[hpc-announce] Call for Papers: Workshop on Unconventional Cluster Architectures and Applications (UCAA)

Holger Fröning froening at uni-hd.de
Thu Feb 23 08:51:17 CST 2012

                            CALL FOR PAPERS

                     1st International Workshop on
         Unconventional Cluster Architectures and Applications

               September 10th 2012 - Pittsburgh, PA, USA
                   In conjunction with the ICPP 2012

This workshop gears to gather recent work on unconventional cluster 
architectures and applications, which might have a big impact on future 
cluster architectures. This includes any cluster architecture that is 
not based on the usual commodity components and therefore makes use of 
some special hard- or software elements, or that is used for very 
special and unconventional applications. Examples include GPUs, MICs 
(Many Integrated Core) and FPGAs on the hardware side, and 
virtualization, in-memory storage and device-to-device communication on 
the software side. We are in particular encouraging work on disruptive 
approaches, which may show inferior performance today but can already 
point out their full performance potential. The broad scope of the 
workshop facilitates submissions on unconventional uses of hardware or 
software, gearing to gather ideas that are coming to life now and not 
limiting them except for their context: clusters.

We are seeking new proposals presented from a holistic perspective. In 
this regard, one of the aims of the workshop is anticipating the 
evolution of clusters. Instead of just presenting new work carried out 
in the traditional cluster areas usually addressed in other conferences 
and workshops, we are thinking on creating the right atmosphere for a 
discussion of opportunities in cluster computing. In this regard, 
contributions would not only be accepted according to their technical 
merits but also according to their contribution to this discussion.

Topics of interest include any unconventional cluster architecture or 
application. Examples include, but are not limited to:
   - High-performance, data-intensive, and power-aware computing
   - Application-specific clusters, datacenters, and high performance
     cloud architectures
   - New industry and technology trends and their potential impact on one
     of the above
   - Dedicated support for novel parallel programming paradigms like PGAS
   - Software cluster-level virtualization for consolidation purposes
   - Hardware techniques for disaggregation of resources
   - Management techniques for large-scale systems
   - New uses of GPUs, FPGAs, and other specialized hardware

Paper submission: 1st May 2012
Notification of acceptance: 7th June 2012
Camera-ready paper: 27th June 2012

Submissions may not exceed 8 pages (single spaced, 11pt font, 8½×11-inch 
pages) in PDF format including figures and references. We recommend a 
minimum of 6 pages. Submitted papers must be original work that has not 
appeared in and is not under consideration for another conference or 
journal. Work in progress is welcome, but first results should be made 
available as a proof of concept. Submissions only consisting of a 
proposal will be rejected. Visit http://www.gap.upv.es/ucaa for 
additional details about paper submission.

The authors of the best three papers from the workshop will be directly 
invited to submit an extended version for a special issue on the 
Springer Cluster Computing Journal 
(http://www.springer.com/journal/10586). From the rest of the papers 
presented in the workshop, selected ones will be invited to submit an 
extended version. These papers will undergo a shepherding process in 
order to provide the authors with guidance for improving their work. 
Shepherds will be selected from the program committee members, which 
will also ensure the quality of the new versions. Notice that this 
special issue will be open to other works not previously submitted to 
the workshop, although these new papers will compete with the shepherded 
ones, which will have higher priority for similar quality papers.

Federico Silla, U. Politécnica Valencia
Holger Fröning, U. Heidelberg

José Duato, U. Politécnica Valencia
Sudhakar Yalamanchili, Georgia Tech
Ulrich Brüning, U. Heidelberg

Elvira Baydal, U. Politécnica Valencia
David Black-Schaffer, U. Uppsala
Rainer Buchty, Karlsruhe Inst. Technology
Stephan Diestelhorst, AMD
Hans Eberle, Oracle
Pedro Garcia, U. Castilla-La Mancha
Ada Gavrilovska, Georgia Tech
Torsten Hoefler, U. Illinois
Mark Hummel, AMD
Gabriele Jost, TACC & AMD
Ben Juurlink, Technische U. Berlin
Rafael Mayo, U. Jaume I
Gaspar Mora, Intel
Mondrian Nuessle, U. Heidelberg
Juan Manuel Orduña, U. Valencia
Frank Olaf Sem-jacobsen, Simula
Christian Terboven, RWTH Aachen
Jesper Larsson Traeff, U. Tech. Vienna
Jeff Young, Georgia Tech
Sam Williams, Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

For more information visit: http://www.gap.upv.es/ucaa

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