ISC'20 SuperCompCloud: 2nd Workshop on Interoperability of Supercomputing and Cloud Technologies

SuperCompCloud: 2nd Workshop on Interoperability of Supercomputing and Cloud Technologies

Held in conjunction with ISC High Performance 2020

Time & Location

Thursday, June 25, 9am to 5:30 pm, Messe Frankfurt, Germany - (Hall 3 and Forum)

Workshop Agenda

Keynote Speakers

Klaas Wierenga, Chief Information & Technology Officer​, GÉANT (

Jean-Marc Denis, European Processor Initiative (

Full schedule to be announced.

Workshop Abstract

Exascale computing initiatives are expected to enable breakthroughs for multiple scientific disciplines. Increasingly these systems may utilize cloud technologies, enabling complex and distributed workflows that can improve not only scientific productivity, but accessibility of resources to a wide range of communities. Such an integrated and seamlessly orchestrated system for supercomputing and cloud technologies is indispensable for experimental facilities that have been experiencing unprecedented data growth rates. While a subset of high performance computing (HPC) services have been available within a public cloud environments, petascale and beyond data and computing capabilities are largely provisioned within HPC data centres using traditional, bare-metal provisioning services to ensure performance, scaling and cost efficiencies. At the same time, on-demand and interactive provisioning of services that are commonplace in cloud environments, remain elusive for leading supercomputing ecosystems. This workshop aims at bringing together a group of experts and practitioners from academia, national laboratories, and industry to discuss technologies, use cases and best practices in order to set a vision and direction for leveraging high performance, extreme-scale computing and on-demand cloud ecosystems. Topics of interest include tools and technologies enabling scientists for adopting scientific applications to cloud interfaces, interoperability of HPC and cloud resource management and scheduling systems, cloud and HPC storage convergence to allow a high degree of flexibility for users and community platform developers, continuous integration/deployment approaches, reproducibility of scientific workflows in distributed environment, and best practices for enabling X-as-a-Service model at scale while maintaining a range of security constraints.

This workshop will cover topics related to interoperability of supercomputing and cloud computing, networking and storage technologies that are being leveraged by use cases and research infrastructure providers with a goal to improve productivity and reproducibility of extreme-scale scientific workflows:

    • Virtualization for HPC e.g. virtual machines, containers, etc.
    • Storage systems for HPC and cloud technologies
    • On-demand and interactivity with performance, scaling and cost efficiencies
    • Resource management and scheduling systems for HPC and cloud technologies
    • Software defined infrastructure for high-end computing, storage and networking
    • Application environment, integration and deployment technologies
    • Secure, high-speed networking for integrated HPC and cloud ecosystems
    • Extreme data and compute workflows and use cases
    • Research infrastructure deployment use cases
    • Resiliency and reproducibility of complex and distributed workflows
    • Isolation and security within shared HPC environments
    • X-as-a-Service technologies with performance and scalability
    • Workflow orchestration using public cloud and HPC data centre resources
    • Authentication, authorization and accounting interoperability for HPC and cloud ecosystems
    • Workforce development for integrated HPC and cloud environments

Submission Instructions

Submissions will be done through EasyChair:

All submissions must be in English and should follow the LNCS style (single column format) using either the LaTeX document class or Word template. Incorrectly formatted papers will be excluded from the reviewing process. Submission must be made as a single PDF file which includes all figures and references. Papers should not be submitted in parallel to any other conference or journal.

The Workshop will accept up to 5 pages extended abstract by the extended abstract submission deadline (see Important Dates below). Authors of selected abstracts, after a peer-reviewed process, will be invited to submit a full paper before the workshop (12 pages maximum in LNCS format, including figures and references) and to present their work on June 25, 2020. A camera-ready deadline will allow to slightly adjust their contributions based on the feedback given during the workshop. Full papers will be published in the ISC 2020 workshop proceedings with Springer. The proceedings will appear as post-conference workshop proceedings. Please refer to ISC Workshop for further details.

Important Dates

    • Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: March 20, 2020
    • Author Notification: April 14, 2020
    • Full Paper Conference-ready Deadline: June 18, 2020
    • Workshop Date: June 25, 2020
    • Full Paper Camera-ready Deadline: July 22, 2020

Workshop Committees

Organizing Committee

    • Sadaf Alam, Swiss National Supercomputing Center
    • François Tessier, Swiss National Supercomputing Center
    • David Y. Hancock, Indiana University
    • Winnona G. Snapp-Childs, Indiana University
    • John M. Lowe, Indiana University

Program Committee

    • TBD

Committee members are currently being solicited and confirmed. If you would like to participate in the committee please contact the workshop organizers at