Call for Papers

PPoPP 2015 - Call for Papers

PPoPP is the forum for leading work on all aspects of parallel programming, including foundational and theoretical aspects, techniques, languages, compilers, runtime systems, tools, and practical experiences. In the context of the symposium, “parallel programming” encompasses work on concurrent and parallel systems (multicore, multithreaded, heterogeneous, clustered systems, distributed systems, grids, clouds, and large scale machines). Given the rise of parallel architectures into the consumer market (desktops, laptops, and mobile devices), PPoPP is particularly interested in work that addresses new parallel workloads, techniques, and tools that attempt to improve the productivity of parallel programming, and work towards improved synergy with such emerging architectures. Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Parallel programming theory and models
  • Formal analysis and verification
  • Parallel programming languages
  • Compilers and runtime systems for parallel and heterogeneous systems
  • Task-parallel libraries
  • Parallel application frameworks
  • Software productivity for parallel programming
  • Middleware for parallel systems
  • Performance analysis, debugging and optimization
  • Development, analysis, or management tools
  • Parallel algorithms
  • Parallel applications
  • Concurrent data structures
  • Synchronization and concurrency control
  • Software engineering for parallel programs
  • Fault tolerance for parallel systems
  • Software for heterogeneous architectures
  • Programming tools for parallel and heterogeneous systems
  • Parallelism in non-scientific workloads: web servers, search, analytics, cloud computing

Papers should report on original research relevant to parallel programming, and should contain enough background materials to make them accessible to the entire parallel programming research community.

Papers describing experiences should indicate how they illustrate general principles; papers about parallel programming foundations should indicate how they relate to practice. Poster submissions should meet similar criteria for originality and relevance, but may present emerging ideas or results that are not yet sufficiently developed for a full paper.

All submissions must be made electronically through the conference web site. Abstracts must include contact information, the full list of authors and their affiliations, and a description (100-400 words) of the anticipated content of the paper. Full paper submissions must be in PDF formatted for US lettersize paper. They must not exceed 10 pages (all inclusive) in standard ACM two-column conference format (preprint mode, with page number). Templates for ACM format are available for Microsoft Word, and LaTeX at (use the 9 pt template). Over-length submissions will not be accepted. Submissions will be judged on correctness, relevance, originality, significance, and clarity.

Paper submission is double-blind to reduce reviewer bias against or for authors or institutions. Thus, the submissions cannot include author names, institutions or hints based on references to prior work. If authors are extending their own work, they need to reference and discuss the past work in third person, as if they were extending someone else’s research. We realize that for some papers it will still reveal authorship, but as long as an effort was made to follow these guidelines, the submission will not be penalized. Authors must identify any conflicts-of-interest with PC members and external review committee members, as defined here: (ACM SIGPLAN policy). Please see the following FAQ for more details about the double-blind review process.

Poster submissions must conform to the same format restrictions, but may not exceed 2 pages in length. Paper submissions that are not accepted for regular presentations will automatically be considered for posters; authors who do not want their paper considered for the poster session should indicate this in their abstract submission. Two-page summaries of posters will be included in the conference proceedings.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

PPoPP 2015 will be co-located with HPCA 2015 and CGO 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Authors should carefully consider the difference in focus of the conferences when deciding where to submit a paper.

Artifact Evaluation Process

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to formally submit their supporting materials to the Artifact Evaluation process. The Artifact Evaluation process is new this year and is run by a separate committee whose task is to assess how the artifacts support the work described in the papers. This submission is voluntary and will not influence the final decision regarding the papers. Papers that go through the Artifact Evaluation process successfully will receive a seal of approval printed on the papers themselves. Additional information is available on the PPoPP AEC web page.

Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to make these materials publicly available upon publication of the proceedings, by including them as “source materials” in the ACM Digital Library.

Important dates:
Abstract submission: September 5, 2014
Full paper submission: September 12, 2014
Author response period: October 28-30, 2014 (Tentative)
Notification of acceptance: November 10, 2014
Artifact submission deadline: Novemeber 18, 2014 Camera ready deadline: December 15, 2014 Artifact decision: December 17, 2014

General Chair
Albert Cohen, INRIA

Program Chair
David Grove, IBM Research

Program Committee

Rajesh Bordawekar, IBM Research
Barbara Chapman, University of Houston
Daniel G. Chavarría, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Yifeng Chen, Peiking University
Brian Demsky, University of California, Irvine
Alastair Donaldson, Imperial College
Pascal Felber, University of Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Jeremy T. Fineman, Georgetown University
Basilio B. Fraguela, Universidade da Coruña
Michael Garland, NVIDIA
Maria J. Garzaran, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David Grove (chair), IBM Research
Tim Harris Oracle Labs Alexander Matveev, MIT
Frank Mueller, North Carolina State University
Madan Musuvathi, Microsoft Research
Rupesh Nasre, IIT Madras
Iulian Neamtiu, University of California, Riverside
Dimitrios Nikolopoulos, Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom
Vijay Reddi, University of Texas at Austin
P. Sadayappan, Ohio State University
Martin Schulz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Michelle Mills Strout, Colorado State University
Olivier Tardieu, IBM Research
Philippas Tsigas, Chalmers University of Technology
Robert A. van de Geijn, University of Texas at Austin
Richard Vuduc, Georgia Institute of Technology
Michael Weber, Qualcomm
Peng Wu, Huawei US research lab
Francesco Zappa Nardelli, INRIA
Antonia Zhai, University of Minnesota


Important Dates

  • Conference: Feb 9-11, 2015
  • W&T: Feb 7-8, 2015
  • Early registration: Jan 11, 2015
  • Travel grant: Jan 9, 2015
  • Camera ready: Dec 15, 2014
  • Paper Notification: Nov 10, 2014
  • Author response: Oct 28-30, 2014
  • W&T notification: Oct 1, 2014
  • W&T proposal: Sep 15, 2014
  • Paper submission: Sep 12, 2014
  • Paper registration: Sep 5, 2014