Call for Papers: WIVOSCA 2013

Submitted by Girish Venkatasubramanian
June 23 to June 24, 2013

Submitted by Girish Venkatasubramanian

Seventh Annual
Workshop on the Interaction amongst
Virtualization, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture
( WIVOSCA 2013 )

Held in Conjunction with the
40th Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture
( ISCA – 40 )

Workshop Overview and Topics

Operating systems (OS) constitute a major software component
and are essential to any computing system. Commercial and
server workloads such as online transaction processing,
database, file/e-mail servers involve significant OS-level
activity. The interactions between OS and emerging
architectures (e.g. homogeneous and heterogeneous chip
multiprocessors, simultaneous multithreading systems) /
technology (e.g. hardware-assisted virtualization) are
projected to continuously increase. In addition, the use of a
wide variety of virtualization techniques, ranging from
application-level virtualization to full-system virtualization,
for providing application portability, managing power and
performance, providing QoS guarantees and to effectively use the
power of emerging architectures, has become prominent.

To optimize system
performance/power/reliability/security, it is important to
facilitate efficient interaction and cooperation amongst the
three constantly evolving components – OS, virtualization and
computer architecture.

This workshop focuses on characterizing, modeling, and
optimizing the interaction between OS and hardware in the
light of emerging architecture paradigms, workloads, and
computing technology. Topics of particular interest include,
but are not limited to:

* Architectural support for OS functionality and services
* Architectural support for virtual machines and hypervisors
* Hardware acceleration of OS and Virtualization services
* OS and Virtualization support for emerging computer architectures
* Implications of virtualization on OS design
* Effect of OS/Virtualization on emerging architectures
* System software-aware microarchitecture design
* Leveraging OS/Virtualization to optimize reliability/thermal/power
* Frameworks and tools for full-system simulation
* Characterization of OS/Virtualization activity in emerging workloads
* Performance, power, dependability, and security in OS/Virtualization
* OS/Virtualization -intensive benchmark suites
* Evaluation of the interaction/interference among OS/user
* Mitigation of OS and Virtualization related execution bottlenecks
* Architecture and Virtualization issues in data centers
* Architecture and Virtualization support for cloud computing

Furthermore, the workshop aims at providing a forum for
researchers, engineers, and students from academia and
industry to discuss their latest research in
virtualization, computer architecture and OS, to bring
their ideas and research problems to the attention of
others, and to obtain valuable and instant feedback from
fellow researchers.

Workshop Co-Organizers
Tao Li, University of Florida (
James Poe, Miami Dade College (
Girish Venkatasubramanian, Intel (

Important Dates

* Abstract Submission: April 12, 2013
* Paper Submission: April 19, 2013
* Author Notification: May 10, 2013
* Camera-ready Version: May 17, 2013

Please feel free to visit our website for more information
as well as links to previous WIOSCA workshops: