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IEEE Computer Society Technical Committees on Computer Architecture & Distributed Processing

IPDPS 2021 PhD Forum

IPDPS 2021 PhD Forum Co-Chairs
Sanjukta Bhowmick (University of North Texas, USA)
Akshaye Dhawan (Bloomberg L.P., USA)


The IEEE Computer Society has created the Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC) to advance and coordinate work in the field of high performance computing networking, storage, and analysis concepts, technologies and applications, and to expand the IEEE’s role in this interdisciplinary and pervasive field. The Consortium has launched an Education and Outreach Initiative to coordinate activities, information, and best practices around HPC education/outreach across its member technical committees and the broader community. This includes the coordination of student activities across conferences, and the lead chairs for this initiative will also chair the IPDPS 2021 PhD Forum.

The annual IPDPS PhD Forum event will be held virtually in 2021 with the traditional poster presentations by students working toward a PhD in broadly defined areas related to parallel and distributed processing. It is sponsored by the Technical Committee on Parallel Processing, a member of the TCHPC, and the program will include a career mentoring panel for participating students, as well as student authors of conference papers. This panel to be held virtually is in lieu of the usual networking afforded by a physical conference.

The conference will include the extended abstracts for the posters accepted for presentation at the PhD Forum as part of the conference workshops proceedings (IPDPSW 2021). These will be formatted as part of a compendium that includes contact information for the poster authors and advisors. Accepted posters will be hosted from the IPDPS website.


 Applicant students must be officially enrolled in a PhD Program at the time of submission, and each submission MUST be backed by a specific endorsement from the official PhD advisor(s) as specified in item 3 below. Masters students on track to enter a PhD program may apply but should meet the same standards as other applicants.

1. Applicant Statement of Interest

This statement should include:

  • Short bio sketch.
  • Current research interests.
  • Plan for future research/career.
  • Objectives for participating in IPDPS Student Program.

The applicant should also answer the following question: How do you expect the interaction with the IPDPS community will further your research/career goals?

2. Poster Proposal Text

This document should include:

  • Title of work and author & advisor(s) names and affiliations.
  • Brief description of work being done, including problem being addressed and the research methodology being used.
  • Abstract of results to be presented in poster.

3. Advisor Statement of Support

On institution letterhead, this letter should:

  • Verify the applicant is a full-time student.
  • Confirm support for applicant’s participation.
  • State length of time the student has been under supervision of advisor writing the letter.

Advisor should email letter as a link or pdf attachment to and have IPDPS 2021-PhD Forum-[full name of student] as the subject of the email.*

What/When to Submit

Applicants should prepare a submission document that addresses item 2 above. The poster proposal manuscript cannot exceed two (2) pages using at least 10-point size font on 8.5x11 inch pages with at least 1 inch margins. This document should be submitted as a pdf file. Submission of items 1 & 2 above is via Linklings, and the submit link below will take you to the site, which repeats the instructions given here. Here is a sample of the form you will need to complete when you submit. 


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  • The Letter of Support from the Advisor should be emailed (*see above) by the time you submit your application, so please arrange accordingly.

Submission Dates/Deadlines

The goal is to accept as many applications as our capacity allows, but the availability of our resources, as well as other screening factors, will limit the number of participants in the program.  To be fair, we will employ a “first-come-first-served” approach, with a rolling selection process to be used until the capacity is reached, based on the following schedule:

Application received by

Acceptance notice will be sent by





Review of Applications

A committee drawn from the IPDPS community and representative of the different areas of research that the conference embraces will review the applications in concert with the PhD Forum co-chairs. By submitting an application, the student is making a commitment to prepare and remotely present a poster as part of the virtual conference.

By February 28th

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IPDPS 2020 Report

34th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium

May 18-22, 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

(Held virtually during the week of the conference)