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Apr 2, 2018 • Jen Pestana

In the digest are a number of special calls, as well as details of upcoming conferences.


SISC Copper Mountain Special Section

The Fifteenth Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods was held on March 25-30, 2018. The meeting attracted over 200 participants from around the world, and there were more than 170 talks covering a broad spectrum of topics related to iterative solvers

The SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (SISC) is dedicating a Special Section to recent progress in iterative methods. Submissions are encouraged in all aspects of iterative methods including the following areas

  • stochastic PDEs and uncertainty quantification,
  • iterative linear algebraic techniques for data mining,
  • optimization,
  • inverse problems,
  • large-scale eigenvalue and singular value computations,
  • iterative methods in imaging,
  • Krylov accelerators,
  • preconditioning,
  • iterative solvers on high concurrency node architectures,
  • multigrid,
  • domain decomposition,
  • nonlinear solution methods,
  • surrogate methods/model order reduction,
  • low-rank approximations,
  • nonlinear least squares,
  • solvers for indefinite systems,
  • hybrid direct/iterative solvers,
  • robust and scalable solvers for coupled multi-physics problems (electromagnetics, fluids, neutronics),
  • iterative methods for energy applications and climate modeling,
  • solvers for quantum chemistry/physics applications.

Submissions are accepted until May 31, 2018. Attendees and participants of the conference as well as the general community are invited to submit papers. For submission instructions and additional information see and

We are looking forward to your submission. If you have any questions, please contact Irad Yavneh (

ACM TOMS Editor-in-Chief Search

An open search has begun for a new Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software. Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for a three-year term, beginning in June 2018. Full details are available at

The deadline for applications is May 18.

Call for Nominations for the 2019 Hans Schneider Prize of the International Linear Algebra Society

The International Linear Algebra Society awards the Hans Schneider Prize once every three years to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to Linear Algebra. The next award is due in 2019 and the Society is seeking nominations for the Prize. Details of the Prize and the list of past winners may be seen at

Nominations should include a brief biographical sketch, and a statement explaining why the nominee is considered worthy of the Prize, including references to publications or other contributions of the nominee which are considered most significant in making this assessment.

Nominations may be sent before 1 December 2018 to the Chair of the Prize Committee at

Special Issue, Parallel Computing, PMAA’18, Zurich

A special issue of Parallel Computing (Elsevier) will be devoted to the 10th International Workshop on Parallel Matrix Algorithms and Applications (PMAA’18) that will take place in Zurich, June 27-29, 2018,

Papers submitted to the special issue should have a strong parallel computing and numerical linear algebra components including numerical analysis, scientific and industrial applications, software development, and high performance computing. The topics to be covered in the issue include, but are not limited to: Parallel methods for solving large sparse or dense linear systems of equations. Parallel eigenvalue and singular value computations. Automatic tuning and performance modeling. Novel architectural paradigms (e.g. GPU and multicore) and their use in matrix computations and applications. Large scale scientific applications from diverse fields which have an emphasis on parallel matrix computation.

Manuscripts will undergo the standard Parallel Computing peer-reviewing process. They must be submitted electronically via Elsevier’s editorial system at URL

Authors are to follow the instructions in the Guide for Authors. In particular, when choosing the “Article Type” during the submission process, make sure you select the type “SI: PMAA’18”.

For any questions, please contact Olaf Schenk (

Deadline for submissions of full papers: October 15, 2018
Reviews due: December 30, 2018
Deadline for re-submission of revised papers: February 28, 2019

The managing guest editor of this special issue is Olaf Schenk (USI Lugano). Further editors are Luc Giraud (Inria, Bordeaux), Wim Vanroose (University of Antwerp), and Peter Arbenz (ETH Zurich).

Structured Matrix Days 2018

We are pleased to announce the workshop “Structured Matrix Days 2018” which will be held at ENS Lyon (France) on 14-15 May, 2018.

