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HotPar 2010 : 2nd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Parallelism


When Jun 14, 2010 - Jun 15, 2010
Where Berkeley, CA, USA
Submission Deadline Jan 24, 2010
Final Version Due Apr 27, 2010
Categories    computer architecture   operating systems   software engineering

Call For Papers

2nd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Parallelism (HotPar '10)

June 14–15, 2010
Berkeley, CA

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

Important Dates

* Paper submissions due: Sunday, January 24, 2010, 11:59 p.m. PST
* Notification to authors: Early March 2010
* Electronic files of final papers due: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Workshop Organizers

Program Co-Chairs
Geoff Lowney, Intel
David Patterson, University of California, Berkeley

Program Committee
Saman Amarasinghe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Andrew Brownsword, Electronic Arts
Alexandra Fedorova, Simon Fraser University
Matteo Frigo, Cilk Arts
Maurice Herlihy, Brown University
Jim Larus, Microsoft
Michael McCool, RapidMind
John Nickolls, NVIDIA
David Padua, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Keshav Pingali, University of Texas at Austin
Mendel Rosenblum, Stanford University
Vivek Sarkar, Rice University
Larry Snyder, University of Washington
Michael Swift, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Richard Vuduc, Georgia Institute of Technology

Steering Committee
Jonathan Chew, Sun Microsystems
Clem Cole, Intel
Alva Couch, Tufts University
Alexandra Fedorova, Simon Fraser University
Greg Ganger, Carnegie Mellon University
Steve Johnson, MathWorks
Norm Jouppi, HP
Jim Laudon, Google
Hank Levy, University of Washington
Geoff Lowney, Intel
David Patterson, University of California, Berkeley
Eric Saxe, Sun Microsystems
Leendert van Doorn, AMD


The 2nd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Parallelism (HotPar '10) will bring together researchers and practitioners doing innovative work in the area of parallel computing. Multicore and multithreaded processors are the pervasive computing platform of the future. This trend is driven by limits on energy consumption in computer systems and the poor energy performance of conventional microprocessors. Parallel architectures can potentially mitigate these problems, but this new computer architecture will be successful only if languages, systems, and applications can take advantage of parallel hardware. Navigating this change will require new parallel programming paradigms, new methods of application design, new structures for system software, and new models of interaction between applications, compilers, operating systems, and hardware.


We request submissions of position papers that propose new directions for research of products in these areas, advocate non-traditional approaches to the problems engendered by parallelism, or potentially generate controversy and discussion. We encourage submissions from practitioners as well as from researchers. HotPar recognizes the broad impact of multicore computing and seeks relevant contributions in all fields, including application design, languages and compilers, systems, and architecture. We particularly encourage contributions containing highly original ideas that are likely to have a significant impact.

To ensure a productive workshop environment, attendance will be limited to 75 participants. Each potential participant should submit a position paper of five or fewer pages (not including references, which can be on extra pages). Papers will be selected based on the submission's originality, technical merit, topical relevance, and likelihood of leading to insightful technical discussion at the workshop.

The main body of papers must be no longer than 5 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, and references; two-column format, using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading; and a text block 6.5" wide x 9" deep. Author names and affiliations should appear on the title page. Extra pages are only allowed for references.

Position papers must be in PDF and must be submitted via the Web submission form, which will be available here soon. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 24, 2010, 11:59 p.m. PST. There will be no extension of the deadline.

All papers will be available online to registered attendees prior to the workshop and will be available online to everyone starting on June 14, 2010. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their paper at the workshop. Submission of the paper implies the author's consent to present the paper if it is accepted. Following the successful format last year at HotPar '09, there will be ample time for questions during the presentations, as well as for "hallway" conversations.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, and plagiarism constitute dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details. Questions? Contact your program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office,

Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX HotPar '10 Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

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