travel expenses. SC12 full-day tutorial presenters (up to a maximum of four per tutorial) may request a maximum of two days per diem for meals and hotel expenses and airfare expense up to $600 for domestic travel and $1,000 for international travel. Half-day tutorial presenters (up to a maximum of two per tutorial) may request a maximum of one day per diem and a limited amount of airfare, not to exceed $600 for domestic travel and $1,000 for international travel. All requests for travel support must be included in the tutorial proposal.


If your proposal is accepted. Tutorial submissions may be conditionally accepted, pending certain modifications recommended by the committee. You will be required to supply copies of your viewgraphs about 2 months before the conference. Please note: the visual quality of both the screen and printed versions of the handouts continues to be a concern for tutorial attendees.


Important SC12 Information:

Location: Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah


Web Submissions:

Email Contact:


Important Dates:

Web Submissions Open: February 15, 2012

Submission Deadline: April 27, 2012

Conditional Notification: July 1, 2012

Conference Dates: November 10-16, 2012

Tutorial Dates: November 11-12 (and maybe Nov 16), 2012


SC12 Tutorials Chairs:

Franck Cappello, INRIA & UIUC

Alice Koniges, Laurence Berkeley National Laboratory

SC12 Tutorials Committee: The committee list is available online at