The 2020 conference will once again be held at Forum Messe Frankfurt, and will run from June 21 through June 25, 2020. This is the 35th conference in the series, which will broadly embrace high performance computing (HPC) in terms of processing, storage, and network, HPC algorithms and applications, and the convergence of simulation with and machine learning and data analytics, including data from the "edge".
"ISC has been an important partner of KAUST since our founding", stated David Keyes. "Europe is a geographically close partner and contains many centres 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."
As Programme Chair, Prof. Keyes is working with the ISC programme 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 Programme 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.
David Keyes will be assisted by the ISC 2020 Deputy Programme 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", stated David 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 programme are an important part of this community outreach."
"It is my honour to serve as the ISC 2020 Programme Chair", continued David 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."
David Keyes is currently involved in the 2019 ISC programme, with a special session on HPC in Asia, including the Middle East, which relates some high watermarks in HPC applications.
The organizers have also announced the selection of the following topics, which will be addressed in in-depth sessions at the next conference:
Parallel Programming Models & Performance Modelling
Machine Learning Day
David Keyes is the Director of the Extreme Computing Research Center at KAUST, a 10-year old graduate research institution that has operated two top 20 supercomputers, where 46 percent of the faculty employ supercomputing as part of their scientific discovery and engineering design. He was the founding Dean of the Division of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and Engineering in 2009 and currently serves in the Office of the President as Senior Associate for strategic priorities and institutional partnerships. He works at the interface between parallel computing and the numerical analysis of PDEs and spatial statistics, with a focus on scalable solvers exploiting hierarchy and data sparsity. Newton-Krylov-Schwarz (NKS, 1994) and Additive Schwarz Preconditioned Inexact Newton (ASPIN, 2002) are now standard methods he co-created and popularized. Before joining KAUST, he led multi-institutional scalable solver software projects in the SciDAC and ASCI programs of the US DOE, ran university collaboration programs at Lawrence Livermoore National Laboratory's ISCR and NASA's ICASE, and taught at Columbia, Old Dominion, and Yale Universities.
David Keyes is a Fellow of SIAM, AMS, and AAAS, and has been awarded the ACM Gordon Bell Prize, the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award, and the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession. He earned a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton in 1978 and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard in 1984.