March 8 – 13 , 2020, Dagstuhl Seminar 20111

Tensor Computations: Applications and Optimization


Paolo Bientinesi (University of Umeå, SE)
Furong Huang (University of Maryland – College Park, US)
Paul H. J. Kelly (Imperial College London, GB)
P. (Saday) Sadayappan (University of Utah – Salt Lake City, US)


David Ham (Imperial College London, GB)
Christian Lengauer (Köln, DE)

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Tensors are higher dimensional analogs of matrices, and represent a key data abstraction for many applications in computational science and data science. In contrast to the wide availability on diverse hardware platforms of high-performance numerical libraries for matrix computations, only limited software infrastructure exists today for high-performance tensor computations.

Recent research developments have resulted in the formulation of many machine learning algorithms in terms of tensor computations. Tensor computations have also emerged as fundamental building blocks for many algorithms in data science and computational science. Therefore, several concurrent efforts have targeted the development of libraries, frameworks, and domain-specific compilers to support the rising demand for high-performance tensor computations. However, there is currently very little coordination among the various groups of developers. Further, the groups developing high-performance libraries/frameworks for tensor computations are still rather disconnected from the research community that develops applications using tensors as a key data abstraction.

The main goal of this Dagstuhl Seminar is to bring together the following two communities: first researchers from disciplines developing applications centered around tensor computations, and second researchers developing software infrastructure for efficient tensor computation primitives. Invitees from the former group will include experts in machine learning and data analytics, and computational scientists developing tensor-based applications. Invitees from the latter group will span experts in compiler optimization and experts in numerical methods.

A very fruitful exchange of ideas across these four research communities is anticipated, with discussions on the variety of needs and use-cases for tensor computations and the challenges/opportunities in the development of high-performance software to satisfy those needs.

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  Paolo Bientinesi, Furong Huang, Paul H. J. Kelly, and P. (Saday) Sadayappan


  • Data Structures / Algorithms / Complexity
  • Programming Languages / Compiler


  • Compilers
  • Numerical methods
  • Linear algebra
  • Machine learning
  • Computational science


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