ISAV 2020: In Situ Infrastructures for Enabling Extreme-scale Analysis and Visualization

Held in conjunction with
SC20: The International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis.

Thursday 12 Nov 2020, 10:00 – 6:30pm EST

ISAV 2020 Proceedings at the ACM Digital Library:

The ISAV 2020 Program is online at the SC20 website.

ISAV 2020 is Going Virtual

SC20 is going virtual and so is ISAV 2020. This change will not affect the process for paper submission, review, selection, ISAV program formation, and proceedings publication.

More details will be forthcoming. Please check this spot for more information in the days ahead. (More information at the SC20 FAQ)

Authors of accepted papers see below for more information about preparing and uploading a pre-recorded version of your presentation no later than 9 Oct 2020.

Workshop Theme

The considerable interest in the HPC community regarding in situ analysis and visualization is due to several factors. First is an I/O cost savings, where data is analyzed/visualized while being generated, without first storing to a file system. Second is the potential for increased accuracy, where fine temporal sampling of transient analysis might expose some complex behavior missed in coarse temporal sampling. Third is the ability to use all available resources, CPUs and accelerators, in the computation of analysis products.

The workshop brings together researchers, developers and practitioners from industry, academia, and government laboratories developing, applying, and deploying in situ methods in extreme-scale, high performance computing. The goal is to present research findings, lessons learned, and insights related to developing and applying in situ methods and infrastructure across a range of science and engineering applications in HPC environments; to discuss topics like opportunities presented by new architectures, existing infrastructure needs, requirements, and gaps, and experiences to foster and enable in situ analysis and visualization; to serve as a “center of gravity” for researchers, practitioners, and users/consumers of in situ methods and infrastructure in the HPC space.

Participation/Call for Papers

We invite two types of submissions to ISAV 2020: (1) short, 4-page (+references) papers that present research results, that identify opportunities or challenges, and that present case studies/best practices for in situ methods/infrastructure in the areas of data management, analysis and visualization; (2) lightning presentation submission, consisting of a 1- or 2-page (+references) submission, for a brief oral presentation at the workshop. Short papers will appear in the workshop proceedings and will be invited to give an oral presentation of 15 to 20 minutes; lightning round submissions that are invited to present at the workshop will have author names and titles included as part of the proceedings. Submissions of both types are welcome that fall within one or more areas of interest. Areas of interest for ISAV, include, but are not limited to:

  • In situ infrastructures: Current Systems: production quality, research prototypes; Opportunities; Gaps
  • System resources, hardware, and emerging architectures: Enabling Hardware; Hardware and architectures that provide opportunities for In situ processing, such as burst buffers, staging computations on I/O nodes, sharing cores within a node for both simulation and in situ processing.
  • Methods/algorithms: Best practices; Analysis: feature detection, statistical methods, temporal methods, geometric and topological methods; Visualization: information visualization, scientific visualization, time-varying methods; Data reduction/compression.
  • Case Studies and Data Sources: Examples/case studies of solving a specific science challenge with in situ methods/infrastructure; In situ methods/systems applied to data from simulations and/or experiments/observations.

  • Simulation and Workflows: Integration, data modeling, software-engineering; Resilience: error detection, fault recovery; Workflows for supporting complex in situ processing pipelines.
  • Requirements and Usability: Reproducibility, provenance and metadata; Using in situ to enable rapid and flexible post-processing; Simplified access to extreme heterogeneous resources.

Review Process

All submissions will undergo a peer-review process consisting of three reviews by experts in the field, and evaluated according to relevance to the workshop theme, technical soundness, creativity, originality, and impactfulness of method/results. Lightning round submissions will be evaluated primarily for relevance to the workshop.

Submission Process

Authors are invited to submit papers of at most 4 pages in PDF format, excluding references, and lightning presentations of at most 2 pages in PDF format, excluding references. Papers must be submitted in PDF format (readable by Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 and higher) and
formatted for 8.5in x 11in (U.S. Letter). Please use the sigconf configuration in the new combined LaTeX template from ACM available at

We believe that reproducible science is essential, and that SC should be a leader in this effort. As a consequence, ISAV 2020 participates in the SC reproducibility initiative and encourages submitters to include an appendix with reproducibility information. While we will not disqualify a paper based on information provided or not provided in this appendix, nor if the appendix is not available, the availability and quality of an appendix will be used in ranking a paper. For more information, see the ISAV reproducibility FAQ.

Papers must be self-contained and provide the technical substance required for the program committee to evaluate their contributions. Submitted papers must be original work that has not appeared in and is not under consideration for another conference or a journal. See the ACM Prior Publication Policy for more details.

Papers may be submitted using this link. A preview of the paper submission form is available at this link.

Publication in proceedings, presentation at the workshop

All paper submissions that receive favorable reviews will be included as part of the workshop proceedings, which will be published by the ACM, and will appear in the ACM Digital Library as part of the International Conference Proceedings Series. Lightning round submissions will not be included as part of the proceedings. Subject to the constraints of workshop length, some subset of the accepted publications will be invited to give a brief oral presentation at the workshop. The exact number of such presentations and their length will be determined after the review process has been completed.


