[hpc-announce] CFP: 1st Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Agent-Based Simulations (with Euro-Par 2013)

Vittorio Scarano vitsca at dia.unisa.it
Tue May 14 02:05:03 CDT 2013

Call for Papers
1st Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Agent-Based Simulations

August 26th, 2013, Aachen (Germany), jointly with Euro-Par 2013
Submission deadline: May 31st, 2013
NEW: EasyChair Submission Site is ready at:

• Vittorio Scarano (Università di Salerno, Italy), chair
• Gennaro Cordasco (Seconda Università di Napoli, Italy),
• Rosario De Chiara (Poste Italiane, Italy),
• Ugo Erra (Università della Basilicata, Italy)

Program Committee
• Maria Chli (Aston University, United Kingdom)
• Claudio Cioffi-Revilla (George Mason University, USA)
• Biagio Cosenza (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
• Nick Collier (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
• Rosaria Conte (CNR, Italy)
• Andrew Evans, (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
• Bernardino Frola (The MathWorks, Cambridge, UK)
• Nicola Lettieri (Università del Sannio e ISFOL, Italy)
• Sean Luke (George Mason University, USA)
• Michael North (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
• Mario Paolucci (CNR, Italy)
• Paul Richmond (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
• Arnold Rosenberg (Northeastern University, USA)
• Michela Taufer (University of Delaware, USA)

Objectives of the Workshop
Agent-Based Simulation Models are an increasingly popular tool for research and
management in many fields such as ecology, economics, sociology, etc..
In some fields, such as social sciences, these models are seen as a
key instrument
to the generative approach, essential for understanding complex social
But also in policy-making, biology, military simulations, control of
mobile robots
and economics, the relevance and effectiveness of Agent-Based
Simulation Models is
recently recognized.
Computer science community has responded to the need for platforms that can help
the development and testing of new models in each specific field by
providing tools,
libraries and frameworks that speed up and make massive simulations possible.

The key objective of this First Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Agent-Based
Simulations is to bring  together the researchers that are interested in getting
more performances from their simulations, by using synchronized, many-core
simulations (e.g., GPUs), strongly coupled, parallel simulations (e.g. MPI) and
loosely coupled, distributed simulations (distributed heterogeneous setting).
Several frameworks have been recently developed and are active in this field.
They range from the GPU-Manycore approach, to Parallel, to Distributed
environments. In the first category, you can find FLAME GPU, that
allows also non
GPU specialists to harness the GPUs performance for real time simulation and
visualization. For tightly-coupled, large computing clusters and supercomputers
a very popular framework is Repast for High Performance Computing (REPAST-HPC),
a C++-based modeling system. On the distributed side, recent work on
Distributed Mason, allows non specialists to use heterogeneous hardware and
software in local area networks for enlarging the size and speeding up the
simulation of complex Agent-Based models.

Topics of interest
• Frameworks for parallel/distributed ABSs.
• Case studies of ABSs in parallel/distributed settings, with an emphasis
    on the technical implementation, architectural choices and their
impact on performances
• Benchmark parallel/distributed ABSs
• Debugging parallel/distributed ABSs
• Formal methods and algorithms for ABSs in parallel/distributed models
• Load Balancing algorithms, techniques and frameworks
• Management and deployment of parallel/distributed ABSs
• Visualization of parallel/distributed ABSs

Paper submission
The papers will be presented in the regular format (10 pages LNCS format,
5 pages for short papers) and will be reviewed, anonymously by at least 2
reviewers of the Program Committee. Acceptance as regular/short papers will
depend upon scientific value, originality and relevance to the Workshop theme.

Euro-Par Workshops Proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture
Notes for Computer Science series after the Workshops. Submissions and reviewing
will be through EasyChair at
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=padabs2013 .

Important Dates
• May 31st 2013, Submission deadline
• July 8th, 2013: Authors notification
• August 26th, 2013: Workshop
• October 3rd, 2013: Camera-ready papers due

Contact information:
• Vittorio Scarano: vitsca at dia.unisa.it
• Ugo Erra: ugo.erra at unibas.it
• Gennaro Cordasco: gennaro.cordasco at unina2.it
• Rosario De Chiara: dechia24 at posteitaliane.it

Vittorio Scarano
Dipartimento di Informatica,
Università di Salerno, Fisciano (SA) -- 84084 ITALY

E-mail:          vitsca at dia.unisa.it
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