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ISC 2016 : ISC High Performance 2016


Conference Series : International Supercomputing Conference
When Jun 19, 2016 - Jun 23, 2016
Where Frankfurt, Germany
Submission Deadline Dec 22, 2015
Notification Due Mar 7, 2016
Final Version Due May 12, 2016
Categories    high performance computing   HPC   computer science

Call For Papers


*** Please note that the call for research papers is now closed. ***

The ISC research paper sessions provide first-class open forums 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.

ISC is now calling for excellent contributions in all HPC-related fields, such as computer architecture, algorithms, performance analysis, storage, extreme parallelism and software engineering. Submitted work will be reviewed by the ISC 2016 Research Papers Committee, which is headed by Prof. Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee & ORNL, and Dr. Pavan Balaji, Argonne National Laboratory.

The ISC organizers as well as the German Gauss Center for Supercomputing and PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, will again sponsor the call for papers with three awards for outstanding papers: the Hans Meuer Award, the GAUSS Award and the PRACE ISC Award.

The research paper sessions will be held from Monday, June 20, through Wednesday, June 22.



* Full Submission Deadline: Closed
* Author Rebuttal: Monday, February 15 - Thursday, February 18, 2016
* Author Notification: Monday, March 7, 2016
* Camera-Ready Submission: Thursday, May 12, 2016
* Research Paper Sessions: Monday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 22, 2016

This year, we are planning a significant revamp of the research paper review process. Apart from a longer review cycle, allowing for more thorough reviews, we have an in-person Research Papers Committee meeting where each paper will be discussed before the acceptance decisions are made. We hope that this will allow us to further improve the quality of the research paper session.



We encourage the submission of high-quality papers reporting original work in theoretical, experimental and industrial research and development in the following areas:

* Future design concepts of HPC systems
* Multicore/manycore systems
* Heterogeneous systems
* Network technology
* Programming models

Storage & Data
* From big data to smart data
* Memory systems for HPC & big data
* File systems & tape libraries
* Data intensive applications
* Databases

Algorithms & Analysis
* Scalability on future architectures
* Performance evaluation & tuning
* Innovative domain-specific algorithms

Software Engineering in HPC
* The art of parallel programming
* Application of methods
* Surveys

Large Scale Simulations
* Workflow management
* Data analysis & visualization
* Coupled simulations
* Industrial simulations
* Scalable Applications: 50k+

Data Centers
* Batch job management
* Job mix & system utilization
* Monitoring & administration tools
* Production efficiency
* Energy efficiency

Future Trends
* Trends in the HPC chip market
* Exascale HPC
* HPC in the cloud

NOTE: Submissions on other innovative aspects of high performance computing are also welcome.



* Abstracts and papers need to be submitted via the Linklings submission site at

* We only accept paper submissions which are formatted correctly in LNCS style (single column format) using either the LaTeX document class or Word template. For details on the author guidelines, please refer to Springer’s website. Incorrectly formatted papers will be excluded from the reviewing process.

* Papers submissions are required to be within 18 pages in the above mentioned LNCS style. This includes all figures and references.

* The submissions are "single-blind", i.e. submissions are allowed to include the author names.

* Research papers will be peer-reviewed by the Research Papers Committee. Papers will be evaluated by reviewers based on their novelty, fundamental insights and potential for long-term contribution. Borderline papers will go through a rebuttal phase to give authors the chance to respond to reviewer comments and to discuss them with the Research Papers Committee.

* By submitting a paper, you agree to present the paper at ISC High Performance 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. Presenters need to be registered participants.



The proceedings are managed by the proceedings chair, Dr. Julian Kunkel.

All accepted research papers will be published in the Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. The publication is free of charge to paper authors regardless of the number of pages. The papers can be downloaded from Springer’s website for a limited time after ISC 2016, and a limited number of hardcopies will also be available during ISC 2016. The proceedings are indexed in the ISI Web of Science, EI Engineering Index, ACM Digital Library, dblp, Google Scholar, IO-Port, MathSciNet, Scopus, and Zentralblatt MATH.

The ISC organizers will include the presentation slides, if provided to them as PDF files no later than Monday, June 27, in the conference proceedings, which will be available online to ISC 2016 attendees a few days after the event.



* Hans Meuer Award

The Hans Meuer Award honors the most outstanding ISC research paper submitted to the conference’s Research Papers Committee. This award has been introduced in the memory of the late Dr. Hans Meuer, general chair of the ISC conference from 1986 through 2014, and co-founder of the TOP500 project.

From all submitted research papers, the Research Papers Committee will select the overall best paper for the award. The winner will be announced at the ISC High Performance Opening Session and will be given the opportunity to present a keynote talk on their work in one of the research paper sessions. The winner will also receive a cash prize of 3,000 Euros, an award certificate, and a free conference pass for ISC High Performance in 2017.

* Gauss Award

The Gauss Award is sponsored by the German Gauss Center for Supercomputing, which is a collaboration of the German national supercomputing centers at Garching, Jülich and Stuttgart.

From all papers accepted for the ISC Research Paper Sessions, the Gauss Award Committee will choose the most outstanding paper in the field of scalable supercomputing. The winner will receive a cash prize of 3,000 Euros, courtesy of the Gauss Center, which will be presented by Professor Michael Resch, chairman of the Gauss Award Committee, during the ISC Opening Session. The award winner will also have the opportunity to present a keynote talk on their paper during one of the research paper sessions.


PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, will award a prize to the best paper submitted to the ISC Research Paper Sessions in one of the following areas:

* a breakthrough in science achieved through high performance computing;
* an algorithm or implementation that achieves a significant improvement in scalability or performance;
* a novel approach to performance evaluation on a massively parallel architecture.

PRACE, with the help of its Scientific Steering Committee will select the paper to receive the award, which will be announced at the ISC Opening Session. The winner of the PRACE ISC Award will receive sponsorship for participation in a training event, or a conference relevant to petascale computing, and will have the opportunity to give a keynote talk on their work during the Research Papers Sessions.

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