HPPC 2007: Workshop on Highly Parallel Processing on a Chip

Martti Forsell, Jesper Larsson Träff

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    Technological developments are bringing parallel computing back into the lime-light after some years of absence from the stage of mainstream computing and computer science between the early 1990ties and early 2000s. The driving forces behind this return are mainly technological: increasing transistor densities along with hot chips, leaky transistors, and slow wires - coupled with the infeasibility of extracting significantly more ILP at execution time - make it unlikely that the increase in single processor performance can continue the exponential growth that has been sustained over the last 30 years. To satisfy the needs for application performance, ma jor processor manufacturers are instead counting on doubling the number of processor cores per chip every second year, in accordance with the original formulation of Moore's law. We are therefore on the brink of entering a new era of highly parallel processing on a chip. However, many fundamental unresolved hardware and software issues remain that may make the transition slower and more painful than is optimistically expected from many sides. Among the most important such issues are convergence on an abstract architecture, programming model, and language to easily and efficiently realize the performance potential inherent in the technological developments. The Workshop on Highly Paral lel Processing on a Chip (HPPC) aims to be a forum for discussing such fundamental issues. It is open to all aspects of existing and emerging/envisaged multi-core (by which is meant: many-core) processors with a significant amount of parallelism, especially to considerations on novel paradigms and models and the related architectural and linguistic support. To be able to relate to the parallel processing community at large, which we consider essential, the workshop has been organized in conjunction with EuroPar, the main European (but international) conference on all aspects of parallel processing. The Call-for-papers for the HPPC workshop was launched early in the year 2007, and at the passing of the submission deadline we had received 20 submissions, which were of good quality and generally relevant to the theme of the workshop. The papers were swiftly and expertly reviewed by the program committee, most of them receiving four qualified reviews. The program chairs thank the whole of the program committee for the time and expertise they put into the reviewing work, and for getting it all done within the rather strict time limit. Final decision on acceptance was made by the program chairs based on the recommendations from the program committee. Being a(n extended) half-day event, there was room for accepting only 6 of the contributions, resulting in an acceptance ratio of about 30%. Five of the 6 accepted contributions were presented at the workshop (the paper not presented is as a matter of principle not included in these proceedings), together with two forward looking invited talks by Uzi Vishkin and Thomas Sterling on realizing a PRAM-on-a-chip vision and societies of cores and their computing culture. This post-workshop proceedings includes the final versions of the presented HPPC papers, taking the feedback from reviewers and workshop audience into account. In addition, the extended abstracts of the two invited talks by Uzi Vishkin and Thomas Sterling have also been included in the proceedings. The program chairs sincerely thank the EuroPar organization for providing the opportunity to arrange the HPPC workshop in conjunction with the EuroPar 2007 conference. We also warmly thank our sponsors VTT and EuroPar for financial support, which made it possible to invite Uzi Vishkin and Thomas Sterling, both of whom we also sincerely thank for accepting our invitation to come and speak. Finally, we thank all attendees at the workshop, who contributed to a lively day, and hope they too found something of interest in the workshop. Based on the mostly positive feedback the program chairs and organizers plan to continue the HPPC workshop in conjunction with EuroPar 2008.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEuro-Par 2007 Workshops
    Subtitle of host publicationParallel Processing
    EditorsLuc Bougé, Martti Forsell, Jesper Larsson Träff, Achim Streit, Wolfgang Ziegler, Michael Alexander, Stephen Childs
    Place of PublicationGermany
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-78474-6
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-78472-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeB2 Part of a book or another research book
    EventEuro-Par 2007 Workshops - Rennes, France
    Duration: 28 Aug 200731 Aug 2007

    Publication series

    SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


    ConferenceEuro-Par 2007 Workshops


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