[hpc-announce] Call for Papers: Sixth International IEEE Workshop on Extreme Scale Programming Models and Middleware (ESPM2 2021)

Hari Subramoni subramoni.1 at osu.edu
Fri Jul 16 07:48:06 CDT 2021


                          Call For Papers

           Sixth International IEEE Workshop on Extreme Scale

                Programming Models and Middleware

                            (ESPM2 2021)

                   to be held in conjunction with

              SuperComputing 2021 November 14 - 19, 2021

                          St. Louis, Missouri



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 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, compilation, and languages, and
application developers.

ESPM2 2021 will be held as a full-day workshop in conjunction with
SuperComputing (SC 2021) in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.



ESPM2 2021 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),

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

        - Deep Learning (TensorFlow, PyTorch, LBANN)

    * 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


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/

in, please select the "Make a New Submission" tab on the top. Click on the

"SC21 Workshop: ESPM2 2021" link among the available options to submit your

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 ESPM2'21, 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


Abstract submission deadline           : 11:59 PM, AoE, August 13, 2021

Technical paper submission deadline : 11:59 PM, AoE, August 27, 2021

Author notification                 : October 1, 2021

Camera-ready deadline               : 11:59 PM, AoE, October 7, 2021

ESPM2'21 Workshop Organizers


Hari Subramoni, The Ohio State University

Aamir Shafi, The Ohio State University

Karl Schulz, University of Texas at Austin

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

Program Committee (Confirmed so far)


 * Ritu Arora, University of Texas at San Antonio

 * Samar Aseeri, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

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

 * Mahdieh Ghazmirsaeed, AMD

 * Jeff Hammond, NVIDIA

 * Nusrat Islam, Intel Corporation

 * Tanzima Islam, Texas State University

 * Antonio J. Pena, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain

 * Sean Treichler, NVIDIA Corporation

 * Abhinav Vishnu, AMD Research

Further Information


See the ESPM2'21 website at



The ESPM2'21 Organizing Committee.

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