8th Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing

8th Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing
(VHPC'13) held in conjunction with SC 13, Denver, Colorado

in Cooperation with ACM SIGHPC


Virtualization has become a common abstraction layer in modern
data centers, enabling resource owners to manage complex
infrastructure independently of their applications. Conjointly,
virtualization is becoming a driving technology for a manifold of
industry grade IT services. The cloud concept includes the notion
of a separation between resource owners and users, adding services
such as hosted application frameworks and queueing. Utilizing the
same infrastructure, clouds carry significant potential for use in
cpu-intensive or data-intensive high-throughput computing.
The ability of clouds to provide for requests and releases of
vast computing resources dynamically and close to the marginal cost of
providing the services is unprecedented in the history of
scientific and commercial computing.

This workshop aims to bring together industrial providers with the
scientific community in order to foster discussion, collaboration
and mutual exchange of knowledge and experience.

The workshop will be one day in length, composed of 20 min
paper presentations, each followed by 10 min discussion sections.
Lightning talks are limited to 5 minutes. Presentations may be
accompanied by interactive demonstrations.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Management, deployment and monitoring of VM-based environments
- Language-process virtual machines
- VM-cloud performance monitoring
- VM cloud topology management and optimization
- VMs for high-throughput large data analytical workloads
- Operating systems virtualization supportpptimization
- VM-based cloud performance modelling
- Network virtualization for VM-environments
- Data virtualization
- Cloudbursting
- Evolved grid architectures including such based on network virtualization
- Workload characterization for VM-based environments
- Optimized communication libraries/protocols in the cloud
- System and process/bytecode VM convergence
- Cloud frameworks and APIs
- GPU Virtualization architectures and APIs
- Checkpointing/migration of large compute jobs
- Instrumentation interfaces and languages
- VMM performance (auto-)tuning on various load types
- Cloud reliability, fault-tolerance, and security
- Heterogeneous virtualized environments
- Paravirtualized I/O
- Services in cloud HPC
- Research and education use cases
- Virtualization in cloud, cluster and grid environments
- Cross-layer VM optimizations
- Cloud HPC use cases including optimizations
- Energy-aware virtualization
- Performance and cost modelling
- QoS and and service levels
- Languages for describing highly-distributed compute jobs
- VM cloud and cluster distribution algorithms, load balancing
- Instrumentation interfaces and languages
- Hypervisor extensions and tools for cluster and grid computing
- Virtual machine monitor platforms
- Cluster provisioning in the cloud

Important Dates

Rolling abstract submission

September 23, 2013 - Full paper submission (firm)
October 9, 2013 - Acceptance notification
October 21, 2013 - Camera-ready version due

Lightning Talks:
August 9, 2013 - Deadline for lightning talk abstracts
September 2, 2013 - Lightning talk notification

November 22, 2013 - Workshop date

Invited Talks

John Goodacre, Director, Technology and Systems, ARM Processor Division
The Evolution of the ARM Architecture Towards Big Data and the Data-Centre.

Jacob Bower, VP of Application Engineering, Maxeler Technologies Ltd.
Maximizing performance with cloud-virtualized Dataflow Engine co-processors.

Vangelis Koukis, Technical Lead, ~okeanos cloud at GRNET
Flexible Storage for HPC Clouds with Archipelago and Ceph.

Josh Simons, Office of the CTO, VMwareComputing
The Benefits and Challenges of vHPC and Cloud.



Michael Alexander (chair), TU Wien, Austria
Gianluigi Zanetti (co-chair), CRS4, Italy
Anastassios Nanos (co-chair), NTUA, Greece


Costas Bekas, IBM, Switzerland
Jakob Blomer, CERN
Giovanni Busonera, CRS4, Italy
Roberto Canonico, University of Napoli Federico II, Italy
Simon Crosby, Bromium, USA
Tommaso Cucinotta, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Ireland
Michael Day, IBM, USA
Casimer DeCusatis, IBM, USA
William Gardner, University of Guelph, USA
Marcus Hardt, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany
Sverre Jarp, CERN, Switzerland
Xuxian Jiang, NC State, USA
Krishna Kant, George Mason University, USA
Romeo Kinzler, IBM, Switzerland
Nectarios Koziris, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Simone Leo, CRS4, Italy
Jean-Marc Menaud, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
Dimitrios Nikolopoulos, Foundation for Research&Technology Hellas, Greece
Josh Simons, VMWare, USA
Borja Sotomayor, University of Chicago, USA
Yoshio Turner, HP Labs, USA
Kurt Tutschku, University of Vienna, Austria
Chao-Tung Yang, Tunghai University, Taiwan

Paper Submissions

Full Paper Track: ACM International Conference Proceedings Series

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 8 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.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM International Conference
Proceedings Series. The format must be according to the ACM SIG Style.
Initial submissions are in PDF; authors of accepted papers will be
requested to provide source files.

Lightning Talk Track

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 community.

Submission Link

Format Guidelines

EDAS Abstract-Paper Submission

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 community.
Submission Link

CfP and Poster


The workshop will be held in conjunction with SC '13, Denver, CO, USA.