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UCHPC 2016 : 9th Workshop on UnConventional High Performance Computing 2016


Conference Series : UnConventional High Performance Computing
When Aug 22, 2016 - Aug 23, 2016
Where Grenoble, France
Submission Deadline May 6, 2016
Notification Due Jun 17, 2016
Final Version Due Jul 31, 2016
Categories    many-core   HPC   FPGA   GPGPU

Call For Papers


The 9th Workshop on
UnConventional High Performance Computing 2016
(UCHPC 2016)

August 22/23, 2016, Grenoble, France

held in conjunction with
Euro-Par 2016, August 22 - 26, 2016
Grenoble, France


Recent issues with the power consumption of conventional HPC hardware results in both new interest in accelerator hardware and in usage of mass-market hardware originally not designed for HPC. The most prominent examples are GPUs, but FPGAs, DSPs and embedded designs are also possible candidates to provide higher power efficiency, as they are used in energy-restriced environments, such as smartphones or tablets. The so-called "dark silicon" forecast, i.e. not all transistors may be active at the same time, may lead to even more specialized hardware in future mass-market products. Exploiting this hardware for HPC can be a worthwhile challenge.

As the word "UnConventional" in the title suggests, the workshop focuses on hardware or platforms used for HPC, which were not intended for HPC in the first place. Reasons could be raw computing power, good performance per watt, or low cost in general. To address this unconventional hardware, often, new programming approaches and
paradigms are required to make best use of it. A second focus of the workshop is on innovative, (yet) unconventional new programming models.

To this end, UCHPC tries to capture solutions for HPC which are unconventional today but could become conventional and significant tomorrow, and thus provide a glimpse into the eventual future of HPC.


The goal of this workshop is to present research exploring currently unconventional techniques for HPC and their benefits. UCHPC also covers according programming models, compiler techniques, and tools. Thus, suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to the following:

* Innovative use of hardware and software unconventional for HPC
* HPC applications or visualizations in connection with HPC on GPUs (GPGPU), using GPUs embedded on processor dies (as found in AMD Fusion/APUs, NVidia Denver, Intel Ivy Bridge), Intel's MIC and SCC, low power/embedded processors (including DSPs, Adapteva Epiphany), FPGAs (e.g. Convey), Tilera's tile-based many-core processors, Processing in Memory (PIM), accelerators, etc.
* Cluster/Grid solutions using unconventional hardware, e.g. clusters of game consoles, nodes using GPUs, Low Power/Embedded Processors, MPSoCs, new many-cores from Intel and/or ARM designs, Mac Minis/AppleTVs, FPGAs etc.
* Heterogeneous computing on hybrid platforms
* Work on and use of new programming models and paradigms needed to support unconventional hardware, and hybrid/hierarchical combinations with more conventional systems. Examples are OpenACC, OpenCL, Cilk+, and task-based approaches for heterogeneous systems
* Performance and scalability studies in HPC using unconventional hardware
* Reconfigurable computing for HPC
* Performance modeling, analysis and tools for HPC with unconventional hardware
* New/modified or unconventional programming models for HPC, including e.g. PGAS or task-based concepts
* Big data and/or deep learning using unconventional HPC hardware or software

Best Paper Award

As in recent years, we will give out a best paper award. For the winner, we have a special (unconventional) hardware price.

Paper Submission, Registration, and Publication

Workshop papers must not exceed 10 single-spaced, single-column pages in LNCS proceedings style. Submission implies that at least one author will register for the workshops at Euro-Par 2016 and present the paper in the workshop session, if accepted.
Upload your PDF to the Euro-Par 2016 Workshop submission server, track "UCHPC - UnConventional High Performance Computing" at

It must not be simultaneously submitted to the main conference or any other publication outlet.

For the workshop, we will prepare handouts with the revised papers.
These will be published after the conference in the workshop proceedings of Euro-Par 2016, part of the LNCS series of Springer.

Important Dates

May 6, 2016 : Submission deadline
June 17, 2016 : Notification of acceptance
July 31, 2016 : Camera ready, revised papers due

UCHPC'16 International Program Committee

(see our website for updates)

Michael Bader, Technische Universität München, DE
Denis Barthou, University of Bordeaux, FR
Alex Bartzas, National Technical University of Athens, GR
Lars Bengtsson, Chalmers University of Technology, SE
James Beyer, Cray Inc., US
Jens Breitbart, Technische Universität München, DE
Georgios Dimitrakopoulos, Democritus University of Thrace, GR
Karl Fuerlinger, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, DE
Frank Hannig, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, DE
Anders Hast, Uppsala University, SE
Paul Keir, University of the West of Scotland, UK
Rainer Keller, Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, DE
Gaurav Khanna, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, US
Stefan Lankes, RWTH Aachen, DE
Dimitar Lukarski, Paralution Labs, DE
Yannis Papaefstathiou, Technical University of Crete, GR
Bertil Schmidt, University of Mainz, DE
Carsten Trinitis, Technische Universität München, DE
Josef Weidendorfer, Technische Universität München, DE
Jan-Philipp Weiss, COMSOL, SE
Ren Wu, CN
Peter Zinterhof jun., University of Salzburg, AT

UCHPC'16 Steering Committee

Lars Bengtsson, Chalmers University of Technology, SE
Jens Breitbart, Technische Universität München, DE
Anders Hast, Uppsala University, SE
Dimitar Lukarski, Paralution Labs, DE
Jan-Philipp Weiss, COMSOL, SE
Josef Weidendorfer, Technische Universität München, DE
Ren Wu, CN

UCHPC'16 Workshop Organizers

Jens Breitbart, Technische Universität München, DE
Josef Weidendorfer, Technische Universität München, DE

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