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The ISC High Performance conference is Europe’s largest international conference and exhibition for high performance computing (HPC), networking and storage. The ISC 2020 PhD Forum provides an opportunity for PhD students to present research results in a setting that sparks scientific exchange and lively discussions.

The PhD Forum consists of two parts:

  • A set of short back-to-back lightning talks (swift, focused presentation of the PhD student’s research objectives and early results)
  • Poster presentation session (starting point for engaging discussions with more in-depth information)

Submitted PhD Forum proposals will be reviewed by the ISC 2020 PhD Forum Committee, which is headed by Prof. Dr. Martin Schulz, TU Munich, Germany, with Olga Pearce, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), USA, as Deputy Chair.


Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

Attendance will require a Conference Pass.
Please find the ISC 2019 registration fees here. ISC 2020 registration fees will be published in January 2020.

Important dates

 Submission Deadline  February 19, 2020, 11:59 pm AoE
 Notification of Acceptance
April 1, 2020
 Final Presentation Slides in PDF due  June 8, 2020
  PhD Forum
June 22, 2020
  Final Posters in PDF due  June 25, 2020

Springer, the international publisher specializing in science, technology and medicine, will again sponsor the call for PhD Forum with the ISC 2020 PhD Forum Award.

The presenters will be granted a free conference day pass to one presenter per PhD Forum contribution for the day of their presentation, Monday, June 22, 2020.

Chair - Martin Schulz

 PhD Forums Chair  Martin Schulz, TU Munich
 PhD Forums Deputy Chair  Olga Pearce, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA



Topics may range from performance analysis to optimization, from tools to applications, and from software engineering to hardware architectures, with a cross-cut on reproducible and open-science research. Essentially, all areas covered in the call for research papers are also accepted for the PhD Forum submissions. We strongly encourage submissions by students in an early phase of their PhD track.

PhD Forum Award

SpringerAfter the poster session, the 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 will receive a high-end tablet from Springer.


We are working on securing some limited travel support for accepted submissions to the PhD Forum.

Submission (February 19, 2020)



Required information

  • Title
  • Author information
  • Summary of research objectives/early results (500 words maximum)
  • Topic area
  • One to five keywords
  • Draft of the poster as PDF file, 1 page maximum (the final poster may not exceed A0 portrait paper size (841 mm x 1189 mm/33.1” x 46.8”) or A1 landscape paper size (594 mm x 841 mm/23.4” x 33.1”) (accepted posters can be revised based on reviewer feedback)
  • Double blind submission is not required

Final decision (April 1, 2020)

  • Notification of authors

Before ISC 2020

  • Students who wish to participate in the ISC 2020 PhD Forum must not have defended their PhD thesis by the time of the conference (June 2020).
  • By submitting a PhD Forum proposal, you agree to give a lightning talk and present a poster at the ISC 2020 PhD Forum in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • PhD Forum presenters need to be registered ISC 2020 participants
  • ISC organizers will grant a 100% discount on the conference day pass to one presenter per PhD Forum contribution for the day of their presentation.
  • Poster presenters are responsible for creating, printing and transporting their posters to the conference. The final poster may not exceed A0 portrait paper size (841 mm x 1189 mm/33.1” x 46.8”) or A1 landscape paper size (594 mm x 841 mm/23.4” x 33.1”).


  • Only posters of registered presenters will be admitted.
  • The lightning talk consists of exactly five slides; the slide presentation is automatic and provides a fixed amount of time (typically 60s) for each slide.
  • During the poster session, the presenters are required to be available at their posters for discussions.
  • The ISC organizers will provide poster boards, numbers, topic areas, tape etc. for the poster session.

After ISC 2020:

  • The presenters will have to provide a set of five slides (including a title slide) for their lightning talk by Monday, June 08, 2020 at the latest.

In addition to publishing PDFs of the posters in the online conference program, the ISC organizers will make the posters/presentation slides available online a week after the event, provided as PDF files. ISC 2020 attendees will receive an e-mail with the access link.

  • Martin Schulz, Technical University of Munich, Chair of Computer Architecture and Parallel Systems, Germany (Chair)
  • Olga Pearce, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States of America (Deputy Chair)