Challenges in high performance computing

2–6 September 2019

Scientific computing is often termed as the "third way to do science", alongside theory and experiments. The focus of the workshop is to investigate the current challenges of solving large scale problems on high performance computers. To achieve optimal performance it is critical to incorporate techniques that are at the forefront of both the mathematical and computer sciences. Consequently, the workshop has a strong multidisciplinary focus covering the five important areas of: Algorithms, Applications, Middleware, Resilience and Software.

Each day of the conference will address one of these topics. A review lecture will be given in the morning by an eminent researcher in that area. Participants are invited to give more specialised talks in the afternoon, followed by a discussion session. 

The major aim of the workshop is to foster cooperation and communication between members of each of these five different communities, as well as to strongly encourage student participation.

This event is part of the MSI Special Year 2019 in Computational Mathematics.

Invited Speakers:

  • Algorithms: David Keyes, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Resilience: Ulrich Ruede, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • Software: Lois Curfman McInnes, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Applications: Raquel Salmeron, Airservices Australia
  • Middleware: George Boscila, University of Tennessee

Organising committee:

  • Brendan Harding, University of Adelaide
  • Stuart Hawkins, Macquarie University
  • Lilia Ferrario, Australian National University
  • Linda Stals,  Australian National University
  • Peter Strazdins,  Australian National University

Women in Computational Mathematics luncheon 

The conference will host a Women in computational mathematics pizza lunch on the Tuesday 3rd September to celebrate women in the field. To participate in the lunch, you will need confirm your attendance when registering for the event. 

Abstract submission

If you would like to apply to give a afternoon presentation, please submit your title and abstract via the abstract submission form below. 




Code of conduct

The Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI) special year is committed to ensuring all workshops, conferences and seminars are accessible to a diverse range of participants. We aim to create a safe, respectful and supportive environment to allow free flow of information, discussions and ideas. All staff and students have the right to be treated with courtesy, fairness and professionalism. Discriminatory or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated.

The essential part of maintaining a safe and respectful work environment is to ensure that individuals report any witnessed or experienced discrimination or harassment to the organiser’s attention, or a member of staff you feel comfortable talking to. If you would like to contact the department anonymously, please email

We ask all participants to review the ANU’s code of conduct and maintain the principles of the document for the duration of the workshop.

Partners & sponsors

Registration fees 

  • General registration $160
  • AMSI institution members $120
  • AMSI Student/ retired fellow $80

Registration closes August 19, 2019


Abstract submission

If you would like to apply to give a afternoon presentation, please submit your title and abstract via the abstract submission form below. 





Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Wednesday 4th September at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. A guided tour of the gardens will be organised for participants before the dinner. 

To attend the conference dinner there will be a $20 fee. This will be charged through the registration page. 


Funding Support

AMSI funding

This event is sponsored by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). AMSI allocates a travel allowance annually to each of its member universities (for list of members, see

Students or early career researchers from AMSI member universities without access to a suitable research grant or other source of funding may apply (with approval of their Head of Mathematical Sciences) for subsidy of travel and accommodation out of their home departmental travel allowance.

Seminar Room 1.33 & 1.37, Building #145, Science Road, The Australian National University


About Canberra

Canberra is located in the Australian Capital Territory, on the ancient lands of the Ngunnawal people, who have lived here for over 20,000 years. Canberra’s name is thought to mean ‘meeting place’, derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra. European settlers arrived in the 1830s, and the area won selection by ballot for the federal capital in 1908. Since then the ‘Bush Capital’ has grown to become the proud home of the Australian story, with a growing population of around 390,000.

Canberra hosts a wide range of tourist attractions, including various national museums, galleries and Parliament House, as well as beautiful parks and walking trails. Several attractions are within walking distance of the ANU campus, including the National Museum of Australia and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Canberra is also a fantastic base from which to explore the many treasures of the surrounding region, including historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains. Learn more about what to do and see during your stay in Canberra at


There are many ways to get around Canberra. Below is some useful information about Bus & Taxi transport around the ANU, the Airport and surrounding areas.


If you are catching a taxi or Uber to the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute, ask to be taken to Building #145, Science Road, ANU. We are located close to the Ian Ross Building and the ANU gym. A Taxi will generally cost around $40 and will take roughly 15 minutes. Pricing and time may vary depending on traffic.

Taxi bookings can be made through Canberra Elite Taxis - 13 22 27.

Airport Shuttle

the ACT government has implemented a public bus service from the CBD to the Canberra Airport via bus Route 11 and 11A, seven days a week. Services run approximately every half hour, and better during peak times (weekdays) and every hour (weekends).

To travel just use your MyWay card or pay a cash fare to the driver when boarding. A single adult trip when paying cash will cost $4.80 with cheaper fares for students and children. Significant savings can be made when travelling with MyWay.

View MyWayand Fares information.

For more information about the buses to Canberra airport.

Action Buses

Canberra buses are a cheap and easy way of getting around town once you're here.

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Below are some accommodation options for your visit to Canberra.


Cafés and Dining

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