Parallel Programming: Models, Methods and Programming Languages

Topic 10

Description

This topic provides a forum for the presentation of the latest research results and practical experience in the development of parallel programs. Advances in algorithmic and programming models, design methods, languages, and interfaces are needed to produce correct, portable parallel software with predictable performance on different parallel and distributed architectures.

The topic emphasises results that improve the process of developing high-performance programs, including high-integrity programs that are scalable with both problem size and complexity. Of particular interest are novel techniques by which parallel software can be assembled from reusable parallel components without compromising efficiency. Related to this is the need for parallel software to adapt, both to available resources and to the problem being solved.

Where appropriate, contributions should demonstrate quantitative performance results in support of their claims, and address applications not adequately handled by well-established approaches.

Focus

  • Languages, libraries and interfaces for different parallel programming models (e.g. data-parallelism, task-parallelism, functional, object-oriented, logic, component-based, etc.).
  • Implementation and optimisation techniques for innovative parallel languages and programming models (e.g. threads, dataflow, tiling, skeletons, declarative languages, and generalised data-parallel approaches, etc.).
  • Performance models and their integration into the design of efficient parallel algorithms and programs (e.g. BSP, LogP, CGM, N-half and their alternatives, cost calculi and static performance prediction, profile-driven approaches).
  • Parallel programming paradigms and tools, their comparison and integration (e.g. data-parallel vs. task-parallel, coordination programming, performance analysis and debugging).
  • Methodological aspects of developing, optimizing and validating parallel programs (formalisms, semantics, specification, design, transformations, verification, etc.).
  • Software engineering for parallel and distributed systems (design patterns, portability, robustness, standardization, etc.).
  • Systematic approaches and programming models to support effective program development in grid environments.   
  • Domain-specific parallel libraries and languages (e.g. for simulation, irregular and unstructured meshes, computational geometry, etc.).

Global Chair

Prof. José  C. Cunha

New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Email: jcc@di.fct.unl.pt    

Vice Chairs

Dr. Marco Danelutto
University of Pisa, Italy 

Email: marcod@di.unipi.it  

Prof. Peter H. Welch
University of Kent, United Kingdom 

Email: P.H.Welch@ukc.ac.uk  

Local Chair

Dr. Christoph Herrmann

Universität Passau, Germany

Email: herrmann@fmi.uni-passau.de