Scale Challenge


The objective of the Sixth IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2013), sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC), is to highlight and showcase real-world problem solving using computing that scales.

Effective solutions to many scientific problems require applications that can scale. There are different dimensions to application scaling: for example, applications can scale-up to large number of cores or compute units, scale-out to utilize multiple distinct compute units, or scale-down to release resources that are no longer needed. In order to scale, applications need the support of tools, middleware, infrastructure, programming systems, etc. SCALE 2013 is concerned with advances in application development and supporting infrastructures that enable scaling.


SCALE 2013 proposals can be submitted at


The Sixth IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2013) contest will focus on end-to-end problem solving using concepts, technologies and architectures (including Clusters, Grids and Clouds) that facilitate scaling. Participants in the challenge will be expected to identify significant current real-world problems where scalable computing techniques can be effectively used, and design, implement, evaluate and demonstrate solutions. SCALE 2013 will be held in conjunction with the 13th CCGrid Conference in Delft, the Netherlands on May, 13-16, 2013.

We invite teams to submit white papers outlining the problem addressed and the technologies employed to enable applications to scale. White papers should be up to 4 pages long, 12-pt. font and single column, and in addition to listing the team members and contact information, should clearly outline:

  1. The problem being solved and the technology employed
  2. The application scenario and its requirements
  3. Performance data and a qualitative description of how the application scales