Shaping Tomorrow


ISC High Performance attendees can look forward to a number of prestigious awards that recognize research excellence in high performance computing.



The following awards will be given to two outstanding research papers submitted to the conference:



The Hans Meuer Award honors the most outstanding research paper submitted to the conference’s Research Papers Committee. This award has been introduced in the memory of the late Dr. Hans Meuer, general chair of the ISC conference from 1986 through 2014, and co-founder of the TOP500 project.

From all submitted research papers, the Research Papers Committee will select the overall best paper for the award. The winner will be announced at the ISC High Performance Opening Session.

These two papers have been shortlisted for the Hans Meuer Award:

  • Load-balancing Parallel Relational Algebra, authored by Sidharth Kumar and Thomas Gilray
  • Time Series Mining at Petascale Performance, authored by Amir Raoofy, Prof. Martin Schulz, Carsten Trinitis, Dai Yang and Dr. Roman Karlstetter



GCS Award


The GCS Award honors the most outstanding research paper submitted to the Research Papers Committee in the field of HPC. The GCS Award has been a key component of the conference each year since the foundation of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) in 2008. It is sponsored by GCS, an alliance of Germany's three national supercomputing centers — the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ).

The winner of the GCS Award will be announced during the conference opening session and will receive a cash prize of 5,000 Euros along with an award certificate.


The paper selected as the winner of the GCS Award at ISC Digital 2020 is:

Solving Acoustic Boundary Integral Equations Using High Performance Tile Low-Rank LU Factorization, authored by Kadir Akbudak, Noha Alharthi, Rabab Alomairy, Hakan Bagci, Rui Chen, David Keyes, Hatem Ltaief


The ISC Research Poster Award will be given to one outstanding research poster submitted to the conference.

The ISC Research Poster Award is sponsored by the conference organizers.



Springer LogoThe PhD Forum Program Committee will elect one student to receive the "ISC 2020 PhD Forum Award”. The award is sponsored by Springer, the international publisher specializing in science, technology and medicine. The winner receives a high-end tablet from Springer.