[hpc-announce] Call for Papers: [Updated Information] Fourth International IEEE Workshop on Extreme Scale Programming Models and Middleware (ESPM2 2018)

Hari Subramoni subramoni.1 at osu.edu
Mon Aug 20 12:44:33 CDT 2018

                          Call For Papers

          Fourth International IEEE Workshop on Extreme Scale
                Programming Models and Middleware
                            (ESPM2 2018)

                   to be held in conjunction with
              SuperComputing 2018, November 11 - 16, 2018
                          Dallas, Texas


Next generation architectures and systems being deployed are characterized
by high concurrency, low memory per-core, and multiple levels of hierarchy
and heterogeneity. These characteristics bring out new challenges in energy
efficiency, fault-tolerance and, scalability. It is commonly believed that
software has the biggest share of the responsibility to tackle these
challenges.  In other words, this responsibility is delegated to the next
generation programming models and their associated middleware/runtimes.
This workshop focuses on different aspects of programming models such as
task-based parallelism (Charm++, OCR, Habanero, Legion, X10, HPX, etc),
PGAS (OpenSHMEM, UPC, CAF, Chapel, UPC++, etc.), BigData (Hadoop, Spark,
etc), Deep Learning (Caffe, Microsoft CNTK, Google TensorFlow),
directive-based languages (OpenMP, OpenACC) and Hybrid MPI+X, etc. It also
focuses on their associated middleware (unified runtimes, interoperability
for hybrid programming, tight integration of MPI+X, and support for
accelerators/FPGAs) for next generation systems and architectures.

The ultimate objective of the ESPM2 workshop is to serve as a forum that
brings together researchers from academia and industry working in the areas
of programming models, runtime systems, compilers, programming languages,
application developers.

ESPM2 2018 will be held as a full day workshop in conjunction with the
SuperComputing (SC 2018), on Monday, November 12th in Dallas, Texas, USA.


ESPM2 2018 welcomes original submissions in a range of areas, including but
not limited to:

    * New programming models, languages and constructs for exploiting high
      concurrency and heterogeneity
    * Experience with and improvements for existing parallel languages and
      run-time environments such as:
        - MPI
        - PGAS (OpenSHMEM, UPC, CAF, Chapel, UPC++, etc.)
        - Directive-based programming (OpenMP, OpenACC)
        - Asynchronous Task-based models (Charm++, OCR, Habanero, Legion,
          X10, HPX, etc)
        - Hybrid MPI+X models
        - BigData (Hadoop, Spark, etc), and
        - Deep Learning (Caffe, Microsoft CNTK, Google TensorFlow)
    * Parallel compilers, programming tools, and environments
    * Software and system support for extreme scalability including fault
    * Programming environments for heterogeneous multi-core systems and
      accelerators such as KNL, OpenPOWER, ARM, GPUs, FPGAs, MICs, and DSPs

Papers should present original research and should provide sufficient
background material to make them accessible to the broader community.

Keynote Speaker

We are happy to announce that Prof. Laxmikant V. Kale, the Paul
and Cynthia Saylor Professor in Computer Science at the
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will deliver the keynote
address at ESPM2'17.

Panel Information

Details coming soon!

Paper Submission and Registration

Abstracts and papers need to be submitted via the Linklings
conference system (https://submissions.supercomputing.org).
After logging in, please select the "Make a New Submission"
tab on the top. Click on the "SC18 Workshop: ESPM2 2018"
link among the available options to submit your work.

Submissions should not exceed 8 pages using IEEE conference format
with 10pt font. Each submission must be a single PDF file (see

Papers must be submitted in PDF format (readable by Adobe Acrobat
Reader 5.0 and higher) and formatted for 8.5" x 11" (U.S. Letter).

Papers should present original research and should provide sufficient
background material to make them accessible to the broader community. It
should not be submitted in parallel to any other conference or

Reproducibility Initiative

For all technical papers submitted to ESPM2'18, we request the authors to
include an "Artifact Description Appendix". A template for how authors
format their appendix will be provided on the submission site.

Please note the following:

    1.  The completed appendix must be at most 2 pages
    2.  The appendix is meant to provide information about the computing
        environment you used to produce your results, reducing barriers for
        future replication of your results by others in the community.
    3.  If a new software package is developed as part of the publication,
        software must be downloadable by anyone without restriction to
        replication of your results by others in the community.
        - Note that this does not require you to make your code available
in an
          open source manner.
    4.  A paper cannot be disqualified based on information provided or not
        provided in this appendix, nor if the appendix is not available.
    5.  The availability and quality of an appendix can be used in ranking a
        paper. In particular, if two papers are of similar quality, the
        existence and quality of the appendices can be part of the

Proceedings Information

The workshop proceedings will be published through IEEE TCHPC and
included in the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Each research paper will be taken through a comprehensive peer review
process by an internationally recognized group of experts in the field.
Papers will be evaluated along the metrics of a) Quality of Presentation;
b) Novelty / Originality; c) Relation to State of the Art; d) Technical
Strength; e) Significance of Work; f) Relevance to Workshop; and g)
Availability and quality of the "Artifact Description Appendix". Every
effort will be made to ensure that each paper receives multiple reviews.

At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must register as a
participant of the workshop and present the paper at the workshop, in order
to have the paper published in the proceedings.

Please contact the Program Chairs for any questions/clarifications

Important Dates

Technical paper submission deadline : 11:59 PM, AoE, August 31, 2018
Author notification                 : October 1, 2018
Camera-ready deadline               : 11:59 PM, AoE, October 7, 2018
Workshop                            : Monday, November 12th, 2018

ESPM2'18 Workshop Organizers

Hari Subramoni, The Ohio State University
Karl Schulz, University of Texas at Austin
Dhabaleswar K. (DK) Panda, The Ohio State University

Program Committee

 * Siegfried Benkner, University of Vienna
 * Martin Berzins, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, University
of Utah
 * Saber Feki, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
 * Guang R. Gao, University of Delaware
 * Vladimir Getov, University of Westminster, UK
 * William D. Gropp, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
 * Jeff Hammond, Intel Labs
 * Costin Iancu, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
 * Sriram Krishnamoorthy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
 * CJ Newburn, NVIDIA
 * Guangming Tan, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of
Sciences, China
 * Daniel Tian, The Portland Group
 * Sean Treichler, NVIDIA Corporation
 * Manjunath Gorentla Venkata, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
 * Abhinav Vishnu, AMD Research
 * Jeremiah Wilke, Sandia National Laboratory

Further Information

See the ESPM2'18 website at

The ESPM2'18 Organizing Committee.
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