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

Ali R. Butt butta at cs.vt.edu
Sun Jul 13 11:41:36 CDT 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS – Special issue of Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems (SUSCOM) on Disruptive Technologies for Energy-Efficient Computing

Scope: The energy consumption of computing systems and infrastructures is a major obstacle towards realising new computing paradigms. Despite significant advancements in the power-efficiency 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 zero-power computing ecosystem replacing the current power-aware computing ecosystem. This vision will raise unprecedented challenges in all functional and non-functional 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 energy-efficiency 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 low-voltage processors
		• Accelerators
		• Reconfigurable processors
		• Hetereogenous multicore processors
		• System-on-chip
		• Non-volatile memory technologies
		• Phase Change Memeory
		• Novel router architectures
		• Novel mobile architectures and devices

	• System software
		• Software integration of disruptive technologies
		• Operating systems
		• Virtualization
		• Energy abstractions in languages and programming models
		• Novel routing protocols
		• Novel mobile systems
	• Data center Architecture
		• System support for energy-harvesting 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: Aug 31, 2014
	• First decision notification: December 15, 2014
	• Tentative publication schedule: Second 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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