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MTAGS 2012 : The 5th Workshop on Many-Task Computing on Grids and Supercomputers


Conference Series : Many-Task Computing on Grids and Supercomputers
When Nov 12, 2012 - Nov 12, 2012
Where Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Submission Deadline Sep 10, 2012
Categories    grid computing

Call For Papers

The 5th Workshop on Many-Task Computing on Grids and Supercomputers (MTAGS) 2012
November 12th, 2012
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Co-located with with IEEE/ACM International Conference for
High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC12)

The 5th workshop on Many-Task Computing on Grids and Supercomputers (MTAGS) will
provide the scientific community a dedicated forum for presenting new research,
development, and deployment efforts of large-scale many-task computing (MTC)
applications on large scale clusters, Grids, Supercomputers, and Cloud Computing
infrastructure. MTC, the theme of the workshop encompasses loosely coupled applications,
which are generally composed of many tasks (both independent and dependent tasks) to
achieve some larger application goal. This workshop will cover challenges that can
hamper efficiency and utilization in running applications on large-scale systems, such
as local resource manager scalability and granularity, efficient utilization of raw
hardware, parallel file system contention and scalability, data management, I/O
management, reliability at scale, and application scalability. We welcome paper
submissions on all theoretical, simulations, and systems topics related to MTC, but we
give special consideration to papers addressing petascale to exascale challenges.
Papers will be peer-reviewed, and accepted papers will be published in the workshop
proceedings as part of the IEEE digital library (pending approval). The workshop will
be co-located with the IEEE/ACM Supercomputing 2012 Conference in Salt Lake City Utah
on November 12th, 2012.

For more information, please see For more
information on past workshops, please see MTAGS11, MTAGS10, MTAGS09, and MTAGS08. We also
ran a Special Issue on Many-Task Computing in the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and
Distributed Systems (TPDS) which has appeared in June 2011; the proceedings can be found
online at
We, the workshop organizers, also published a highly relevant paper that defines
Many-Task Computing which was published in MTAGS08, titled "Many-Task Computing for
Grids and Supercomputers"
(; we encourage
potential authors to read this paper.

We invite the submission of original work that is related to the topics below. The
papers can be either short (4 pages) position papers, or long (8 pages) research
papers. Topics of interest include (in the context of Many-Task Computing):
* Compute Resource Management
* Scheduling
* Job execution frameworks
* Local resource manager extensions
* Performance evaluation of resource managers in use on large scale systems
* Dynamic resource provisioning
* Techniques to manage many-core resources and/or GPUs
* Challenges and opportunities in running many-task workloads on HPC systems
* Challenges and opportunities in running many-task workloads on Cloud Computing
* Storage architectures and implementations
* Distributed file systems
* Parallel file systems
* Distributed meta-data management
* Content distribution systems for large data
* Data caching frameworks and techniques
* Data management within and across data centers
* Data-aware scheduling
* Data-intensive computing applications
* Eventual-consistency storage usage and management
* Programming models and tools
* Map-reduce and its generalizations
* Many-task computing middleware and applications
* Parallel programming frameworks
* Ensemble MPI techniques and frameworks
* Service-oriented science applications
* Large-Scale Workflow Systems
* Workflow system performance and scalability analysis
* Scalability of workflow systems
* Workflow infrastructure and e-Science middleware
* Programming Paradigms and Models
* Large-Scale Many-Task Applications
* High-throughput computing (HTC) applications
* Data-intensive applications
* Quasi-supercomputing applications, deployments, and experiences
* Performance Evaluation
* Performance evaluation
* Real systems
* Simulations
* Reliability of large systems
* How MTC Addresses Challenges of Petascale and Exascale Computing
* Concurency & Programmability
* I/O & Memory
* Energy
* Resilience
* Heterogeneity

Paper Submission and Publication
Authors are invited to submit papers with unpublished, original work of not more than 8
pages of double column text using single spaced 10 point size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages,
as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines; document templates can be found at We are
also seeking position papers of no more than 4 pages in length. The final 4/8 page
papers in PDF format must be submitted online at before the deadline. Papers will be
peer-reviewed, and accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings as part
of the IEEE digital library (pending approval). Notifications of the paper decisions
will be sent out by October 12th, 2012. Selected excellent work may be eligible for
additional post-conference publication as journal articles or book chapters, such as the
previous Special Issue on Many-Task Computing in the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and
Distributed Systems (TPDS) which has appeared in June 2011. Submission implies the
willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper. For more
information, please, or send email to

Important Dates
* Abstract submission: September 10th, 2012 (11:59PM PST)
* Paper submission: September 17th, 2012 (11:59PM PST)
* Acceptance notification: October 12th, 2012
* Final papers due: November 7th, 2012

Committee Members
Workshop Chairs (
* Ioan Raicu, Illinois Institute of Technology & Argonne National Laboratory
* Ian Foster, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory
* Yong Zhao, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Steering Committee
* David Abramson, Monash University, Australia
* Jack Dongara, University of Tennessee, USA
* Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University, USA
* Manish Parashar, Rutgers University, USA
* Marc Snir, Argonne National Laboratory & University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
* Xian-He Sun, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
* Weimin Zheng, Tsinghua University, China

Publicity Chair (
* Zhao Zhang, University of Chicago, USA

Program Committee Chair (
* Justin Wozniak, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Technical Committee
* Roger Barga, Microsoft Research, USA
* Mihai Budiu, Microsoft Research, USA
* Kyle Chard, University of Chicago, USA
* Yong Chen, Texas Tech University, USA
* Evangelinos Constantinos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
* Catalin Dumitrescu, Fermi National Labs, USA
* Dennis Gannon, Microsoft Research, USA
* Indranil Gupta, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
* Florin Isaila, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
* Kamil Iskra, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
* Alexandru Iosup, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
* Hui Jin, Oracle Corporation, USA
* Daniel S. Katz, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
* Carl Kesselman, University of Southern California, USA
* Zhiling Lan, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
* Mike Lang, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
* Gregor von Laszewski, Indiana University, USA
* Reagan Moore, University of North Carolina, Chappel Hill, USA
* Jose Moreira, IBM Research, USA
* David O'Hallaron, Carnegie Mellon University, Intel Labs, USA
* Marlon Pierce, Indiana University, USA
* Judy Qiu, Indiana University, USA
* Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
* Kui Ren, SUNY Buffalo, USA
* Matei Ripeanu, University of British Columbia, Canada
* Wei Tang, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
* Valerie Taylor, Texas A&M, USA
* Edward Walker, Whitworth University, USA
* Ken Yocum, University of California, San Diego, USA
* Zhifeng Yun, Louisiana State University, USA
* Zhao Zhang, University of Chicago, USA
* Ziming Zheng, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

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