Transforming the Future

ISC 2021 Call for Research Papers

Call for Research Papers is closed!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to global health trends, ISC 2021 will be an online-only event; the information below has been updated to reflect this.

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, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics.

Submitted research papers will be reviewed by the ISC 2021 Research Papers Committee, which is headed by Dr. Bradford Chamberlain, HPE, USA, with Dr. Ana Lucia Varbanescu, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as Deputy Chair.

The ISC organizers will again sponsor the Hans Meuer Award, which recognizes the most outstanding research paper as selected by members of the papers committee. The Hans Meuer Award includes a cash prize of 3,000 Euros for the paper’s authors.



Important Dates

  Abstract Submission Deadline closed
  Paper Submission Deadline closed
  Author Rebuttals February 10–17, 2021
  Notification of Acceptance March 2, 2021
  Camera-Ready Submission April 25, 2021
  Research Paper Sessions June 24 - July 1, 2021
  Final Presentation Material due May 27, 2021


Attendance requires a Full Conference Pass.

*ISC will grant a complimentary one-day Full Conference Pass to one author per accepted paper for the day of its presentation.


Chair - Brad Chamberlain

 Research Papers Chair Dr. Bradford Chamberlain, HPE, USA
 Research Papers Deputy Chair Dr. Ana Lucia Varbanescu, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 Proceedings Chair Dr. Hatem Ltaief, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
 Proceedings Deputy Chair Piotr Luszczek, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA



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

Architecture, Networks, & Storage   HPC Algorithms & Applications
  • Big data & data science at scale
  • Domain-specific architectures
  • Exascale systems & architectures
  • File systems & storage architecture
  • Heterogeneous system design
  • Large data visualization
  • Memory technologies & systems
  • Network technology & architecture
  • Next-generation processors, accelerators, & chips for HPC
  • Support for data-intensive computing & databases
  • Support for in-situ data analysis
  • Algorithmic-based fault tolerance
  • Communication-reducing & synchronization-reducing algorithms
  • Convergence of simulations & big data
  • Coupled simulations
  • Energy-efficient algorithms & applications
  • High-performance applications
  • Implementations on GPUs & accelerators
  • Novel algorithms for HPC
  • Scalability on future architectures
  • Time-space trade-offs in algorithms and applications
  • Workflow management
Programming Environments & Systems Software   Machine Learning, AI, & Emerging Technologies
  • Operating systems & workload management
  • Parallel programming models, languages, & compilers
  • Power, energy management, & scheduling
  • Resilience / System robustness
  • Runtime systems for HPC
  • Scalable application frameworks
  • Tools & libraries for performance & productivity at scale
  • Tools for system monitoring & administration
  • AI/Machine learning & HPC
  • Applied machine learning studies
  • HPC system design for AI & machine learning ​
  • I/O, domain-specific languages, & tools for scalable machine learning
  • Other cutting edge or emerging HPC technologies
  • Quantum computing architecture, algorithms, & software
  • Uncertainty quantification
Performance Modeling, Evaluation, & Analysis    
  • Performance engineering & optimizations
  • Performance measurement tools & techniques
  • Performance models & prediction
  • Power & energy consumption, measurement, and modeling


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 five above for your submission.


Submission Guidelines:

Submissions will take place in two phases:

(1) submission of the paper’s title, authors, and abstract for planning purposes;

(2) submission of the paper itself.

Paper submissions are required to be formatted using LNCS style (see Springer’s website):

Review Process:

  • Each paper is expected to receive a minimum of 4 reviews
  • Double-blind peer-review will be used
  • Papers will be evaluated based on novelty, fundamental insights, clarity of presentation, and potential for long-term impact

Rebuttal phase (Feb 10–17, 2021):

  • Initial reviewer comments will be made available to authors
  • Authors can respond to clarify misunderstandings and answer questions
  • Rebuttals will be submitted in written format and will have a tight deadline
  • Authors will receive additional instructions via email

Final decision (Mar 2, 2021):

  • All reviews and rebuttals will be considered by the paper’s track committee
  • Live reviewer discussions will occur during the research paper committee meeting
  • A consensus-driven approach will be used to select the strongest papers
  • Notification of the papers’ outcomes will be sent to authors after the PC meeting

Submission deadlines: abstracts Dec 10, 2020; papers Dec 21, 2020 (closed)

  • ISC 2021 will be a digital event taking place from June 24 until July 2.
  • Paper presenters need to be registered ISC 2021 participants, though one author will be granted a complimentary Full Conference Pass for the day of their presentation.
  • Registration fees for other days or authors, and other such expenses will not be covered by the ISC organizers.



