[hpc-announce] Call For Papers: HARSH 2013

Augusto J Vega ajvega at us.ibm.com
Fri Nov 9 08:43:02 CST 2012

                             HARSH 2013
 First Workshop on Highly-Reliable Power-Efficient Embedded Designs

                          CALL FOR PAPERS
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February 24th, 2013, Shenzhen, China
In conjunction with HPCA-2013, CGO-2013, and PPoPP-2013


HARSH-2013 will provide a unique forum for the discussion of the challenges
in the design and operation of harsh environment-capable embedded

Nowadays, embedded chips are deployed almost everywhere, from mobile phones
to on-board electronics in automobiles and satellites. Different from
conventional microprocessor designs, the operation conditions of embedded
processors are severely constrained by the environment. For example, in
aerospace applications, the computer installed on Mars rover "Curiosity"
has to tolerate extreme space radiation and temperatures, operate at low
power, and provide enough computation capability to perform
mission-critical tasks. Embedded designs for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
(UAVs) also encounter extremely challenging design requirements. Despite
their tight power budget, UAV chips demand significant throughput for
real-time high-speed image processing. In the context of oil and gas
exploration and extraction, embedded processors can be found even on the
drill string itself, to process sensor inputs in real time while
withstanding high temperatures and humidity levels.

To guarantee reliability across these drastically diverse environments, the
design and operation of embedded processors should not be solely confined
to the chip but traverse different layers in the computing system,
involving firmware, operating system, applications, as well as power
management units and communication interfaces. The goal of HARSH-2013 is to
facilitate the exchange of the latest ideas, insights, and knowledge
related to all critical aspects of new-generation harsh environment-capable
embedded processors, including micro-architectural approaches, cross-stack
hardware/software techniques, and emerging challenges and opportunities. We
hope to attract a group of interdisciplinary researchers from academia,
industry, and government research labs.

In addition to the presentation of selected paper submissions, keynote
speakers will be invited to kick-off the workshop sessions and a "Best
Paper" award will be presented at the conclusion of the workshop. To
encourage discussion between participants, HARSH-2013 will organize
dedicated programs for discussion between presenters and the audience.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

(1) Architecture design and implementation for highly-reliable
    power-efficient embedded processors:
    - Architectural approaches for reliability assurance under
      very-low power budgets.
    - Availability, soft-error tolerance and recovery issues.
    - Highly-reliable cache/memory hierarchies.
    - Massive heterogeneous processing capabilities.
    - Power management techniques.
    - Very-low power, reliable real-time processing.
    - Specialized accelerator architectures and unique designs.
    - Reusable and/or reconfigurable embedded designs.
    - Packaging and cooling.

(2) Cross-stack hardware/software techniques:
    - Cross-stack approaches for reliability assurance under
      very-low power budgets.
    - Reliability- and power-aware operating systems, compilers,
      workload managers, firmware and other software.
    - Workload analysis and optimization for reliable low-power
      embedded systems.

(3) Applications:
    - Aerospace: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), planetary rovers
      and space probes, satellites, avionic systems, etc.
    - Medical support: lifesaving monitors, portable medical devices,
      high-end imaging systems, etc.
    - Oil and gas exploration and extraction: unmanned underwater
      vehicles (UUVs), measurement while drilling (MWD), logging while
      drilling (LWD), etc.
    - Aerial surveillance.
    - Disaster search, rescue, and relief.
    - Novel applications for highly-reliable low-power embedded chips.


To submit regular papers to the workshop, please visit:

If you have questions regarding submission, please contact us:
harsh2013 at easychair.org

Important Dates:

  - Dec 21, 2012: Submission deadline
  - Jan 14, 2013: Notification of acceptance
  - Feb 4, 2013:  Final paper submission
  - Feb 24, 2013: Workshop date


  - Xuan Zhang (Harvard University)
  - Augusto Vega (IBM)
  - David Brooks (Harvard University)
  - Alper Buyuktosunoglu (IBM)
  - Pradip Bose (IBM)


  - Pradip Bose (IBM)
  - David Brooks (Harvard University)
  - Alper Buyuktosunoglu (IBM)
  - Jeff Derby (IBM)
  - Ann Gordon-Ross (University of Florida)
  - Subhasish Mitra (Stanford University)
  - Alex Ramirex (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
  - Brian Rogers (IBM)
  - Eric Rotenberg (NC State University)
  - Li Shang (University of Colorado)
  - Aviral Shrivastava (Arizona State University)
  - Augusto Vega (IBM)
  - Xuan Zhang (Harvard University)
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