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VHPC 2016 : 11th Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing


Conference Series : Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing
When Jun 23, 2016 - Jun 23, 2016
Where Frankfurt, Germany
Abstract Registration Due Mar 21, 2016
Submission Deadline Apr 25, 2016
Notification Due May 30, 2016
Final Version Due Jul 25, 2016
Categories    virtualization   HPC   cloud   distributed computing

Call For Papers


11th Workshop on Virtualization in High­-Performance Cloud Computing (VHPC '16) held in conjunction with the International Supercomputing Conference - High Performance, June 19-23, 2016, Frankfurt, Germany.


Date: June 23, 2016
Workshop URL:

Lightning talk abstract registration deadline: February 29, 2016 Paper/publishing track abstract registration deadline: March 21, 2016

Paper Submission Deadline: May 20, 2016

Call for Papers

Virtualization technologies constitute a key enabling factor for flexible resource management in modern data centers, and particularly in cloud environments.
Cloud providers need to manage complex infrastructures in a seamless fashion to support the highly dynamic and heterogeneous workloads and hosted applications customers deploy. Similarly, HPC environments have been increasingly adopting techniques that enable flexible management of vast computing and networking resources, close to marginal provisioning cost, which is unprecedented in the history of scientific and commercial computing.

Various virtualization technologies contribute to the overall picture in different ways: machine virtualization, with its capability to enable consolidation of multiple under­utilized servers with heterogeneous software and operating systems (OSes), and its capability to live­-migrate a fully operating virtual machine (VM) with a very short downtime, enables novel and dynamic ways to manage physical servers; OS-­level virtualization (i.e., containerization), with its capability to isolate multiple user­-space environments and to allow for their co­existence within the same OS kernel, promises to provide many of the advantages of machine virtualization with high levels of responsiveness and performance; I/O Virtualization allows physical NICs/HBAs to take traffic from multiple VMs or containers; network virtualization, with its capability to create logical network overlays that are independent of the underlying physical topology and IP addressing, provides the fundamental ground on top of which evolved network services can be realized with an unprecedented level of dynamicity and flexibility; the increasingly adopted paradigm of Software-­Defined Networking (SDN) promises to extend this flexibility to the control and data planes of network paths.

Topics of Interest

The VHPC program committee solicits original, high-quality submissions related to virtualization across the entire software stack with a special focus on the intersection of HPC and the cloud. Topics include, but are not limited to:

- Virtualization in supercomputing environments, HPC clusters, cloud HPC and grids
- OS-level virtualization including container runtimes (Docker, rkt et al.)
- Lightweight compute node operating systems/VMMs
- Optimizations of virtual machine monitor platforms, hypervisors
- QoS and SLA in hypervisors and network virtualization
- Cloud based network and system management for SDN and NFV
- Management, deployment and monitoring of virtualized environments
- Virtual per job / on-demand clusters and cloud bursting
- Performance measurement, modelling and monitoring of virtualized/cloud workloads
- Programming models for virtualized environments
- Virtualization in data intensive computing and Big Data processing
- Cloud reliability, fault-tolerance, high-availability and security
- Heterogeneous virtualized environments, virtualized accelerators, GPUs and co-processors
- Optimized communication libraries/protocols in the cloud and for HPC in the cloud
- Topology management and optimization for distributed virtualized applications
- Adaptation of emerging HPC technologies (high performance networks, RDMA, etc..)
- I/O and storage virtualization, virtualization aware file systems
- Job scheduling/control/policy in virtualized environments
- Checkpointing and migration of VM-based large compute jobs
- Cloud frameworks and APIs
- Energy-efficient / power-aware virtualization

The Workshop on Virtualization in High­-Performance Cloud Computing (VHPC) aims to bring together researchers and industrial practitioners facing the challenges posed by virtualization in order to foster discussion, collaboration, mutual exchange of knowledge and experience, enabling research to ultimately provide novel solutions for virtualized computing systems of tomorrow.

The workshop will be one day in length, composed of 20 min paper presentations, each followed by 10 min discussion sections, plus lightning talks that are limited to 5 minutes.
Presentations may be accompanied by interactive demonstrations.

Important Dates

May 20, 2016 - Full paper submission
May 30, 2016 Acceptance notification
June 23, 2016 - Workshop Day
July 25, 2016 - Camera-ready version due


Michael Alexander (chair), TU Wien, Austria
Anastassios Nanos (co-­chair), NTUA, Greece
Balazs Gerofi (co-­chair), RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, Japan

Program committee

Stergios Anastasiadis, University of Ioannina, Greece
Costas Bekas, IBM Research, Switzerland
Jakob Blomer, CERN
Ron Brightwell, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Roberto Canonico, University of Napoli Federico II, Italy
Julian Chesterfield, OnApp, UK
Stephen Crago, USC ISI, USA
Christoffer Dall, Columbia University, USA
Patrick Dreher, MIT, USA
Robert Futrick, Cycle Computing, USA
Robert Gardner, University of Chicago, USA
William Gardner, University of Guelph, Canada
Wolfgang Gentzsch, UberCloud, USA
Kyle Hale, Northwestern University, USA
Marcus Hardt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Romeo Kinzler, IBM, Switzerland
Brian Kocoloski, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Kornilios Kourtis, IBM Research, Switzerland
Nectarios Koziris, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
John Lange, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Nikos Parlavantzas, IRISA, France
Kevin Pendretti, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Che-Rung Roger Lee, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Giuseppe Lettieri, University of Pisa, Italy
Qing Liu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Paul Mundt, Adaptant, Germany
Amer Qouneh, University of Florida, USA
Carlos Reaño, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
Seetharami Seelam, IBM Research, USA
Josh Simons, VMWare, USA
Borja Sotomayor, University of Chicago, USA
Dieter Suess, TU Wien, Austria
Craig Stewart, Indiana University, USA
Anata Tiwari, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Amit Vadudevan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Yasuhiro Watashiba, Osaka University, Japan
Nicholas Wright, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Chao-Tung Yang, Tunghai University, Taiwan
Gianluigi Zanetti, CRS4, Italy

Paper Submission-Publication

Papers submitted to the workshop will be reviewed by at least two
members of the program committee and external reviewers. Submissions
should include abstract, key words, the e-mail address of the
corresponding author, and must not exceed 10 pages, including tables
and figures at a main font size no smaller than 11 point. Submission
of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper
be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the
conference to present the work.

The format must be according to the Springer LNCS Style. Initial
submissions are in PDF; authors of accepted papers will be requested
to provide source files.

Format Guidelines:

Abstract, Paper Submission Link:

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are non-paper track, synoptical in nature and are strictly limited to 5 minutes.
They can be used to gain early feedback on ongoing research, for demonstrations, to
present research results, early research ideas, perspectives and positions of interest to the
community. Submit abstract via the main submission link.

General Information

The workshop is one day in length and will be held in conjunction with the International
Supercomputing Conference - High Performance (ISC) 2016, June 19-23, Frankfurt, Germany.

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