Petersen, Leaf leaf.petersen at intel.com
Tue Jul 3 21:33:49 EDT 2007

                        DAMP 2008: Workshop on
             Declarative Aspects of Multicore Programming
                        San Francisco, CA, USA
                      (colocated with POPL 2008)

Parallelism is going mainstream. Many chip manufactures are turning to
multicore processor designs rather than scalar-oriented frequency
increases as a way to get performance in their desktop, enterprise,
and mobile processors. This endeavor is not likely to succeed long
term if mainstream applications cannot be parallelized to take
advantage of tens and eventually hundreds of hardware threads.
Multicore architectures will differ in significant ways from their
multisocket predecessors. For example, the communication to compute
bandwidth ratio is likely to be higher, which will positively impact
performance. More generally, multicore architectures introduce several
new dimensions of variability in both performance guarantees and
architectural contracts, such as the memory model, that may not
stabilize for several generations of product.

Programs written in functional or logic programming languages, or even
in other languages with a controlled use of side effects, can greatly
simplify parallel programming. Such declarative programming allows for
a deterministic semantics even when the underlying implementation
might be highly non-deterministic. In addition to simplifying
programming this can simplify debugging and analyzing correctness.

DAMP is a one-day workshop seeking to explore ideas in programming
language design that will greatly simplify programming for multicore
architectures, and more generally for tightly coupled parallel
architectures. The emphasis will be on functional and logic
programming, but any programming language ideas that aim to raise the
level of abstraction are welcome. DAMP seeks to gather together
researchers in declarative approaches to parallel programming and to
foster cross fertilization across different approaches.

Specific topics include, but are not limited to: 

* suitability of functional and logic programming languages to
  multicore applications;
* run-time issues such as garbage collection or thread scheduling;
* architectural features that may enhance the parallel performance of
  declarative languages;
* type systems and analysis for accurately knowing or limiting
  dependencies, aliasing, effects, and nonpure features;
* ways of specifying or hinting at parallelism;
* ways of specifying or hinting at data placement which abstract away
  from any details of the machine; 
* compiler techniques, automatic parallelization, automatic
  granularity control;  
* experiences of and challenges arising from making declarative
  programming practical;
* technology for debugging parallel programs;
* design and implementation of domain-specific declarative languages
  for multi-core;

Submission details are TBA. Expected submission deadline: early October.

Programm Chair:

Manuel Hermenegildo
Technical University of Madrid / IMDEA-Software -- herme at fi.upm.es 
University of New Mexico -- herme at unm.edu

Programme Committee: TBA

General Chairs:

Leaf Petersen
Neal Glew
Intel Corporation
Santa Clara, CA, USA
leaf.petersen at intel.com
neal.glew at intel.com 

Planned URL (in construction):


Past DAMPs:


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