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From: Kei Davis (kei_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-04-21 13:34:18

                          2nd CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

                               7th Workshop on
                                 8 July 2008
                                    at the
                        Paphos-Cyprus, 7-11 July 2008


While object-oriented programming is being embraced in industry, particularly
in the form of C++ and to an increasing extent Java and Python, its acceptance
by the parallel scientific programming community is still tentative. In this
latter domain performance is invariably of paramount importance, where even
C++ is considered suspect, primarily because of real or perceived loss of
performance. On the other hand, various factors practically dictate the use
of language features that provide higher level abstractions than do C or older
FORTRAN standards. These include increasingly complex physics models,
numerical algorithms, and hardware--deep memory hierarchies,
exponentially-increasing numbers of processors, and the advent of multi- and
many-core processors and heterogeneous architectures.

This workshop seeks to bring together practitioners and researchers in this
growing field to `compare notes' on their work. The emphasis is on identifying
specific problems impeding greater acceptance and widespread use of
object-oriented programming in scientific computing; proposed and implemented
solutions to these problems; and new or novel approaches, techniques or idioms
for scientific and/or parallel computing. Presentations of work in progress
are welcome.

Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

   * tried or proposed programming language alternatives to C++;
   * performance issues and their realized or proposed resolution;
   * issues specific to handling or abstracting parallelism, including
     the handling or abstraction of heterogeneous architectures;
   * specific points of concern for progress and acceptance of
     object-oriented scientific computing;
   * existing, developing, or proposed software;
   * frameworks and tools for scientific object-oriented computing;
   * schemes for user-level fault tolerance;
   * grand visions (of relevance).

The workshop will consist of a sequences of presentations each followed by a
discussion session. The workshop will conclude with an overall discussion.
We expect the majority of the participants to give presentations.

For authors of accepted presentations who require justification for travel the
organizers can provide official letters of invitation.


Full papers accepted to the workshop will be published as a proceedings either
in the Springer LNCS series or in the John von Neumann Institute for Computing
NIC series, Forschungszentrum Juelich. Additionally, a summary of the
workshop will be published as an ECOOP Workshop Reader in Springer's LNCS


Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts, papers, or presentations
(slides) in ASCII, PDF, postscript, or PowerPoint. Submitted materials will
be distributed at the workshop. Submission and email correspondence to


May 4, 2008: Initial submissions due;

May 19, 2008: Notification of acceptance.

Jun 15, 2008: Final materials to be distributed due.

Jul 8, 2008: Workshop

TBD, 2008: Final papers for publication due.


This workshop is a joint organization by Los Alamos National Laboratory,
USA; and the University of Applied Sciences Regensburg, Germany.


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