REV-A Workshop

Re-Emergence of Vector Architectures

To be held in conjunction with the IEEE Cluster 2018

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The commoditization of high performance computing to a broader range of applications coupled with the reduction in performance improvement from traditional scaling technologies has led to a broad interest in a number of new compute acceleration technologies from GPGPUs to CGRAs and FPGAs. Meanwhile, SIMD widths have been widening to try to keep up with computational demand and general purpose architectures have started incorporating features from the vector architectures that used to dominate high performance computing. From IBM's Vector Media eXtension (VMX) to NEC's SX architecture to Intel's Advanced Vector eXtension (AVX) to ARM's recently announced Scalable Vector Extension (SVE) -- all of the major general purpose architectures seem to have embraced a return to vector based functionality.

Supporting these hardware developments there are a number of features being proposed for incorporation into modern programming models and languages in order to support the vector additions as well as restructuring memory access in order to feed the computational pipelines. Meanwhile application developers have been hard at work trying to refactor code to take advantage of wider vector units and more complicated memory hierarchies. Tools and techniques for developing for these new vector architectures are still evolving, particularly on emerging languages and runtimes.

The REV-A 2018 workshop will be a full-day meeting to be held at the IEEE Cluster 2018, in Belfast, Ireland, focusing on all aspects of vector architectures, programming models, programming frameworks, and applications. Topics of interest, of both theoretical and practical significance, include but are not limited to the following topics:

The REV-A workshop proceedings will be published along with the IEEE Cluster Digital Library. Submitted manuscripts should follow the IEEE Xplore format for publication: not exceed 10 single-spaced double-column pages using 10-point size font on 8.5x11 inch pages, including figures, tables, and references. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically in PDF format. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance, quality of presentation, and interest and relevance to the workshop attendees. Submitted papers may not have appeared in or be under consideration for another workshop, conference, or journal. Accepted papers will have a page limit of 8 pages, and authors can purchase an additional 2 pages, for a total of 10 pages maximum.

Deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (AoE)

      Full Papers due:   June 25, 2018
      Paper Acceptance Notification:   July 17, 2018
      Camera-ready deadline:   TBD
      REV-A Workshop:   September 10, 2018
      Luiz DeRose   Cray Inc.
      Eric Van Hensbergen       ARM Research

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