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December 14, 2014

Call for Travel Grant Applications: Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture

Submitted by Valentina Salapura
http://crosslayer.org/cwwmca/

Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture
In conjunction with the
47th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO-47)
Cambridge, UK
December 14th, 2014

WORKSHOP TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 24, 2014

This workshop will bring together women and under-represented
minorities across academia, industry, research, and government
to promote the recruitment and progression of women and minorities
who are focusing on the technical field of computer architecture. 

The workshop will highlight emerging and hot topics in computer
architecture, but also provide career mentoring and advice, opportunities
for cross-disciplinary research, networking, finding internships and
career opportunities in computer architecture.

The workshop is generously sponsored by NSF, ACM SIGMICRO, IBM Research
and the MICRO conference.
Thanks to our sponsors, this workshop will be free of charge for the
participating target demographic of women and minority participants under-
represented in our field, and they will be directly reimbursed for their
registration fees.

Travel grants are available for students and junior faculty/researchers.  
The deadline for application for travel grants is November 24.
Registration for the workshop is through through Micro-47 website at:

http://www.microarch.org/micro47/

Our speakers are:
Dr. Alan Bivens, IBM Research 
Prof. John Cavazos, University of Delaware 
Prof. Natalie Enright Jerger, University of Toronto
Dr. Rosemary Francis, Ellexus Ltd 
Prof. Ruby Lee, Princeton University
Prof. Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University
Prof. Jason Mars, University of Michigan  
Prof. Kunle Olukotun, Stanford University 
Prof. Greta Yorsh, Queen Mary University of London
Prof. Lingjia Tang, University of Michigan

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
Valentina Salapura (Chair),  IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA
Carole-Jean Wu, Arizona State University, USA
Noa Zilberman, University of Cambridge, UK
Negar Miralaei, University of Cambridge, UK
Michela Taufer, University of Delaware, USA 

TRAVEL GRANT INFORMATION:
We are pleased to provide travel grants to broaden the participation in the
workshop. Students as well as junior faculty/researchers are eligible to apply.

This support is made possible by the generous support from the NSF, ACM
SIGMICRO, IBM Research and the MICRO conference. 
The grants will cover an applicant’s travel cost (up to approx. $750) to
Cambridge, UK, where the workshop will be held. 

Priority for travel grants will be given to applicants to the target
demographic group. Special funding may be provided for Companion Travel
Grants to support attendees with either disabilities, or a parent of an
infant less than one year old who cannot travel without the infant and a
care provider for the infant.

APPLICATIONS:
Please check the Workshop’s web page for detailed application information. 

 

Start: December 14, 2014
End: December 14, 2014
Venue: Cambridge, England

December 13, 2014

Call for Papers: Workshop on Near-Data Processing

Submitted by Boris Grot
http://www.cs.utah.edu/wondp/
CALL FOR PAPERS: 2ND WORKSHOP ON NEAR-DATA PROCESSING (WoNDP)

Co-located with MICRO-47
Cambridge, UK

IMPORTANT DATES:
Paper submissions due: Friday October 17, 2014
Notification: Tuesday November 4th, 2014
Final Paper Due: Monday December 8th, 2014

Computing in large-scale systems is shifting away from the traditional
compute-centric model to a much more data-centric one. 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 dominated by
large data volume and the cost of moving data to the locations where
computations are performed. Data movement impacts performance,
energy-efficiency and reliability. These trends are leading to changes in the
computing paradigm driven by 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 based on where data resides and what needs to
be done with it.

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. 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
- Energy-efficiency and reliability analysis and evaluation of Near-Data
Processing

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

ORGANIZERS:

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

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:

Rajeev Balasubramonian , University of Utah
Boris Grot , University of Edinburgh
Jeff Draper , USC/ISI
Ron Dreslinski, University of Michigan
Maya Gokhale , Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Nuwan Jayasena, AMD Research
Jaime Moreno , IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Arrvindh Shriraman , Simon Fraser University

Further details and submission instructions available at
http://www.cs.utah.edu/wondp/.

Start: December 13, 2014
End: December 13, 2014
Venue: Cambridge, UK

Call for Participation: MICRO-47

Submitted by Ronald Dreslinski
http://www.microarch.org/micro47/

The 47th Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO-47)
December 13-17, 2014
Cambridge, UK

Micro-47 registration portal is live NOW.
You can take advantage of early bird registration until Nov. 12!

