Reinventing HPC


FRANKFURT, Germany, July 5, 2019 – The organizers of ISC High Performance are pleased to announce the selection of Prof. David Keyes of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, as the ISC 2020 Program Chair. This appointment continues the internationalization of ISC High Performance with its first Program Chair from the Middle East. Following the 2019 chairmanship of Professor Yutong Lu of the National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou, China, this selection underscores the organizers’ commitment to bringing diverse perspectives to the conference. 

The 2020 conference will once again be held at Forum Messe Frankfurt, and will run from June 21 through June 25, 2020. This is the 35th conference in the series, which will broadly embrace high performance computing (HPC) in terms of processing, storage, and network, HPC algorithms and applications, and the convergence of simulation with and machine learning and data analytics, including data from the “edge.” 

“ISC has been an important partner of KAUST since our founding,” said Keyes. “Europe is a geographically close partner and contains many centers of excellence in HPC research participation.  As a university, we exhibited at ISC in our early years to recruit faculty, research scientists, post-docs, and PhD students in areas of sustainable technologies and fundamental sciences connected with energy, environment, food, and water. KAUST was formed downstream of the computational revolution, whereby simulation and analytics are respected along with theory and experiment as fundamental paradigms. This is reflected in our faculty hiring, academic structure, curriculum, and, of course, facilities. The expanding scope and depth of the ISC conference series fit our purpose like a glove.”

As program chair, Prof. Keyes is working with the ISC program team to define the conference topics, while also leading the 2020 steering committee, spearheading the effort to further elevate the value of ISC High Performance for the HPC community. The tradition of annually rotating the ISC program chair was introduced in 2015 in order to establish a knowledge-sharing process with HPC leaders who play a pivotal role in advancing the field. 

Keyes will be assisted by the ISC 2020 deputy program chair, a newly created role, undertaken by Prof. Martin Schulz from Technische Universität München (TUM). Martin Schulz is a Full Professor and Chair for Computer Architecture and Parallel Systems at TUM.

“To support the growth and integration of the international HPC community, ISC has committed to showcasing researchers from more countries and to foster a broader array of ideas and experiences,” said Keyes. “That commitment provides attendees with a ‘one-stop shop’ for exploring new technologies and novel solutions to advance scientific research and accelerate industrial innovation. The tutorials and workshops immediately before and after the main technical program are an important part of this community outreach.”

“It is my honor to serve as the ISC 2020 Program Chair,” continued Keyes. “I will do my best to keep the technical program in tune with the community, increase the prestige of being selected to present, expand the range of participants, and present a conference that encourages diverse constituents to take advantage of the latest enablements and fruits of HPC.” 

Keyes is currently involved in the 2019 ISC program, with a special session on HPC in Asia (including the Middle East) which relates some high watermarks in HPC applications. 

The organizers are also pleased to announce the selection of the following topics, which will be addressed in in-depth sessions at the next conference.

System Architecture

  • New Memory Technologies
  • Exascale Systems - The Show Must Go On
  • Containers for HPC


  • Key Extreme-Scale Applications: Astrophysics, Systems Biology
  • In-Memory Computing

Emerging Technologies

  • Quantum Computing: Architectures, System Software, Appropriate Applications
  • How the Chiplet Model is Changing Modern Processors

Parallel Programming Models & Performance Modelling

  • Data Movement in Heterogeneous Memory Systems
  • Parallel Processing for Extreme-Scale Graphs

Machine Learning Day

  • The Rise of AI-Enabled Chips.
  • Discovering New Materials with HPC and AI
  • Performance Benchmarks for ML and AI

The 2020 Exhibition

If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the event, please contact Once again we look forward to bringing a world-class HPC, networking, storage, and AI-themed exhibition, showcasing innovation and leading research from over 160 organizations. We expect over 3,700 attendees, providing an attractive forum for reaching your target audience

About David Keyes

Keyes is the Director of the Extreme Computing Research Center at KAUST, a 10-year old graduate research institution that has operated two top 20 supercomputers, where 46 percent of the faculty employ supercomputing as part of their scientific discovery and engineering design. He was the founding Dean of the Division of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and Engineering in 2009 and currently serves in the Office of the President as Senior Associate for strategic priorities and institutional partnerships. He works at the interface between parallel computing and the numerical analysis of PDEs and spatial statistics, with a focus on scalable solvers exploiting hierarchy and data sparsity. Newton-Krylov-Schwarz (NKS, 1994) and Additive Schwarz Preconditioned Inexact Newton (ASPIN, 2002) are now standard methods he co-created and popularized. Before joining KAUST, he led multi-institutional scalable solver software projects in the SciDAC and ASCI programs of the US DOE, ran university collaboration programs at LLNL’s ISCR and NASA’s ICASE, and taught at Columbia, Old Dominion, and Yale Universities.

Keyes is a Fellow of SIAM, AMS, and AAAS, and has been awarded the ACM Gordon Bell Prize, the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award, and the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession. He earned a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton in 1978 and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard in 1984.


About ISC High Performance

First held in 1986, ISC High Performance is the world’s oldest and Europe’s most important conference and networking event for the HPC community. It offers a strong five-day technical program focusing on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields, as well as its adoption in commercial environments.

Over 400 hand-picked expert speakers and 160 exhibitors, consisting of leading research centers and vendors, will greet attendees at ISC High Performance. A number of invited programs complement the Monday – Wednesday keynotes, including the Distinguished Speaker Series, the Industry Track and the Machine Learning Track. The ISC Contributed Program consists of Tutorials, Workshops, the Research Paper Sessions, Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions, Research Poster, the PhD Forum, Project Poster Sessions and Exhibitor Forums. Various social events allow attendees to get together for informal interaction.


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