HARSH 2016

Final Submission Deadline
January 22, 2016

Submitted by Augusto Vega

Workshop on Highly-Reliable Power-Efficient Embedded Designs (HARSH 2016)
in conjunction with HPCA, CGO, and PPoPP 2016
Barcelona, Spain
March 12, 2016
– Submission deadline: Jan 22, 2016
– Notification of acceptance: Feb 8, 2016
– Final paper submission: Feb 26, 2016
– Workshop date: Mar 12, 2016

HARSH 2016 will provide a unique forum for the discussion of the challenges in
the design and operation of harsh environment-capable embedded processors.

Nowadays, embedded chips are deployed almost everywhere, from mobile phones to
on-board electronics in automobiles and satellites. Different from
conventional microprocessor designs, the operation conditions of embedded
processors are severely constrained by the environment. For example, in
aerospace applications, the computer installed on Mars rover “Curiosity” has
to tolerate extreme space radiation and temperatures, operate at low power,
and provide enough computation capability to perform mission-critical tasks.
Embedded designs for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) also encounter extremely
challenging design requirements. Despite their tight power budget, UAV chips
demand significant throughput for real-time high-speed image processing. In
the context of oil and gas exploration and extraction, embedded processors can
be found even on the drill string itself, to process sensor inputs in real
time while withstanding high temperatures and humidity levels.

To guarantee reliability across these drastically diverse environments, the
design and operation of embedded processors should not be solely confined to
the chip but traverse different layers in the computing system, involving
firmware, operating system, applications, as well as power management units
and communication interfaces. The goal of HARSH 2016 is to facilitate the
exchange of the latest ideas, insights, and knowledge related to all critical
aspects of new-generation harsh environment-capable embedded processors,
including micro-architectural approaches, cross-stack hardware/software
techniques, and emerging challenges and opportunities. We hope to attract a
group of interdisciplinary researchers from academia, industry, and government
research labs.

In addition to the presentation of selected paper submissions, keynote
speakers will be invited to kick-off the workshop sessions and a “Best Paper”
award will be presented at the conclusion of the workshop. To encourage
discussion between participants, HARSH 2016 will organize dedicated programs
for discussion between presenters and the audience.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

(1) Architecture design and implementation for highly-reliable power-efficient
embedded processors:
– Architectural approaches for reliability assurance under very-low power
– Availability, soft-error tolerance and recovery issues
– Highly-reliable cache/memory hierarchies
– Massive heterogeneous processing capabilities
– Power management techniques
– Very-low power, reliable real-time processing
– Specialized accelerator architectures and unique designs
– Reusable and/or reconfigurable embedded designs
– Packaging and cooling

(2) Cross-stack hardware/software techniques:
– Cross-stack approaches for reliability assurance under very-low power
– Reliability- and power-aware operating systems, compilers, workload
managers, firmware and other software
– Workload analysis and optimization for reliable low-power embedded

(3) Applications:
– Aerospace: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), planetary rovers and space
probes, satellites, avionic systems, etc.
– Medical support: lifesaving monitors, portable medical devices, high-end
imaging systems, etc.
– Oil and gas exploration and extraction
– Aerial surveillance
– Disaster search, rescue, and relief
– Novel applications for highly-reliable low-power embedded chips

Papers reporting original research results pertaining to the above and related
topics are solicited. Full paper manuscripts must be in English of up to 6
pages (using the IEEE two-column format). The on-line submission site is
EasyChair. If web submission is not possible, please contact the program
co-chairs for alternate arrangements.

– Augusto Vega (IBM Research)
– Xuan (Silvia) Zhang (Washington University in St. Louis)
– David Brooks (Harvard University)
– Alper Buyuktosunoglu (IBM Research)
– Pradip Bose (IBM Research)