3rd Workshop on Near-Data Processing

Final Submission Deadline
October 9, 2015

Submitted by Boris Grot

3rd Workshop on Near-Data Processing (WoNDP)
in conjunction with MICRO’15
Waikiki, Hawaii, USA
December 5 or 6, 2015
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. This is the 3rd edition of
this workshop. The first two editions were held at MICRO 2013 and 2014, and had
over 60 attendees each. 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
– Performance evaluation of Near-Data Processing systems and subsystems
– Power-efficiency and reliability analysis and evaluation of Near-Data

Two kinds of papers are invited:
1) Technical papers (4-6 pages) with preliminary results.
2) 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. Blind submissions are optional. The selected papers
will be made available online. Publication in WoNDP does not preclude later
publication at regular conferences or journals.

Paper submissions due: October 9, 2015
Notification: November 6th, 2015
Final Paper Due: December 1st, 2015

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