Real World Domain Specific Languages (RWDSL) @ BNC a
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

As the use of computers proliferates, the complexity and variety of systems continues to grow. As a result, it is becoming increasingly inflexible to “hard wire” behaviours into software. Software developers can enable more control over their software configurations by exploiting Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). Such DSLs provide a systematic way to structure the underlying computational components: to coin a phrase, a DSL is a library with syntax. There is an enormous variety of DSLs for a very wide range of domains. Most DSLs are highly idiosyncratic, reflecting both the specific natures of their application domains and their designers’ own preferences. This workshop will bring together constructors of DSLs for “real world” domains; that is, DSLs intended primarily to aid in building software to solve real world problems rather than to explore the more theoretical aspects of language design and implementation. We are looking for submissions that present the motivation, design, implementation, use and evaluation of such DSLs.

ACM have accepted our application for publishing the proceedings from the workshop. Submissions will be published in the ACM Digital Library within its International Conference proceedings Series.

Program Transformation for Programmability in Heterogeneous Architectures (PROHA) @ BNC B
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adapting code initially written in a “neutral” algorithmic style to be executed in heterogeneous architectures (featuring e.g. GPGPUs, FPGAs), and later maintaining it, is a difficult and error-prone task.  It requires knowledge about the programming model of the destination architecture, about what the original code does, and about the execution environment.  The situation is even worse when the same code needs to run in different platforms or when different sections of the same application ought to run (for, e.g., time or resource optimization purposes) in different architectures.  Assistance in (and, if possible, automation of) the process of code adaptation is of course advantageous and needs knowledge and reasoning capabilities similar to those that human programmers have.  This workshop will focus on techniques and foundations to make it possible to perform source-to-source code transformations which preserve the intended semantics of the original code aiming at producing code which is better suited to be executed in different target architectures.

Architectures and Systems for Real-time Mobile Vision applications (ASR-MOV) @ Monjuic
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The increased processing capability of mobile and embedded platforms is enabling more and more ambitious machine vision applications.  Industry players are actively pushing embedded vision in the entertainment, automotive and robotics domains. Mobile vision couples high computational requirements with the heterogeneous power constrained systems. This makes it an ideal platform on which to evaluate, amongst other things, processor architectures, memory efficiency, resource scheduling, mapping, and energy efficient techniques. The ASR-MOV workshop intends to bring together system researchers to discuss how the requirements of real-time mobile vision applications impact on tools, architectures and systems.

Keynote: Calin Cascaval, Qualcomm Symphony: Orchestrating Heterogeneity for Power Aware Computing

International Workshop on Dynamic Code Auto-Tuning (DCAT) @ BNC B
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
This half-day workshop will focus on current developments in the area of auto-tuning, with a focus not only on performance but also on energy efficiency. A variety of projects dealing with auto-tuning – ranging from embedded systems to high-performance computing – will be covered by invited speakers. Their approaches, challenges, and latest results will be presented and discussed. The workshop will serve as a communication forum for developers and researchers as well as an opportunity for end-users to learn about ongoing activities in this field.
International Workshop on Dynamic Compilation Everywhere (DCE) @ BNC B
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

General purpose as well as integrated processors nowadays have to run programs written in a wide variety of languages with isolation concerns. Dynamic compilation, i.e. generate binary code at run-time, is becoming a viable solution for many usage scenarios, and the goal of this workshop is to present current research and look forward to what is going to happen in this field of growing interest for the coming years.

Scientific challenges are multiple with many inter-relations: program representation (source code, intermediate representation, data sets), fast binary code generation, patches, hardware abstraction, garbage collection, performance observation, performance trade-offs, polymorphism, operating systems.

The International Workshop on Architectural and Micro-Architectural Support for Dynamic Optimization (AMAS-DO) @ BNC B
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Long employed by industry, large scale use of binary translation and on-the-fly code generation and optimization is becoming pervasive both as an enabler for virtualization, processor migration and also as processor implementation technology. The emergence and expected growth of just-in-time compilation, virtualization and Web 2.0 scripting languages brings to the forefront a need for efficient execution of this class of applications. The availability of multiple execution threads brings new challenges and opportunities, as existing binaries need to be transformed to benefit from multiple processors, and extra processing resources enable continuous optimizations and translation.
The main goal of this half-day workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners with the aim of stimulating the exchange of ideas and experiences on the potential and limits of Architectural and MicroArchitectural Support for Binary Translation and Dynamic Optimization (hence the acronym AMAS- DO, reflecting an a change fromprevious editions). The key focus is on challenges and opportunities for such assistance and opening new avenues of research. A secondary goal is to enable dissemination of hitherto unpublished techniques from commercial projects.