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VHPC 2019 : 14th Workshop on Virtualization in High­-Performance Cloud Computing


Conference Series : Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing
When Jun 20, 2019 - Jun 20, 2019
Where Frankfurt, Germany
Abstract Registration Due Jan 25, 2019
Submission Deadline Apr 19, 2019
Notification Due May 3, 2019
Final Version Due Jul 10, 2019
Categories    HPC   virtualization   containers

Call For Papers


14th Workshop on Virtualization in High­-Performance Cloud Computing (VHPC '19)
held in conjunction with the International Supercomputing Conference - High Performance,
June 16-20, 2019, Frankfurt, Germany.
(Springer LNCS Proceedings)


Date: June 20, 2019
Workshop URL:

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 25, 2019
Springer LNCS, rolling abstract submission

Abstract/Paper Submission Link:

Call for Papers

Containers and virtualization technologies constitute key enabling factors 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-containerization 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; lastly, unikernels provide for many
virtualization benefits with a minimized OS/library surface. I/O Virtualization in turn
allows physical network interfaces 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 is furthermore enabling virtualization of
HPC infrastructures.


Accepted papers will be published in a Springer LNCS proceedings volume.

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, containers-virtualization and the cloud.

Major Topics:
- HPC on Containers and VMs
- Containerized applications with OS-level virtualization
- Lightweight applications with Unikernels
- HP-as-a-Service

each major topic encompassing design/architecture, management, performance
management, modeling and configuration/tooling:

Design / Architecture:
- Containers and OS-level virtualization (LXC, Docker, rkt, Singularity, Shifter, i.a.)
- Hypervisor support for heterogeneous resources (GPUs, co-processors, FPGAs, etc.)
- Hypervisor extensions to mitigate side-channel attacks
([micro-]architectural timing attacks, privilege escalation)
- VM & Container trust and security models
- Multi-environment coupling, system software supporting in-situ analysis with HPC simulation
- Cloud reliability, fault-tolerance and high-availability
- Energy-efficient and power-aware virtualization
- Containers inside VMs with hypervisor isolation
- Virtualization support for emerging memory technologies
- Lightweight/specialized operating systems in conjunction with virtual machines
- Hypervisor support for heterogeneous resources (GPUs, co-processors, FPGAs, etc.)
- Novel unikernels and use cases for virtualized HPC environments
- ARM-based hypervisors, ARM virtualization extensions

- Container and VM management for HPC and cloud environments
- HPC services integration, services to support HPC
- Service and on-demand scheduling & resource management
- Dedicated workload management with VMs or containers
- Workflow coupling with VMs and containers
- Unikernel, lightweight VM application management
- Environments and tools for operating containerized environments (batch, orchestration)
- Novel models for non-HPC workload provisioning on HPC resources

Performance Measurements and Modeling:
- Performance improvements for or driven by unikernels
- Optimizations of virtual machine monitor platforms and hypervisors
- Scalability analysis of VMs and/or containers at large scale
- Performance measurement, modeling and monitoring of virtualized/cloud workloads
- Virtualization in supercomputing environments, HPC clusters, HPC in the cloud

Configuration / Tooling:
- Tool support for unikernels: configuration/build environments, debuggers, profilers
- Job scheduling/control/policy and container placement in virtualized environments
- Operating MPI in containers/VMs and Unikernels
- Software defined networks and network virtualization
- GPU virtualization operationalization

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

January 25, 2019 - Abstract Registration deadline
Apr 19th, 2019 - Paper submission deadline (Springer LNCS)
May 3, 2019 - Acceptance notification
June 20th, 2019 - Workshop Day
July 10th, 2019 - Camera-ready version due


Michael Alexander (chair), University of Vienna, Austria
Anastassios Nanos (co-­chair),, UK
Andrew Younge (co-chair), Sandia National Laboratories

Program committee

Stergios Anastasiadis, University of Ioannina, Greece
Jakob Blomer, CERN, Europe
Eduardo César, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Stephen Crago, USC ISI, USA
Tommaso Cucinotta, St. Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy
Christoffer Dall, Columbia University, USA
Patrick Dreher, MIT, USA
Kyle Hale, Northwestern University, USA
Brian Kocoloski, Washington University, USA
John Lange, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Giuseppe Lettieri, University of Pisa, Italy
Qing Liu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Nikos Parlavantzas, IRISA, France
Kevin Pedretti, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Amer Qouneh, Western New England University, USA
Carlos Reaño, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Borja Sotomayor, University of Chicago, USA
Joe Stubbs, Texas Advanced Computing Center, USA
Anata Tiwari, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Yasuhiro Watashiba, Osaka University, Japan
Chao-Tung Yang, Tunghai University, Taiwan
Na Zhang, VMware, USA

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, keywords, 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. Accepted papers will be published in a
Springer LNCS volume.

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) 2019, June 16-20, Frankfurt,

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