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[glas] CfP: Parallel/High-Performance OO Scientific Computing at ECOOP 2006

From: Wolfgang Bangerth (bangerth_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-03-15 19:14:29

This may be of interest to some of you. Toon already gave a link to this
conference, but here is the full Call for Participation:

                             CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

                                6th Workshop on
                                  July 3 or 4
                                     at the
                         Nantes, France, 3-7 July 2006

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 the transition from FORTRAN 77 to C is
incomplete, primarily because of real or perceived loss of performance.
On the other hand, various factors practically dictate the use of language
features that provide better paradigms for abstraction: increasingly
complex numerical algorithms, application requirements, and hardware (e.g.
deep memory hierarchies, numbers of processors, multi-core processors,
communication and I/O); and the need for user-level fault tolerance.

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;
* 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 and substance).

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

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


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


Apr 1, 2006: Submissions due;

May 1, 2006: Notification of acceptance;

Jun 16, 2006: Final materials to be distributed due;

July 3 or 4, 2006: Workshop.


Wolfgang Bangerth email: bangerth_at_[hidden]