[hpc-announce] CFP: 5th IEEE Workshop on Extreme Scale Programming Models and Middleware (ESPM2 2020)

Shafi, Aamir shafi.16 at osu.edu
Sun Jul 19 11:43:28 CDT 2020


                          Call For Papers

          Fifth International IEEE Workshop on Extreme Scale

                Programming Models and Middleware

                            (ESPM2 2020)

                   to be held in conjunction with

              SuperComputing 2020, November 15 - 20, 2020

                            Atlanta, Georgia



The fifth edition of ESPM2 workshop, being proposed to be held as a full-day

meeting with the Supercomputing (SC'2020) conference in Atlanta, Georgia

focuses on programming models and runtimes for extreme scale systems. 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, Dask etc), Machine

Learning (NVIDIA RAPIDS, Scikit-learn etc.), Deep Learning (Caffe, Microsoft

CNTK, Google TensorFlow, Facebook PyTorch), 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


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, programing languages, and

application developers.

ESPM2 2020 will be held as a full day workshop in conjunction with the

SuperComputing (SC 2020), on Sunday November 15th in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.



ESPM2 2020 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, Dask etc.)

        - Machine Learning (NVIDIA RAPIDS, Scikit-learn etc.)

        - Deep Learning (Microsoft CNTK, TensorFlow, PyTorch)

    * 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 Speakers


Details coming soon!

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 "SC20 Workshop: ESPM2 2020"

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 ESPM2'20, we request

the authors to include an "Artifact Description Appendix".

Please use the following Artifact Description Template

template to create the appendix


The appendix can be uploaded as a separate PDF document in

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, it

        software must be downloadable by anyone without restriction to enable

        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 evaluation


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, 2020

Author notification                 : October 1, 2020

Camera-ready deadline               : 11:59 PM, AoE, October 7, 2020

Workshop                            : Sunday, November 15th, 2020

ESPM2'20 Workshop Organizers


Hari Subramoni, The Ohio State University

Karl Schulz, University of Texas at Austin

Dhabaleswar K. (DK) Panda, The Ohio State University

Web and Publicity Chair


Aamir Shafi, The Ohio State University

Program Committee (Confirmed so far)


* Ritu Arora, University of Texas, San Antonio

* Samar Aseeri, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

* Martin Berzins, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, University of Utah

* Sunita Chandrasekaran, University of Delaware

* Vladimir Getov, University of Westminster, UK

* William D. Gropp, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

* Jeff Hammond, Intel Labs

* Nusrat Islam, Intel Corporation

* Laxmikant V (Sanjay) Kale, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

* Ian Karlin, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

* Martin Schulz, Technical University of Munich, Germany

* Olivier Tardieu, IBM Research

* Daniel Tian, The Portland Group

* Sean Treichler, NVIDIA Corporation

* Abhinav Vishnu, AMD Research

* Jeremiah Wilke, Sandia National Laboratory

Further Information


See the ESPM2'20 website at



The ESPM2'20 Organizing Committee.

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