3rd Workshop on Parallel Execution of Sequential Programs on Multi-core Architectures (PESPMA 2010)
June 20, 2010 Saint-Malo, France

In conjunction with the 37th International Symposia on Computer Architecture (ISCA)

Overview and Topics

Multi-core architectures have started a new era of computing and boost performance and efficiency of parallel programs, however most of existing application base is still composed of sequential applications. How to execute those sequential programs efficiently and reliably on multi-core is remaining a critical and challenge problem. Multi-core architectures usually have many weaker cores compared to a monolithic out-of-order core, however, the aggregation of many small cores provides better computing and power efficiency than the monolithic one. To fully leverage this multi-core opportunity, a set of new tools, compiler optimizations, micro-architecture mechanisms and programming models is expected.

In this workshop, we focus on leveraging the computing power provided by multi-core to address the issues of performance, power, programming model and reliability etc. for sequential programs which are executed on homogenous or heterogeneous multi-core. The topics of particular interest include, but no limited to:

* Speculative program execution (e.g. speculative multithreading, speculative vectorization, speculative optimizations)
* Deterministically execute sequential programs in parallel
* Deterministic multi-core execution versus parallel execution of sequential programs
* Helper threading techniques (e.g. prefetch helper, verification helper)
* Automatic/semi-automatic/manual parallelization/vectorization techniques
* Reliability improvement on multi-core for sequential programs
* Power/thermal optimizations on multi-core for sequential programs
* Compiler optimizations and transformations to help single thread execution
* Binary translation/optimization to help single thread execution
* Evaluation of performance, power/thermal and reliability of sequential programs on multi-core (v.s., monolithic core)
* Trade-offs between speculation and non-speculation techniques
* Frameworks and tools for sequential execution model aimed for homogeneous or heterogeneous multi-core
* Micro-architecture support for sequential program execution on multi-core
* Novel sequential programming models? and support

The workshop also aims at providing a forum for researchers and engineers from academia and industry to discuss their latest research in computer architecture, compiler, programming language on sequential program execution on multi-core. Moreover, it will bring more attention of their ideas, research problems and new proposals and obtain valuable and instant feedback from fellow researchers.

Key Dates

Apr 26, 2010: Abstract submission deadline
May 14, 2010: Acceptance Notification
May 24, 2010: Final version ready

Submission guidelines

Submissions should be extended abstracts or position papers of 3-5 pages, double-column, in 11-point font. Include the list of authors and their affiliations, email addresses and the name of the corresponding author. For submission instructions, see the above website.


Wei Liu (wei.w.liu@intel.com), Intel Labs
Scott Mahlke (mahlke@umich.edu), University of Michigan
Tin-fook Ngai (tin-fook.ngai@intel.com), Intel Labs

Program Committee

Koen De Bosschere, Ghent University
Calin Cascaval, Qualcomm Research
Nate Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology
Marcelo Cintra, University of Edinburgh
Albert Cohen, INRIA Saclay
Alexandra Fedorova, Simon Fraser University
Rajiv Gupta, University of California Riverside
Manjunath Kudlur, NVIDIA Corporation
Onur Mutlu, Carnegie Mellon University
Rodric Rabbah, IBM Research
James Tuck, North Carolina State University
Neil Vachharajani, Google