Reinventing HPC

ISC 2020 Tutorials

PLEASE NOTE: The Call for Tutorials is closed!

The ISC tutorials are interactive courses focusing on key topics of high performance computing, networking, storage, and data science. Renowned experts in their respective fields will give attendees a comprehensive introduction to the topic as well as providing a closer look at specific problems. Tutorials are encouraged to include a “hands-on” component to allow attendees to practice prepared materials.

Chair - Janine Bennett

For Janine Bennett's full biography, please click here.

 Tutorials Chair 
Janine Bennett, Sandia National Laboratories
 Tutorials Deputy Chair Kevin Huck, University of Oregon


Accepted Tutorials

Full-Day Tutorials (9:00 am – 6:00 pm)

  • Advanced MPI Programming
  • Better Scientific Software
  • Hands-on Practical Hybrid Parallel Application Performance Engineering
  • Kokkos: Performance Portability for C++ Applications and Libraries


Half-Day Tutorials (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)

  • Compression for Scientific&Engineering Data
  • Determining Parallel Application Execution Efficiency and Scaling using the POP Methodology
  • Fault Tolerance for Extreme Scale Systems: Easy-to-use and High Performance Methods for Multi-level Checkpointing and MPI Recovery
  • Hands-On HPC Application Development Using C++ and SYCL
  • High Performance Distributed Deep Learning: A Begineer's Guide
  • HPC Strategy, Procurement, Cost Models and Delivery
  • InfiniBand, High-speed Ethernet, and RoCE for Beginners
  • Managing HPC Software Complexity with Spack
  • Mastering Tasking with OpenMP
  • Modern Mixed- and Multi-Precision Methods
  • Productive Parallel Programming for FPGA with High-Level Synthesis
  • The Scalable Vector Extension: Programming Tools and Performance Analysis
  • Getting Started with Containers on HPC
  • Maintaining a Modern Scientific Software Stack Made Easy with EasyBuild
  • OpenMP Common Core: Learning Parallelization of Real Applications from the Ground-Up
  • Winning Talent Retention Strategies: Managing Diverse Teams by Leading Inclusively



PLEASE NOTE: The Call for Tutorials is now closed!

Submitted tutorial proposals will be reviewed by the ISC 2020 Tutorials Committee, which is headed by Dr. Janine Bennett, Sandia National Laboratories, USA, with Kevin Huck, University of Oregon, USA, as Deputy Chair.


Important Dates

 Submission Deadline 
February, 12, 2020 (closed)
 Notification of Acceptance March 18, 2020
 Working Materials for Tutorial Attendees due 
June 15, 2020

June 21, 2020
Half-day: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Full-day: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

 Final Presentation Slides in PDF due 
June 26, 2020



  • Tutorials submissions are encouraged on the following topics:
    • Any area of interest listed in the call for research papers.
    • Additional topics that expand broader community engagement, e.g., large systems administration.
    • Innovative and emerging HPC technologies, e.g., quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are highly encouraged.
  • We encourage tutorials that serve a broad audience over tutorials that focus solely on the research in a limited domain or a particular group.
  • Practical tutorials are preferred to completely theoretical ones and we encourage organizers to incorporate hands-on sessions where appropriate.


Submission & Review Process

Submission (The Call for Tutorials is closed)

Beside the information within the online submission form, the following information needs to be uploaded within a single PDF file:

  • Title of the tutorial
  • Tutorial author information
  • Abstract (200 words maximum)
  • Detailed description of the tutorial content (3 pages maximum)
    • Overview and goals of the tutorial (takeaways for the audience)
    • Targeted audience
    • Detailed outline of the tutorial (with time slots)
    • Description of hands-on activities, if applicable
    • Updates from previous presentations, if applicable
    • URLs to sample slides and other material
  • Logistics
    • Length of the tutorial (half-day (3.5 hours) or full-day (7 hours))
    • Percentage of content split as beginner, intermediate, advanced
    • Requirements for attendees (e.g., laptop, remote server account)
    • Estimated number of attendees (with short explanation if applicable)
  • Resume or CV of each presenter, including a list of recently taught courses or tutorials (2 pages maximum per presenter)
  • Travel funding request, if applicable (see "Travel Support" section below)


  • Each tutorial will be reviewed by a minimum of 3 reviewers
  • Criteria for review include originality, significance, quality and clarity

Final decision (March 18, 2020)

  • Selection of tutorials (with the objective of covering the largest variety of topics)
  • Allocation of the time slot
  • Tutorials Committee reserves a right to assign a shepherd to some accepted submissions in order to ensure quality standards.
  • Notification of authors

Terms & Conditions

  • By submitting a tutorial proposal, you agree to organize and conduct the tutorial at ISC 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Tutorial presenters need to be registered ISC 2020 participants. The ISC organizers will grant a 100% discount on the tutorial pass to the tutorial presenters.
  • Tutorial organizers are responsible for submitting the material to be given to attendees (slide sets, additional teaching material, software installation and usage guides for practical hands-on sessions, etc.) via the ISC 2020 submission site. The tutorial organizers agree to release these materials to the tutorial attendees.
  • The ISC organizers will provide meeting room facilities and basic technical equipment for the tutorials, including internet access. Tutorial presenters will have to bring their own presentation laptops and adapters. Hands-on tutorials must be prepared to rely on laptops brought by the participants.
  • Generally, ISC does not cover travel, accommodation, registration fees and such costs besides given exceptions (see “Travel Support" section below).
  • Attendance will require a Tutorial Pass.


Travel Support

In general, ISC does not cover travel, accommodation, registration fees and other such costs but tutorial presenters from academia may receive travel support as follows:

 Max. Travel Funding per Person
Germany Europe Others
 Full-Day Tutorial
175 Euro 300 Euro 500 Euro
 Half-Day Tutorial
150 Euro 250 Euro 400 Euro


Travel support will be granted to a maximum of two presenters from academia for half-day tutorials and four presenters from academia for full-day tutorials. Presenters holding two half-day tutorials are treated like presenters of full-day tutorials.
All requests for travel funding need to be included in the tutorial proposal.


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.

  • Shadi Ibrahim, Inria, France (Chair)
  • Diana Moise, Cray, HPE, Switzerland (Deputy Chair)
  • Olivier Beaumont, Inria, France
  • Jalil BOUKHOBZA, ENSTA Bretagne, Lab-STICC CNRS UMR 6285, France
  • Jim Brandt, Sandia National Laboratories, United States of America
  • Suren Byna, The Ohio State University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Philip Carns, Argonne National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Ewa Deelman, USC Information Sciences Institute, United States of America
  • LUCIA DRUMMOND, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
  • Aniello Esposito, HPE, Switzerland
  • Ana Gainaru, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States of America
  • Bilel Hadri, KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory, Saudi Arabia
  • Shadi Ibrahim, Inria, France
  • Heike Jagode, University of Tennessee Knoxville, United States of America
  • Michael Kuhn, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
  • Jay Lofstead, Sandia National Laboratories, United States of America
  • Diana Moise, Cray, HPE, Switzerland
  • Sarah Neuwirth, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), Germany
  • Gabriel Noaje, NVIDIA, Singapore
  • George Pallis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Antonio J. Peña, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Spain
  • Anna Queralt, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
  • Ana-Lucia Varbanescu, University of Twente, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Amelie Chi Zhou, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong