Workshop on Heterogeneous High-performance Reconfigurable Computing

Final Submission Deadline
August 31, 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 31, 2015 (extended)
– Acceptance Notification: September 15, 2015
– Camera-ready Manuscripts Due: October 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 Computing

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.

Submission site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=h2rc

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