Call for Papers: FastPath

Submitted by Mark Hempstead
April 21, 2013

Submitted by Mark Hempstead

FastPath 2013 Second International Workshop on
Performance Analysis of Workload Optimized Systems
April 21st, 2013, Austin, TX (In Conjunction with ISPASS-2013 )

The goal of FastPath is to bring together researchers and practitioners
involved in cross-stack hardware/software performance analysis, modeling, and
evaluation 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 IBM’s 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. Exploiting CPU savings and speed-ups offered by workload
optimized systems for application level performance improvement poses several
cross stack hardware and software challenges. These include developing
alternate programming models to exploit massive parallelism offered by
accelerators, designing low-latency, high-throughput H/W-S/W interfaces, and
developing techniques to efficiently map processing logic on hardware.

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

Industrial Experiences
GPUs, FPGAs, ASIC Accelerators
Game Consoles and their Sensors
RDMA and Infiniband
Measurements on accelerated systems
Analytical Techniques
Programming Models
MapReduce, Hadoop
Runtime Management Systems

Key Dates
Submission: March 10, 2013
Notification: April 1, 2013
Final Materials Due: April 11, 2013