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ISMM 2021 : ACM SIGPLAN International Symposium on Memory Management


Conference Series : International Symposium on Memory Management
When Jun 22, 2021 - Jun 22, 2021
Where virtual
Submission Deadline Mar 11, 2021
Notification Due Apr 23, 2021
Final Version Due May 10, 2021

Call For Papers

The ACM SIGPLAN International Symposium on Memory Management (ISMM 2021) is soliciting full-length submissions covering new work on all memory management related topics, as well as papers presenting confirmations or refutations of important prior results. Surveys and comparative analyses that shed new light on previously published techniques are also welcome.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

Memory system design and analysis
Hardware support for memory management
Memory management for large-scale data-intensive systems
Novel memory architectures
Memory management at datacenter and cloud scales
Garbage Collection algorithms and implementations
Formal analysis and verification of memory management algorithms
Compiler analyses to aid memory management
Tools to analyze memory usage of programs
Memory allocation and de-allocation
Empirical analysis of memory intensive programs
Formal analysis and verification of memory intensive programs
Memory management for machine learning systems
Programming and management of emerging or persistent memories
All papers must be submitted on-line in Portable Document Format (PDF).

The submission is at


General Chair: Tobias Wrigstad (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Program Chair: Zhenlin Wang (Michigan Technological University, USA)

Program Committee:

Shoaib Akram (Australian National University, Australia)
David Chisnall (Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK)
Erik Corry (Toitware, Denmark)
Huimin Cui (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Hui Guan (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)
Masuhara Hidehiko (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Antony Hosking (Australian National University, Australia)
Jinkyu Jeong (Sungkyunkwan University, Korea)
Timothy Jones (University of Cambridge, UK)
Michael Lippautz (Google, USA)
Haikun Liu (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)
Stefan Marr (University of Kent, UK)
Christian Wimmer (Oracle Labs, USA)

External Review Committee:

Michael Bond (Ohio State University, USA)
Pengcheng Li (Alibaba Research, USA)
Eliot Moss (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)
Khanh Nguyen (Texas A&M, USA)
Chenxi Wang (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Xiaolin Wang (Peking University, China)
Evaluation Criteria and Process
The Program Committee (PC) and External Review Committee (ERC) will read submissions and judge them on scientific merit, innovation, readability, and relevance. Papers previously published or already being reviewed by another conference are not eligible. If a closely related paper has been submitted elsewhere, the authors must notify the Program Chair as per the SIGPLAN republication policy. Papers should be self-contained.

Formatting Instructions
The formatting instructions will follow the PLDI 2021 guidelines. Information about the required SIGPLAN template can be found here. Submissions must use a 10pt font and be at most 12 pages in length, excluding bibliography. Papers that exceed the length requirement or deviate from the expected format will be rejected.

Double-Blind Reviewing
ISMM uses double-blind reviewing. This means that author names and affiliations must be omitted from the submission. Additionally, if the submission refers to prior work done by the authors, that reference should be made in third person. These are firm submission requirements. Any supplementary material must also be anonymized.

PLDI’s FAQ on Double-Blind Reviewing clarifies the policy for the most common scenarios. But there are many gray areas and trade-offs. If you have any doubts about how to interpret the double blind rules, please contact the Program Chair. Overestimate the need to contact the Program Chair for complex cases that are not fully covered by the FAQ.

Declaring Conflicts
When submitting the paper, you will need to declare potential conflicts. Conflicts should be declared between an adviser and an advisee (e.g., Ph.D., post-doc). Other conflicts include institutional conflicts, financial conflicts of interest, friends or relatives, or any recent co-authors on papers and proposals (last 2 years).

Please do not declare spurious conflicts: such incorrect conflicts are especially harmful if the aim is to exclude potential reviewers, so spurious conflicts can be grounds for rejection. If you are unsure about a conflict, please consult the Program Chair.

External Review Committee
ISMM 2021 follows the practice introduced at earlier instances of ISMM of using a separate External Review Committee as part of the reviewing process. The ERC complements the Program Committee by providing a broader and deeper pool from which to draw expert reviews. The same reviewing standards apply to the ERC as for the PC. However, ERC members review fewer papers and do not participate in the PC meeting. ERC members review and decide acceptance for submissions by PC members. This approach should be more practical with double-blind reviewing than ad hoc expert review assignments as used by a number of conferences. The formal selection process, transparency of its constituency, and the fact that each reviewer will review multiple papers should increase the quality and accountability of reviews as compared to traditional ad hoc expert review assignments.

The rebuttal process will occur in early April 2021 (see Important Dates), and will give the authors an opportunity to respond to factual errors in reviews before the Program Committee meets to make its decisions. The committee may, but need not, respond to rebuttals or revise reviews at or after the committee meeting.

This call-for-papers is an adaptation and evolution of content from previous instances of ISMM and PLDI. We are grateful to prior organizers for their work, which is reused here.

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