[hpc-announce] CFP: FTXS @ SC21

Levy, Scott Larson sllevy at sandia.gov
Tue May 25 09:59:49 CDT 2021

11th Workshop on Fault-Tolerance for HPC at eXtreme Scale (FTXS 2021)

In conjunction with The International Conference for 
High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC21)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA November 14 - 19, 2021

Important Dates
* Submission of papers: August 27, 2021
* Author notification: September 27, 2021
* Camera-ready papers: TBA 
* Workshop: November 14, 2021

Authors are invited to submit original papers on the research and practice of fault-tolerance in
extreme-scale distributed systems (primarily HPC systems, but including grid and cloud systems).
Resilience and fault-tolerance remain a major concern for supercomputing and advances in this area
are needed.  Therefore, we are broadly interested in forward-looking papers that seek to
characterize and mitigate the impact of faults.  

We are particularly interested in papers that address issues related to the following developments
in extreme-scale systems:

* Storage Devices: The storage hierarchy on HPC systems continues to increase in depth and 
  complexity. SSDs and NVMe add high-speed node-local (or rack-local) persistent storage that can be
  used to improve the performance of checkpoint/restart or otherwise facilitate application
  resilience. Continuing to efficiently exploit these devices remains critical for extreme-scale HPC 
  systems. Moreover, the recent availability of Non-Volatile Memory Modules (NVMMs) has begun to blur
  the line between memory and storage. The implications of this blurring for fault tolerance on
  extreme-scale systems are still being explored.

• System Heterogeneity: Modern HPC systems increasingly include GPUs, FPGAs, and other types of
  accelerators. New networking devices like Data Processing Units (DPUs) and SmartNICs are also
  starting to be deployed. However, there are many resilience and fault tolerance issues associated
  with these devices that still need to be resolved. Papers at prominent recent conferences (including
  SC20, ICS 2019, and IEEE Cluster 2018) demonstrate that understanding the fault tolerance
  implications of heterogeneous compute devices is an important and active area of research.

• Computing Paradigms: Novel non-von Neumann computing paradigms, including quantum and 
  neuromorphic computing, have attracted significant research interest. Recent publications demonstrate
  that understanding the fault tolerance implications of these computing paradigms is also an area of
  active research.

* Machine Learning: Algorithms that rely on elements of machine learning are becoming more and more
  prevalent on HPC systems.  Understanding how these algorithms react and respond to the frequency
  and variety of faults that occur on HPC systems is critical to ensuring that they continue to
  provide accurate and timely answers.

Additional topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

*   Algorithmic-Based Fault Tolerance (ABFT) techniques to address undetected (silent) errors
*   Silent data corruption (SDC) detection / correction techniques
*   Novel fault-tolerance techniques and implementations
*   Failure data analysis and field studies
*   Power, performance, resilience (PPR) assessments / tradeoffs
*   Emerging hardware and software technology for resilience
*   Advances in reliability monitoring, analysis, and control of highly complex systems
*   Failure prediction, error preemption, and recovery techniques
*   Fault-tolerant programming models
*   Models for software and hardware reliability
*   Metrics and standards for measuring, improving, and enforcing effective fault-tolerance
*   Scalable Byzantine fault-tolerance and security from single-fault and fail-silent violations
*   Atmospheric evaluations relevant to HPC systems (terrestrial neutrons, temperature, voltage, etc.)
*   Near-threshold-voltage implications and evaluations for reliability
*   Benchmarks and experimental environments including fault injection
*   Frameworks and APIs for fault-tolerance and fault management

Submissions are solicited in the following categories:
* Regular papers presenting innovative ideas improving the state of the art or discussing the issues
  seen on existing extreme-scale systems, including some form of analysis and evaluation.
* Extended abstracts proposing disruptive ideas and challenging assumptions in the field, including
  some form of preliminary results.  Extended abstracts will be evaluated separately and given
  shorter oral presentations, but will NOT be published.

Submissions shall be sent electronically, must conform to IEEE conference proceedings style.
Regular papers should not exceed ten (10) pages including all text, appendices, figures, and 
references.  Extended abstract papers should not exceed three (3) pages.  These are *maximum* page
lengths; shorter submissions are welcome.

Scott Levy - Sandia National Laboratories

Keita Teranishi - Sandia National Laboratories
John Daly - Laboratory for Physical Sciences

Questions? Contact Scott Levy (sllevy at sandia.gov).

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