Shaping Tomorrow

ISC 2020 Call for Research Papers

PLEASE NOTE: The Submission Deadline for Research Papers is extended to Dec 16, 2019!
(final deadline)

The ISC research paper sessions provide world-class opportunities for engineers and scientists in academia, industry and government to present and discuss issues, trends and results that will shape the future of high performance computing (HPC), Networking, Storage and AI/Machine Learning.

Submitted research paper proposals will be reviewed by the ISC 2020 Research Papers Committee, which is headed by Prof. Saday Sadayappan, University of Utah and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA, with Brad Chamberlain, CRAY, USA, as Deputy Chair.

The ISC organizers as well as the German Gauss Center for Supercomputing will again sponsor the call for research papers with two awards for outstanding research papers: the Hans Meuer Award and the GCS Award. Each accepted paper will be considered for the awards. 
The Hans Meuer Award and the GCS Award winner will receive a cash prize of 5,000 Euros each.


Submissions will be accepted through Monday, December 16, 2019
(final deadline)

Attendance will require a Conference Pass.
*ISC will grant a 100% discount on the conference day pass to paper presenter on day of presentation.
Please find the ISC 2019 registration fees here. ISC 2020 registration fees will be published in January 2020.

Important Dates

  Full Submission Deadline  December 16, 2019, 11:59 pm AoE
(final deadline)
  Author Rebuttals January 22 - January 25, 2020
  Notification of Acceptance February 5, 2020
  Camera-Ready Submission May 10, 2020
  Research Paper Sessions June 22 - June 24, 2020
  Final Presentation Slides in PDF due June 26, 2020

Chair - Saday Sadayappan

  Research Papers Chair      Saday Sadayappan, University of Utah and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  Research Papers Deputy Chair       Brad Chamberlain, CRAY
  Proceedings Chair      Guido Juckeland, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
  Proceedings Deputy Chair       Hatem Ltaief, KAUST



The Research Papers Committee encourages the submission of high-quality papers reporting original work in theoretical, experimental, and industrial research and development. The ISC submission process will be divided into eight tracks this year.

Architectures, Networks & Infrastructure   Data, Storage & Visualization
  • Future design concepts of HPC systems
  • Multi-core & many-core systems
  • Heterogeneous systems
  • Other paradigms (including data flow computing, FPGAs, etc.)
  • Network technology
  • Domain-specific architectures
  • Memory technologies
  • Trends in the HPC chip market
  • Exascale computing
  • From big data to smart data
  • Memory systems for HPC & big data
  • File systems & tape libraries
  • Data-intensive applications
  • Databases
  • Visual analytics
  • In-situ analytics
HPC Applications   HPC Algorithms
  • Highly scalable applications
  • Convergence of simulations & big data
  • Scalability on future architectures
  • Workflow management
  • Coupled simulations
  • Industrial simulations
  • Implementations on GPUs & other accelerators
  • Innovative algorithms, discrete or continuous
  • Algorithmic-based fault tolerance
  • Communication-reducing & synchronization-reducing algorithms
  • Time-space trade-offs in algorithms
  • Energy-efficient algorithms
Programming Models & Systems Software   Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Parallel programming paradigms
  • Tools and libraries for performance & productivity
  • Job management
  • Monitoring & administration tools
  • Productivity improvement
  • Power & energy management & scheduling
  • Resilience
  • Neural networks & HPC
  • Machine learning & HPC
  • AI & machine learning-oriented hardware​
  • Devising benchmarks for machine learning
  • Use cases
Performance Modeling & Measurement   Emerging Technologies
  • Performance models
  • Performance prediction & engineering
  • Performance measurement
  • Power consumption
  • Energy measurement & modelling
  • Quantum computing architecture
  • Software for quantum computing
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Quantum annealing

Note: Submissions on other innovative aspects of high performance computing are also welcome. You will be asked to pick a primary and a secondary track from the eight above for your submission.




Submission (December 16, 2019 - no further extension)


Only accepted style: LNCS style (Springer’s website)

  • Single column format
  • Maximum 18 pages (including figures and references)
  • LaTeX document class OR Word template
  • Suitable for anonymous review
  • Incorrectly formatted papers will be excluded

It's allowed to put papers on ArXiv before submitting to ISC.


Rebuttal phase (January 22-25, 2020)

  • Chance to respond to reviewer comments
  • Clarify misunderstandings
  • Written format
  • Authors receive instructions via email

Final decision (February 05, 2020)

  • Consideration of reviews and rebuttals
  • Discussion at research paper committee meeting
  • Notification of authors
  • By submitting a paper, you agree to present the paper at ISC 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • The research paper sessions will be held from Monday, June 22 through Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Attendance will require a Conference Pass. Paper presenters need to be registered ISC 2020 participants.
  • The ISC organizers will grant a 100% discount on the conference day pass to one presenter per paper for the day of their presentation.
  • Travel, accommodation, registration fees and other such costs will not be covered by the ISC organizers.

