International Workshop on Performance Analysis of Machine Learning Systems

August 23, 2020 – Virtual (Approximately 9:00 am - 5:00 pm US EDT = 13:00 - 21:00 UTC)

In conjunction with ISPASS 2020



August 27, 2020: Youtube Recording of Workshop now Available

July 15, 2020: Workshop will be virtual via Zoom.

March 23, 2020: Final revisions to papers now due July 25 instead of March 25.

March 13, 2020: Due to the Covid-19 virus, ISPASS and FastPath will be delayed. FastPath’s new date is Sunday, August 23.


FastPath 2020 brings together researchers and practitioners involved in cross-stack hardware/software performance analysis, modeling, and evaluation for efficient machine learning systems. Machine learning demands tremendous amount of computing. Current machine learning systems are diverse, including cellphones, high performance computing systems, database systems, self-driving cars, robotics, and in-home appliances. Many machine-learning systems have customized hardware and/or software. The types and components of such systems vary, but a partial list includes traditional CPUs assisted with accelerators (ASICs, FPGAs, GPUs), memory accelerators, I/O accelerators, hybrid systems, converged infrastructure, and IT appliances. Designing efficient machine learning systems poses several challenges.

These include distributed training on big data, hyper-parameter tuning for models, emerging accelerators, fast I/O for random inputs, approximate computing for training and inference, programming models for a diverse machine-learning workloads, high-bandwidth interconnect, efficient mapping of processing logic on hardware, and cross system stack performance optimization. Emerging infrastructure supporting big data analytics, cognitive computing, large-scale machine learning, mobile computing, and internet-of-things, exemplify system designs optimized for machine learning at large.


FastPath seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas on performance analysis and evaluation of machine learning/AI systems and seeks papers on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to:


The FastPath 2020 Call for Papers is available here.

Prospective authors must submit a 2-4 page extended abstract electronically on EasyChair

Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to give a 30-min presentation at the workshop.

Key Dates

Item Date
Submission February 21, 2020
Notification March 2, 2020
Final Revisions Due July 25, 2020
Workshop August 23, 2020


Role People
General Chair Erik Altman (IBM)
Program Chairs Parijat Dube (IBM)
  Vijay Janapa Reddi (Harvard)
Publicity Chair Falk Pollok (IBM)

Program Committee

PC Member Affiliation
Christophe Dubach McGill University
Christopher Fletcher University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jangwoo Kim Seoul National University
Tushar Krishna Georgia Tech
Gennady Pekhimenko University of Toronto
Brandon Reagan NYU / Facebook

Previous Editions

FastPath 2019 was held in conjunction with ISPASS 2019. Full-day with 8 invited speakers and 3 regular speakers.

FastPath 2018 was held in conjunction with ISPASS 2018. Full-day with 4 invited speakers and a panel.

FastPath 2015 was held in conjunction with ISPASS 2015. Half-day with 4 invited speakers.

FastPath 2014 was held in conjunction with ISPASS 2014. Full-day with 3 invited speakers and 4 regular speakers.

FastPath 2013 was held in conjunction with ISPASS 2013. Full-day with 1 keynote speaker, 6 invited speakers and 1 regular speaker.

FastPath 2012 was held in conjunction with ISPASS 2012. Half-day with 1 keynote speaker and 3 invited speakers.