Open Simulation Laboratories

Submissions due: 30 January 2015
Estimated Publication date: September/October 2015

There have been a number of exciting developments in and a growing need for "Open simulation laboratories" involving high performance computing (HPC). An example of this type of laboratory (or co-laboratory) might consist of a large data-set generated by a high-resolution simulation of a physical system — say a turbulent flow — and an associated set of tools with which to analyze this data. Such a laboratory would allow individual researchers and teams not involved with the generation of the data (and perhaps without the computational capability /expertise to generate that data) to carry out an analysis.

Advantages of this co-laboratory approach include the capability of reproducing results, reanalysis of data, backward tracking for the analysis of rare/interesting events, uncertainty analysis, and verification and validation of experiments. Such an approach offers a lower barrier of entry to HPC simulations for theorists, students, an all non-experts in HPC. It permits rapid hypothesis testing and exploration as well as being a valuable tool for teaching.

The goal of this special issue is to explore recent developments in and further potential for "Open simulation laboratories," and we invite scientists and engineers to submit original papers in this area. Potential contributions could include, but are not limited to, efforts in turbulence, cosmology, fuel/biocell simulation, etc. Submissions will be selected by peer review.

Copublished by the IEEE Computer Society and the American Institute of Physics, Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE) magazine features the latest computational science and engineering research in an accessible format, along with departments covering news and analysis, CSE in education, and emerging technologies.


Contact the guest editors Francis J. Alexander, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Charles Meneveau, Johns Hopkins, at

Submission Guidelines

Authors are asked to submit high-quality original work that has neither appeared in nor is under consideration by other journals. All submissions will be peer-reviewed following standard journal practices. Manuscripts based on previously published conference papers must be extended substantially to include at least 50 percent new material. Manuscripts should be written in the active voice, should be no longer than 6,000 words (counting each standard figure and table as 250 words), and should follow the style and presentation guidelines of CiSE (see for details).

Please submit your article using the online manuscript submission service at When uploading your article, select the appropriate special-issue title under the category "Manuscript Type." Also include complete contact information for all authors. If you have any questions about submitting your article, contact the peer review coordinator at