JPDC Special Issue on Energy Efficient Multi-Core and Many-Core Systems

Final Submission Deadline
September 1, 2015

Submitted by Amir Rahmani

Special Issue on Energy Efficient Multicore and Manycore Systems
The Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (Elsevier)

Recent trends in the microprocessor industry have important ramifications for
the design of the next generation of high-performance as well as embedded
parallel and network-based systems. By increasing number of cores, it is
possible to improve the performance while keeping the power consumption at the
bay. This trend has reached the deployment stage in parallel and network-based
systems ranging from small ultramobile devices to large telecommunication
servers. It is expected that the number of cores in these systems increases
dramatically in the near future. For such systems, energy efficiency is one of
the primary design constraints. The cessation of Dennard scaling and the dark
silicon phenomenon have limited recent improvements in transistor speed and
energy efficiency, resulting in slowed improvements in multi-core and many-core
systems. Consequently, architectural innovation has become crucial to achieve
performance and efficiency gains. New technologies that combine different types
of cores or similar cores with different computation capabilities can result in
a better match between the workload and the execution hardware improving
overall system energy efficiency. In addition, multi-core and many-core systems
need to be able to reconfigure themselves adaptively by monitoring their own
condition and the surrounding environment in order to adapt themselves to
different scenarios and performance-power requirements. Runtime monitoring
becomes crucial in the near future parallel and distributed multicore systems
due to increase in thermal issues as well as due to the need for various
adaptive managements.

This special issue addresses all aspects of energy-efficient computing in parallel
and distributed multi-core and many-core systems. Topics of interest include:
– Power and thermal estimation, analysis, optimization, and management
techniques for hardware and software systems
– Energy- and thermal aware application mapping and scheduling
– Energy- and thermal-aware dark silicon system design and optimization
– Energy-efficient heterogeneous system architecture
– Programming models, tools, languages and compilers to support energy-
aware computing
– Low-power monitor and sensor circuits
– Energy Efficient defect/fault tolerance, testing, and reliability
– Aging aware design, energy- and thermal-related reliability issues
– Energy-efficient off-chip/on-chip communication architectures including
– 3D architectures, integration and synthesis
– Energy-proportional systems
– Energy-efficient memory architectures and technologies (e.g. coherence
– Formal methods for modeling, design and verification of energy efficient
parallel and network-based systems
– Application analysis and parallelization for energy-efficient design
– Cases studies of parallel and network-based systems demonstrating
energy-efficient implementation as well as emerging applications and design

– Hannu Tenhunen, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (hannu@kth.se)
– Alexander V. Veidenbaum, University of California, Irvine, USA (alexv@ics.uci.edu)
– Jose L. Ayala, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain (jayala@ucm.es)
– Pasi Liljeberg, University of Turku, Finland (pakrli@utu.fi)
– Amir Rahmani, University of Turku, Finland (amirah@utu.fi)

Manuscript due: September 1st, 2015
Acceptance/rejection notification: November 15th, 2015
2nd round check: January 15th, 2016
Final manuscript due: March 15th, 2016

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and an explanation should be provided how such papers have been extended to
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Authors should make sure to select the correct special issue by selecting
“SI: E2MC2” in the Article Type step