The International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) is the premier forum
for the presentation and discussion of new ideas in microarchitecture,
compilers, hardware/software interfaces, and design of advanced computing
and communication systems. The goal of MICRO is to bring together researchers
in the fields of microarchitecture, compilers, and systems for technical
exchange. The MICRO community has enjoyed having close interaction between
academic researchers and industrial designers ­ we aim to continue and
strengthen this longstanding tradition at the 47th MICRO in Cambridge, England.

On behalf of the Micro47 organization team, we look forward to seeing you
in Cambridge.

Start: December 13, 2014
End: December 17, 2014
Venue: Cambridge, UK

December 10, 2014

Call for Papers: Performance and Power Issues in Multi/Many Core Architecture

Submitted by Hitoshi OI
http://p2m2ca.oslab.biz/
Performance and Power Issues in Multi/Many Core Architecture,
a special session in International Symposium on Integrated Circuits
(ISIC) 2014, Singapore, December 10 to 12, 2014

Call for papers:

This special session is aimed to attract the interests
of people working in various aspects of multi/many core
architecture, from the circuit level to the application level,
stimulate the discussion and share and exchange their experiences
and knowledge.

Topics of interests for the special session include
(but not limited to):

– Performance and power-efficiency optimization,
– Heterogeneous multi/many core: architectural design
and run-time support,
– Parallelization libraries and tools,
– Performance and power consumption modeling methodologies,
– Design strategies for performance and power-efficiency in
circuit, architecture and software levels,
On-chip interconnect: architecture, protocol and routing,
– Memory hierarchy architecture and protocol.

Important Dates:

5/15: Title and abstract submission
(send by email to p2m2ca at oslab.biz)
6/1: Full paper submission
(use the Paper Upload page of ISIC 2014
http://www.isic2014.org/submission/paper-upload )
9/1: Notification of Paper Acceptance
10/15: Submission of Final Manuscript Papers

Organizing Members:

Hitoshi Oi, University of Aizu (JP)
Joao Pedro Pedroso, University of Porto (PT)
Ines Dutra, University of Porto (PT)
Xiongfei Liao, Intel (MY)
Senthilkumar Jayapal, Intel (MY)
Jorge Chavez, Cinvestav (MX)
Amilcar Meneses, Cinvestav (MX)
Yao-Min Cheng, Oracle (US)

For more information, please refer to
ISIC 2014 web site http://www.isic2014.org/
or send email to p2m2ca at oslab.biz

Start: December 10, 2014
End: December 12, 2014
Venue: Singapore

December 1, 2014

Call for Papers: ASPLOS Student Research Competition (Deadline: Dec 14)

Submitted by Onur Mutlu
http://asplos15.bilkent.edu.tr/ASPLOS_ACM_SrC.pdf

ACM Student Research Competition
Part of the 20th International Conference on Architectural Support for
Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS 2015)
 

IMPORTANT DATES:
Abstract submission: 11:59pm CST Sunday December 14, 2014 (Extended)
Acceptance notification: 11:59pm CST Friday January 16, 2015
Poster Session: Monday March 16, 2015 (Tentative)
Presentations for Finalists: Monday March 16, 2015 (Tentative)

ASPLOS is the premier forum for multidisciplinary systems research
spanning computer architecture and hardware, programming languages and
compilers, operating systems and networking, as well as applications
and user interfaces. The 2015 conference will be held in Istanbul,
Turkey, a city where two continents meet on the blue waters of the
Bosphorus to offer an abundance of unique natural, historical,
cultural, and culinary experiences.

http://asplos15.bilkent.edu.tr

OVERVIEW:
The 20th International Conference on Architectural Support for
Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS) invites
participation in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). Sponsored
by ACM and Microsoft Research, the SRC is a forum for undergraduates
and graduate students to share their research results, exchange ideas,
and improve their communication skills while competing for
prizes. Students accepted to participate in the SRC are entitled to a
travel grant (up to $500) to help cover travel expenses. The top 3
undergraduate and graduate winners will receive all of the following
prizes:

1. Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.

2. An award medal (gold, silver or bronze) and a two-year
complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital
Library.

