ISC16 Workshop


2nd International Workshop on Performance Modeling: Methods and Applications (PMMA16)

at ISC High Performance 2016, Frankfurt, Germany, June 23, 2016

Location: Room “Gold 2”, Marriott Hotel

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

Workshop Scope

Understanding the performance characteristics of computer programs has been the subject of intense research over several decades. The growing heterogeneity, parallelism, and general complexity of computer architectures have made this venture more and more challenging. Numerous approaches provide insights into different aspects of performance; they range from resource-based analytical modeling of single loops to complex statistical models or machine learning concepts that deal with whole groups of full applications in production environments. In recent years, the energy consumption aspects of computing have received attention due to rising infrastructure costs and operational boundary conditions, adding even more complexity to the model-building process.
This workshop wants to bring together experts in performance modeling and related fields, such as modeling tools, model-guided code optimization, systems characterization, and future architectures, to present their latest research. We explicitly want to address all layers of hardware from the core up to the exascale level, and all layers of software from the OS to large-scale applications.

Preliminary agenda

Time Speaker Title
9:00am-10:00am Darren Kerbyson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Keynote presentation: TBA
10:00am-10:20am Marat Dukhan, Georgia Institute of Technology Wanted: Floating-Point Add Round-off Error instruction
10:20am-10:40am Hristo Djidjev, Los Alamos National Laboratory Simulation-Based and Analytical Models for Energy Use Prediction
10:40am-11:00am Danilo Guerrera, University of Basel Reproducible Stencil Compiler Benchmarks Using PROVA!
11:00am-11:30am Coffee Break
11:30am-12:30pm John D. McCalpin, Texas Advanced Computing Center Keynote presentation: The Surprising Effectiveness of Non-Overlapping, Sensitivity-Based Performance Models
12:30pm-1:00pm Harald Köstler, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Invited talk: Performance Engineering in the ExaStencils project


See below for the original  CfP.

Topics of Interest

Suitable submissions should come from the following or related areas:

  • Analytic (first-principles) performance, energy, and scalability modeling of algorithmic building blocks and/or applications
  • Microbenchmarking for exploring hardware architectures and performance-related software properties
  • Statistical methods and curve-fitting for analyzing and predicting performance behavior
  • Machine learning approaches for (semi-)automated generation of performance insight
  • Model-guided code/algorithm optimization for real-world applications on the core, the node, or the highly parallel level
  • Hardware design space exploration for performance and energy aspects of computation
  • Hardware infrastructure for supporting and validating performance and power modeling
  • Approaches for evaluating energy efficiency across architectures in a well-defined way
  • Model-based evaluation of performance portability
  • Tool development, including visualization, for supporting all of the above

Submissions dealing with algorithms and architectures outside the scientific computing community are strongly encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit full papers with unpublished, original work of no more than 12 pages of single-column text using the Springer LNCS style. All accepted papers (subject to post-review revisions) will be published in a separate ISC16 Workshop Proceedings volume by Springer (approval pending).

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their manuscripts to a journal special issue.

Submissions must be done via EasyChair at:

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:  Monday, April 4, 2016
Author notification:                Friday, April 29, 2016
Camera-ready submission:    Monday, May 16, 2016
Workshop day:                         Thursday, June 23, 2016

Workshop Committee (preliminary)

Georg Hager, RRZE (organizer)
Gerhard Wellein, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (organizer)
Kevin Barker, PNNL
Jeffrey Vetter, ORNL
Laura Carrington, SDSC
William Jalby, UVSQ
Judit Gimenez, BSC
Sven Apel, University of Passau
Kengo Nakajima, University of Tokyo
Felix Wolf, University of Darmstadt
Trevor Carlson, University of Uppsala
Harald Köstler, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg



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