David Keyes named ISC 2020 Program Chair

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David Keyes is a Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science
Director of the Extreme Computing Research Center at KAUST.

Today the ISC High Performance conference announced that Prof. David Keyes from KAUST will be the ISC 2020 Program Chair. 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.

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.”

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 following topics 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 Modeling

  • 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

Registration is now open for ISC 2019, which takes place June 16-20 in Frankfurt, Germany.