11th Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing (VHPC'16)

11th Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing
(VHPC'16) held in conjunction with International Supercomputing
Conference - High Performance, June 19-23, 2016, Frankfurt, Germany


Virtualization technologies constitute a key enabling factor for flexible resource
management in modern data centers, and particularly in cloud environments.
Cloud providers need to manage complex infrastructures in a seamless fashion to support
the highly dynamic and heterogeneous workloads and hosted applications customers
deploy. Similarly, HPC environments have been increasingly adopting techniques that
enable flexible management of vast computing and networking resources, close to marginal
provisioning cost, which is unprecedented in the history of scientific and commercial

Various virtualization technologies contribute to the overall picture in different ways: machine
virtualization, with its capability to enable consolidation of multiple under­utilized servers with
heterogeneous software and operating systems (OSes), and its capability to live­-migrate a
fully operating virtual machine (VM) with a very short downtime, enables novel and dynamic
ways to manage physical servers; OS-­level virtualization (i.e., containerization), with its
capability to isolate multiple user­-space environments and to allow for their co­existence
within the same OS kernel, promises to provide many of the advantages of machine
virtualization with high levels of responsiveness and performance; I/O Virtualization allows
physical NICs/HBAs to take traffic from multiple VMs or containers; network virtualization,
with its capability to create logical network overlays that are independent of the underlying
physical topology and IP addressing, provides the fundamental ground on top of which
evolved network services can be realized with an unprecedented level of dynamicity and
flexibility; the increasingly adopted paradigm of Software-­Defined Networking (SDN)
promises to extend this flexibility to the control and data planes of network paths.


Venue: ISC Frankfurt Marriott Hotel
Room Volt

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:15 - 10:00 Keynote 1: Performance Optimizations for Cloud-Based Grid and Cluster HPC Dave Pellerin, Amazon Web Services
10:00 - 10:30 Migrating LinuX Containers Using CRIU Simon Pickartz, Niklas Eiling, Stefan Lankes, Lukas Razik and Antonello Monti, Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
10:30 - 11:00 Accelerating Application Migration in HPC Ramy Gad, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Simon Pickartz, RWTH Aachen Universit, Tim Süß, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Lars Nagel, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Stefan Lankes, RWTH Aachen University, André Brinkmann, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00 Keynote 2: Using Virtualization in HPC for scale-up: Use-Cases and Considerations Benzi Galili, ScaleMP, Inc.
12:00 - 12:30Shifter: Containers in HPC Environments (invited talk) Lucas Bendedicic, Swiss National Supercomputer Center
12:30 - 13:00 Providing Security in Container-based HPC Runtime Environments Holger Gantikow, Furtwangen University
13:00-13:05 Conclusion

Important Dates

May 20, 2016 (extended) - Full paper submission (Springer LNCS)
May 30, 2016 Acceptance notification
June 23, 2016 - Workshop Day
July 25, 2016 - Camera-ready version due


The VHPC program committee solicits original, high-quality submissions related to
virtualization across the entire software stack with a special focus on the intersection of HPC
and the cloud. Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Virtualization in supercomputing environments, HPC clusters, cloud HPC and grids
  • OS-level virtualization including container runtimes (Docker, rkt et al.)
  • Lightweight compute node operating systems/VMMs
  • Optimizations of virtual machine monitor platforms, hypervisors
  • QoS and SLA in hypervisors and network virtualization
  • Cloud based network and system management for SDN and NFV
  • Management, deployment and monitoring of virtualized environments
  • Virtual per job / on-demand clusters and cloud bursting
  • Performance measurement, modelling and monitoring of virtualized/cloud workloads
  • Programming models for virtualized environments
  • Virtualization in data intensive computing and Big Data processing
  • Cloud reliability, fault-tolerance, high-availability and security
  • Heterogeneous virtualized environments, virtualized accelerators, GPUs and co-processors
  • Optimized communication libraries/protocols in the cloud and for HPC in the cloud
  • Topology management and optimization for distributed virtualized applications
  • Adaptation of emerging HPC technologies (high performance networks, RDMA, etc..)
  • I/O and storage virtualization, virtualization aware file systems
  • Job scheduling/control/policy in virtualized environments
  • Checkpointing and migration of VM-based large compute jobs
  • Cloud frameworks and APIs
  • Energy-efficient / power-aware virtualization


