TCSC SCALE Challenge

The CCGRID International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2024) objective is to highlight and showcase real-world problem solving using computing that scales.

Effective solutions to many scientific and engineering problems require applications that can scale. There are different dimensions to application scalability. For example, applications can scale-up to a large number of cores on a compute unit, scale-out to utilize multiple distinct compute units, or exhibit elastic scaling to acquire and release resources on-demand, based on current need. Scaling can also span edge, cloud, cluster and accelerated resources. The result may be an application that can solve a larger problem, increase throughput, and/or reduce execution time. In order to scale, applications need to be supported by tools, middleware, software cyber-infrastructure, programming frameworks, computing infrastructure, etc. The SCALE Challenge is concerned with advances in application development and their supporting infrastructure to enable 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. Problems that have a social impact are of particular interest.

TCSC SCALE Challenge Award

Authors should submit technical papers that outline the nature of the problem being solved, the solution technique, and offer preliminary evidence of the scalability achieved. The technical committee will shortlist finalists from these proposals, and invite them to present their work and offer a live demonstration of their system and/or software solution at the CCGRID 2024 conference.

A panel of experts will select a first prize winner at the conference, who will be presented the TCSC SCALE Challenge award for 2024 with a cash prize of US$1000 sponsored by IEEE TCSC.

Important Dates

All deadlines are in Anywhere on Earth (AoE), UTC-12 timezone.

Event Date
Abstract Submission: January 24, 2024, extended to February 2, 2024 February 8, 2024
Paper Submission: January 31, 2024, extended to February 8, 2024
Acceptance notification: February 12, 2024, extended to February 18, 2024
Camera ready submission: March 4, 2024


Dragi Kimovski, University of Klagenfurt, Austria (
Jean Luca Bez, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA (

Submission Guidelines

Proposals may be submitted as a technical paper of up to 6 pages, including figures and tables but excluding references, using the IEEE 2-column format for conference proceedings. Submissions must be done in PDF format.

The proposals should clearly outline:

The submissions will undergo a single-blinded peer-review by a program committee based on the above metrics. Submitted papers must represent original unpublished research that is not currently under review for any other conference or journal. Up to five proposals will be shortlisted for presentation at the conference.

Shortlisted papers will be published through the IEEE Xplore digital library as part of the CCGRIDW companion proceedings.

The conference will be held in person physically. One author of each accepted proposal must register at the conference, and  present their work and demonstration in-person at a special SCALE Challenge session. Participation by students and early-career researchers, especially in leadership roles, is strongly encouraged.

Please use the following Easychair link to submit your paper(s) for the SCALE Challenge: