ScalA20: 11th Workshop on Latest Advances in Scalable Algorithms for Large-Scale Systems

held in conjunction with

SC20: The International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis

in cooperation with the IEEE Computer Society Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC)

November 12, 2020 --- Virtual Location

Novel scalable scientific algorithms are needed in order to enable key science applications to exploit the computational power of large-scale systems. This is especially true for the current tier of leading petascale machines and the road to exascale computing as HPC systems continue to scale up in compute node and processor core count. These extreme-scale systems require novel scientific algorithms to hide network and memory latency, have very high computation/communication overlap, have minimal communication, and have no synchronization points. With the advent of Big Data and AI in the past few years the need of such scalable mathematical methods and algorithms able to handle data and compute intensive applications at scale becomes even more important.

Scientific algorithms for multi-petaflop and exa-flop systems also need to be fault tolerant and fault resilient, since the probability of faults increases with scale. Resilience at the system software and at the algorithmic level is needed as a crosscutting effort. Finally, with the advent of heterogeneous compute nodes that employ standard processors as well as GPGPUs, scientific algorithms need to match these architectures to extract the most performance. This includes different system-specific levels of parallelism as well as co-scheduling of computation. Key science applications require novel mathematical models and system software that address the scalability and resilience challenges of current- and future-generation extreme-scale HPC systems.

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts in English structured as technical papers at a length of at least 6 letter size (8.5in x 11in) pages and not exceeding 8 pages, including figures, tables, and references using the IEEE format for conference proceedings. Reference style files are available at

Submitted papers must represent original unpublished research that is not currently under review for any other conference or journal. Papers not following these guidelines will be rejected without review and further action may be taken, including (but not limited to) notifications sent to the heads of the institutions of the authors and sponsors of the conference. Submissions received after the due date, exceeding length limit, or not appropriately structured may also not be considered. Papers should be submitted electronically at

All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed and judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, and significance, quality of presentation, and interest and relevance to the workshop attendees. Accepted papers will be published with the IEEE Computer Society as part of the SC20 workshop proceedings in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. At least one author of an accepted paper must register for and present the paper at the workshop. Authors may contact the workshop program chair, Christian Engelmann at, for more information.

Transparency and Reproducibility Initiative

As part of a major initiative that aims to increase the level of reproducibility and replicability of results, ScalA20 invites authors of technical papers to submit optional appendix information that can promote better reproducibility of computational results. Authors are highly encouraged to provide a 2-page Artifact Description Appendix, which will not count toward the page limit of the submission. Notes:

Further information about the SC Transparency and Reproducibility Initiative can be found at

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The workshop will be held as a live online session on Thursday, November 12 2020, 10:00 - 18:30 in the US Eastern Time Zone. The live session will be recorded and available on demand afterwards. The SC20 virtual platform can be found here: SC20 Virtual Platform


Program - Live Times in US Eastern Time Zone

The workshop program is also listed in the SC online program: Session - 11th Workshop on Latest Advances in Scalable Algorithms for Large-Scale Systems.