Coming Soon: SEA Conference on Software for Science

By Brian Bevirt
02/20/2018 - 12:45pm

Register now for the Frontiers in Scientific Software conference presented by UCAR's Software Engineering Assembly (SEA) on 2-6 April 2018!

This year’s highlights include multiple thought leaders, innovators, and rising stars in their fields who will speak at two all-day symposia.

The UCAR Software Engineering Assembly is a community of computational scientists and software engineers who work in scientific computing. SEA promotes professional development and advocates effective software engineering practices. The yearly SEA technical conference fosters collaborations by exploring software engineering methods and tools that focus on scientific disciplines.


The early registration fee of $300 ends on 4 March, so please review the preliminary program and register soon. The regular registration fee of $350 is available until 18 March, when the late fee of $400 begins. If space is still available, the last day to register will be the first day of the conference, 2 April.

Python conference
Because the available seats filled up early, registrations for the SEA Conference dedicated to Python language applications for scientific computing had to be closed more than a week before the first day. (Photo by Brian Bevirt)


This year’s program is published on the conference website. Plenary sessions on the first day focus on using and managing Big Data. Tuesday offers plenary sessions on high-performance computing (HPC), cloud computing, and improving computing performance. The two all-day symposia will take place on Wednesday, and they feature numerous high-profile speakers.

One symposium, “Overlapping Communication with Computation,” offers sessions led by DK Panda, Jonathan Beard, Pavel Shamis, Howard Pritchard Jr., Julien Jaeger, and Sayantan Sur. They will explain strategies for scalable overlap in computation and communication, current parallel computing implementations using these and other strategies, and current and future computation and communication techniques.

The “Containers in HPC” symposium is provided for developers who write container code targeted to HPC systems, and for HPC system administrators who deploy containers technology for end-users. Speakers include Vanessa Sochat on Scientific Filesystem (SCIF), Mike Lowe on Jetstream, Nathan Rini on the Pitfalls of Containers for HPC, Benjamin Matthews on HPC Containers at NCAR, and Reid Priedhorsky on Charliecloud. Discussions will include Inception, Shifter, and Singularity.

The first symposium is tailored for a general audience. The containers symposium will be a unique opportunity for a very specific audience: it will be a place where container developers interact with HPC system administrators who currently, or want to, deploy container technology on their HPC systems. This event will bring together almost all of the HPC containers community in the same room – a rare opportunity for learning and sharing information in this field.

Conference sessions on Wednesday through Friday offer a wide variety of tutorials on topics ranging from Python to parallel code debugging tools to probabilistic weather forecasting.


Review the program and register soon to ensure your seat at the table with us in Boulder this April!