[ecoop-info] Workshop on Domain Specific Languages Design and Implementation (DSLDI)

Adam Welc adam.welc at oracle.com
Thu Mar 21 17:10:46 CET 2013

 Workshop on Domain Specific Languages Design and Implementation (DSLDI)

                        Collocated with ECOOP 2013

               Monday, July 1st, 2013, Montpellier, France


Modern hardware is growing more and more complex, often featuring not only
multiple cores but also heterogeneous components with various types of
architecturally different accelerators. Consequently, it is increasingly more
difficult for the programmers to produce high-performance scalable software,
which is often equally complex, using general-purpose programming languages
such as Java or C++, as they lack appropriate language-level abstractions.
Languages designed to support high productivity, such as scripting languages
exemplified by Python, JavaScript or Perl, make the programmer's task much
easier. Their performance, however, while certainly adequate for some use
cases, is not quite on-par with that of the general-purpose programming
languages. Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) combine the best features of the
general-purpose programming languages, that is efficiency, and of the
languages designed for high productivity, that is ease of programming. This
makes DSLs our best hope for harnessing computational resources available on
modern architectures without requiring super-human programming skills.

The goal of the DSLDI workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners interested in sharing ideas on how Domain Specific Languages
should be designed and implemented and on usage scenarios for modern DSLs. We
are interested both in discovering how already known domains, such as graph
processing or machine learning, can be best supported by DSLs but also in
exploring new domains that could be targeted by DSLs. More generally, we are
interested in building a community that can drive forward development of
modern DSLs.

The workshop will consist of a series of short invited talks whose main goal
would be to trigger exchange of opinion and discussions on the topics within
DSLDI's area of interest which include but are not limited to the following:

- DSL implementation techniques, including compiler-level and
 runtime-level solutions
- utilization of domain knowledge for driving optimizations of DSL
- utilizing DSLs for managing parallelism and hardware heterogeneity
- DSL performance and scalability studies
- DSL tools, such as DSL editors and editor plugins, debuggers,
 refactoring tools, etc.
- applications of DSLs to existing as well as emerging domains, for
 example graph processing, image processing, machine learning,
 analytics, robotics, etc.
- practitioners reports, for example descriptions of DSL deployment in
 a real-life production setting

The workshop will be informal and will not have proceedings of any kind.  We
have a limited number of presentation slots so we welcome suggestions for
people to give talks about their experience of using or developing DSLs.  If
you would like to give a presentation then please contact Adam Welc at
adam.welc at oracle.com (presentation submission deadline: April 26th, 2013).

Organizing committee:

Hassan Chafi, Oracle Labs
Tim Harris, Oracle Labs
Kunle Olukotun, Stanford University
Tiark Rompf, EPFL
Satnam Singh, Google
Laurence Tratt, King's College London
Eelco Visser, Delft University of Technology
Adam Welc, Oracle Labs

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