3. The names of the winners and their placement will be posted on the
ACM SRC web site.

4. In addition, the first place winner in each category
(undergraduate, graduate) will receive an invitation to participate in
the SRC Grand Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the first
place winners of individual conference-hosted SRCs. The top three
graduate and undergraduate Grand Finalists will receive an additional
$500, $300, and $200, respectively, along with Grand Finalist medals
(gold, silver, bronze). Grand Finalists and their advisors will be
invited to the Annual ACM Awards Banquet for an all-expenses-paid
trip, where they will be recognized for their accomplishments, along
with other prestigious ACM award winners, including the winner of the
Turing Award.

The SRC consists of two rounds: a poster session and a presentation
session. A panel of judges will select a number of finalists from the
poster session, who will be invited to the presentation session at
ASPLOS 2015 and compete for the prizes. The evaluation will be
concentrated on the quality of both visual and oral presentation, the
research methods, and the significance of contribution. You can find
more information on the ACM Student Research Competition site
(http://src.acm.org/).

ELIGIBILITY
A participant in the SRC must meet all following conditions:

- The participant must submit an up to 800-word abstract outlining the
content of a poster that is going to be presented during the
competition.

- The abstract must include the poster title, author names,
affiliations, and the name of the academic advisor.

- It should describe the research problem, motivation and background,
techniques and results, and the prospect for clearly and concisely
conveying the work in a poster format.

- It should state the novelty and contributions of the work
explicitly.

- The submission deadline is November 14th, 2014 at 23:59 CST.

- The abstract must have not appeared before. Novelty is one of the
criteria for selection.

- The abstract and the poster must be authored solely by the
participant.

- The participant can be from anywhere in the world, but must be an
ACM student member, and must maintain an undergraduate or graduate
student status as of November 14, 2014.

- In your submission, please indicate whether you are an undergraduate
or a graduate student.

- You may join ACM prior to entering. Basic student membership is $19
per year or less www.acm.org/membership.

For each accepted SRC poster, a one-page extended abstract in the ACM
format will be included in the ASPLOS 2015 conference proceedings. The
content, however, can be included in a future submission to other
conferences or journals.

CONTACT
For questions regarding the submission process, or for additional
information, clarifications, or questions, please contact the ACM
Student Research Competition Co-chairs, Eren Kursun
(erenkursun@gmail.com) and Gurhan Kucuk (gkucuk@cse.yeditepe.edu.tr).

SPONSORS
The ACM Student Research Competition at ASPLOS 2015 is sponsored by
the ACM and Microsoft Research.
 

Start: December 1, 2014
End: December 14, 2014
Venue: Istanbul, Turkey

Call for Workshop Proposals: ASPLOS 2015 (Deadline: Dec 14)

Submitted by Onur Mutlu
http://asplos15.bilkent.edu.tr/ASPLOS15_Workshops_CFP.pdf

Call for Workshop Proposals – ASPLOS 2015
20th International Conference on Architectural Support for
Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS 2015)
Istanbul, Turkey
Workshops will be held on March 14-15
 

Workshop proposals are solicited for ASPLOS-2015 in Istanbul,
Turkey. Workshops will be held on March 14, 2015 (Saturday) and March
15, 2015 (Sunday). Proposals in the interplay between programming
languages, computer architecture, operating systems, and user
interfaces to deal with power, performance, resilience, and programmer
productivity issues in emerging areas such as datacenters and cloud
computing, systems based on non-volatile memory technologies, large
scale data analysis, smart infrastructure, and extreme scale computing
are encouraged.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission Deadline : December 14, 2014 (Extended)
Notification : December 21, 2014

Please include in your proposal
* Title of the workshop
* Organizers and their affiliations
* Sample call for papers
* Duration – Half-Day or Full Day
* Preferred Day – Saturday or Sunday
* If the workshop was previously held, the location (conference),
date, and number of attendees

Please send proposals to Augusto Vega (ajvega@us.ibm.com), Haluk
Topcuoglu (haluk@marmara.edu.tr) and Alper Buyuktosunoglu
(alperb@us.ibm.com) via email. Feel free to contact Augusto Vega or Haluk
Topcuoglu or Alper Buyuktosunoglu if you have any questions about the
suitability of a workshop for ASPLOS or for any other related matters.
 

