Workshops and Special Sessions

Usually held on the first or last day of the conference, PDP workshops and special sessions provide an extended forum that allows the PDP community an opportunity to fully explore special topics and to present work that is more preliminary and cutting-edge or that has more practical content than the more mature research presented in the main symposium.

This year, PDP will see two co-located workshops and special sessions (more details below):

  1. 10th Special Session on High Performance Computing in Modelling and Simulation (HPCMS) at PDP 2024, and
  2. Scalable Algorithms, Libraries And Tools For Computational Science And Machine Learning On New Heterogeneous HPC Systems (SALTCSMLNHP), and
  3. 1st International Workshop on Security for Society (Sec4S – 2024)

Submissions can be made through the main conference easychair system:

Proposals for co-located PDP tutorials are open up to and including Nov. 30th 2024, and will be accepted on a rolling basis. For submission details please contact the workshops and special sessions chair:


10th Special Session on High Performance Computing in Modelling and Simulation (HPCMS) at PDP 2024



The development of models through which computers can simulate the evolution of artificial and natural systems is fundamental for the advancement of Science. In the last decades, the increasing power of computers has allowed to considerably extend the application of computing methodologies in research and industry, but also to the quantitative study of complex phenomena. This has permitted a broad application of numerical methods for differential equation systems (e.g., FEM, FDM, etc.) on one hand, and the application of alternative computational paradigms, such as Cellular Automata, Genetic Algorithms, Neural networks, Swarm Intelligence, etc., on the other. These latter have demonstrated their effectiveness for modelling purposes when traditional simulation methodologies have proven to be impracticable.

Following the success of our past HPCMS workshops at PDP (since 2014), we are glad to invite you to our tenth edition which will take place in Dublin (Ireland).

An important mission of the HPCMS Workshop is to provide a platform for a multidisciplinary community composed of scholars, researchers, developers, educators, practitioners and experts from world leading Universities, Institutions, Agencies and Companies in Computational Science, and thus in the High Performance Computing for Modelling and Simulation field.

HPCMS intent is to offer an opportunity to express and confront views on trends, challenges, and state-of-the art in diverse application fields, such as engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, medicine, ecology, sociology, traffic control, economy, etc.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. High Performance Computing in computational science: intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research applications
  2. Complex systems modelling and simulation
  3. Cellular Automata, Genetic Algorithms, Neural networks, Swarm Intelligence implementations
  4. Integrated approach to optimization and simulation
  5. MPI, OpenMP, GPGPU applications in Computational Science
  6. Optimization algorithms, modelling techniques related to optimization in Computational Science
  7. High-performance Software developed to solve science (e.g., biological, physical, and social), engineering, medicine, and humanities problems
  8. Hardware approaches of high performance computing in modeling and simulation

As for previous editions, organizers of the HPCMS session are planning a Special Issue of an important international ISI Journal, based on distinguished papers that will be accepted for the session. For instance, a selected number of papers of the past workshop editions have been published on the ISI Journals “Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing”, “International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications” and “Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience”


  • Paper submission: 11 November 2023
  • Acceptance notification: 11 December 2023
  • Camera ready due: 8 January 2024


  • William Spataro – University of Calabria, Italy
  • Giuseppe A. Trunfio – University of Sassari, Italy
  • Donato D’Ambrosio – University of Calabria, Italy
  • Rocco Rongo, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Andrea Giordano, ICAR-CNR, Italy


  • Angelos Amanatiadis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Gladys Utrera, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain
  • Donato D’Ambrosio, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Pawel Topa, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Gianluigi Folino, ICAR-CNR, Italy
  • Lou D’Alotto, York College/CUNY, New York, USA
  • Antonios Gasteratos, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Ioakeim Georgoudas, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Marco Beccutti, University of Torino, Italy
  • Rolf Hoffmann, Darmstadt University, Germany
  • Ioannis Karafyllidis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Yaroslav Sergeyev, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Antisthenis Tsompanas, University of the West of England, UK
  • Rocco Rongo, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Georgios Sirakoulis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • William Spataro, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Giuseppe A. Trunfio, University of Sassari, Italy
  • Marco Villani, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Jaroslaw Was, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Davide Spataro, Degiro, The Netherlands
  • Massimo Cafaro, University of Salento, Italy
  • Andrea Giordano, ICAR-CNR, Italy
  • Mario Cannataro, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy
  • Gihan R. Mudalige, University of Warwick, UK
  • Alessio De Rango, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Giuseppe Agapito, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Italy





Heterogeneity is emerging as one of the main characteristics of today’s and future HPC environments where different nodes organizations, memory hierarchies, and kinds of exotic accelerators are increasingly present. It pervades the entire spectrum of Computing Continuum, ranging from large Cloud infrastructures and Datacenter up to the Internet of Things and Edge Computing environments, aimed at making available in a transparent and friendly way the multitude of low-power and heterogeneous HPC resources available everywhere around us. In this context, for Computational Science and Machine Learning, it is essential to leverage efficient and highly scalable libraries and tools capable of exploiting such modern heterogeneous computers. These systems are typically characterized by very different software environments, which require a new level of flexibility in the algorithms and methods used to achieve an adequate level of performance, with growing attention to energy consumption. This workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss recent advances in parallel methods and algorithms and their implementations on current and future heterogeneous HPC architectures. We solicit research works that address algorithmic design, implementation techniques, performance analysis, integration of parallel numerical methods in science and engineering applications, energy-aware techniques, and theoretical models that efficiently solve problems on heterogeneous platforms.


  • Tools and programming environments supporting different forms of parallelism
  • Heterogeneous algorithms for dense and sparse numerical linear algebra
  • Heterogeneous algorithms for optimization and non-linear problems
  • Applications of heterogeneous numerical algorithms in science and engineering
  • Analysis methods for large data sets
  • Multi/Many-cores and GPU tools for parallel solution of large-scale problems
  • Performance and scalability models
  • Energy aware algorithms
  • Auto tuning techniques for heterogeneous and parallel environments
  • Multi-level cache management
  • Task scheduling and load balancing among heterogenous computing elements
  • HPC on low-power devices
  • Integration of Cloud/Fog/Edge computing techniques and tools


  • Paper submission: 18 November 2023
  • Acceptance notification: 18 December 2023
  • Camera ready due: 8 January 2024


  • Salvatore Cuomo – University of Naples Federico II, Italy
  • Giuliano Laccetti – University of Naples Federico II, Italy
  • Marco Lapegna – University of Naples Federico II, Italy
  • Francesco Piccialli – University of Naples Federico II, Italy


1st International Workshop on Security for Society (Sec4S – 2024)



Safety and security are at the heart of any country’s prosperity in the digital data and information age. Data and information protection is a critical aspect in digital or social, global and local interactions. In times of many conflicts around the world and economic instability, we are inundated with a whole lot of information that is very difficult to verify in a short period. Many examples can be given of such events related to the conflict in Ukraine or, more recently, Israel. The dissemination of fake news not only impacts military action but has a much broader scope and directly or indirectly affects the comfort of every European’s life. To keep citizens safe (and protected) in this new reality, national, regional and municipal authorities must take a comprehensive approach and cooperate across national borders. The digital society and business also require synchronization in operation and interaction regarding security and reliable interoperability.

Therefore, developing efficient, scalable, distributed ICT systems that provide efficient verification of data and information and ensure a viable level of security as they are exchanged and stored remains an ongoing challenge for researchers and specialists in various fields. Critical cyber-physical systems consist of multiple components and distributed digital infrastructure supporting people’s daily lives. Such systems can include all innovative projects – smart homes, intelligent transportation, smart cities, smart grids, fintech or e-health systems. Due to the collection and processing of sensitive data, security components and protocols are particularly important in the architectures of these systems, especially when using Internet sources and services.

This workshop primarily covers practical and theoretical approaches that advance research in security techniques, models and algorithms for digital society and digital business with high cyber resilience and anti-malware in complex distributed HPC systems, cloud computing, mobile nodes and cloud-connected Edge clusters. Contributions can range from advanced technologies, applications and innovative solutions for secure critical infrastructures with applications in various domains of life to the development of methods conceptual and theoretical models related to secure management, monitoring, planning and resource allocation in large-scale ICT systems.


  • Programming models and complex platforms for secure HPC
  • Security aspects in distributed systems via multi-domain integration and interoperable computing
  • HPC systems for security-aware data gathering and assimilation
  • Edge and fog secure models and infrastructures
  • Secure multi-agent systems
  • Machine learning models and simulators of HPC systems
  • Security and privacy mechanisms in mobile devices
  • Scalable identity and authentication protocols in HPC systems
  • Secure resource allocation and scheduling in HPC systems
  • Secure communication in HPC systems
  • Secure 5G applications for Smart Grid
  • Economical models in secure HPC systems
  • Secure network applications
  • Security in social networks, smart cities, e-health, e-medicine, smart transportation applications
  • Security in education systems


  • Paper submission: 30 November 2023
  • Acceptance notification: 18 December 2023
  • Camera ready due: 8 January 2024


  • Florin Pop – National University of Science and Technology Politehnica Bucharest, Romania / National Institute for Research & Development in Informatics – ICI Bucharest, Romania
  • Joanna Kołodziej – NASK, Warsaw, Poland

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