XSEDE Reaching out to Humanities, Arts and Social Science - eScience 2012 Workshop


Co-located with the 8th IEEE International Conference on eScience

Chicago, Illinois, October 8, 2012


Call for Papers:

Historically, high-performance computing (HPC) has enabled computationally intensive simulations performed in batch mode on a small number of standalone supercomputers, shared among users selected for their computing skills as much as for expertise in their own disciplines. There has been a sustained effort over the past decade to broaden this model by deploying a wider variety of HPC systems tied into emerging national and global cyber-infrastructure (CI), yet only a small fraction of the resources fielded by HPC-based CI programs such as the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is currently used by people who are not members of communities that have used supercomputing centers since the 1980’s.

Given the digital instruments and methods that are revolutionizing biological, environmental, and physical sciences, as well as the promise of important benefits to social sciences and the arts and humanities, XSEDE is undertaking a proactive effort to work with members of these communities to identify barriers and to develop projects that show how to effectively overcome them.


Scientists, engineers, social scientists, and humanities experts around the world—many of them at colleges and universities—use advanced digital resources and services every day. Things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools are critical to the success of those researchers, who use them to make our lives healthier, safer, and better.

XSEDE integrates these resources and services, makes them easier to use, and helps more people use them.

XSEDE supports 16 supercomputers and high-end visualization and data analysis resources across the country. Organizers

Ralph Roskies, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, USA
Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
Sergiu Sanielevici, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, USA
Philip Blood, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, USA

Program Committee

Kevin Franklin, University of Illinois, USA
Jane Hunter, University of Queensland, Australia
James Taylor, Emory University, USA
Kenneth Judd, Stanford University, USA
John Grefenstette, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois, USA
Robert Sinkovits, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
Jeffrey Gardner, University of Washington, USA
Thomas Uram, Argonne National Laboratory, USA


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