Start: December 1, 2014
End: December 14, 2014
Venue: Istanbul, Turkey

November 25, 2014

Call for Papers: VEE 2015

Submitted by Angela Demke Brown
http://vee.sigops.org/vee15

VEE’15: 11th ACM international conference on Virtual Execution Environments
Co-located with ASPLOS 2015
March 14-15, 2015
Istanbul, Turkey

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (11:59pm, PST)

The 11th ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution
Environments (VEE’15) brings together researchers and practitioners from
different computer systems domains to interact and share ideas in order to
advance the state of the art of virtualization and broaden its applicability.

VEE’15 accepts both full-length and short papers. Both types of submissions are
reviewed to the same standards and differ primarily in the scope of the ideas
expressed. Short papers are limited to half the space of full-length papers.
The program committee will not accept a full paper on the condition that it is
cut down to fit in a short paper slot, nor will it invite short papers to be
extended to full length. Submissions will be considered only in the category
in which they are submitted.

We invite authors to submit original papers related to virtualization across
all layers of the software stack down to the microarchitectural level.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
– virtualization support for programs and programmers;
– architecture support for virtualization;
– operating system support for virtualization;
– compiler and programming language support for virtualization;
– runtime system support for virtualization;
– virtual I/O, storage, and networking;
– memory management;
– management technologies for virtual environments;
– performance analysis and debugging for virtual environments;
– virtualization technologies applied to specific problem domains such as
cloud, HPC, realtime, power management, and security.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (11:59pm, PST)
Author Rebuttal: Friday – Saturday, January 23 – 24, 2015
Author Notification: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Camera-ready Deadline: Thursday, February 12, 2015 (11:59pm, PST)

GENERAL CHAIR:
Ada Gavrilovska (Georgia Institute of Technology)

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS:
Angela Demke Brown (University of Toronto)
Bjarne Steensgaard (Microsoft Research)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:
Jonathan Appavoo (Boston University)
Haibo Chen (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Dilma Da Silva (Texas A&M University)
Amer Diwan (Google)
Daniel Frampton (Microsoft Research)
David Gregg (Trinity College Dublin)
David Grove (IBM Research)
Vishakha Gupta (Intel)
Tomas Kalibera (Purdue University)
Kenichi Kourai (Kyushu Institute of Technology)
Priya Nagpurkar (IBM Research)
Donald Porter (Stony Brook University)
Jennifer Sartor (Ghent University)
Ravi Soundararajan (VMWare)
Gael Thomas (LIP6)
Timothy Wood (GWU)

Start: November 25, 2014
End: November 25, 2014

November 14, 2014

Call for Papers: ASPLOS SRC 2015

Submitted by Onur Mutlu
http://asplos15.bilkent.edu.tr/ASPLOS_ACM_SrC.pdf
CALL FOR PAPERS – ASPLOS SRC 2015
ACM Student Research Competition

Important Dates
=============
Abstract submission: 11:59pm CST Friday November 14, 2014
Acceptance notification: 11:59pm CST Friday January 16, 2015
Poster Session for Accepts: Monday March 16, 2015
Presentations for Finalists: Monday March 16, 2015

ASPLOS is the premier forum for multidisciplinary systems research
spanning computer architecture and hardware, programming languages and
compilers, operating systems and networking, as well as applications
and user interfaces. The 2015 conference will be held in Istanbul,
Turkey, a city where two continents meet on the blue waters of the
Bosphorus to offer an abundance of unique natural, historical,
cultural, and culinary experiences.

http://asplos15.bilkent.edu.tr

Overview
=======
The 20th International Conference on Architectural Support for
Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS) invites
participation in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC). Sponsored
by ACM and Microsoft Research, the SRC is a forum for undergraduates
and graduate students to share their research results, exchange ideas,
and improve their communication skills while competing for
prizes. Students accepted to participate in the SRC are entitled to a
travel grant (up to $500) to help cover travel expenses. The top 3
undergraduate and graduate winners will receive all of the following
prizes:

1. Monetary prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.

2. An award medal (gold, silver or bronze) and a two-year
complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital
Library.

