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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.

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.

Fourteen students have been accepted to present their posters, which will be posted online and available the week before the conference.

  • The PhD Forum Program will be held virtually on Monday, May 17, 2021.
  • Full Program Details to be announced on this page.
  • The PhD Forum Posters will be available online to all conference registrants.

Research Projects-Dissertations of 2021 PhD Forum Participants


Forum organizers will be sending the poster authors more details for the preparation and upload of their electronic posters. Some basic guidelines on how to organize your poster include:

  • Unlike in-person poster sessions, your poster will be the electronic online version and will be visited individually by conference attendees, so brevity will be helpful in holding the attention of the viewer.
  • Posters should be no larger than an A0 paper size (841 x 1189 mm or 33.1 x 46.8 in). If it is horizontally structured, please still fit within the portrait dimensions specified (33.1 x 46.8 in max).
  • Be sure the title and organizational affiliations are clear along the top.
  • Consider the normal left-to-right, top-to-bottom reading order for English when organizing the contents. Multiple columns are perfectly acceptable
  • If there are existing publications by the poster authors on the topic, these should be the only references.
  • Balance the amount of graphics and text. A visitor should be able to get the high level view within 1 minute to decide whether to review further and contact you about the research described.
  • Graphics should show structure and general measurements that illustrate the results.
  • Text should explain things without large paragraphs explaining.
  • Text should be large enough to easily read on a tablet screen.
  • Assume the viewer is somewhat to generally knowledgeable about the topic eliminating the need for long motivational passages.
  • Provide sufficient motivational material to show at a glance the poster authors understand potential impact.
  • Compensation for color blindness is important. Design for monochrome, but add color to highlight.

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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)