Guidelines for Papers

The PASC Conference series is an international and interdisciplinary platform for the exchange of knowledge in scientific computing and computational science with a strong focus on methods, tools, algorithms, workflows, application challenges, and novel techniques in the context of scientific usage of high performance computing.

The Conference is co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the PASC structuring project and it is managed by the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS). The local host of PASC24 is ETH Zurich, Main Building.

The goal of the PASC Conference Papers Program is to advance the quality of scientific communication between the various disciplines of computational science and engineering in the context of HPC. The program was built from an observation that the computer science community traditionally publishes in the proceedings of major international conferences, while domain science communities publish primarily in disciplinary journals – and neither of which is read regularly by the other. The PASC Conference provides a unique venue that enables interdisciplinary exchange in a manner that bridges the two scientific publishing cultures.

The technical program of PASC24 is organized around the following scientific domains:

  • Chemistry and Materials (incl. ceramics, metals, and polymers)
  • Climate, Weather, and Earth Sciences (incl. solid earth dynamics)
  • Applied Social Sciences and Humanities (incl. behavioral, economic, legal, political and business sciences, philosophy, languages, the arts, ethics in computing including climate impact of HPC, biases in machine learning, etc.)
  • Engineering (incl. CFD, computational mechanics, computational engineering and materials, turbulent flow)
  • Life Sciences (incl. biophysics, genomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, neuroscience, and computational biology)
  • Physics (incl. astrophysics, cosmology, plasma modelling, and quantum information sciences)
  • Computational Methods and Applied Mathematics

PASC24 solicits high-quality contributions of original research related to scientific computing in all of these domains. Proposals that emphasize the theme of PASC24 – “Synthesizing Applications Through Learning and Computing” – are particularly welcome. Additional information about the theme can be found here.

As an example of the targeted quality, please refer to earlier PASC Conference papers publications:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme scalable methods in computational science and engineering, such as algorithms and software for scalable multi-scale, multi-physics, and high-fidelity computational science and engineering problems.
  • Numerical methods, algorithms, or large-scale simulations in computational fluid dynamics, computational mechanics, computational engineering materials, turbulent flow, and computational cosmology.
  • Effective use of advanced computing systems for large-scale scientific applications, including modern multi- and many-core CPUs and accelerators with deep memory hierarchies, and energy-efficient architectures.
  • Best practices and tools for productive and sustainable scientific and engineering software development.
  • The integration of large-scale experimental and observational scientific data and high-performance data analytics and computing.
  • Reproducibility for computational science and engineering.
  • Verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification.
  • Domain specific languages; toolchains for source-to-source translation/adaption.
  • Runtime systems and middleware, such as task- and data-driven computation on heterogeneous architectures.
  • Algorithms and strategies for effective use of machine learning, deep learning or AI to accelerate computational science.
  • Machine learning / AI in the context of large parallel HPC applications, data sets or workflows.
  • Unstructured vs. structured meshes for computational science applications at exascale
  • Numerical algorithm development for post-exascale computing, including, but not limited to, communication avoiding algorithms, use of reduced or mixed precision, and integration of scalable numerical libraries in application software.
  • Computational approaches for social sciences such as finance, urban planning, mobility or disaster response.

Papers accepted for PASC24 will be presented as talks, and published in the Proceedings of the PASC Conference, accessible via the ACM Digital Library. A selection of the highest quality papers may be given the opportunity of a plenary presentation. In selecting papers for plenary presentation, the Papers Committee will place particular weight on impactinterdisciplinarity and interest to a broad audience.


The PASC24 Papers Program Committee is responsible for the paper evaluation process. The committee is chaired by Axel Huebl (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US) and Cristina Silvano (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), and comprises of domain co-chairs and committee members who are specialists in their scientific fields. Papers will be evaluated by reviewers in the PASC24 papers committee on their significancetechnical soundnessoriginality, and quality of communication.

We employ a rigorous academic peer-review process: most notably, we allow the possibility for provisional acceptance (revision and author rebuttal). Committee reviewers are solicited for each submission, with additional external reviewers where needed. The paper selection process thus combines the strengths of conference and journal publication schemes to provide an effective, high-impact publication venue in large-scale computational science.

Contributions must be submitted through the PASC Conference online submission portal. Submissions should include the following:

  • Title: Maximum 20 words
  • Scientific Domain: Select a primary and optionally secondary scientific domain(s)
  • Author Details: Full names and contact details of author(s)
  • Short Abstract: Maximum 250 words
  • Paper:
    • First Stage: Maximum 10 pages including figures, tables, and appendices; but excl. references.
    • Second Stage: In the revision phase, an extra page will be granted for the final paper to accommodate review requests.

Papers must be submitted in the current ACM Article Template (sigconf proceedings) format [1].

The PASC Conference highly encourages authors to follow reproducible science principles for their submissions, to counter the reproducibility crisis in scientific publishing and increase the community value of computational research papers. Paper authors are highly encouraged to link data & software artifacts as a reference (supplementary materials archive), e.g., using open and freely available services such as, but not limited to,,, DRYAD, institutional data archival platforms, or publicly accessible GitHub/GitLab instances. As guidance, data artifacts may include, as appropriate, the used/modified source code, run & analysis scripts, input files, and/or data (raw/processed as size allows); an artifact description (“README”) including used standards/schema where used, a respective data archive license, and persistent link (ie., DOI).

Paper authors should plan to present their content in-person. Should circumstances change and make it impossible for participants to attend in-person, the possibility for virtual participation will be provided.


01 December 2023: Deadline for paper submissions (NO EXTENSIONS!)
06 February 2024: Review notifications

23 February 2024: Deadline for paper revisions
08 April 2024: Acceptance notifications


Authors of papers that are accepted for PASC24 will be given 20-30 minute presentation slots at the conference, grouped in topically-focused parallel sessions. A selection of the highest quality papers may be given the opportunity of a plenary presentation. Papers that are presented at PASC24 will be published in the Proceedings of the PASC Conference, accessible via the ACM Digital Library. Please note that speakers must register for the conference and are subject to the corresponding registration fee.

If you have any questions regarding the submission or reviewing process please email We look forward to receiving your submissions.


[1]:; see section “LaTex Authors” for the link to download the class file (acmart.cls) and sample template (sample-sigconf.tex). Two-column format should be used, i.e., \documentclass[sigconf]{acmart}. Microsoft Word users should prepare their manuscripts with Interim-layout.doc, from the section “Word Authors”, subsection “Interim Template” (this is also a two-column format).

The Proceedings of the PASC Conference are an OpenTOC

The Proceedings of the PASC Conference (PASC24) are published in the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM’s) Digital Library. In recognition of the high quality of the PASC Conference papers track, the ACM continues to provide the proceedings as an Open Table of Contents (OpenTOC). This means that the definitive versions of PASC Conference papers are available to everyone at no charge to the author and without any pay-wall constraints for readers.

The OpenTOC for the PASC Conference is hosted on the ACM’s SIGHPC website. PASC papers can be accessed for free at: