SEA Conference

SEA Software Engineering Conference and Tutorials 2018

SEA Conference 2018

Frontiers in Scientific Software

April 2nd-6th 2018

The 2018 annual SEA conference took place in Boulder, CO at the NCAR Center Green Campus from April 2nd to April 6th. The theme for 2018 was Frontiers in Scientific Software.

Program Details

On the program page there are slides of most of the talks and tutorials. 


Registration is closed (price includes lunches and coffee breaks)

Register by Registration type Price
March 4th Early Bird ONLY $300 - excellent value
March 18th Regular Rate $350
April 2nd Late Registration $400 - maximum flexibility

All registrations include conference, tutorials and symposia (we can NOT offer separate registrations at a lower cost)

Important information

  • All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at UCAR/NCAR-run events are required to agree with the UCAR/NCAR code of conduct.
  • Gender specific restrooms are located on the first floor. All-gender/gender neutral, single-stall restrooms are located on the third floor of the conference venue, next to conference room CG-3150.
  • Lactation rooms are available for use of workshop participants, and are located on the second floor, in CG-2615 and CG-2617. If you require a small refrigerator to be placed in either of these rooms, please contact the registration desk. Child care may be also arranged if necessary. Contact Davide Del Vento if you'd like more informations about it.
  • The conference venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs, including restrooms, but feel free to contact Davide Del Vento should you have a special need and would like to double-check.
  • Consider subscribing to our low volume mailing list



  • Boulder Inn has reserved 15-20 rooms for SEA attendees (arrive 4/1, depart 4/6), for $130. DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS MARCH 1, 2018. Must call 1-800- 233-8469 and mention the SEA Conference, to make a reservation.
  • To reserve a room under the negotiated conference rate of $99/night at the Millennium hotel in Boulder, CO, click HERE. Room block valid April 1 through April 7. Deadline for reservations is March 7.
  • Marriott, Courtyard: (cutoff date for the group rate is March 9th). Book your room at group rate.


Important dates

  • November 2017: call for talks and tutorials opens
  • 2018 January 15th  January 21st. DEADLINE EXTENDED: for submitting talks and tutorials
  • end of January 2018: Registration for attendees opens
  • 2018 February 2nd: Dealine to apply for travel assistance
  • early February 2018: program announced
  • March 4th 2018: Early birds registration ends, price increases
  • March 18 2018: Regular registration ends, price increases
  • April 2nd, 2018: Late Registration closes (no onsite registration will beavailable)
  • Monday, April 2nd 2018: Conference starts
  • Friday, April 6th 2018: Conference ends


Solicitation (closed)

We are soliciting talks, tutorials on all aspects of state of the art scientific software, including, but not limited to:

  • Bare metal and containerized cloud computing for science
  • Parallel, Distributed and High Performance Computing
  • Advanced use of Parallel, Distributed and High Performance Tools and Techniques (vectorization, debuggers, profilers, overlapping computation and communication, compiler-based optimization, etc)
  • Edge Computing and other techniques to move the analysis closer to the data
  • Data exploration, analysis, visualization
  • Best practices, Testing and Reproducibility
  • Building and managing Scientific Software Communities
  • Collaborative and Open Source Software Development in science
  • Use of Fortran, Python, Matlab, R, or anything language-specific (particularly language interoperability) is welcome


Due to popular demand, the 2018 SEA conference will include symposia on highly technical topics. These will be full-day event, targeting a relatively small group of people interested in the internal details of the subject. The Overlapping Communication with computation Symposium will be led by Alessandro Fanfarillo of NCAR and Srinath Vadlamani of ARM. The Containers in HPC Symposium will be led by Davide Del Vento of NCAR.