Reinventing HPC


PLEASE NOTE: The call for PhD Forum is closed!

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)

Chair - Martin Schulz

For Martin Schulz's full biography, please click here.

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



PLEASE NOTE: The Call for PhD Forum is now closed!

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.


Important Dates

 Submission Deadline  closed
 Notification of Acceptance
April 27, 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.



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.


Submission & Review Process

Submission (closed)

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
    • 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”)
    • resolution: 2384 px × 3370 px at 72 dpi
    • maximum file size: 10 MB
    (accepted posters can be revised based on reviewer feedback)
  • Double blind submission is not required

Final decision (April 27, 2020)

  • Notification of authors


Terms & Conditions

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 exhibition 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”).
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Additionally, we will present the posters on interactive digital screens with various features.


Travel Support

SPPEXAAll PhD Forum presenters are eligible to receive financial support. The funding is provided by the DFG priority prog-
ram 1648 "Software for Exascale Computing" (SPPEXA).

Besides the free conference day pass of the presenter we are able to fund an additional conference day pass for the poster presenter or to support a second presenter with a conference day pass.

PhD Forum Award

Springer LogoAfter 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.


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.