Call for Papers: Workshop on Near-Data Processing

Submitted by Rajeev Balasubramonian
December 8, 2013 at 13:00

Submitted by Rajeev Balasubramonian
WoNDP: 1st Workshop on Near-Data Processing
in conjunction with MICRO-46
Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Davis, California


Computing in large-scale systems is shifting away from the traditional
compute-centric model successfully used for many decades into one that is much
more data-centric. This transition is driven by the evolving nature of what
computing comprises, no longer dominated by the execution of arithmetic and
logic calculations but instead becoming dominated by large data volume and the
cost of moving data to the locations where computations are performed. Data
movement impacts performance, power efficiency and reliability, three
fundamental components of a system. These trends are leading to changes in the
computing paradigm, in particular the notion of moving computation to the data
in a so-called Near-Data Processing approach, which seeks to perform
computations in the most appropriate location depending on where data resides
and what needs to be extracted from that data. Examples already exist in
systems that perform some computations closer to disk storage, leveraging the
data streaming coming from the disks, filtering the data so that only useful
items are transferred for processing in other parts of the system.
Conceptually, the same principle can be applied throughout a system, by placing
computing resources close to where data is located, and decomposing
applications so that they can leverage such a distributed and potentially
heterogeneous computing infrastructure. This workshop is intended to bring
together experts from academia and industry to share advances in the
development of Near-Data Processing systems principles, with emphasis on
large-scale systems. We expect this workshop to be the first one in an emerging
area of computer architecture. The workshop will consist of submitted papers
and invited talks.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

– Analysis of applications illustrating the potential for Near-Data Processing
– System and software architectures for Near-Data Processing
– Programming models for distributed and heterogeneous infrastructures,
driven by location of the data
– Processing/Memory/Storage architectures and microarchitectures for
Near-Data Processing
– Performance evaluation of Near-Data Processing systems and subsystems
– Power-efficiency and reliability analysis and evaluation of Near-Data

Call for Papers:
Two kinds of papers are invited:
– Technical papers (4-6 pages) with preliminary results.
– Position papers (3 pages max) on directions for research and development.

Please submit an electronic copy of your paper (in PDF) in two column
format with at least 10pt font.

The selected papers will be made available online. However, publication in
WoNDP does not preclude later publication at regular conferences or journals.

Important Dates:
Paper submissions due: Monday October 14, 2013
Notification: Monday November 4th, 2013
Final Paper Due: Monday December 2nd, 2013

Jaime Moreno, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Ravi Nair, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Rajeev Balasubramonian, University of Utah

Program Committee:
Rajeev Balasubramonian, University of Utah
Jichuan Chang, HP Labs
Jeff Draper, USC/ISI
David Lilja, University of Minnesota
Jaime Moreno, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Richard Murphy, Micron
Ravi Nair, IBM TJ Watson Research Center