Call for Abstracts


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Abstracts are due December 6, 2019 (end of day)

You are invited to prepare an extended abstract to be considered for presentation at the 2020 Oil & Gas HPC Conference hosted by the Ken Kennedy Institute at Rice University. The conference is the premier meeting place for HPC users and participants to engage in conversations about challenges and opportunities in high performance computing, computational science and engineering, and data science across the energy industry. Attended by more than 500 leaders and experts from the energy industry, academia, national labs, and IT industry, this is a unique annual opportunity for key stakeholders to engage and network to help advance HPC in the industry.

Computation, data, and information technology continue to stand out across the energy industry as critical business enablers. Recent advances in machine learning, deep learning, robotics and AI are emerging, and there is convergence between these emerging areas and HPC. With the end of Moore’s law, challenges are mounting around a rapidly changing technology landscape. However, the end of one era is also an opportunity for advancements and the beginning of a new era – a renaissance for system architectures highlights the need for investments in people (workforce), algorithms, software innovations, and hardware platforms to support system scalability and demands for increasing digitization across the oil and gas sector. In light of these challenges and opportunities we invite extended abstracts in the following areas:

  • Algorithms and scalability
  • Programming models
  • HPC systems and facilities
  • Exascale in oil and gas
  • Cloud computing for HPC
  • Quantum Computing
  • Open Source tools
  • Parallel software development
  • High performance i/o
  • Seismic imaging
  • Rock physics
  • Reservoir fluid dynamics
  • Data Science and machine learning
  • Data management
  • Data visualization
  • Curriculum, education and training
  • and other related and relevant topics …

If your extended abstract is accepted, you will be asked to deliver a 15-minute presentation as part of the conference program in a parallel session. Presentations will be recorded and published online on the Ken Kennedy Institute’s YouTube channel, and a PDF copy of the slides will be shared on the conference web page.

Please use the following guidelines when preparing your extended abstract submission:

  • At least one page (maximum of 4, including graphics and references as needed)
  • Extended abstracts should contain: title; list of all author(s) with identifying and contact information; short abstract (not to exceed 150 words); up to 5 keywords; followed by short sections covering: (1) Introduction, (2) Current State of the Art, (3) Methods and Key Results, and (4) Conclusion. Optional: add Acknowledgements and References as appropriate. Please review the extended abstract template (see conference web page).
  • Extended abstracts must be uploaded as PDF in EasyChair. The short abstract and the keywords from your extended abstract must also be pasted into the appropriate text box in the web submission form.
  • This year we are asking authors to categorize abstracts into one of four different “tracks”:
    1. Systems, Facilities & Operations
    2. Software, Algorithms & Tools
    3. Data Science, Machine Learning & AI
    4. Applications, Workflows & Business Cases
  • To submit presentation proposals, click on the link below.
  • NOTE: We also are accepting posters from academic researchers, such as students and post docs.

Note 1: This conference will consider and can accept extended abstracts for work that has previously been presented.

Note 2: Presentation proposals that appear to the program committee as “marketing” will be rejected. Extended abstracts with a strong and compelling customer use-case with the focus on the innovation knowledge discovery enabled by the solution more than the product can be considered. Vendors interested in engaging are also encouraged to explore sponsorship.

Please share the call for participation with anyone that you think might be interested in submitting an extended abstract and/or attending the 2020 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference at Rice University.


If you do not see the 2020 lists of tracks once signing into EasyChair, please click on this link again to see the abstract submission page.

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