[hpc-announce] [padabs'14] - Extended deadline - Call for Papers 2nd Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Agent-Based Simulations.

Gennaro Cordasco cordasco at dia.unisa.it
Mon May 26 04:28:06 CDT 2014

[Apologies for multiple copies of this message.]

Extended deadline (strict) June 9th, 2014.

August 25-26th, 2014, Porto (Portugal), jointly with Euro-Par 2014


Workshop papers due:                        June 9, 2014
Workshop author notification:             July 4, 2014
Workshop early registration:               July 25, 2014
Workshop:                                           August 25/August 26th 2014
Workshop camera-ready papers due: October 3, 2014


 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)
Joanna Kolodziej (Cracow University of Technology and AGH University
of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland)
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)
Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Brescia, Italy)
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 phenomena. 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 Second 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 simulation 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 via

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

Gennaro Cordasco
Dipartimento di Informatica
Universita' di Salerno
Fisciano (SA) -- 84084 ITALY
e-mail: cordasco[@]dia.unisa.it

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