Call For Papers

The fourth edition of ESPM2 workshop, being proposed to be held as a full-day meeting with the Supercomputing (SC'2018) conference in Dallas, Texas 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, X10, HPX, etc), PGAS (OpenSHMEM, UPC, CAF, Chapel, UPC++, etc.), BigData (Hadoop, Spark, etc), Deep Learning (Caffe, Microsoft CNTK, Google TensorFlow), 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 and FPGAs) for next generation systems and architectures.

Topics of interest to the ESPM2 workshop include (but are 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), and
    • Deep Learning (Caffe, Microsoft CNTK, Google TensorFlow)
  • Parallel compilers, programming tools, and environments
  • Software and system support for extreme scalability including fault tolerance
  • 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.

Important Dates

Technical paper submission deadlineSeptember 14th, 2018 (11:59 PM, AoE)
Author notificationOctober 1st, 2018
Camera-ready deadlineOctober 7th, 2018 (11:59 PM, AoE)
WorkshopMonday, November 12th, 2018

Submission Information

Abstracts and papers need to be submitted via the Linklings conference system. After logging in, please select the "Make a New Submission" tab on the top. Click on the "SC18 Workshop: ESPM2 2018" 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.

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 journal.

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.

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; and f) Relevance to Workshop. Every effort will be made to ensure that each paper receives multiple reviews.

Please contact the Program Chairs for any questions / clarifications.

Reproducibility Initiative

For all technical papers submitted to ESPM2'18, 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:

  • The completed appendix must be at most 2 pages
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A paper cannot be disqualified based on information provided or not provided in this appendix, nor if the appendix is not available.
  • 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 process.

Please contact the Program Chairs for any questions / clarifications.

Proceedings Information

The workshop proceedings will be published through IEEE TCHPC and included in the the IEEE Xplore digital library. More information coming soon!

Please contact the Program Chairs for any questions / clarifications.

Organizing Committee


Program Chairs

Program Committee (Confirmed so far)