Jul 4 – 5, 2022
Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen
Europe/Berlin timezone

Support HLRN Open User Conference '22

HLRN Open User Conference

This first edition of the HLRN Open User Conference (HOUC) centres around the two topics Simulations in Life Sciences, and HPC Methods. In the first track researchers present advances in Life Sciences that they achieved with the use of HPC. The second track focuses on developments in the field of HPC methods, and is open to all scientific disciplines. More information about the programme can be found below.

Conference contributions can be talks and/or posters, and are accepted after a review process. Accepted contributions can also be published in the conference proceedings in the form of a short, peer-reviewed paper. The proceedings are published online, and every paper gets its own DOI. More information can be found in the contribution guide below.

The HLRN Open User Conference is open to all researchers in Germany. If you like to participate, please look at the participation guide below.

The HLRN Open User Conference is organised by NHR@Göttingen and NHR@ZIB, the two centres that together operate the HLRN-IV system, and it is supported by HLRN (North German Supercomputing Alliance) and by NHR (Nationales Hochleistungsrechnen).

Please also consider taking part in the Proud and Strong in Computing Conference, which is organised adjacent to this conference.


The HOUC offers two tracks, one track for each of the two major topics "Simulations in Life Sciences" and "HPC Methods". Aside from these there also is ample opportunity for networking during breaks and social activities.

Simulations in Life Sciences

The conference track "Simulations in Life Sciences" is about recent results in life sciences, obtained by means of computer resources in general. Submissions can cover a wide range of application areas like in-silico drug design, medical image processing, neuroscience, genomics, structural biology, and molecular biology. We welcome contributions which additionally touch upon the HPC-related aspects of their research in their presentation.

HPC Methods (all scientific disciplines)

The HPC Methods track is concerned with the application of HPC to scientific problems from any scientific discipline; this track is not limited to life sciences. Researchers are invited to discuss developments in this field, but also the challenges that they face. Contributions can be of scientific nature, but can also be more technology-centric. Some topics that could be presented are listed here, but we very much welcome other topics as well.

  • (numerical) methods and algorithms
  • workflows
  • data management
  • benchmarks
  • tools/frameworks for any of the above
  • processes related to scientific software development
  • showcasing tools developed at your institute/group
  • open problems in applying HPC to scientific use cases

Networking & Social Programme

The conference offers ample opportunity for networking during its various social elements. On Monday evening a conference dinner and a get-together are organised. On Tuesday the conference closes with a lunch, together with participants of the Proud and Strong in Computing Conference.

Contribution guide

A contribution to the HOUC can be in any of the following formats:

  • short talk (10 min. talk + 5 min. discussion)
  • long talk (20 min. talk + 10 min. discussion)
  • poster (DIN A0, portrait orientation)

If you'd like to present both a talk and a poster, please submit an abstract for each. This is due to a technical limitation in the submission system; the abstracts themselves can be identical.

Authors of an accepted poster or talk will be invited to publish a peer-reviewed paper in the conference proceedings.

Talks and posters

To contribute with either a talk or a poster, researchers are invited to submit an abstract. An abstract should meet the following criteria:

  • Approx. 200–400 words
  • It should include:
    • the title, the list of authors
    • a text describing the contribution planned
    • one figure (PDF/EPS/PNG/JPG, size approx. landscape DIN A6)
    • a list of references to the literature

Abstracts can be submitted using this web form, in the form of plain text and an image file. There is no need to typeset your abstract yourself. The submission deadline can be found in the timeline. To apply for both a talk and a poster, please submit one abstract for each of them.

Each abstract is reviewed by two domain experts. They rate the abstract based on the scientific quality. The conference organisers accept or reject the abstract based on the reviews, and inform the authors.


Once a contribution has been accepted and presented on the HOUC, the authors are invited to publish a peer-reviewed paper in the conference proceedings. The proceedings are published through Zenodo which includes a DOI for reference. A paper manuscript should meet the following criteria:

The review process for papers consists of three steps.

  1. Paper draft submission & review: after the conference we invite you to submit a draft paper. The draft is reviewed by two other submitters. The conference organisers accept or reject the paper draft based on their reviews, and inform the authors.
  2. Rebuttal & resubmission: in case a revision is requested, the authors submit a rebuttal and a revised paper.

  3. Publication: accepted papers are published in the HOUC Zenodo community collection, and each will get assigned a DOI.

An online system such as Indico or EasyChair will be used for the paper submission. Deadlines for these steps can be found in the timeline.

Participation guide

Conference fee

The conference fee is €60.

Registration and payment

Participants can register themselves using the web form as soon as the registration opens (see timeline). We'll send you an invoice, that must be payed by bank transfer before the start of the conference. Cash payment at the venue is not possible.


The conference takes place in the historical building of the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen (Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen), which is located in the city centre, at a 5-minute walk from the train station.


The following hotels are all within a 15-minute walk from the venue and the train station:


Göttingen can easily be reached by train. More info can be found on e.g. Google Maps, and on the Deutsche Bahn website.

If you come by car, you might want to park in the parking garage Parkhaus Groner Tor (Groner-Tor-Straße 31, Göttingen), which is 2 minutes by foot from the venue. Prices can be found here.

Göttingen has a quite decent bus network, with busses going every half an hour during daytime, and every hour in the evening until midnight. For bus times please see the GöVB website, or consult an online maps service. Tickets can be bought in the bus and cost €2,40. If you travel by train you might also be able to use the Deutsche Bahn CityTicket. Some hotels also offer a so-called "Hotel-Ticket"; please check with your hotel.


Call for abstracts opens Mon 25 April
Call for abstracts closes Sun 8 May Sun 12 June
Accepted talks/posters are informed Mon 23 May Tue 14 June
Registration opens Mon 23 May
Registration closes Sun 12 June
Conference starts Mon 4 July
Conference ends Tue 5 July
Call for paper drafts opens Tue 5 July
Deadline paper drafts Sun 31 July
Paper reviews Sun 28 August
Deadline paper resubmission Sun 25 September


Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen
Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen
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