[ecoop-info] Final CFP: SICSA MultiCore Challenge, Special Issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience

Hans-Wolfgang Loidl H.W.Loidl at hw.ac.uk
Tue Jan 31 00:38:10 CET 2012

[-- Deadline reminder: Feb 6th for full papers, see links & details below -- HWL]


	Programming Language Support for Multicore Parallelism
Special Issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
The  SICSA   Multicore  Challenge,   which  aims  to   assess  current
programming  language  support  for  multicore parallelism,  has  been
running  since 2010.   The  aim of  the  challenge is  to compare  and
contrast different implementation  techniques for harnessing multicore
parallelism, across a range  of programming languages and systems.  So
far,  participants  have  contributed  programming  solutions  to  two
specific parallel  problems.  Challenge Phase I  concerned a text-file
concordance   generator.  Phase  II   concerned  a   planetary  n-body
simulator.  Precise  specifications of  both  problems  are given  at:
We now invite submissions to a special issue of the journal 
	Concurrency and	Computation: Practice and Experience.
Submissions should describe a particular approach, or a set of related
approaches, to  solving one  or both of  the parallel  challenges.  Of
particular interest are: (i) the program performance, (ii) performance
portability, and (iii) the programmer productivity, of the methods and
implementation techniques used to address each problem.  A recommended
paper structure is provided at
Although  we  anticipate   that  existing  SICSA  Multicore  Challenge
participants will  submit papers, we also welcome  papers from people,
who have not been able to attend the workshops, or engage fully in the
challenge  activities  to  date.   In  particular,  we  encourage  new
contributors to  upload information on their  implementations onto the
Wiki.  All papers will be judged impartially on merit and relevance by
a reviewing panel  assembled for this special issue.   Prior levels of
participation will not impact the refereeing process.

Instructions for SICSA Multicore Challenge 2012 special issue

* The editors of the special issue are 
  Hans-Wolfgang Loidl <H.W.Loidl at hw.ac.uk> and 
  Jeremy Singer <jeremy.singer at glasgow.ac.uk>.
* Papers will be refereed by members of the reviewing panel shown below.
* Please submit your full paper to Manuscript Central
  as "SICSA Multicore Challenge 2012 special issue".
* The submitted papers must be original work describing
  implementations of one or both SICSA Multicore Challenge
  problems. The work must not be published anywhere else nor
  under any simultaneous consideration in any other venue.
* There is a 30 page max length limit (12 point single
  space, inclusive of figures and tables).
* The notification will include reviewer comments from 
  3 expert referees in the area.
* Wiley has Latex templates at
  and we anticipate that most authors will make use of
  these. Either Latex or Word will be accepted.
* Important dates:
  . Submission of full papers:  February 6, 2012
  . Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2012.
  . Revised Camera-ready Papers: May 11, 2012.
  . Final Decisions: June 8, 2012.
  . Papers are expected to appear within 4 months of final acceptance.


Hans-Wolfgang Loidl (co-chair, Heriot-Watt University)
Jeremy Singer (co-chair, University of Glasgow)
Greg Michaelson (Heriot-Watt University)
Paul Cockshott (University of Glasgow)
Kevin Hammond (St Andrews University)
Tim Harris (Microsoft Research)
Murray Cole (University of Edinburgh)

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