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[libvirt] CfP for VHPC ‘19: HPC Virtualizatio n Paper Registration due January 25, 2019 - 14th Virtu alization in High­-Performance Cloud Computing Work shop ISC

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14th Workshop on Virtualization in High­-Performance Cloud Computing  (VHPC '19)

held in conjunction with the International Supercomputing Conference - High Performance,

June 16-20, 2019, Frankfurt, Germany.

(Springer LNCS Proceedings)


Date: June 20, 2019

Workshop URL: http://vhpc.org

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 25, 2019

Springer LNCS, rolling abstract submission

Abstract/Paper Submission Link: https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=25685

Call for Papers

Containers and virtualization technologies constitute key enabling factors for flexible

resource management in modern data centers, and particularly in cloud environments.

Cloud providers need to manage complex infrastructures in a seamless fashion to

support the highly dynamic and heterogeneous workloads and hosted applications

customers deploy. Similarly, HPC  environments have been increasingly adopting

techniques that enable flexible management of vast computing and networking

resources, close to marginal provisioning cost, which is unprecedented in the

history of scientific and commercial computing.

Various virtualization-containerization technologies contribute to the overall picture

in different ways: machine virtualization, with its capability to enable consolidation of

multiple under­utilized servers with heterogeneous software and operating systems

(OSes), and its capability to live­-migrate a fully operating virtual machine (VM) with

a very short downtime, enables novel and dynamic ways to manage physical

servers; OS-­level virtualization (i.e., containerization), with its capability to isolate

multiple user­-space environments and to allow for their co­existence within the same

OS kernel, promises to provide many of the advantages of machine virtualization with

high levels of responsiveness and performance; lastly, unikernels provide for many

virtualization benefits with a minimized OS/library surface. I/O Virtualization in turn

allows physical network interfaces to take traffic from multiple VMs or containers;

network virtualization, with its capability to create logical network overlays that are

independent of the underlying physical topology is furthermore enabling virtualization of

HPC infrastructures.


Accepted papers will be published in a Springer LNCS proceedings volume.

Topics of Interest

The VHPC program committee solicits original, high-quality submissions related to

virtualization across the entire software stack with a special focus on the intersection

of HPC, containers-virtualization and the cloud.

Major Topics:

- HPC on Containers and VMs

- Containerized applications with OS-level virtualization

- Lightweight applications with Unikernels

- HP-as-a-Service

each major topic encompassing design/architecture, management, performance

management, modeling and configuration/tooling:

Design / Architecture:

- Containers and OS-level virtualization (LXC, Docker, rkt, Singularity, Shifter, i.a.)

- Hypervisor support for heterogeneous resources (GPUs, co-processors, FPGAs, etc.)
- Hypervisor extensions to mitigate side-channel attacks
([micro-]architectural timing attacks, privilege escalation)

- VM & Container trust and security models

- Multi-environment coupling, system software supporting in-situ analysis with HPC simulation
- Cloud reliability, fault-tolerance and high-availability

- Energy-efficient and power-aware virtualization

- Containers inside VMs with hypervisor isolation

- Virtualization support for emerging memory technologies

- Lightweight/specialized operating systems in conjunction with virtual machines

- Hypervisor support for heterogeneous resources (GPUs, co-processors, FPGAs, etc.)

- Novel unikernels and use cases for virtualized HPC environments

- ARM-based hypervisors, ARM virtualization extensions


- Container and VM management for HPC and cloud environments

- HPC services integration, services to support HPC

- Service and on-demand scheduling & resource management

- Dedicated workload management with VMs or containers

- Workflow coupling with VMs and containers

- Unikernel, lightweight VM application management

- Environments and tools for operating containerized environments (batch, orchestration)

- Novel models for non-HPC workload provisioning on HPC resources

Performance Measurements and Modeling:

- Performance improvements for or driven by unikernels

- Optimizations of virtual machine monitor platforms and hypervisors

- Scalability analysis of VMs and/or containers at large scale

- Performance measurement, modeling and monitoring of virtualized/cloud workloads

- Virtualization in supercomputing environments, HPC clusters, HPC in the cloud

Configuration / Tooling:

- Tool support for unikernels: configuration/build environments, debuggers, profilers

- Job scheduling/control/policy and container placement in virtualized environments

- Operating MPI in containers/VMs and Unikernels  

- Software defined networks and network virtualization

- GPU virtualization operationalization

The Workshop on Virtualization in High­-Performance Cloud Computing (VHPC) aims to

bring together researchers and industrial practitioners facing the challenges

posed by virtualization in order to foster discussion, collaboration, mutual exchange

of knowledge and experience, enabling research to ultimately provide novel

solutions for virtualized computing systems of tomorrow.

The workshop will be one day in length, composed of 20 min paper presentations, each

followed by 10 min discussion sections, plus lightning talks that are limited to 5 minutes.

Presentations may be accompanied by interactive demonstrations.

Important Dates

January 25, 2019 - Abstract Registration deadline

Apr 19th, 2019 - Paper submission deadline (Springer LNCS)

May 3, 2019 - Acceptance notification

June 20th, 2019 - Workshop Day

July 10th, 2019 - Camera-ready version due


Michael Alexander (chair), University of Vienna, Austria

Anastassios Nanos (co-­chair), SunLight.io, UK

Andrew Younge (co-chair), Sandia National Laboratories

Program committee

Stergios Anastasiadis, University of Ioannina, Greece

Jakob Blomer, CERN, Europe

Eduardo César, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Stephen Crago, USC ISI, USA

Tommaso Cucinotta, St. Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy

Christoffer Dall, Columbia University, USA

Patrick Dreher, MIT, USA

Kyle Hale, Northwestern University, USA

Brian Kocoloski, Washington University, USA

John Lange, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Giuseppe Lettieri, University of Pisa, Italy

Qing Liu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Nikos Parlavantzas, IRISA, France

Kevin Pedretti, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Amer Qouneh, Western New England University, USA

Carlos Reaño, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Borja Sotomayor, University of Chicago, USA

Joe Stubbs, Texas Advanced Computing Center, USA

Anata Tiwari, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA

Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Yasuhiro Watashiba, Osaka University, Japan

Chao-Tung Yang, Tunghai University, Taiwan

Na Zhang, VMware, USA

Paper Submission-Publication

Papers submitted to the workshop will be reviewed by at least two

members of the program committee and external reviewers. Submissions

should include abstract, keywords, the e-mail address of the

corresponding author, and must not exceed 10 pages, including tables

and figures at a main font size no smaller than 11 point. Submission

of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper

be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the

conference to present the work. Accepted papers will be published in a

Springer LNCS volume.

The format must be according to the Springer LNCS Style. Initial

submissions are in PDF; authors of accepted papers will be requested

to provide source files.

Format Guidelines:


Abstract, Paper Submission Link:


Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are non-paper track, synoptical in nature and are strictly limited to 5 minutes.

They can be used to gain early feedback on ongoing research, for demonstrations, to

present research results, early research ideas, perspectives and positions of interest to the

community. Submit abstract via the main submission link.

General Information

The workshop is one day in length and will be held in conjunction with the International

Supercomputing Conference - High Performance (ISC) 2019, June 16-20, Frankfurt,


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