[hpc-announce] Call for Papers: WoDet 2014 (Workshop on Determinism and Correctness in Parallel Programming)

Joseph Devietti devietti at cis.upenn.edu
Tue Nov 19 10:58:55 CST 2013

WODET 2014 Call for Papers

Fifth Workshop on Determinism and Correctness in Parallel Programming
Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday, March 2 2014
Co-located with ASPLOS 2014


Submission deadline: Friday, January 10 2014 at 11:59pm US Eastern Time
Notification: Sunday, February 9 2014


Simplifying parallel programming and making parallel programs execute
correctly are important goals. Support for programmability,
correctness and reliability, such as support for determinism and
failure tolerance, has moved us toward these goals.  We have seen
tremendous progress, but deciding what support to provide for which
properties remains an active research area with many open questions:
What are the performance and programmability trade-offs for providing
a particular property?  What is the right balance between support for
finding or fixing bugs and preventing them with more restrictive
programming models? How should we handle programs that violate safety
properties for performance or expressivity?  How can we accommodate
heterogeneous parallel computers?  What is the role of each layer of
the system stack?  These questions are increasingly urgent as more
computing goes parallel, from sensors to data centers.

The Workshop on Determinism and Correctness in Parallel Programming
(WoDet) is an inclusive, across-the-stack forum to discuss the role of
a wide range of correctness properties in parallel and concurrent
programming. While determinism is an important theme, the scope of the
workshop includes other correctness properties for parallel programs
and systems. The workshop will be a full day event with invited talks
and technical sessions for short peer-reviewed papers discussing
ideas, positions, or preliminary research results.


In addition to answers to the questions above, topics of interest include:

* Language extensions for disciplined parallelism, e.g., determinism,
structured parallelism
* Architecture, OS, runtime, and compiler support for parallel program
* Concurrent program debugging techniques
* New properties of parallel programs
* Limit studies and empirical studies of the cost of safety properties
* Studies of the applicability of correctness properties in parallel
programs and algorithms
* Techniques for avoiding/tolerating failures due to concurrency bugs
* Real-world experience with safe parallel programming models, systems, or tools


Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished work that
exposes a new problem, advocates a specific solution, or reports on
actual experience. Papers should be submitted using the standard
two-column ACM SIG proceedings or SIG alternate template, and are
limited to 6 pages (including figures, tables and references). Final
papers will be made available to participants electronically at the
meeting, but to facilitate resubmission to more formal venues, no
archival proceedings will be published, and papers will not be sent to
the ACM Digital Library. Authors will be given the option of having
their final paper accessible from the workshop website.


Brandon Lucia, Microsoft Research
Joe Devietti, University of Pennsylvania


Eddie Aftandilian, Google
Joe Devietti, University of Pennsylvania
Jakob Eriksson, University of Illinois at Chicago
Shan Lu, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Brandon Lucia, Microsoft Research
Santosh Nagarakatte, Rutgers University
Mark Oskin, University of Washington
Michael Scott, University of Rochester
Serdar Taşiran, Koç University
Martin Vechev, ETH Zürich
Eran Yahav, Technion

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