Final Submission Deadline
March 29, 2015

Submitted by Girish Venkatasubramanian
8th Annual Workshop on the Interaction amongst Virtualization,
Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture ( WIVOSCA 2015 )

Held in conjunction with the ISCA-42
Operating Systems (OS) constitute a major software component and are essential
to any computing system. Commercial and server workloads such as online
transaction processing, database, file/e-mail servers involve significant
OS-level activity. The interactions between OS and emerging architectures
(e.g. homogeneous and heterogeneous chip multiprocessors, simultaneous
multithreading systems) / technology (e.g. hardware-assisted virtualization)
are projected to continuously increase. In addition, the use of a wide variety
of virtualization techniques, ranging from application-level virtualization to
full-system virtualization, for providing application portability, managing
power and performance, providing QoS guarantees and to effectively use
the power of emerging architectures, has become prominent.

To optimize system performance/power/reliability/security, it is important to
facilitate efficient interaction and cooperation amongst the three constantly
evolving components – OS, virtualization and computer architecture.

This workshop focuses on characterizing, modeling, and optimizing the
interaction between OS and hardware in the light of emerging architecture
paradigms, workloads, and computing technology. Topics of particular interest
include, but are not limited to:

– Architectural support for OS functionality and services
– Architectural support for virtual machines and hypervisors
– Hardware acceleration of OS and Virtualization services
– OS and Virtualization support for emerging computer architectures
– Implications of virtualization on OS design
– Effect of OS/Virtualization on emerging architectures
– System software-aware microarchitecture design
– Leveraging OS/Virtualization to optimize reliability/thermal/power
– Frameworks and tools for full-system simulation
– Characterization of OS/Virtualization activity in emerging workloads
– Performance, power, dependability, and security in OS/Virtualization
– OS/Virtualization -intensive benchmark suites
– Evaluation of the interaction/interference among OS/user
– Mitigation of OS and Virtualization related execution bottlenecks
– Architecture and Virtualization issues in data centers
– Architecture and Virtualization support for cloud computing

Furthermore, the workshop aims at providing a forum for researchers, engineers,
and students from academia and industry to discuss their latest research in
virtualization, computer architecture and OS, to bring their ideas and research
problems to the attention of others, and to obtain valuable and instant
feedback from fellow researchers.

Tao Li, University of Florida (taoli@ece.ufl.edu)
James Poe, Miami Dade College (jpoe@mdc.edu)
Girish Venkatasubramanian, Intel (girish.venkatasubramanian@intel.com)

– Paper Submission: March 29, 2015
– Author Notification: April 24, 2015
– Camera-ready Version: May 08, 2015