12th Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing (VHPC'17)

12th Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing
(VHPC'17) held in conjunction with International Supercomputing
Conference - High Performance, June 18-22, 2017, 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.

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Important Dates

May 2, 2017 AoE (extended) - Full paper submission (Springer LNCS)
May 30, 2017 - Acceptance notification
June 22, 2017 - Workshop Day
July 18, 2017 - Camera-ready version due for proceedings


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, HPC in the cloud and grids
  • OS-level virtualization and containers (Docker, rkt, Singularity, Shifter, i.a.)
  • Lightweight/specialized operating systems, unikernels
  • Optimizations of virtual machine monitor platforms and hypervisors
  • Hypervisor support for heterogenous resources (GPUs, co-processors, FPGAs, etc.)
  • Virtualization support for emerging memory technologies
  • Virtualization in enterprise HPC and microvisors
  • Software defined networks and network virtualization
  • Management, deployment of virtualized environments and orchestration (Kubernetes i.a.),
  • Workflow-pipeline container-based composability
  • Performance measurement, modelling and monitoring of virtualized/cloud workloads
  • Virtualization in data intensive computing and Big Data processing
  • HPC convergence
  • Adaptation of HPC technologies in the cloud (high performance networks, RDMA, etc.)
  • ARM-based hypervisors, ARM virtualization extensions
  • I/O virtualization and cloud based storage systems
  • GPU, FPGA and many-core accelerator virtualization
  • Job scheduling/control/policy and container placement in virtualized environments
  • Cloud reliability, fault-tolerance and high-availability
  • QoS and SLA in virtualized environments
  • IaaS platforms, cloud frameworks and APIs
  • Large-scale virtualization in domains such as finance and government
  • Energy-efficient and power-aware virtualization
  • Container security
  • Configuration management tools for containers (including CFEngine, Puppet, i.a.)
  • Emerging topics including multi-kernel approaches and,NUMA in hypervisors


Virtualizing Multi-Petascale Supercomputers -- Tokyo Tech. TSUBAME2 Experiences and R&D Towards TSUBAME3 and AIST ABCI,
Satoshi Matsuoka, Professor of Computer Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Quantum in the Cloud,
Murray Thom, Director of Professinal Services, D-Wave Systems


9:00 – 09:10: Opening
9:10 – 10:00: Keynote I: Virtualizing Multi-Petascale Supercomputers -- Tokyo Tech. TSUBAME2 Experiences and R&D Towards TSUBAME3 and AIST ABCI,, Satoshi Matsuoka, Professor of Computer Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology
10:00 – 10:30: Keynote II: Quantum in the Cloud, Murray Thom, Director of Professinal Services, D-Wave Systems
10:30 – 11:00: Machine Learning using Virtualized GPUs in Cloud Environment, Uday Kurkure, Lan Vu and Hari Sivaraman (VMware, USA)
11:00 – 11:30: Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00: Session: Networking
11:30 – 12:00: A Locality-aware Communication Layer for Virtualized Clusters, Simon Pickartz, Jonas Baude, Stefan Lankes (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and Antonello Monti (RWTH Aachen University & Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, Germany)
12:00 – 12:30: YASMIN: Efficient Intra-Node Communication Using Generic Sockets, Michalis Rozis, Stefanos Gerangelos and Nectarios Koziris (Computing Systems Laboratory, National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
12:30 – 13:00: A survey of fast packet I/O technologies for Network Function Virtualization, Vincenzo Maffione and Giuseppe Lettieri (University of Pisa, Italy); Luigi Rizzo (Universita` di Pisa, Italy)
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00: Session: Memory implications
14:00 – 14:30: Dynamic Paging Method Switching, Yu Zhang, Peter Trager and Matthias Werner (Technische Universitat Chemnitz, Germany)
14:30 – 15:00: Aggregating and Managing Memory Across Computing Nodes in Cloud Environments, Luis Garrido (Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya & Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain) and Paul M. Carpenter (Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain)
15:00 – 15:30: Initial Experiences with Deploying Singularity [HPC Containers] on a Cray XC Supercomputer, Andrew Younge and Kevin T Pedretti (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
15:30 – 16:00: Hypervisor support for emerging scale-out / scale-up architectures, Anastassios Nanos, Michail Flouris, John G Thomson and Julian Chesterfield (OnApp, UK)
16:00 – 16:10: Concluding remarks, wrap up and follow-up for next year

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Michael Alexander (chair), scaledinfra technologies, Austria
Anastassios Nanos (co-chair), OnApp, UK
Balazs Gerofi (co-chair), RIKEN, Japan


Stergios Anastasiadis, University of Ioannina, Greece
Jakob Blomer, CERN, Europe
Ron Brightwell, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Eduardo César, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Julian Chesterfield, OnApp, UK
Stephen Crago, USC ISI, USA
Christoffer Dall, Columbia University, USA
Patrick Dreher, MIT, USA
Robert Futrick, Cycle Computing, USA
Maria Girone, CERN, Europe
Kyle Hale, Northwestern University, USA
Romeo Kinzler, IBM, Switzerland
Brian Kocoloski, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Nectarios Koziris, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
John Lange, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Che-Rung Lee, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Giuseppe Lettieri, University of Pisa, Italy
Qing Liu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Nikos Parlavantzas, IRISA, France
Kevin Pedretti, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Amer Qouneh, University of Florida, USA
Carlos Reaño, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
Thomas Ryd, CFEngine, Norway
Na Zhang, VMWare, USA
Borja Sotomayor, University of Chicago, USA
Craig Stewart, Indiana University, USA
Anata Tiwari, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Yasuhiro Watashiba, Osaka University, Japan
Nicholas Wright, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Chao-Tung Yang, Tunghai University, Taiwan

Paper Submission

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.

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Format Guidelines

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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

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The workshop will be held in conjunction with the International Supercomputing Conference - High Performance 2017 (ISC), June 18-22 2017, Frankfurt, Germany.