[hpc-announce] CFP: IEEE TPDS special section on non-von Neumann Technologies

Scott Pakin pakin at lanl.gov
Thu Jul 2 14:42:56 CDT 2020

*CALL FOR PAPERS: IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems 
(IEEE TPDS) Special Section on Parallel and Distributed Computing 
Techniques for non-von Neumann Technologies*


TPDS seeks submissions for this upcoming special section.

Traditional computing is heading increasingly into the memory wall, the 
power wall, the instruction-level-parallelism wall, and other 
performance limiters. This situation presents new opportunities for 
non-traditional computer architectures -- neuromorphic, quantum, 
in-memory, and other approaches not based on the von Neumann 
architecture -- to deliver the perpetually needed improvements in 
execution speed. For this special section of IEEE TPDS we will be 
accumulating recent community research in these areas, with a specific 
focus on parallel and distributed computing architectures, into a 
curated selection of articles.

## About TPDS special sections

TPDS has recently started a new initiative called "special sections." 
Compared with regular submissions to TPDS, special sections have some 
differences: (1) submissions are focused on special topics of interest 
(similar to special issues); (2) special sections have fixed deadlines 
for submission and notifications; and (3) special sections have a 
standing committee of reviewers similar to conferences. This is the 
second such special section that we are planning.

## Timeline

The timeline for the submission and review process is as follows. All 
deadlines are midnight anywhere on Earth.

Round 1:

Submission deadline: 1 September 2020 (no extensions)
First-round review notification: 6 October 2020 (5 weeks for reviews)
Notification would be one of Accept, Reject, Major Revisions, or Minor 

Round 2a (only for papers that get a minor revision in Round 1):

Second-round submission deadline: 20 October 2020 (2 weeks for 
Second-round review notification: 3 November 2020 (2 weeks for reviews)
Notification would be one of Accept or Reject.

Round 2b (only for papers that get a major revision in Round 1):

Second-round submission deadline: 3 November 2020 (4 weeks for 
Second-round review notification: 1 December 2020 (4 weeks for reviews)
Notification would be one of Accept, Reject, or Minor Revisions.

Round 3 (only for papers that got a minor revision in Round 2b):

Third-round submission deadline: 19 December 2020 (2 weeks for 
Third-round review notification: 29 December 2020 (2 weeks for reviews)
Notification would be one of Accept or Reject.

## Topics of interest

The special section is dedicated to novel, emerging, and promising 
parallel and distributed computing techniques for non-von Neumann 
technologies. This includes all manner of radical new architectures, but 
not conventional accelerators, such as GPUs, FPGAs, and SIMD systems or 
ordinary CPUs embedded in various devices. Articles about software 
simulations and foundational models of such systems are welcome, but 
novel programming models designed for conventional hardware are likely 
to be deemed out of scope.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* Neuromorphic computing
* Biologically-inspired computing
* Quantum computing
* Annealing-based computing, both quantum and classical
* Memristor- and other emerging-device-based computing
* Approximate, probabilistic, and inexact computing
* In-memory processing and memory-based computing
* Analog computing
* Reversible computing
* DNA computing
* Thermodynamic computing
* Optical computing
* Chemical computing and chemical reaction networks
* Cellular computing
* Collision-based computing

## Submission instructions

Submissions to the special section will be received as TPDS regular 
papers—survey and comment-style papers are not allowed. Please check the 
submission instructions including page limit, manuscript format, and 
submission guidance on the TPDS Author Information page. Please note 
that review versions of the papers are limited to 12 pages, and 
overlength page charges are only for the final versions of the papers.

Submissions are not double blind. Authors can disclose their names, and 
they can freely cite their previous work without referring to it in a 
third-party fashion.

Similar to regular TPDS papers, you can extend previous conference 
papers and submit them to this special section. However, there must be a 
novel contribution from the work submitted to the special section. 
Authors should refer to the Extensions of Prior Papers section of the 
Submitting a Paper to TPDS Web page for details and examples of 
acceptable and unacceptable forms of extensions to prior publications. 
Note that some of the other information on that Web page applies only to 
regular TPDS submissions, not to manuscripts submitted to this special 

Authors can submit papers until the deadline through ScholarOne. Once 
you start the submission process, in Step 1 of the process, you’ll be 
asked to pick a "Type" for the paper. Please pick "SS for Parallel and 
Distributed Computing Techniques for NvNT."

## Editors

* Scott Pakin (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
* Christof Teuscher (Portland State University)
* Catherine Schuman (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

## Review Committee

* Gert Cauwenberghs, University of California San Diego, USA
* Joseph S. Friedman, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
* Dhireesha Kudithipudi , University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
* Hai Li, Duke University, USA
* Joe Lizier, The University of Sydney, Australia
* Ojas Parekh, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
* Steven P. Reinhardt, Quantum Computing, Inc., USA
* Kentaro Sano, RIKEN, Japan
* Jae-sun Seo, Arizona State University, USA
* William Severa, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
* Susanne Stepney, University of York, UK

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