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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 May 1, 2019
Notification Due May 20, 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:

Paper Submission Deadline: May 1, 2019 (extended)
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
- 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

May 1, 2019 - Abstract/Paper extended submission deadline
(Springer LNCS)
May 20, 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
Taylor Childers, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Stephen Crago, USC ISI, USA
Tommaso Cucinotta, St. Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy
Christoffer Dall, Columbia University, USA
François Diakhaté, CEA, France
Patrick Dreher, MIT, USA
Kyle Hale, Northwestern University, USA
Bob Killen, University of Michigan, 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
Jonathan Sparks, Cray, USA
Joe Stubbs, Texas Advanced Computing Center, USA
Anata Tiwari, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
John Walters, USC ISI, USA
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

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, Germany.

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