Preparing and uploading your presentation for the workshop

Authors of accepted papers will need to upload their pre-recorded presentation video no later than October 9th, 2020.

  • Pre-recorded content should be submitted in mp4 file format. A closed caption file in vtt file format should also be uploaded, please use this zipfile accessible at the SC website. After unzipping that zipfile, please follow the instructions first in the file named “01_START_HERE…” and then follow the instructions in the file specifically for workshops, which is named ”02B_Tutorials-Workshops…”.
  • Target time duration is 20 minutes for short papers, 10 minutes for lightning talks.
  • Anyone who is presenting content during a pre-recorded broadcast must sign the Video Consent and Release Form. This consent form is available at the SC Submissions Site:
  • ISAV/SC20 is utilizing CadmiumCD as its virtual content platform. The platform features several means of disseminating content for Conference Components (i.e. papers, panels, posters, tutorials, exhibitor forum, etc.), and opportunities for presenters to be available to interact with attendees via a live Q&A chat during the entirety of their pre-recorded content, and until the end of their individual session time.
  • ISAV presentation schedule: there will be one broadcast on 12 Nov 2020 10am-6:30pm EST (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Presentations and live Q&A. For the workshop broadcast, the sessions will consist of the pre-recorded presentations followed by live Q&A. We require that a presenter/author be in attendance during the live Q&A, which will be recorded.
  • We will have a Q&A discussion about the recording process for authors doing presentations. This discussion will happen on Thursday 1 Oct 2020, 08:00 PDT via zoom at this URL.

Timeline/Important Dates

6 Sep 2020 Paper submission deadline (was 04 Sep 2020)
22 Sep 2020 Author notification (was 02 Oct 2020)
9 Oct 2020 Upload recorded video presentation
16 Oct 2020 Camera ready copy due
16 Nov 2020 ISAV 2020 workshop at SC20

Committees and Chairs

  • General chair: Christoph Garth, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • General co-chair: Silvio Rizzi, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Program chair: Bruno Raffin, INRIA, France
  • Program co-chair: Sean Ziegeler, US Department of Defence HPC Modernization Program / GDIT, USA
  • Publicity chair: Earl Duque, Intelligent Light, USA
  • Publication chair: Nicola Ferrier, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Early Career Program Committee Chair: Tom Vierjahn, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • At-large Chair: Patrick O’Leary, Kitware, Inc., USA

Organizing Committee

E. Wes Bethel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Earl Duque, Intelligent Light, USA
Nicola Ferrier, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Christoph Garth, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
Ken Moreland, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Patrick O’Leary, Kitware, USA
Gunther H. Weber, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Matthew Wolf, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Program Committee

  • Ilkay Altintas, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
  • Andrew Bauer, DOD, USA
  • E. Wes Bethel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Hank Childs, University of Oregon, USA
  • Philip Davis, Rutgers University, USA
  • David DeMarle, Intel, USA
  • Matthieu Dorier, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Nicola Ferrier, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Steffen Frey, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Christoph Garth, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Pascal Grosset, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Joseph A. Insley, Argonne National Laboratory, Northern Illinois University, USA
  • David Kao, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
  • Mark Kim, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Matthew Larsen, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Samuel Li, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA
  • Burlen Loring, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Preeti Malakar, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • Peter Messmer, NVIDIA, Switzerland,
  • Ken Moreland, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  • Paul A. Navratil, University of Texas – Austin, USA
  • Patrick O’Leary, Kitware, USA
  • Kenji Ono, Kyushu University, RIKEN, Japan
  • Bruno Raffin, INRIA, France
  • Guido Reina, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
  • Alejandro Ribes, EDF R&D, France
  • Silvio Rizzi, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Thomas Theussl, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • David Thompson, Kitware, Inc., USA
  • Tom Vierjahn, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Gunther Weber, Lawrence Berkeleye National Laboratory, USA
  • Brad Whitlock, Intelligent Light, USA
  • Matthew Wolf, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Sean Ziegeler, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA

Early Career Program Committee

  • Roba Binyahib, NREL, USA
  • Valentin Bruder, Universität of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Estelle Dirand, Total Sa , France
  • Soumya Dutta, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Charles Gueunet, Kitware Inc., France
  • Colleen Heinemann, University of Illinois, USA
  • James Kress, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Jonas Lukasczyk, Arizona State University, USA
  • Simon Oehrl, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Jesus Pulido, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Randall Reese, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, USA
  • Andrea Schnorr, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Sergei Shudler, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • Will Usher, University of Utah / Intel, USA
  • Abhishek Yenpure, University of Oregon, USA

Contact Us

  • Christoph Garth, General Chair, garth at cs dot uni-kl dot de
  • Bruno Raffin, Papers Chair, bruno dot raffin at inria dot fr