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 Technologies
  • Exascale Systems
  • Containers for HPC
  • Photonic Interconnects


  • Classical Algorithms Applied to AI and Machine Learning
  • How AI Can Enable More Efficient HPC
  • Mixed Precision for Classical Applications
  • Emerging Applications in Energy (e.g. renewables, CO2 mitigation)

Emerging Technologies

  • Highly Heterogeneous Processors
  • Quantum Computing
  • Neuromorphic Computing
  • HPC in Embedded Systems
  • Potentially Disruptive Processor, Memory, and Networking Technologies

Parallel Programming Models & Performance Modelling

  • Performance Tuning, Program Analysis and Performance Measurement
  • Interactive Programming Approaches for Extreme-Scale Systems
  • HPC as a Tool to Enable Science and Programming
  • Programming Challenges in Reconfigurable Computing
  • Communications and Synchronization on Parallel and Distributed Systems

Machine Learning Day

  • Machine Learning Across Scientific Domains
  • Computational Aspects of New Trends in Machine Learning
  • Alternative Solvers (e.g. genetic algorithms)
  • Purpose-Built Hardware Architectures for Machine Learning
  • Emerging Technologies for Machine Learning

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/ETP 4 HPC  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.