3. The names of the winners and their placement will be posted on the
ACM SRC web site.

4. In addition, the first place winner in each category
(undergraduate, graduate) will receive an invitation to participate in
the SRC Grand Finals, an on-line round of competitions among the first
place winners of individual conference-hosted SRCs. The top three
graduate and undergraduate Grand Finalists will receive an additional
$500, $300, and $200, respectively, along with Grand Finalist medals
(gold, silver, bronze). Grand Finalists and their advisors will be
invited to the Annual ACM Awards Banquet for an all-expenses-paid
trip, where they will be recognized for their accomplishments, along
with other prestigious ACM award winners, including the winner of the
Turing Award.

The SRC consists of two rounds: a poster session and a presentation
session. A panel of judges will select a number of finalists from the
poster session, who will be invited to the presentation session at
ASPLOS 2015 and compete for the prizes. The evaluation will be
concentrated on the quality of both visual and oral presentation, the
research methods, and the significance of contribution. You can find
more information on the ACM Student Research Competition site
(http://src.acm.org/).

Eligibility
=======
A participant in the SRC must meet all following conditions:

* The participant must submit an up to 800-word abstract outlining the
content of a poster that is going to be presented during the
competition.

* The abstract must include the poster title, author names,
affiliations, and the name of the academic advisor.

* It should describe the research problem, motivation and background,
techniques and results, and the prospect for clearly and concisely
conveying the work in a poster format.

* It should state the novelty and contributions of the work
explicitly.

* The submission deadline is November 14th, 2014 at 23:59 CST.

* The abstract must have not appeared before. Novelty is one of the
criteria for selection.

* The abstract and the poster must be authored solely by the
participant.

* The participant can be from anywhere in the world, but must be an
ACM student member, and must maintain an undergraduate or graduate
student status as of November 14, 2014.

* In your submission, please indicate whether you are an undergraduate
or a graduate student.

* You may join ACM prior to entering. Basic student membership is $19
per year or less www.acm.org/membership.

For each accepted SRC poster, a one-page extended abstract in the ACM
format will be included in the ASPLOS 2015 conference proceedings. The
content, however, can be included in a future submission to other
conferences or journals.

Contact
======
For questions regarding the submission process, or for additional
information, clarifications, or questions, please contact the ACM
Student Research Competition Co-chairs, Eren Kursun
(erenkursun@gmail.com) and Gurhan Kucuk (gkucuk@cse.yeditepe.edu.tr).

Sponsors
=======
The ACM Student Research Competition at ASPLOS 2015 is sponsored by
the ACM and Microsoft Research.

Start: November 14, 2014
End: November 14, 2014
Venue: Istanbul, Turkey

November 7, 2014

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Optimization of Parallel Scientific Applications with Accelerated HPC

Submitted by Javier Garcia
http://www.journals.elsevier.com/computers-and-electrical-engineering/call-for-papers/cfp-optimization-of-parallel-scientific-applications-with-ac

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Optimization of Parallel Scientific
Applications with Accelerated HPC
International Journal of Computers & Electrical Engineering

GENERAL SCOPE:

Since 2011, the most powerful supercomputers systems
ranked in the Top500 list have been hybrid systems composed
of thousands of nodes that includes CPUs and accelerators,
as Xeon Phi and GPUs. Programming and deploying applications
on those systems is still a challenge due to complexity of the
system and the need to mix several programming interfaces
(MPI, CUDA, Intel Xeon Phi) in the same application. This special
issue is aimed at exploring the state of the art of developing applications
in accelerated massive HPC architectures, including practical issues
of hybrid usage models with MPI, OpenMP, and other accelerators
programming models. The idea is to publish novel work on the use
of available programming interfaces (MPI, CUDA, Intel Xeon Phi)
and tools for code development, application performance optimizations,
application deployment on accelerated systems, as well as the
advantages and limitations of accelerated HPC systems. Experiences
with real-world applications, including scientific computing, numerical
simulations, healthcare, energy, data-analysis, etc. are also encouraged.

The topics of specific interest for this Special Issue include the following:

- Hybrid and heterogeneous programming with MPI and accelerators
- Performance evaluation of scientific applications based on accelerators
- Automatic performance tuning of scientific applications with accelerators
- Integrating accelerators on existing HPC run-times and middlewares
- Energy efficient HPC solutions based on accelerators
- Storage cache solutions based on SSD accelerators
- Real-world scientific and engineering applications using accelerated HPC

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:

Submitted papers must be written in English and must describe
original research that has not been published, and is not currently
under review by other journals or for conferences. The papers should
be submitted via journal’s submission website and should adhere to
standard formatting requirements. The author guidelines for preparation
of manuscripts are available online. Manuscripts should be no longer
than 20 pages, including the title page, abstract, or references. All
manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted
through the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) at the location indicated.
The authors must choose the Article Type “SI-hpc” at the time of
submission.

