The 6th International Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of and by Parallel and Distributed Systems
(MSPDS 2020)


As part of 
The 18th International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2020)
25 - 29 January 2021
Barcelona, Spain (Virtual/Online event)

 Paper Submission Deadline: 02 October 2020 - Extended

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters

Large parallel systems have become mainstream of both commercial and scientific computing. High performance computing (HPC) continues to witness a revolution that has turned it into a landscape populated by very different types of parallel computing systems exploiting parallelism at different levels. They include multi- and many-core CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, TPUs, or heterogeneous systems integrating together several of those types of devices. Shared-memory systems with hundreds of processors are commercially available, while a new generation of massively parallel systems have pushed the limits of scalability to unprecedented levels. Designing and understanding these systems requires new simulation and modeling approaches that can be effective at those scales. New software- and hardware-based simulation techniques have been developed to cope with those challenges. 

The goal of this workshop is to promote the discussion and presentation of new research and development in the area of simulation and modeling of large parallel and distributed systems as well as simulation and modeling of applications that use HPC systems. We encourage original contributions from work on the following areas: 

MSPDS Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to the following areas:

  • Simulation of Exascale Systems 
  • Simulation of Interconnection Architectures and Technologies
  • Workload Characterization to help Simulation Studies
  • Parallel and Distributed Simulators
  • Hardware accelerators for simulating parallel systems
  • Bootstrapping: Using a current generation system to design the next generation
  • Modeling and simulation at the data centers level
  • Use of reconfigurable logic for simulation of parallel systems
  • Parallel and Distributed Discrete-Event Simulation
  • Machine learning for developing models of parallel systems
  • New and novel approaches to modeling and simulation of large and complex systems
  • Modeling techniques, including reuse of models, modeling languages, agent-based M&S, and spatially explicit M&S
  • M&S to manage and/or optimize operational systems and methodological challenges arising from these applications such as online simulation, symbiotic simulation, dynamic data-driven, real-time and embedded simulation, and emulation of real systems.
  • Simulation of breaking technologies (e.g. quantum computing, wireless photonics, etc) 
  • Simulation and modeling of applications that use HPC systems
  • Modeling of HPC systems and components
  • Modeling in various domains of knowledge using HPC and parallel systems and algorithms, including (but not limited to) parallel models of complex systems, multiscale models, multi-agent systems, P-systems models, cellular automata and stencil computation, neuromorphic models, etc.
  • Modeling and Evaluation Methods and Studies 

You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to modeling and simulation of high performance parallel and distributed computing systems and applications. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere until it appears in HPCS proceedings, in the case of acceptance, or notified otherwiseSubmission can be for
-  Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. 
-  Short papers (up to 4 pages), please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 4 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript.
-  Poster papers and Posters (please refer to  for posters submission details) will also be considered. 

Please specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments. 

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the Workshop's paper submission site at Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission. 

Conference Policies
Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and soundness, presentation, language, and references. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend (virtually) the HPCS 2020 conference to present the paper at the Symposium as scheduled. By submitting the paper to the HPCS conference, all authors agree to abide by all HPCS conference paper submission, publication and presentation policies as well as following ethical and professional codes of conduct, including those of the professional co-sponsoring organizations. For more information, please refer to the Authors Info and Registration Info pages

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the HPCS 2020 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE or ACM Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly. 

Plans are underway to have the best papers, in extended version, selected for possible publication in a reputable journal as special issue. Detailed information will soon be announced and will be made available on the conference website. 

Recently, best papers related with the topics of the Special Collection on Parallel Computing in Evolutionary Bioinformatics,, were selected for their possible publication in this journal "Evolutionary Bioinformatics" (1.018 JCR impact factor in 2019).

If you have any questions about paper submission or the Workshop, please contact the Workshop's organizers.

Paper Submissions: ------------------------------------------- 02 October 2020 - Extended
Acceptance Notifications: -------------------------------------09 October 2020
Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due by: ----------- 16 October 2020
Conference Dates: --------------------------------------------- 25 - 29 January 2021


Fernando Díaz-del-Rio
   Department of Computer Architecture and Technology
   University of Seville, Seville, Spain
   Phone: +34 954 55 61 47
   Fax:    +34 954 55 28 99

Jose Luis Guisado-Lizar
   Computer Architecture and Technology Department
   University of Seville, Seville, Spain
   Phone: +34 954 55 62 41
   Fax:    +34 954 55 28 99

International Program Committee*:  
All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the Workshop's technical program committee members following similar criteria used in HPCS 2020 and will be published as part of the HPCS 2020 Proceedings.
  • Omar Aaziz, Sandia National Labs, USA
  • Manuel E. Acacio, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
  • Daniel Cagigas-Muñiz, University of Seville, Spain
  • Eduardo Cesar, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain
  • Radu-Ioan Ciobanu, University Politechnica of Bucharest, Romania
  • Jesús Escudero-Sahuquillo, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Josué Feliu, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Mariza Ferro, National Laboratory of Scientific Computing (LNCC), RJ, Brazil
  • Pedro Javier Garcia, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Juan A. Gómez-Pulido, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain
  • Emilio Jimenez, University of La Rioja, Spain
  • Joanna Kolodziej, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow, and NASK, Warsaw, Poland
  • Sonia Lopez Alarcon, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA
  • Sabri Pllana, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden
  • Florin Pop, ICI and University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
  • Srini Ramaswamy, ABB Inc., Ohio, USA
  • Sevillano Ramos, University of Seville, Spain
  • Raymond Sheppard, Pervasive Technology Institute, Indiana University, IN, USA
  • William Spataro, University of Calabria, Italy
(* Committee formation is pending and will be finalized shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL:  or  or contact one of the Conference's organizers.