Shaping Tomorrow

Invited Program

The ISC Invited Program is comprised of handpicked topics addressed in signature sessions distinctive to the conference. These are clustered in the following formats:

Distinguished Speaker Series
Focus Sessions
Machine Learning Day
Industrial Day
HPC in Asia

An Invited Program Committee (IPC) has been formed to structure and organize the majority of the above formats. Specifically the Focus Sessions and the Machine Learning Day will be designed according to five areas of interest, namely system architecture, applications/algorithms, emerging technology, parallel programming & performance modeling, and machine learning.

The IPC consists of the following members:

  • ISC program team (with Gerhard Wellein & Georg Hager)
  • ISC 2020 Program and Deputy Program Chairs (David Keyes & Martin Schulz)
  • Five newly appointed track leaders


For the biographies of ISC 2020 Track Leaders, please click here.

The five Track Leaders are well-known researchers in their respective fields within the HPC domain. They will be lending their expertise in organizing the ISC Invited Program tracks for the 2020 and 2021 conferences.


Tracks & Topics

Topics addressed in the Invited Program are selected by the IPC and tackled under five tracks that play a pivotal role in shaping the future of high performance computing. Attendees can visit these sessions during the conference from Monday through Wednesday.


System Architecture
  • New Memory and Storage Technologies
  • Exascale Systems – The Show must Go On
  • Containers for HPC
  • RISC-V as Next-Generation HPC Components


  • HPC Empowering AI
  • How AI Can Enable More Efficient HPC
  • HPC for the Energy Transition
  • Mixed Arithmetics

Emerging Technologies

  • Silicon Photonics in HPC for Future Exascale Needs
  • Optical Switching and Networking for Next-Generation Computing
  • Emerging Neuromorphic and Unconventional Computing Technologies
  • Preparing for Extreme Heterogeneity in HPC

Parallel Programming Models & Performance Modelling

  • Performance Modeling and Tuning for Exascale Systems
  • Overcoming the Challenges in Exascale Programming
  • HPC as a Tool to Enable Science and Programming
  • Programming Challenges for Reconfigurable Computing

Machine Learning Day

  • Scalable Optimization Methods for Deep Learning
  • Machine Learning Systems and Tools
  • Machine Learning for Weather and Climate
  • Machine Learning in Life Sciences

The Industrial Day and HPC in Asia will continue to make their impact as stand-alone sessions within the Invited Program.

The Industrial Day, now in its eighth year, is designed to introduce businesses to use cases in which HPC and AI technologies were employed to increase the competitive capacity of these companies. The 2020 track is organized by Maike Gilliot of TERATEC / ETP4HPC  and Andreas Wierse from Sicos BW GmbH.

HPC in Asia is a unique half-day session that combines status updates from Asian nations with supercomputing capabilities and state of the art research in the region. While one part of the program is filled with invited talks, the other half is governed by the Call for Research Posters. HPC in Asia 2020 is headed by chair Lin Gan of Tsinghua University and Wuxi National Supercomputing Centre.