Workshop on Heterogeneous High-performance Reconfigurable Computing

Final Submission Deadline
August 15, 2015

Submitted by Jason D. Bakos

First International Workshop on Heterogeneous High-performance
Reconfigurable Computing (H2RC 2015)

in conjunction with Supercomputing 2015
Austin, TX, USA
Sunday, November 15, 2015
– Submission Deadline: August 15, 2015
– Acceptance Notification: September 15, 2015
– Camera-ready/Author Registration: April 15, 2015
– Workshop Date: November 15, 2015

With Exascale systems on the horizon at the same time that conventional
von-Neumann architectures are suffering from rising power densities, we
are facing an era with power, energy-efficiency, and cooling as
first-class constraints for scalable HPC. FPGAs can tailor the hardware
to the application, avoiding overheads of general-purpose
architectures. Leading FPGA manufacturers have recently made a
concerted effort to provide a range of higher-level, easier to use,
high level programming models for FPGAs, including the OpenCL
framework, which is already widely used by the HPC community for
heterogeneous computing. OpenCL is particularly appealing because it
offers the potential for portability to GPUs and Xeon Phi.

Such initiatives are already stimulating new interest within the HPC
community around the potential advantages of FPGAs over other
architectures in terms of both performance and energy consumption. With
this in mind, this will be the first workshop at SC to bring together
HPC and heterogeneous-computing researchers to demonstrate and share
experiences on how newly-available high-level programming models,
including OpenCL, are already empowering HPC software developers to
directly leverage FPGAs, and to identify future opportunities and needs
for research in this area.

Submissions are solicited which explore the state of the art in the use
of FPGAs in heterogeneous high-performance compute architectures and,
at a system level, in data centers and supercomputers. FPGAs may be
considered from either or both the distributed, parallel and composable
fabric of compute elements or from their dynamic reconfigurability. We
especially encourage submissions which not only consider the
implementation of algorithms and applications in FPGAs but concretely
relate this to the heterogeneous compute model consisting of
differently functioned cooperating compute elements and the overall
impact of such architectures on the compute capacity, cost and power
efficiency, and computational capabilities of data centers and
supercomputers. Submissions may report on theoretical or applied
research, implementation case studies, benchmarks, standards, or any
other area that promises to make a significant contribution to our
understanding of heterogeneous high-performance reconfigurable
computing and will help to shape future research and implementations in
this domain. A non-comprehensive list of potential topics of interest
is given below:

1. FPGAs in the Cloud and Data Center: FPGAs in relation to challenges
to Cloud/Data Center/Supercomputing posed by the end of Dennard scaling

2. Cloud and Data Center Applications: Exploiting FPGA compute fabric to
implement critical cloud/HPC applications

3. Leveraging Reconfigurability: Using reconfigurability for new
approaches to algorithms used in cloud/HPC applications

4. Benchmarks: Compute performance and/or power and cost efficiency for
cloud/HPC with heterogeneous architectures using FPGAs

5. Implementation Studies: Heterogeneous Hardware and Management

6. Programming Languages/Tools/Frameworks for FPGA Heterogeneous

7. Future-gazing: New Applications/The Cloud Enabled by FPGA
Heterogeneous Computing, Evolution of Computer Architecture in
relation to FPGA Heterogeneous Computing

8. Community Building: Standards, consortium activity, open source,
education, initiatives to enable and grow FPGA Heterogeneous

Prospective authors are invited to submit original and unpublished
contributions as 8-page papers. All contributions must be submitted
electronically in ACM SIG Proceedings format via the following link:

All papers selected for this workshop will be peer-reviewed. The
authors of accepted papers will be scheduled to present their work in
one of the two lightning talks sessions. Workshop proceedings will be
made available online and authors will retain their copyright.

Workshop Organizers:
Michaela Blott, Xilinx
Michael Leventhal, Xilinx
Michael Lysaght, ICHEC
Torsten Hoefler, ETH Zurich
Kevin Skadron, University of Virginia
Jason D. Bakos, University of South Carolina

Technical Program Co-Chairs:
Deming Chen, UIUC
Kees Vissers, Xilinx Research

Program Committee:
Junwei Bao, Baidu
Michaela Blott, Xilinx
Paul Chow, University of Toronto
Carl Ebeling, Altera
Hans Eberle, NVIDIA
Tarek El-Ghazawi, George Washington University
Wu Feng, Virginia Tech
Georgi Gaydadjiev, Maxeler
Alan George, University of Florida
Christoph Hagleitner, IBM
Martin Herbordt, Boston University
H. Peter Hofstee, IBM Research, Austin
Miriam Leeser, Northeastern University
Wayne Luk, Imperial College
Walid Najjar, University of California Riverside
Viktor Prasanna, University of Southern California
Desh Singh, Altera
Mitch Wright, HP