The publication of the papers is managed by Proceedings Chair Guido Juckeland, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf with Hatem Ltaief , KAUST, as Proceedings Deputy Chair.



All accepted research papers will be published in the Springer‘s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS] series in Gold Open Access.


Gold OA makes the final version of a research paper freely and permanently accessible for everyone, immediately after publication. Paper submissions are required to be within 18 pages in LNCS style. For the camera-ready version, authors are automatically granted one extra page to incorporate reviewer comments.

Volumes published as part of the LNCS series are made available to the following indexing services: Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI), part of Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science, EI Engineering Index (Compendex and Inspec databases), ACM Digital Library, DBLP, Google Scholar, IO-Port, MathSciNet, Scopus, Zentralblatt MATH.]


The ISC organizers will make the 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.

  • Saday Sadayappan, University of Utah and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States of America (Chair)
  • Bradford L. Chamberlain, Cray Inc., United States of America (Deputy Chair)

Architectures, Networks & Infrastructure

  • Dhabaleswar Panda, Ohio State University, United States of America (Chair)
  • Jonathan Beard, ARM Inc., United States of America
  • Ron Brightwell, Sandia National Laboratories, United States of America
  • Nectarios Koziris, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Arthur Maccabe, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
  • John Shalf, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Tor Skeie, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Guangming Tan, Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), China, China
  • Carsten Trinitis, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

  • Bingsheng He, National University of Singapore, Singapore (Chair)
  • Woongki Baek, UNIST, South Korea
  • Thomas Brettin, Argonne National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Xiaowen Chu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  • JUDY FOX, Indiana University, United States of America
  • Mohammad Ghasemzadeh, Apple Inc., United States of America
  • David Gregg, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Xiaosong Ma, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
  • Dimitrios Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Martin Schultz, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Ana Lucia Varbanescu, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Yu Wang, Tsinghua University, China
  • Zeyi Wen, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Data, Storage & Visualization

  • Suren Byna, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, United States of America (Chair)
  • Philip Carns, Argonne National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Yong Chen, Texas Tech University, United States of America
  • Tanzima Islam, Texas State University, United States of America
  • Preeti Malakar, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
  • Suzanne McIntosh, New York University, United States of America
  • Kathryn Mohror, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Talita Perciano, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Venkatram Vishwanath, Argonne National Laboratory, United States of America

Emerging Technologies

  • Sriram Krishnamoorthy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States of America (Chair)
  • Guang Hao Low, Microsoft, United States of America
  • Mathias Soeken, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Robert Wille, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

HPC Algorithms

  • Anne Benoit, ENS Lyon, France (Chair)
  • Umit Catalyurek, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States of America
  • Aurélien Cavelan, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Anshu Dubey, Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago, United States of America
  • Sascha Hunold, TU Wien, Austria
  • Ananth Kalyanaraman, Washington State University, United States of America
  • Kamer Kaya, Sabancı University, Turkey, Turkey
  • Hatem Ltaief, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • Veronika Sonigo, University of Franche-Comté, FEMTO-ST institute, France
  • Didem Unat, Koç University, Turkey
  • Ana Lucia Varbanescu, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

HPC Applications

  • Dirk Pleiter, Forschungszentrum Juelich, (Chair)
  • Edouard Audit, CEA, France
  • Xing Cai, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Carlo Cavazzoni, CINECA, Italy
  • Anne C. Elster, University of Texas; Norwegian University of Science and Technology, (NTNU), Norway
  • Erwin Laure, KTH, Sweden
  • Erik Lindahl, SciLifeLab, Sweden
  • A. Cristiano I. Malossi, IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland
  • Gabriel Noaje, NVIDIA, Singapore
  • Filippo Spiga, Arm, United Kingdom
  • Tjerk Straatsma, ORNL, United States of America

Performance Modeling & Measurement

  • Felix Wolf, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany (Chair)
  • Sudheer Chunduri, Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, United States of America
  • I-Hsin Chung, IBM Research, United States of America
  • Florina Ciorba, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Georg Hager, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen Regional Computing Center, Germany
  • Daniel Holmes, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Guillaume Mercier, Bordeaux INP, Spain
  • Bernd Mohr, Juelich Supercomputing Centre, Germany
  • Miwako Tsuji, RIKEN, Japan
  • Michele Weiland, EPCC - The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • JIDONG ZHAI, Tsinghua University, China

Programming Models & Systems Software

  • Huimin Cui, Institute of Computing Technology CAS, China (Chair)
  • Abhinav Bhatele, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Angeles Gonzalez Navarro, Universidad de Malaga, Spain
  • Clemens Grelck, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jaejin Lee, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Naoya Maruyama, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Simon McIntosh-Smith, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Swaroop.S. Pophale, ORNL, United States of America
  • Sven-Bodo Scholz, Radboud University, Netherlands
  • Xuanhua Shi, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  • Daisuke Takahashi, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Christian Terboven, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Chenxi Wang, UCLA, United States of America
  • Qing Yi, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, United States of America
  • JIDONG ZHAI, Tsinghua University, China