Dark Silicon Workshop (DaSi 2012) Call for Presentations

Submitted by Jack Sampson
April 2, 2012 at 23:45

Submitted by Jack Sampson
The 1st Dark Silicon Workshop
Portland, Oregon USA
June 10th, 2012. Held in conjunction with ISCA

The first Dark Silicon Workshop provides a unique forum for discussing
the challenges and opportunities that Dark Silicon presents. There are
many research questions left to answer before new architectures built
specifically to mitigate or exploit dark silicon become the default
platforms for general purpose computing. To scale alongside dark
silicon, architects will need to design and verify specialized
processors in increasing numbers. Making heterogeneous platforms easy
to program will require us to reconsider traditional language and OS
abstractions. Traditionally, many of the performance gains from
specialized hardware stem from customized memory designs, and it is
not yet clear how best to integrate multiple such memory designs
together into a single architecture. These and other challenges will
face researchers as they shed light on silicon’s dark future.

The organizing committee is soliciting presentations on any topic
related to Dark Silicon, including (but not limited to):

• Architectural approaches to managing and exploiting dark silicon
• Power management techniques
• Energy/power-efficient circuit designs
• Energy/power-efficient memory systems
• Scalable design and synthesis techniques for customizable and
specialized cores
• Novel applications for idle chip area

The goal is to facilitate the exchange of the latest ideas, insights,
and knowledge that can propel future progress. In lieu of printed
proceedings, we will post the slides and extended abstracts of the
presentations online. Presentation of new work at the workshop does
not preclude future publication.

Workshop submissions should be in the form of a 2-page presentation
abstract. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of impact,
novelty, and general interest. The submission deadline is April 2,
2012, with notification of acceptance by May 3, 2012.

Further details on abstract submission, technical program, tutorials,
travel, social program, and travel grants will be provided at the
workshop website:


Organizing Committee:
Babak Falsafi, EPFL
Jack Sampson, UCSD
Steven Swanson, UCSD
Michael B. Taylor, UCSD

Program Committee:
Krste Asanovic, Berkeley
David Brooks, Harvard
Calin Cascaval, Qualcomm
Babak Falsafi, EPFL
Nikos Hardavellas, Northwestern University
James Hoe, Carnegie Mellon
Norm Jouppi, HP Labs
Brucek Khailany, Nvidia
Martha Kim, Columbia
Scott Mahlke, University of Michigan
Milo Martin, University of Pennsylvania
Jack Sampson, UCSD
Karthikeyan Sankaralingam, University of Wisconsin
Kevin Skadron, University of Virginia
Guri Sohi, University of Wisconsin
Steven Swanson, UCSD
Michael B. Taylor, UCSD

IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award

Submitted by Timothy Pinkston

Submitted by Timothy Pinkston
Call for Nominations: The IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award

This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field
of computer architecture by an individual who has made contributions
in research and/or education and received his/her PhD degree within
6 years from the date of the nomination. The award will be presented
at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) Awards

Nominations should consist of the following:

1. Name/email of person making the nomination (self-nominations are
not eligible)

2. Name/email of candidate for whom the award is recommended

3. A statement by the nominator (maximum of 500 words) as to why the
nominee is highly deserving of the award. Note that since the award
is for outstanding contributions in both research and education,
the statement and supporting letters should address what the
contributions are and why they are both outstanding and significant.
The nomination should also list the names and email of two (at most three)
persons who will provide letters supporting the nomination.

4. CV of the nominee

5. Two (at most three) support letters from persons other than
the nominator, to be sent directly to the Chair of the Awards
Selection Committee

Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2012.

Nominations are to be sent to the TCCA Awards Selection Committee Chair:
Timothy Pinkston

FastPath 2012 Workshop call for papers

Submitted by Peter Sweeney
April 1, 2012

Submitted by Peter Sweeney

(Extended submission date and invited speakers)
FastPath 2012 Workshop on Performance Modeling and Analysis of
Workload Optimized Systems
April 1, 2012
New Brunswick, NJ
To be held with the ISPASS Conference: http://ispass.org/ispass2012

FastPath brings together researchers and practitioners involved in
cross-stack hardware/software performance analysis, evaluation, and
modeling of workload optimized systems.

With microprocessor clock speeds being held constant, optimizing systems
around specific workloads is an increasingly attractive means to improve
performance. The importance of workload optimized systems is seen in their
ubiquitous deployment in diverse systems from cellphones to tablets to routers
to game machines to Top500 supercomputers, and IT appliances such as IBMs
DataPower and Netezza, and Oracle’s Exadata.

More precisely, workload optimized systems have hardware and/or software
specifically designed to run well for a particular application or application
class. The types and components of workload optimized systems vary, but a
partial list includes traditional CPUs assisted with accelerators (ASICs,
FPGAs, GPUs), memory accelerators, I/O accelerators, hybrid systems, and
IT appliances.

FastPath seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas on performance
analysis, evaluation and modeling of workload optimized systems.
Please submit a 6-page research papers (2-column, 10 to 12-point type,
single spaced, 1-inch margins) from one or more of the topics that
include, but not limited to:

o Workloads o GPUs
o Simulators o FPGAs
o Measured results on accelerated systems o ASIC Accelerators
o Industrial Experiences o Programming Models
o Analytical Techniques o Runtime Management Systems

Simha Sethumadhavan (Columbia University)
Mark Hempstead (Drexel University)

Please make submissions here:
Fastpath papers will be made available through the workshop website and
hard copies will be provided at the workshop to the attendees. There are
no copyright issues with Fastpath papers, and thus authors retain the
copyright of their work with complete freedom to submit their work elsewhere.
Additional details are on our website: http://www.fastpath2012.net.tc

Submission: February 27, 2012 (extended date)
Notification: March 12, 2012
Final Materials Due: March 23, 2012
Workshop April 1, 2012

General Co-Chairs: David Brooks (Harvard), Parijat Dube (IBM)
Program Committee Co-Chairs: Erik Altman (IBM), Lieven Eeckhout (Ghent)
Publicity Chair: Peter F. Sweeney (IBM)
Web Chair: Augusto Vega (IBM)

Tor Aamodt British Columbia
Stijn Eyerman Ghent
R. Govindarajan IISc
Hans Jacobson IBM
Russ Joseph Northwestern
Mikko Lipasti Wisconsin
Toshio Nakatani IBM
Alex Ramirez BSC
Alma Riska EMC
Arrvindh Shriraman Simon Fraser
James E Smith Intel
Li Zhang IBM