[hpc-announce] Call for Papers: ACM SAC'16 PAPP Track - Practical Aspects of High-Level Parallel Programming

khaled hamidouche hamidouc at cse.ohio-state.edu
Thu Aug 13 09:10:48 CDT 2015

====================== Call for Papers ======================
     SAC'16 - ACM 2016 Symposium on Applied Computing
                       Technical Track
 PAPP - Practical Aspects of High-Level Parallel Programming
                 April 3-8, 2016, Pisa, Italy


Nowadays parallel architectures are everywhere. However parallel
programming is still reserved to experienced programmers. The trend is
towards the increase of cores in processors and the number of
processors in multiprocessor machines: The need for scalable computing
is everywhere. But parallel and distributed programming is still
dominated by low-level techniques such as send/receive message passing
and POSIX threads. Thus high-level approaches should play a key role
in the shift to scalable computing in every computer.

Algorithmic skeletons (Google's MapReduce being the most well-known
skeletal parallelism approach), parallel extensions of functional
languages such as Haskell and ML, parallel logic and constraint
programming, parallel execution of declarative programs such as SQL
queries, genericity and meta-programming in object-oriented languages,
etc. have produced methods and tools that improve the
price/performance ratio of parallel software, and broaden the range of
target applications. Also, high level languages offer a high degree of
abstraction which ease the development of complex systems. Moreover,
being based on formal semantics, it is possible to certify the
correctness of critical parts of the applications. The aim of all
these languages and tools is to improve and ease the development of
applications (safety, expressivity, efficiency, etc.).

The PAPP track is aimed both at researchers involved in the
development of high level approaches for parallel computing and
engineers and researchers who are potential users of these languages
and tools.


We welcome submission of original, unpublished papers in English on
topics including:

- design, implementation and optimisation of high-level programming

- algorithms and high-level models (CGM, BSP, LogP, MapReduce,...),

- artificial intelligence, software engineering and formal methods
  applied to high-level parallel programming,

- middleware and tools: performance predictors, visualisations of
  abstract behaviour, automatic hot-spot detectors, high-level
  resource managers, compilers, automatic generators, etc.,

- applications of high-level approaches, benchmarks and experiments.

The PAPP track focuses on practical aspects of high-level parallel
programming but it welcomes topics of mostly theoretical nature,
provided there is clear practical potential in applying the results of
such work.


Paper submissions must be original, unpublished work. Submissions
should be in electronic format, via the link provided at SAC web page

Author(s) name(s) and address(es) must not appear in the body of the
paper, and self-reference should be avoided and made in the third
person. Submitted papers will undergo a blind review process. Authors
of accepted papers should submit an editorial revision of their papers
that fits within six two-column pages (an extra two pages, to a total
of eight pages, may be available at a charge). Please comply with this
page limitation already at submission time.

Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the
paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy
attending SAC MUST present the paper: This is a requirement for the
paper/poster to be included in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show
of scheduled papers and posters will result in excluding them from the
ACM/IEEE digital library.

After the conference, selected accepted papers will be invited to a
special issue of an international journal (pending).

SAC 2016 will also hold a Student Research Competition (SRC). To enter
this in the area of PAPP, please submit via the link at SAC web page.


Paper Submission: Sep 11, 2015
SRC Abstract Submission: Sep 25, 2015
Paper/SRC Notifications: Nov 13, 2015
Camera-Ready Copies: Dec 11, 2015


Frédéric Loulergue, Track Chair (LIFO, Université d'Orléans, France)
Marco Aldinucci (University of Torino, Italy)
Mohamad Al Hajj Hassan (Lebanese International University, Lebanon)
Mathias Bourgoin (INPG, Grenoble, France)
Hélène Coullon (ENS Lyon, France)
Khaled Hamidouche (The Ohio State University, USA)
Herbert Kuchen (Westfälische Wilhems-Universität Münster, Germany)
Yolanda Ortega Mallén (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Kiminori Matsuzaki (Kochi University of Technology, Japan)
Susanna Pelagatti (University of Pisa, Italy)
Julien Tesson (Université Paris-Est Créteil, France)
Alexander Tiskin (University of Warwick, UK)
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