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PLACES 2014 : Programming Language Approaches to Concurrency and communication-cEntric Software


When Apr 5, 2014 - Apr 13, 2014
Where Grenoble, France
Abstract Registration Due Dec 16, 2013
Submission Deadline Dec 23, 2013
Notification Due Jan 31, 2014
Final Version Due Feb 7, 2014
Categories    programming languages   concurrency   parallelism   distributed computing

Call For Papers

Programming Language Approaches to Concurrency
and communication-cEntric Software
April 2014, Grenoble, France
Affiliated with ETAPS 2014

Theme and Goals

Applications today are built using numerous interacting services. Soon off-the-shelf CPUs will host thousands of cores, acceleration using GPUs, DSPs and re-configurable hardware will be common-place, and sensor networks will be composed from a large number of processing units. Modern and future applications need to make effective use of large numbers of computing nodes. At multiple levels of granularity, computation in such systems is inherently concurrent and communication-centred.

To exploit and harness the richness of this computing environment, designers and programmers will utilise a variety of computing paradigms, depending on the shape of data and control flow, and on resource constraints such as energy and bandwidth. Plausible candidates for such paradigms include structured imperative concurrent programming, stream-based programming, concurrent functions with asynchronous message passing, higher-order types for events, and the use of types for communications and data structures (such as session
types and linear types), to name but a few. Combinations of these abstractions will be used even in a single application, and applications will be designed to work without prior knowledge about resource availability, such as the number of nodes or cores per node. Runtime environments thus need to ensure seamless execution, adapting dynamically according to resource availability.

The PLACES workshop aims to offer a forum where researchers from different fields exchange new ideas on one of the central challenges for programming in the near future: the development of programming languages, methodologies and infrastructures where concurrency and distribution are the norm rather than a marginal concern.

Topics of interest

Submissions are invited in the general area of programming language approaches to concurrency, communication and distribution, ranging from foundational issues, through language implementations, to applications and case studies. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

- Design and implementation of programming languages with first class support for concurrency and communication
- Behavioural types, including session types
- Concurrent data types, objects and actors
- Verification and program analysis methods for concurrent and distributed software
- Runtime systems for scalable management of concurrency and resource allocation
- High-level programming abstractions addressing security concerns in concurrent and distributed programming
- Multi- and many-core programming models, including methods for harnessing GPUs and other accelerators
- Memory models for concurrent programming on relaxed-memory architectures
- Integration of sequential and concurrent programming techniques
- Use of message passing in systems software
- Interface languages for communication and distribution
- Novel programming methodologies for sensor networks
- Programming language approaches to web services
- Concurrency and communication in event processing and business process management

Papers are welcome which present novel and valuable ideas as well as experiences.

Submission Guidelines

Authors should submit a title and a 200 word abstract by Monday 16th December 2013, to help the PC chairs assign reviewers to papers. Papers of up to five pages in length should be submitted in PDF format by Monday 23rd December 2013 using the EasyChair proceedings template available at:

Abstracts and full papers should be submitted using EasyChair:

Preliminary proceedings will be available at the workshop. A post-proceedings will be published in EPTCS.

Important Dates

Abstracts: Monday 16th December (anywhere on earth)
5-page paper: Monday 23rd December (anywhere on earth)
Notification: Friday 31st January 2014
Final version for pre-proceedings: Friday 7th February 2014
Workshop date: TBC (during ETAPS period, 5th-13th April 2014, see for updates)

Invited Speaker

Akash Lal, MSR India

Program Committee

Jade Alglave, University College London, UK
Michele Bugliesi, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, IT
Alastair Donaldson, Imperial College London, UK (co-chair)
Benedict Gaster, Qualcomm, USA
Simon Gay, University of Glasgow, UK
Thomas Hildebrandt, IT University of Copenhagen, DK
Jeroen Ketema, Imperial College London, UK
Hans-Wolfgang Loidl, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Etienne Lozes, ENS Cachan & University of Kassel, FR & DE
Francisco Martins, University of Lisbon, PT
Alan Mycroft, University of Cambridge, UK
Luca Padovani, Università di Torino, IT
Shaz Qadeer, MSR Redmond, USA
Vasco T. Vasconcelos, University of Lisbon, PT (co-chair)

Organizing Committee

Alastair Beresford, University of Cambridge, UK
Simon Gay, University of Glasgow, UK
Alan Mycroft, University of Cambridge, UK
Vasco Vasconcelos, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Nobuko Yoshida, Imperial College London, UK

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