Keynote 1: Performance Optimizations for Cloud-Based Grid and Cluster HPC
Dave Pellerin, Amazon Web Services

This talk will focus on commercial and research applications for cloud in HPC including weather simulation,
high-energy and materials science, and computational fluid dynamics. The talk will cover best-practices for
performance optimization in a virtualized cloud environment, and show results of scaling for a range of applications
including tightly-coupled MPI codes. The talk will also include an overview of cloud virtualization on AWS including
EC2 instances, Virtual Private Cloud, Enhanced Networking, and SR-IOV.

Keynote 2: Using Virtualization in HPC for scale-up: Use-Cases and Considerations
Benzi Galili, ScaleMP, Inc.



Michael Alexander (chair), TU Wien, Austria
Anastassios Nanos (co-chair), NTUA, Greece
Balazs Gerofi (co-chair), RIKEN, Japan


Stergios Anastasiadis, University of Ioannina, Greece
Costas Bekas, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland
Jakob Blomer, CERN
Ron Brightwell, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Roberto Canonico, University of Napoli Federico II, Italy
Julian Chesterfield, OnApp, UK
Stephen Crago, USC ISI, USA
Christoffer Dall, Columbia University, USA
Patrick Dreher, MIT, USA
Robert Futrick, Cycle Computing, USA
Robert Gardner, University of Chicago, USA
William Gardner, University of Guelph, Canada
Wolfgang Gentzsch, UberCloud, USA
Kyle Hale, Northwestern University, USA
Marcus Hardt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Krishna Kant, Temple University, USA
Romeo Kinzler, IBM, Switzerland
Brian Kocoloski, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Kornilios Kourtis, IBM Research, Switzerland
Nectarios Koziris, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
John Lange, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Nikos Parlavantzas, IRISA, France
Kevin Pendretti, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Che-Rung Roger Lee, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Giuseppe Lettieri, University of Pisa, Italy
Qing Liu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Paul Mundt, Adaptant, Germany
Amer Qouneh, University of Florida, USA
Carlos Reaño, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
Seetharami Seelam, IBM Research, USA
Dieter Suess, TU Wien, Austria
Josh Simons, VMWare, USA
Borja Sotomayor, University of Chicago, USA
Craig Stewart, Indidana University, USA
Anata Tiwari, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Amit Vadudevan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Yasuhiro Watashiba, Osaka University, Japan
Nicholas Wright, Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory, USA
Chao-Tung Yang, Tunghai University, Taiwan
Gianluigi Zanetti, CRS4, Italy

Paper Submissions

Full Paper Track

Papers submitted to the workshop will be reviewed by at least two
members of the program committee and external reviewers. Submissions
should include abstract, key words, the e-mail address of the
corresponding author, and must not exceed 10 pages, including tables
and figures at a main font size no smaller than 11 point. Submission
of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper
be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the
conference to present the work.

The format must be according to the Springer LNCS Style.
Initial submissions are in PDF; authors of accepted papers will be
requested to provide source files.

Format Guidelines

Abstracts-Paper Submission Link

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are non-paper track synoptical in nature that are strictly limited to 5 minutes.
They can be used to gain early feedback on ongoing research, for demonstrations, to
present research results, early research ideas, perspectives and positions of interest to the

Submission Link

Text CfP

Recent Prior Workshop Instances


The workshop will be held in conjunction with the International Supercomputing Conference - High Performance 2016 (ISC), June 19-23 2016, Frankfurt, Germany.