All accepted research papers will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.  There are no fees related to the publication of accepted papers by Springer. The papers will also be available to download from Springer’s website for a limited time after ISC 2021 (June 24 - July 24, 2021).

Authors may also opt to publish open access versions of their papers through Springer if desired—please refer to Springer’s website for further information and pricing.

Paper submissions are required to be no more than 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 conference materials (videos/slides) available for attendees.

  • Ana-Lucia Varbanescu, University of Twente, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (Chair)
  • Abhinav Bhatele, University of Maryland, United States of America (Deputy Chair)

Architecture, Networks, and Storage

  • Jay Lofstead, Sandia National Laboratories, United States of America (Chair)
  • Edson Borin, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Elsa Gonsiorowski, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, NVIDIA, United Kingdom
  • Nectarios Koziris, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Michael Kuhn, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
  • Jay Lofstead, Sandia National Laboratories, United States of America
  • Preeti Malakar, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
  • Dhabaleswar Panda, Ohio State University, United States of America
  • Guangming Tan, Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), China
  • Osamu Tatebe, University of Tsukuba, Center for Computational Sciences, Japan
  • Carsten Trinitis, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Venkatram Vishwanath, Argonne National Laboratory, United States of America

HPC Algorithms & Applications

  • Didem Unat, Koç University, Turkey (Chair)
  • Sameh Abdulah, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • Mehmet Belviranli, Colorado School of Mines, United States of America
  • Xing Cai, Simula Research Laboratory, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Lin Gan, Tsinghua University, National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China
  • Clemens Grelck, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Fuerlinger Karl, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU), Germany
  • Kamer Kaya, Sabancı University, Turkey
  • Simon McIntosh-Smith, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Gabriel Noaje, NVIDIA, Singapore
  • Lena Oden, Fernuniversität in Hagen, Forschungszentrum Jülich GMBH, Germany
  • Johann Rudi, Argonne National Laboratory, United States of America
  • TUĞBA TORUN, Koç University, Turkey
  • Miwako Tsuji, RIKEN, Japan

Machine Learning, AI, and Emerging Technologies

  • Theodore L. Willke, Intel Corporation, United States of America (Chair)
  • Nikoli Dryden, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Gurbinder Gill, Katana Graph Inc., United States of America
  • Jiajia Li, William and Mary College, United States of America
  • Maryam Mehri Dehnavi, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Bogdan Nicolae, Argonne National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Mostofa Patwary, NVIDIA, United States of America
  • Shaden Smith, Microsoft, United States of America
  • Edgar Solomonik, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States of America
  • Sofia Vallecorsa, CERN, Switzerland
  • Abhinav Vishnu, AMD, United States of America
  • Yang You, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Performance Modeling, Evaluation, and Analysis

  • Nathan Tallent, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States of America (Chair)
  • Ivy B. Peng, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Alexandru Calotoiu, ETH Zürich, Germany
  • Marc Casas, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  • Tom Deakin, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Seyong Lee, ORNL, United States of America
  • Simon McIntosh-Smith, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Xiaozhu Meng, Rice University, United States of America
  • Bernd Mohr, Juelich Supercomputing Centre, Germany
  • Scott Pakin, Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Xian-He Sun, Illinois Institute of Technology, United States of America
  • Jidong Zhai, Tsinghua University, China
  • Tianwei Zhang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Programming Environments & Systems Software

  • Michele Weiland, EPCC - The University of Edinburgh, AHUG, United Kingdom (Chair)
  • Bilel Hadri, KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory, Saudi Arabia
  • Guido Juckeland, HZDR, OpenACC, Germany
  • Michael Klemm, AMD, OpenMP ARB, Germany
  • Pouya Kousha, The Ohio State University, United States of America
  • John Linford, NVIDIA, United States of America
  • István Z. Reguly, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Pázmány Péter Catholic University - Hungary, Hungary
  • Harvey Richardson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, United Kingdom
  • Martin Ruefenacht, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Germany
  • Roxana Rusitoru, Arm, United Kingdom
  • Thomas R.W. Scogland, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Green500, United States of America
  • Simon Smart, ECMWF, United Kingdom
  • Hiroyuki Takizawa, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Christian Terboven, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Justs Zarins, EPCC, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom