The 4th International Workshop on Parallel Computations for Neural Networks

(PCNN 2018)


As part of

The 16th International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation (HPCS 2018) or

July 16 – 20, 2018

Orléans, France

Paper Submission Deadline: April 20, 2018 - Final Extension

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


The track on Parallel Computations for Neural Networks provides an international forum for reporting progress and recent advances in parallel neural computing techniques, hardware and software tools for speeding-up functioning and training of traditional and bio-inspired neural network models on the modern high-performance computing systems, reconfigurable computing, data centers, and Cloud.

The PCNN Workshop topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Parallel supervised, unsupervised, deep learning, and reinforcement learning algorithms for neural networks (NN) in future Datacenter and HPC systems

  • Scalable training and inference schema, including novel parallel Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD) methods

  • Scalable Spiking NNs and Parallel NN ensembles incl. Generative Adversarial NNs

    • Deep Neural Networks (DNNs)

  • Machine Learning in HPC: Optimized networks, high-performance transports and protocols for NN, e.g., Infiniband, CEE, OmniPath, NVLink, MPI, RDMA etc.

    • Approximate computing

  • Big data / Cloud frameworks applied to scalable NNs, e.g., Hadoop/MapReduce, Spark, Flink etc.

  • Parallelization & distribution of NN algorithms on many-core systems, HPC clusters, grids, datacenters and cloud

  • NN accelerators: Neuromorphic processors, CPU-, GPU-, TPU- and FPGA-implementation for distributed NNs

  • Computational neuroscience and models using parallel / distributed NN architectures

  • Neurodynamics, Complex Systems, and Chaos

  • Modeling of large-scale neural models using parallel computing techniques

  • Mixture Models, Graphical Models, Topic Models and Gaussian Processes

  • Neural network simulation tools and libraries, including neural simulators in neuroscience

  • Novel Approaches and Applications


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to Parallel Computations for Neural Networks. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere until it appears in HPCS proceedings, in the case of acceptance, or notified otherwise. 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), 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 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 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 the HPCS 2018 conference to present the paper at the Workshop 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 2018 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.

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


Paper and abstract registration: ------------------------------ March 24, 2018

Paper Submissions: -------------------------------------------- 20 April 2018 - Final Extension

Acceptance Notification: ------------------------------------- 01 May 2018

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due by: ---------- 15 May 2018

Conference Dates: --------------------------------------------- July 16 – 20, 2018

This year PCNN will adopt a single reviewing cycle, with a firm submission deadline on 11:59pm GMT (3:59pm PST), April 20th, 2018.

While we encourage work-in-progress reports in the Short paper format, the authors are invited to submit Regular papers (up to 8 pages), Short papers (up to 4 pages), Poster papers, or Posters (1-2 pages, extended abstracts).


Alexandre Solon Nery

Department of Electrical Engineering

Universidade de Brasília – UnB, Federal District, Brazil

Phone: +55 61 984 252 480

Fax: +55


Hamid R. Pourshaghaghi

Electronic Systems Group and Radboud Radio Lab

Eindhoven University of Technology and Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Phone: +31 24 243 52847

Fax: +31 24 365 2807


Leandro Soares Guedes

Department of Informatics

Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Mato Grosso do Sul - IFMS

Corumbá, MS – Brazil

Phone: +55 51 997 141 312

Fax: +55


Vinícius Pereira Gonçalves

Department of Electrical Engineering, Institute of Technology

University of Brasília – UnB, Federal District, Brazil

Phone: +55 61 981 323 448

Fax: +55


International Program Committee*:

All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar criteria used in HPCS 2018 and will be published as part of the HPCS 2018 Proceedings.

  • Aletéia Araújo, University of Brasilia - UnB, Brazil

  • Davide Bacciu, University of Pisa, Italy

  • Maria Clicia Castro, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Rosilde Corvino, Intel Corp., The Netherlands

  • Erkan Diken, Lumileds Netherlands B.V., The Netherlands

  • Joo-Young Kim, Microsoft Research, Washington, USA

  • Lyle Long, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA

  • A. Cristiano I. Malossi, IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland

  • Leandro A. J. Marzulo, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and UMass Amherst, USA

  • Gabriele Mencagli, University of Pisa, Italy

  • Elias Mizan, Wave Computing COmpany, California, USA

  • Manohar Paluri, Facebook Corp., California, USA

  • Thomas Parnell, IBM Research, Switzerland

  • Geraldo Pereira, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil

  • Andrew Putnam, Microsoft Research, Washington, USA

  • Alireza Saberkari, University of Guilan, Iran

  • Jó Ueyama, University of São Paulo, Brazil

  • Zhijun Yang, Middlesex University London, U.K.

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.