CFP: DAMP 2011

From: Manuel Carro <>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 19:14:59 +0200

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                            DAMP 2011

             Declarative Aspects of Multicore Programming
                          Austin, Texas
                     (colocated with POPL 2011)

                         January 23, 2011



The advent of multicore architectures has profoundly increased the
importance of research in parallel computing. Modern platforms are
becoming more complex and heterogenous and novel solutions are needed
to account for their peculiarities.

Multicore architectures will differ in significant ways from their
multisocket predecessors. For example, the communication to compute
bandwidth ratio is likely to be higher, which will positively impact
performance. More generally, multicore architectures introduce several
new dimensions of variability in both performance guarantees and
architectural contracts, such as the memory model, that may not
stabilize for several generations of product.

Programs written in functional or (constraint-)logic programming
languages, or in other highly declarative languages with a controlled
use of side effects, can greatly simplify parallel programming. Such
declarative programming allows for a deterministic semantics even
when the underlying implementation might be highly non-deterministic.
In addition to simplifying programming this can simplify debugging and
analyzing correctness.rations of product.

DAMP 2011 is the sixth in a series of one-day workshops seeking to
explore ideas in declarative programming language design that will
greatly simplify programming for multicore architectures, and more
generally for tightly coupled parallel architectures. The emphasis
will be on (constraint-)logic and functional programming, but any
declarative programming language ideas that aim to raise the level of
abstraction are welcome. DAMP seeks to gather together researchers in
declarative approaches to parallel programming and to foster cross
fertilization across different approaches.

Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

 * investigation of applications of logic, constraint logic, and
   functional programing to multicore programing

 * run-time issues of exploitation of parallelism using declarative
   programming approaches (e.g., garbage collection, scheduling)

 * architectural impact on exploitation of parallelism from
   declarative languages

 * type systems and analysis for accurately detecting dependencies,
   aliasing, side effects, and impure features

 * language level declarative constructs for expressing parallelism

 * declarative language specification for the description of data
   placement and distribution

 * compilation and static analysis techniques to support
   exploitation of parallelism from declarative languages (e.g.,
   granularity control)

 * practical experiences and challenges arising from parallel
   declarative programming

 * technology for debugging parallel programs

 * design and implementation of domain-specific declarative
   languages for multicore programming


  Submitted papers papers should be written in English and
  should not exceed 10 pages in ACM SIGPLAN conference format.
  Submission is electronic via:

  Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library and
  in a physical proceedings. Papers must adhere to the SIGPLAN
  Republication Policy:

  Concurrent submissions to other conferences, workshops, journals,
  or similar forums of publication are not allowed. However, DAMP
  is intended to be a venue for discussion and exploration of
  works-in-progress, and so publication of a paper at DAMP 2011
  is not intended to preclude later publication as appropriate.

  Additional information about the submission process can be found
  at the conference web site.

Important dates:

  Paper submission: Oct. 11

  Notification to authors: Nov. 8

  Camera ready: Nov. 22

Program Chair:

  John Reppy
  University of Chicago

General Chair:

  Manuel Carro
  Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Program Committee:

   Fred Barnes University of Kent (UK)

   Gopal Gupta University of Texas, Dallas (USA)

   Kerri Hammil Microsoft (USA)

   Kevin Hammond University of St Andrews (UK)

   Stephan Herhut University of Hertfordshire (UK)

   Manuel Hermenegildo IMDEA Software Institute and UPM (Spain)

   Gabriele Keller University of New South Wales (Australia)

   John Reppy University of Chicago (USA)


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