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7th Workshop on Extreme-Scale Programming Tools



Friday, November 16, 2018.
08:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Held in conjunction with SC18: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
Dallas, TX, USA

In cooperation with:
TCHPCIEEE Computer Society

This workshop is supported by SPPEXA, the DFG Priority Program 1648 Software for Exascale Computing.

Call for Papers


The path to extreme computing keeps broadening: large scale systems towards exascale and beyond, growing many core systems with deep memory hierarchies and massively parallel accelerators are just a few of the platforms we can expect. This trend will challenge HPC application developers in their quest to achieve the maximum potential that their systems have to offer, both on and across nodes. Factors such as limited power budgets, heterogeneity, hierarchical memories, shrinking I/O bandwidths, and performance variability will make it increasingly difficult to create productive applications on future platforms. To address these challenges, we need tools for debugging, performance measurement and analysis, and tuning to overcome the architectural, system, and programming complexities expected in these environments.

At the same time, research and development progress for HPC tools themselves faces equally difficult challenges: adaptive systems with an increased emphasis on autotuning, dynamic monitoring and adaptation, heterogeneous analysis and new metrics such as power, energy and temperature require new methodologies, techniques, and engagement with application teams. This workshop will serve as a forum for HPC application developers, system designers and tool researchers to discuss the requirements for tools assisting developers in identifying, investigating and handling the challenges in future extreme scale environments, both for highly parallel nodes and in large-scale HPC systems.

The workshop is the seventh in a series of SC conference workshops organized by the Virtual Institute - High Productivity Supercomputing (VI-HPS), an international initiative of HPC researchers and developers focused on programming and performance tools for parallel systems.

Workshop topics

  • Performance tools for scalable parallel platforms
  • Debugging and correctness tools for parallel programming paradigms
  • Program development tool chains (incl. IDEs) for parallel systems
  • Methodologies for performance engineering
  • Tool technologies for extreme-scale challenges (e.g., scalability, resilience, power)
  • Tool support for accelerated architectures and large-scale multi-cores
  • Measurement and optimization tools for networks and I/O
  • Tool infrastructures and environments
  • Application developer experiences with programming and performance tools

Paper submission

Submissions are limited to 10 pages using 10pt fonts in the IEEE format. The 10-page limit includes figures, tables, and your appendices, but does not include references, for which there is no page limit. Reproducibility initiative dependencies (Artifact Description or Computational Results Analysis) are also not included in the 10-page limit.

All papers must be submitted through the Supercomputing submission site.

Note:Authors of accepted papers may apply for travel support.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: July 23, 2018
Author notification: Sep 03, 2018
Camera-ready & Copyright form deadline: Oct 01, 2018

Additional Information

Reproducibility at ESPT 2018

For ESPT 2018, we adopt the model of the SC18 technical paper program. Participation in the reproducibility initiative is optional, but highly encouraged. To participate, authors provide a completed Artifact Description Appendix (at most 2 pages) along with their submission. We will use the format of the SC18 appendix for ESPT submissions (see template).

Note: A paper cannot be disqualified based on information provided or not provided in this appendix, nor if the appendix is not available. The availability and quality of an appendix can be used in ranking a paper. In particular, if two papers are of similar quality, the existence and quality of the appendices can be part of the evaluation process.

For more information, please refer to the SC18 reproducibility page and the FAQs below.

FAQ for authors

Q. Is the Artifact Description appendix required in order to submit a paper to ESPT 2018?
A. No. These appendices are not required. If you do not submit any appendix, it will not disqualify your submission. At the same time, if two papers are otherwise comparable in quality, the existence and quality of appendices can be a factor in ranking one paper over another.

Q. Do I need to make my software open source in order to complete the Artifacts Description appendix?
A. No. It is not required that you make any changes to your computing environment in order to complete the appendix. The Artifacts Description appendix is meant to provide information about the computing environment you used to produce your results, reducing barriers for future replication of your results. However, in order to be eligible for the ACM Artifacts Available badge, your software must be downloadable by anyone without restriction.

Q. Who will review my appendices?
A. The Artifact Description and Computational Results Analysis appendices will be submitted at the same time as your paper and will be reviewed as part of the standard review process by the same reviewers who handle the rest of your paper.

Q. Does the Artifacts Description appendix really impact scientific reproducibility?
A. The Artifacts Description appendix is simply a description of the computing environment used to produce the results in a paper. By itself, this appendix does not directly improve scientific reproducibility. However, if this artifact is done well, it can be used by scientists (including the authors at a later date) to more easily replicate and build upon the results in the paper. Therefore, the Artifacts Description appendix can reduce barriers and costs of replicating published results. It is an important first step toward full scientific reproducibility.

Organizing committee

Martin Schulz, Technical University Munich, Germany
David Böhme, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Marc-André Hermanns, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
William Jalby, Université de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
Felix Wolf, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany


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Program committee

Dorian C. Arnold, Emory University, USA
Jean-Baptiste Besnard, ParaTools, France
David Böhme, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Karl Fürlinger, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Michael Gerndt, Technical University Munich, Germany
Judit Gimenez, Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Marc-André Hermanns, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Kevin Huck, University of Oregon, USA
William Jalby, Université de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
Andreas Knüpfer, Technical University Dresden,Germany
John Linford, ARM, USA
Allen D. Malony, University of Oregon, USA
John Mellor-Crummey, Rice University, USA
Bart Miller, University of Wisconsin Madison, USA
Heidi Poxon, Cray Inc., USA
Martin Schulz, Technical University Munich, Germany
Nathan Tallent, Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory, USA
Christian Terboven, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Josef Weidendorfer, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Germany
Gerhard Wellein, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Felix Wolf, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
Brian J.N. Wylie, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

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