Invited speakers :

  • Stefano Massei (École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne)
  • José Henrique de Morais Goulart (GIPSA-lab, CNRS, Grenoble)
  • Bernard Mourrain (Inria Sophia-Antipolis)
  • Françoise Tisseur (University of Manchester)
  • Lloyd N. Trefethen (University of Oxford and LIP - ENS de Lyon)

Important dates:

  • April 6: submission of abstracts for contributed talks,
  • April 13: notification of acceptance,
  • April 20: registration deadline.

Please feel free to write to for further information, or visit the website of the workshop:

CISM Advanced Summer School on Advanced topics in MHD

Advanced topics in MHD, June 11-15 (2018)


  • David MacTaggart (Glasgow)
  • Andrew Hillier (Exeter)
  • Anthony Yeates (Durham)
  • Elena Khomenko (IAC)
  • Etienne Pariat (Meudon)
  • Nobumitsu Yokoi (Tokyo)

In this school we will study MHD stability theory, magnetic topology, MHD turbulence, magnetic reconnection and how all of these areas are connected in astrophysical and laboratory applications. Our treatment of these topics will go beyond what is normally presented in textbooks (hence the “Advanced” in the title).

This course is ideal for PhD students and postdocs working in MHD and will take place in the beautiful renaissance palace of CISM (Udine, Italy). PhD students can count the school towards course credits required for their doctorates.

Official flyer
The programme for the school, with lecture and registration details, can be found here.

Registration To register for the school, please follow the link here.

Accommodation & Setting

A limited number of participants from universities and research centres who are not supported by their own institutions can be offered free lodging in the CISM guest house. Otherwise they can lodge at the price of 30 euro, per person, per night. Details of the school location can be found here. Also, here is a link to some hotels in Udine with special prices for CISM participants: hotels.

For information related to practical aspects of the school (registration, accommodation, etc.) please contact cism [at] For questions relating to academic content, please contact david.mactaggart [at]

Parallel Matrix Algorithms and Applications (PMAA’18), Jun 27-29, 2018


June 27-29, 2018, Zurich, Switzerland.

This international workshop aims to be a forum for exchanging ideas, insights and experiences in different areas of parallel computing in which matrix algorithms play a key role. The Workshop will bring together experts and practitioners from diverse disciplines with a common interest in matrix computation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Parallel methods for solving large sparse or dense linear systems of equations and eigenvalue problem
  • Parallel environments and tools for enabling matrix applications
  • Large scale applications from any field that have an emphasis on parallel matrix computation
  • Novel architectural paradigms (e.g. GPU, MIC, etc.)
  • Hybrid approaches to parallel programming
  • Automatic tuning and performance modeling
  • Combinatorial Scientific Computing

Invited speakers: Chao Yang (Lawrence Berkeley NL), Inderjit Dhillon (UT Austin), Frederic Nataf (UPMC Paris), Edgar Solomonik (UI Urbana-Champaign).

Co-chairs: Peter Arbenz (ETH Zurich, Rolf Krause (USI Lugano), Daniel Kressner (EPF Lausanne), Olaf Schenk (USI Lugano).

- April 8, 2018: Submission of Minisymposium proposals by e-mail to
- April 15, 2018: Submission of abstracts for MS and contributed talks

There will be a special issue of Parallel Computing dedicated to PMAA’18.

For further information contact

Modern Numerical Linear Algebra for Huge-Scale Optimization Problems

A PhD position is available within the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. The project is entitled “Modern Numerical Linear Algebra for Huge-Scale Optimization Problems”, and will be supervised by Dr John Pearson and Prof. Jacek Gondzio. Further details about this project are available at

The successful candidate will be fully funded by the School of Mathematics, including PhD fees, as well as a living stipend for 3.5 years, starting in September 2018 or an alternative date by mutual agreement. This studentship is available for all UK and EU students.

This project is suitable for the University of Edinburgh?s PhD programmes in Applied and Computational Mathematics (, or Operational Research and Optimization ( Candidates are asked to submit their applications at one of these links, according to their programme of interest. All applications received by Friday 27 April 2018 will be considered. Applications received thereafter will be considered until the position is filled

Informal enquiries are encouraged, and may be made to

Submissions for next SIAM-LA digest

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