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MEMSYS 2018 : International Symposium on Memory Systems


When Oct 2, 2018 - Oct 5, 2018
Where Alexandria, VA
Submission Deadline Apr 30, 2018
Notification Due Jun 4, 2018
Final Version Due Jul 30, 2018
Categories    computer science   computer architecture   operating systems   big data

Call For Papers

MEMSYS - The International Symposium on Memory Systems () October 1-4, 2018, Washington DC

Call for Papers -

We invite you to submit papers and talk abstracts to the MEMSYS conference, to be held October 2018 in Washington, DC. MEMSYS has become the premiere US forum for research in memory systems, including hardware and software aspects, from technology and devices up to compilers and programming models.

The memory system has become extremely important recently: memory is slow, and this is the primary reason that computers don’t run significantly faster than they do. In large-scale computer installations such as the building-sized systems powering,, and the financial sector, memory is often the largest dollar cost as well as the largest consumer of energy. Consequently, improvements in the memory system can have significant impact on the real world, improving power and energy, performance, and/or dollar cost. Moreover, many of the problems we see in the memory system are cross-disciplinary in nature—their solution would likely require work at all levels, from applications to circuits. Thus, while the scope of the problem is memory, the scope of the solutions will be much wider.

Important Dates

Submission: 30 April*, 2018
Notification: 4 June, 2018
Camera-Ready: 30 July, 2018

* There will be an automatic submission extension of one week

Submission Formats

1–2 page Abstracts
5–6 page Position Papers
10+ page Research Papers

Conference paper layout, using ACM’s paper templates required
blind submission (no authors listed), up to 16 pages in length

All accepted submissions will be presented, published
in the ACM Digital Library, and included in the printed
conference proceedings.

Note: Submitting either an Extended Abstract or a Position
Paper will not preclude an author from submitting their work,
in a longer research format, to any other publication forum at a later date.


Memory-device manufacturing, memory-architecture design, and the use of memory technologies by application software all profoundly impact today’s and tomorrow’s computing systems, in terms of their performance, function, reliability, predictability, power dissipation, and cost. Existing memory technologies are seen as limiting in terms of power, capacity, and bandwidth. Emerging memory technologies offer the potential to overcome both technology- and design-related limitations to answer the requirements of many different applications. Our goal is to bring together researchers, practitioners, and others interested in this exciting and rapidly evolving field, to update each other on the latest state of the art, to exchange ideas, and to discuss future challenges. Visit for more information.

Areas of Interest

Previously unpublished papers containing significant novel ideas and technical results are solicited. Papers focusing on system, software, and architecture level concepts, outside of traditional conference scopes, will be preferred over others (e.g., the desired focus is away from pipeline design, processor cache design, prefetching, data prediction, etc.). Symposium topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Memory-system design from both hardware and software perspectives
- Memory failure modes and mitigation strategies
- Memory-system resilience, especially at large scale
- Memory and system security issues
- Operating system design for hybrid/nonvolatile memories
- Technologies like flash, DRAM, STT-MRAM, 3DXP, memristors, etc.
- Memory-centric programming models, languages, optimization
- Compute-in-memory and compute-near-memory technologies
- Large-scale data movement: networks, hardware, software, mitigation
- Virtual memory redesign for unifying storage/memory/accelerators
- Algorithmic & software memory-management techniques
- Emerging memory technologies, both hardware and software, including memory-related blockchain applications
- Interference at the memory level across datacenter applications
- Issues in the design and operation of large-memory machines
- In-memory databases and NoSQL stores
- Post-CMOS scaling efforts and memory technologies to support them, including cryogenic, neural, quantum, and heterogeneous memories

To reiterate, papers that focus on topics outside of traditional conference scopes will be preferred over others.

Submissions and Presentations

Our primary goal is to showcase interesting ideas that will spark conversation between disparate groups—to get applications people, operating systems people, system architecture people, interconnect people and circuits people to talk to each other. We accept extended abstracts, position papers, and/or full research papers, and each accepted submission is given a 20-minute presentation time slot. All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

Organizing & Program Committee

Bruce Jacob, U. Maryland
Kathy Smiley, Memory Systems

Rajat Agarwal, Intel
Abdel-Hameed Badawy, NMSU
Jonathan Beard, Arm
Ishwar Bhati, Intel
Bruce Christenson, Intel
Zeshan Chishti, Intel
Zhaoxia (Summer) Deng, Facebook
Chen Ding, U. Rochester
David Donofrio, Berkeley Lab
Dietmar Fey, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Maya Gokhale, LLNL
Xiaochen Guo, Lehigh U.
Manish Gupta, NVIDIA
Fazal Hameed, TU Dresden
Matthias Jung, Fraunhofer IESE
Kurt Keville, MIT
Hyesoon Kim, Georgia Tech
Scott Lloyd, LLNL
Sally A. McKee, Clemson
Moinuddin Qureshi, Georgia Tech
Petar Radojkovic, BSC
Arun Rodrigues, Sandia National Labs
Robert Voigt, Northrop Grumman
Gwendolyn Voskuilen, Sandia
David T. Wang, Samsung
Vincent Weaver, U. Maine
Norbert Wehn, U. Kaiserslautern
Yuan Xie, UC Santa Barbara
Ke Zhang, Chinese Acad. of Sciences
Xiaodong Zhang, Ohio State
Jishen Zhao, UC San Diego

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