Call for Papers:

Workshop on Heterogeneous High-performance Reconfigurable Computing

Final Submission Deadline
August 15, 2018

Fourth International Workshop on Heterogeneous High-performance Reconfigurable Computing (H2RC)
in conjunction with Supercomputing 2018
Dallas, TX, USA
November 11, 2018

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2018
Acceptance Notification: September 18, 2018
Camera-ready Manuscripts Due: October 15, 2018
Workshop Date: November 11, 2018

As 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 and achieving higher hardware efficiency than 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.

Such initiatives are already stimulating new interest within the HPC community around the potential advantages of FPGAs over other architectures. With this in mind, this workshop, now its fourth year, brings 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.

H2RC is a half-day Sunday workshop. It will be comprised of:
– Keynote and invited talks
– Talks selected among paper submissions
– Panel discussion on research opportunities and needs

Submissions are solicited that 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 particularly encourage submissions which focus on the mapping of algorithms and applications to heterogeneous FPGA-based systems as well as the overall impact of such architectures on the compute capacity, cost, power efficiency, and overall computational capabilities of data centers and supercomputers. A non-comprehensive list of potential topics of interest is given below:
1. FPGAs in the cloud and data center
2. Cloud and data center applications
3. Leveraging reconfigurability
4. Benchmarks
5. Implementation studies
6. Programming languages, tools, and frameworks
7. Future-gazing
8. Community building

Special theme for 2018:
For this year’s workshop we especially encourage the submission of papers on the topic of FPGA-based support for non-volatile memory and near-memory computing. Non-volatile memory (NVM) technologies such as Flash and Phase-Change memory potentially facilitate shared storage in the microsecond regime. In emerging systems, NVM may serve as a new level of memory hierarchy or as a networked resource. To this end, early work in developing both system-level interfaces to NVM (such as NVMe) and network-level interfaces to NVM (such as RDMA over Converged Ethernet 2) rely heavily on FPGAs as low-latency intermediaries.

Prospective authors are invited to submit relevant contributions as an extended abstract in ACM SIG Proceedings format of up to four pages.

You can submit your contribution(s) through a link on the H2RC website:

The authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the workshop.

Michaela Blott, Xilinx
Franck Cappello, Argonne National Lab
Torsten Hoefler, ETH Zurich
Jason D. Bakos, University of South Carolina