The special issue will invite extended versions of the best papers
of ESAA 2014, “International Workshop on Enhancing Parallel
Scientific Applications with Accelerated HPC” at the EuropMPI/Asia
2014 on September 2014 in Kyoto, but it is also open to other authors.
For work that has been published previously in the workshop or conference,
it is required that submissions to the special issue have at least 30%
new content/contribution. Each submission will be peer-reviewed to
ensure a very high quality of papers selected for the Special Issue.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Submission of papers: November 1st 2014
Communication of first round of review results: January 15th 2015
Submission of revised manuscript: February 15th 2015
Notification of acceptance: April 1st 2015
Final paper due: May 1st 2015
Publication date: August 2015

GUEST EDITORS:

Jesus Carretero,
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Email: Jesus.carretero@uc3m.es

Javier Garcia-Blas,
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
E-mail: fjblas@arcos.inf.uc3m.es

Maya Neytcheva,
Uppsala University, Sweden
E-mail: Maya.Neytcheva@it.uu.se

Start: November 7, 2014
End: November 7, 2014

November 1, 2014

Call for Papers: IEEE Computer Special Issue on Irregular Applications

Submitted by Antonino Tumeo
http://www.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/cocfp8

IEEE Computer Special issue on Irregular Applications

Full paper submission deadline: 1 February 2015
Publication date: August 2015
 

The broad class of irregular applications is characterized by unpredictable
memory access patterns, control structures, and/or network transfers. These
applications typically use pointers or linked list–based data structures
such as graphs, unbalanced trees, and unstructured grids. Their complex
behavior makes it difficult to fully exploit their significant latent
parallelism. In addition to performance concerns, dataset size presents a
challenge in emerging irregular applications because they often operate
on massive amounts of unstructured heterogeneous data that is
usually difficult to partition.

Current high-performance architectures rely on data locality as well as regular
computations, structured data, and easily partitionable datasets; consequently,
they do not cope well with the computational and data requirements of
irregular applications. Furthermore, scaling on current supercomputing machines
is problematic, because of limits associated with fine-grained communication and
synchronization. These applications exist in well established and emerging
fields such as: CAD; bioinformatics; semantic graph databases; machine
learning; analysis of social, transportation, communication, and other types of
networks; and computer security. Addressing the many system-related issues
posed by irregular applications on current and future system architectures
is critical to solving future scientific challenges.

This special issue seeks to explore solutions for supporting the efficient
design, development, and execution of irregular applications. Practical
and theoretical topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- Micro- and system-level architectures;
- Network and memory architectures;
- Many-core, hybrid, heterogeneous, and custom architectures
(tiled processors, GPUs, FPGAs);
- Modeling, evaluation, and characterization of architectures for
memory-intensive and irregular applications;
- Innovative algorithmic techniques;
- Combinatorial (graph) algorithms and their applications;
- Languages and programming models;
- Library and runtime support;
- Compiler and analysis techniques; and
- Case studies of irregular applications (for example,
semantic graph databases, data mining, security, bioinformatics).

Articles focused on approaches that span multiple levels of the stack
— ideally providing application-specific, end-to‐end solutions — are of
particular interest. Articles should provide context for their contributions
with respect to existing solutions as well as potential commercial impact.

GUEST EDITORS
Antonino Tumeo (antonino.tumeo@pnnl.gov), PNNL
John Feo (john.feo@pnnl.gov), PNNL

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Paper submissions are due 1 February 2015.

Only technical articles describing previously unpublished, original,
state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference
or a journal will be considered. Articles should be understandable to a
broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals,
avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts.
All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and
relevance to Computer’s readership. Accepted papers will be professionally
edited for content and style.

For author guidelines and information on how to submit a manuscript,
visit http://www.computer.org/portal/web/peerreviewmagazines/computer.

Start: November 1, 2014
End: February 1, 2015