HPCC 2014 – keynote talk

On Aug 21st,  I’ll give a keynote talk at IEEE HPCC 2014

Title: Parallel patterns, data-centric concurrency, and heterogeneous computing

Abstract:  The shift toward multicore and many-core technologies has many drivers that are likely to sustain this trend for several years to come. Software technology is consequently changing: in the long term, writing parallel programs that are efficient, portable, and correct must be no more onerous than writing sequential programs. For many years parallel programming has not embraced much more than low-level synchronisation and communication libraries (and this scenario still persists for heterogeneous platforms). Algorithmic skeletons and parallel patterns have been proposed (in different communities) as a way to lift parallel programming in the hierarchy of abstractions. With, among the others, Google MapReduce and Intel TBB/CnC, they are becoming mainstream approaches for a number of platforms and applicative areas. We believe that pattern-based applications can be more or equally efficient as their low-level counterparts, provided they are supported by an efficient run-time support, able to efficiently address the weakness of parallel platforms: data movements.


2 years grant on Energy-aware concurrent programming models

Topic:  Energy-aware concurrent programming models

Deadline for application: May 5, 2014

Description: Most of the future computing systems’ performance will be limited by power. This is expected to hold from mobile devices to parallel high-performance computing. Energy is not exclusively a hardware issue but it largely depends on programming models and algorithms that will be required to be energy-aware. Two years position founded under Train2Move FP7- PEOPLE- COFUND Action.

More information: http://www.di.unito.it/train2move
Application package:  http://www.train2move.unito.it
Salary and eligibility: http://www.train2move.unito.it/data/T2M_Callforproposals.pdf

Train2Move programme

Train2Move (T2M) supports 24-month research grants for experienced researchers of any nationality who at the time of the call deadline:

– have up to 7 years of research experience since obtaining their PhD or
– have a maximum of 4-10 years research experience after obtaining their master’s degree.

In addition, applicants must not have worked and/or studied in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the call deadline.

The grants cover the following cost (per year)

– Living expenses (28,500 Euro gross, a reduced tax rate applies to the grant –  about 23%)
– Mobility and travel allowance (9,000 Euro)
– Research costs, covering the costs for carrying out the research projects, including consumables, participation in conferences and training, travel, publication, etc. (8,000 Euro)

T2M is a new international fellowship programme conceived by the University of Torino (UNITO) and implemented with the support of the European Commission and the banking foundation Compagnia di San Paolo.

T2M is a programme funded under FP7- PEOPLE- COFUND Action.  T2M aims at maximizing career opportunities for incoming experienced researchers through a transnational mobility experience, enriched by the development of individual research projects and by the offer of an extensive training on soft skills.

The specific objectives of the T2M are:

–  boosting fellows’ scientific expertise and complementary skills, that will match both public and private sector needs;
– offering fellows the opportunity to promote their research careers through adequate working conditions and collaboration with academic and private sectors;
– increasing the transfer of knowledge amongst fellows, hosting departments and local research environment.

T2M promotes fellows’ skills strengthening, in terms of both scientific and complementary competences, through the support of Scientific Supervisors and the issuing of Personal Career Development Plans.

Intl. Summer School in Parallel Patterns, Dublin, Ireland

The “International Summer School in Parallel Patterns” will deliver a mix of keynotes, lectures and hands-on sessions in the domain of parallel patterns. The event will be organised over four days and open to postgraduate students (MSc, PhD), young researchers, software developers and application programmers interested in applying the structured parallel computing to their research.

The School aims to create a forum for international participants to discuss their research work and share their experience and to promote the vision of ParaPhrase project: Parallel Patterns for Adaptive Heterogeneous Multicore Systems” (http://paraphrase-ict.eu) project among scientists from academia and industry.

Important Dates

Deadline for application: 15 April 2014
Notification of acceptance for participation: 30 April 2014
Deadline for registration: 23 May 2014

More information


IEEE PDP 2014, Torino, Italy, 12-14 Feb 2014

IEEE PDP 2014 in Torino scored the record of submissions ever achieved by PDP conference series established 22 years ago.

  • Submissions: 220 from 49 nations
  • Regular papers: 73 (33%)
  • Short papers: 28 (17%)
  • Avg. reviews per paper (double-blind): 3.3
  • Tracks: 11
  • PC members: 233
  • Delegates: 170
  • +65% of submission w.r.t. previous edition
  • 4 best papers (GPU, real-world applications, distributed, cloud)

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