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15th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science

November 11, 2020 – Online event (10am-6:30pm ET)

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

Co-chaired by:
Rafael Ferreira da Silva , University of Southern California, USA
Rosa Filgueira , University of Edinburgh, UK

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COVID-19 Notice

The SC20 committee has decided to move the entire event online. Therefore, the WORKS 2020 event will be conducted as a virtual event with participation via video-conference. While the details of the online event is still being finalized, we the WORKS 2020 Organizing Committee intend to proceed with with paper submissions and reviews according to the schedule below.

The WORKS 2020 Organizing Committee wishes health and safety for you and your families during these challenging times.

For more information, please see the SC20 Virtual Event FAQ.

Scientific workflows have been almost universally used across scientific domains and have underpinned some of the most significant discoveries of the past several decades. Workflow management systems (WMSs) provide abstraction and automation which enable a broad range of researchers to easily define sophisticated computational processes and to then execute them efficiently on parallel and distributed computing systems. As workflows have been adopted by a number of scientific communities, they are becoming more complex and require more sophisticated workflow management capabilities. A workflow now can analyze terabyte-scale data sets, be composed of one million individual tasks, require coordination between heterogeneous tasks, manage tasks that execute for milliseconds to hours, and can process data streams, files, and data placed in object stores. The computations can be single core workloads, loosely coupled computations, or tightly all within a single workflow, and can run in dispersed computing platforms.

This workshop focuses on the many facets of scientific workflow management systems, ranging from actual execution to service management and the coordination and optimization of data, service, and job dependencies. The workshop covers a broad range of issues in the scientific workflow lifecycle that include: scientific workflows representation and enactment; workflow scheduling techniques to optimize the execution of the workflow on heterogeneous infrastructures; workflow enactment engines that need to deal with failures in the application and execution environment; and a number of computer science problems related to scientific workflows such as semantic technologies, compiler methods, scheduling and fault detection and tolerance.

Important Dates

  • August 15 August 28, 2020 – Full paper deadline
  • September 15 September 25, 2020 – Paper acceptance notification
  • October 1, 2020 – E-copyright registration completed by authors
  • October 1, 2020 – Camera-ready deadline
  • November 11, 2020 – Online Workshop (10am-6:30pm ET)
  • All deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (AoE)

Paper Submission

WORKS20 welcomes original submissions in a range of areas, including but not limited to:

  • Big Data analytics workflows
  • Data-driven workflow processing (including stream-based workflows)
  • Workflow composition, tools, and languages
  • Workflow execution in distributed environments (including HPC, clouds, and grids)
  • Reproducible computational research using workflows
  • Dynamic data dependent workflow systems solutions
  • Exascale computing with workflows
  • In Situ Data Analytics Workflows
  • Interactive workflows (including workflow steering)
  • Workflow fault-tolerance and recovery techniques
  • Workflow user environments, including portals
  • Workflow applications and their requirements
  • Workflow optimizations (including scheduling and energy efficiency)
  • Performance analysis of workflows
  • Workflow debugging
  • Workflow provenance
  • Machine Learning workflows

Papers should present original research and should provide sufficient background material to make them accessible to the broader community.

Instructions for submission:
Submissions are limited to 8 pages in the IEEE format (see The 8-page limit includes figures, tables, appendices, and references.
WORKS papers this year will be published in cooperation with TCHPC and that they will be available from IEEE digital repository.


Program Committee Chairs

Rafael Ferreira da Silva

University of Southern California, USA

Rosa Filgueira

University of Edinburgh, UK

General Chair

Ian Taylor

Cardiff University, UK
University of Notre Dame, USA

Steering Committee

David Abramson

University of Queensland, Australia

Malcolm Atkinson

University of Edinburgh, UK

Ewa Deelman

University of Southern California, USA

Michela Taufer

University of Tennessee, USA

Program Committee

Pinar Alper
King's College London
Ilkay Altintas
Khalid Belhajjame
Universit. Paris-Dauphine
Ivona Brandic
TU Wien
Henri Casanova
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Thomas Fahringer
University of Innsbruck
Rafael Ferreira da Silva
University of Southern California
Daniel Garijo
University of Southern California
Sandra Gesing
University of Notre Dame
Tristan Glatard
Concordia University
Daniel Katz
Anirban Mandal
Marta Mattoso
Loic Pottier
University of Southern California
Radu Prodan
University of Klagenfurt
Ivan Rodero
Rutgers University
Rizos Sakellariou
University of Manchester
Renan Souza
IBM Research
Frédéric Suter
Domenico Talia
University of Calabria
Douglas Thain
University of Notre Dame
Chase Wu
NJ Institute of Technology