CFP: 2nd Workshop on Runtime Systems for Parallel Programming (RTSPP)

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23 Sep 1997 23:29:56 -0400

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From: Greg Benson <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 23 Sep 1997 23:29:56 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: CFP, parallel

                                                              Call for Papers

            2nd Workshop on Runtime Systems for Parallel Programming (RTSPP)
                                      Orlando, Florida - USA, March 30, 1998

                                          to be held in conjunction with the

        12th International Parallel Processing Symposium ( IPPS/SPDP 1998 )

                  Invited talks by: Joel Salz, Ian Foster, and David Culler



Runtime systems are critical to the implementation of parallel programming
languages and libraries. They provide the core functionality of a particular
model programming and the glue between the model and the underlying hardware
operating and system. As such, runtime systems have a large impact on the
performance and portability of parallel programming systems.

Despite the importance of runtime systems, there are few forums in which
practitioners can exchange their ideas, and these are typically forums
showcasing peripheral areas, such as languages, operating systems, and
parallel computing. RTSPP provides a forum for bringing together runtime
system designers from various backgrounds to discuss the state-of-the-art in
designing and implementing runtime systems for parallel programming. This
one-day workshop includes both a technical session of refereed papers and
invited talks by leading researchers in the field.

The first workshop (RTSPP'97), held in Geneva, was very successful and
generated a lot of interest. Both the reviewed papers and invited talks were
well received (see last year's program,



The focus of the workshop is on the design and implementation of runtime
systems for parallel programming languages and libraries. While the problem
domain is restricted to parallel programming, papers that deal with
fundamental issues in runtime systems that are applicable to parallel
programming systems are also encouraged.

The topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

      * Techniques to reduce the tension between portability and efficiency in
          runtime systems
      * Relationship between runtime systems and programming models
      * Interfaces between compiler-generated code and runtime systems
      * Operating system support for runtime systems
      * Performance evaluation of runtime systems
      * The design and implementation of runtime systems for high-speed
      * The design and implementation of thread systems
      * Runtime systems for distributed shared memory
      * Extensibility and adaptability in runtime systems

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that demonstrate original and
unpublished research in the area of runtime systems that support parallel
programming. Accepted papers will be published in a proceedings by the IEEE
Computer Society Press, and one of the authors will be required to attend
the workshop and present the work.

RTSPP focuses on low-level issues in implemented parallel programming
systems. Another workshop, HIPS (,
also in conjunction with IPPS/SPDP 1998, is directed towards
higher-level language issues.


Invited Talks

Joel Saltz, University of Maryland at College Park, USA
Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
David Culler, University of California at Berkeley, USA


Submission Instructions

All submissions must be completed papers whose length does not exceed 10 US
letter (8.5" x 11") pages of single-spaced, 10 pt text, including abstract,
figures, bibliographies, and appendices; all papers longer than 10 pages
will be summarily rejected. Each paper will be reviewed by the program
committee. Accepted papers will be published by IEEE CS Press. Proceedings
will be available at the workshop.

Submit an electronic version of your complete manuscript in uuencoded,
gzipped, postscript format to: Please use standard
postscript fonts (Times, Helvetica, Courier) and ensure that the postscript
file is viewable using the "ghostview" tool. The corresponding author is
requested to include in the cover letter:

    1. complete postal address
    2. e-mail address
    3. phone number
    4. fax number
    5. a list of keywords

Receipt of submissions will be promptly acknowledged by e-mail. Late
submissions will not be accepted, and no exceptions will be made. In cases
where electronic submission is not possible, please contact the program
chair (Koen Langendoen).


Important Dates

October 20, 1997: Papers due. All papers must be limited to 10 pages total.
December 08, 1997: Notification sent to authors.
January 19, 1998: Final copies due for publication in the proceedings.


Program Committee

Henri Bal, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
Pete Beckman, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Wim Bohm, Colorado State University, USA
Denis Caromel, University of Nice - INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Dennis Gannon, Indiana University, USA
Laxmikant V. Kale, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
David Lowenthal, University of Georgia, USA
Frank Mueller, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany
Ron Olsson, University of California, Davis, USA
Klaus Schauser, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Alan Sussman, University of Maryland, USA



This workshop is being held as part of IPPS/SPDP 1998. All workshop
attendees are expected to pay for the IPPS/SPDP 1998 registration, which
includes access to all sessions and workshops, coffee break and
refreshments, as well as a number of lunches and receptions. Information
about IPPS/SPDP 1998 can be obtained over the Web at the following URL: .


Workshop Organizers

Matthew Haines ( -- General Chair
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071-3682
Phone: (307) 766-2440
Fax: (307) 766-4036

Koen Langendoen ( -- Program Chair
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Vrije Universiteit
de Boelelaan 1081a
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 20 44 47754
Fax: +31 20 44 47653

Greg Benson ( -- Co Chair
Department of Computer Science
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (916) 752-6476
Fax: (916) 752-4767

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