[hpc-announce] CALL FOR POSITION PAPERS : Workshop on Modeling & Simulation of Exascale Systems & Applications - due June 15

Vetter, Jeffrey S. vetter at ornl.gov
Mon May 12 18:21:45 CDT 2014


     Workshop on Modeling & Simulation of Systems & Applications
		   August 13-14, 2014, Seattle, WA

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Advanced Scientific
			  Computing Research

	    Workshop URL: http://hpc.pnl.gov/modsim/2014/
		Submission URL: http://j.mp/modsim2014

Meeting the performance, energy-efficiency, and resilience
requirements of systems and applications at all scales from embedded
to exascale will require rapid, accurate, and dynamic evaluation of
tradeoffs. To provide these capabilities, significant advances in
predictive modeling and simulation methods are needed.  Models are key
tools in the area of application/system co-design. As applications and
systems evolve, models must be able to track ongoing complex changes
and predict the impact of developments in both software and hardware
design. While today's methods tend to focus on application performance
as the metric of concern, modeling methods must evolve to consider
performance, power consumption, and reliability in concert. It is
critical to develop tools and techniques that will allow modeling
capability to spread into the larger computational science community
where it will have the greatest possible impact. Simulation and
emulation capabilities must also expand along multiple directions,
including scalability improvements, interoperability, support for
system design from embedded to the extreme scale, and interfaces with
modeling tools.

As part of the process, we solicit community input, in the form of
position papers that describe novel research approaches for
performance modeling and simulation at extreme scales. Position papers
should address one or more of the following areas.

1. Integrated Modeling and Simulation of Performance, Power and Reliability 

Both integrated modeling of multiple physical phenomena and the
ability to capture the impact on the architecture and applications are
significant challenges.  Position papers are encouraged that address:
1) modeling and understanding of the relationships between physical
phenomena, such as temperature, energy, power, and reliability, and
their impact on devices; 2) their impact at the microarchitecture and
system levels; and 3) how modeling can help to maximize system-level
performance and power attributes; 4) novel techniques and ideas for
modeling of performance, power/energy, and reliability in an unified

2. Standards, Integration, and Interoperability of ModSim Methodologies and 

Without interoperable, best-practice-based, validated models, ModSim
risks becoming an expensive process whose actual development may
exceed a useful timeframe compared to the lifespan of systems. We are
seeking white paper contributions related to many aspects of this
topic: interfaces, best practices, how different methodologies can
cooperate, verification and validation in support of interoperability,
integration of modsim for various layers of the HW-SW stack, just to
name a few.

----- Submissions -----

The Organizing Committee will review these position papers and invite
selected contributors to participate in the workshop to be held on
August 13-14th, 2014, in Seattle, WA. Responsive submissions will be
made public via the workshop website and selected papers may be
included in a post-workshop proceedings, if the decision is made for
publication of proceedings.

The previous workshop report can be found here, and submissions can be
made with EasyChair at http://j.mp/modsim2014.

----- Requirements -----

Position papers (up to 2 pages) should describe a fundamental computer
science research approach in the development of performance modeling
and simulation approaches to address the key challenges associated
with high performance, energy efficient computing systems from
embedded to extreme scale. This description should be followed by a
brief summary of related work and an assessment of the approach based
on the following dimensions:

Challenges addressed: Which modeling and/or simulation challenges does
this approach address?

Maturity: What are the indicators that this approach will address the
identified challenges?

Uniqueness: To what extent is the proposed approach unique? Could it
be addressed by other research programs?

Novelty: How is this approach different from existing solutions?

Applicability: To what extent will the proposed approach, if
successful, be applicable to other areas?

Effort: How much effort is needed to effectively explore this approach?

The paper may include any number of authors, but must provide contact
information for a single "contact" author. There is no limit to the
number of position papers that an individual or group can
submit. Authors are strongly encouraged to follow the structure
presented above. Authors of selected position papers will be invited
to participate in a workshop based on the overall quality of the
position paper(s) and our expectation that their inclusion in the
workshop will stimulate constructive discussion by workshop
participants. Unique positions that are well presented and emphasize
transformative approaches will be given preference.  Finally, all
position papers will be made available online on the workshop website.

----- Summary -----

Length: Up to 2 pages (a list of cited references does not count
  against this limit).

Due Date: 11:59 PM EDT on June 15th. Submission site:

Notification of Selection for Workshop Presentation: July 12th.

ModSim Workshop, August 13-14, 2014, Seattle, WA

----- Organizing Committee -----

Adolfy Hoisie, PNNL (Chair)
Laura Carrington, SDSC
Jon Hiller, STA
Darren Kerbyson, PNNL
Ankur Srivastava, UMD
Dolores Shaffer, STA
Jeffrey Vetter, ORNL and Georgia Tech
Bill Ward, DoD
Noel Wheeler, DoD
Sudhakar Yalamanchili, Georgia Tech

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Jeffrey S. Vetter | +1-865-356-1649 | http://ft.ornl.gov/~vetter 

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