[hpc-announce] CFP -- Special issue of Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems (SUSCOM) on Disruptive Technologies for Energy­ Efficient Computing

Chris Gniady gniady at cs.arizona.edu
Tue Apr 29 15:35:37 CDT 2014

*********Special issue of Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems 
(SUSCOM) on Disruptive Technologies for Energy­ Efficient Computing*******

The energy consumption of computing systems and infrastructures is a 
major obstacle towards realizing new computing paradigms. Despite 
significant advancements in the power­efficiency of processors and an 
increasing awareness of energy among the computing systems research 
community, it is becoming clear that the energy obstacle can only be 
overcome with disruptive and unconventional technologies that span the 
entire hardware and software stack. Foundational work that pushes the 
limits of energy consumption to the absolute minimum, while sustaining 
functionality, performance and the familiar user interfaces is essential 
in this direction. From devices, to new computing algorithms and 
paradigms, to software, to applications, research should envision  a 
zero­power computing ecosystem replacing the current power­aware 
computing ecosystem. This vision will raise unprecedented challenges in 
all functional and non­functional aspects of computing, including 
performance, resilience, accuracy, programmability and usability.

In this special issue, we seek original work that addresses how 
disruptive technologies can improve the energy­efficiency of the current 
computing ecosystem. These technologies may include but are not limited 
to processor, memory, storage and networking technologies; cooling 
technologies; and energy harvesting, storage and recycling technologies. 
Papers should clearly articulate the disruptive aspects of the 
technology presented and demonstrate pathways to integrate the 
technology in the hardware & software stack via experimental prototypes 
or simulation. We solicit papers that span all major computing markets 
where energy­-efficiency is of essence, including sensors, mobile 
computing, HPC systems and datacentres.

Specific topics include, but not limited to, the following topics in 
Energy Efficiency:
*   Hardware architecture
     *Ultra low­voltage processors
     *Reconfigurable processors
     *Heterogeneous multi-core processors
     *Non­volatile memory technologies
     *Phase Change Memory
     *Novel router architectures
     *Novel mobile architectures and devices

*   System software
     *Software integration of disruptive technologies
     *Operating systems
     *Energy abstractions in languages and programming models
     *Novel routing protocols
     *Novel mobile systems

*   Data center Architecture
     *System support for energy­harvesting technologies
     *Cooling technologies
     *Alternative energy
     *Alternative infrastructure designs

Submission Details:

General information for submitting papers to SUSCOM can be found at 
http://ees.elsevier.com/suscom/ (please note the "Guide for Authors" 
link). Submissions to this Special Issue (SI) should be made using 
Elsevier's editorial system at the journal website 
(http://ees.elsevier.com/suscom/, under the "submit paper" link). Please 
make sure to select the "SI: Disruptive Tech" option for the type of the 
paper during the submission process. All submissions must be original 
and may not be under review by another publication. A submission based 
on one or more papers that appeared elsewhere has to comprise major 
value­-added extensions over what appeared previously (at least 30% new 
material). Authors are requested to attach to the submitted paper their 
relevant, previously published articles and a summary document 
explaining the enhancements made in the journal version. All submitted 
papers will be peer reviewed using the normal standards of SUSCOM.

Important Dates:
*   Manuscript due date: May 31, 2014
*   First decision notification: September 15, 2014
*   Tentative publication schedule: First quarter of 2015

Special Issue Editors:
Ali R. Butt, Virginia Tech, USA, butta at cs.vt.edu
Chris Gniady, University of Arizona, USA, gniady at cs.arizona.edu
Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University of Belfast, UK, 
d.nikolopoulos at qub.ac.uk

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