ROME 2016

4th Workshop on Runtime and Operating Systems for the Many-core Era

held in conjunction with Euro-Par 2016, August 22 - August 26, 2016, Grenoble, France


  • June 1, 2017: All papers are now available on Springer’s website.
  • July 7, 2016: Publishing the preliminary program
  • July 1, 2016: The workshop is scheduled to August 23, 2016.
  • May 3, 2016: Submission deadline extended to May 16, 2016.
  • March 10, 2016: The keynote with the title “Extreme-Scale Operating Systems” will be delivered by Rolf Riesen, Ph.D., Intel
  • February 9, 2016: Workshop website is now open
    Photo by Bertrand93 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Since the beginning of the multicore era, parallel processing has become prevalent across the board. However, in order to continue a performance increase according to Moore’s Law, a next step needs to be taken: away from common multicores towards innovative many-core architectures. Such systems, equipped with a significant higher amount of cores per chip than multicores, pose challenges in both hardware and software design. On the hardware side, complex on-chip networks, scratchpads, hybrid memory cubes, non-volatile memory and stacked memory, as well as deep cache-hierarchies and novel cache-coherence strategies will enrich the current research areas in the future.

However, the ROME workshop focuses on the software side because without complying system software, runtime and operating system support, all these new hardware facilities cannot be exploited. Hence, the new challenges in hardware/software co-design are to step beyond traditional approaches and to wage new programming models and operating system designs in order to exploit the theoretically available performance of future hardware as effectively and power-aware as possible.

The focus of the ROME workshop stands in the tradition of a successful series of events originally hosted by the Many-core Applications Research Community (MARC). Prior MARC Symposia took place at ONERA research center in Toulouse, at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam and at the RWTH Aachen University. Starting in 2013, the organizers continued this series by establishing ROME as one of the co-located workshops of the Euro-Par as the prime European conference for parallel and distributed computing.
While the 1st ROME workshop, which was hosted at the Euro-Par 2013 in Aachen, was still a MARC-related follow-up event but for a broader audience, the 2nd ROME workshop, held in conjunction with the Euro-Par 2014 in Porto, already expanded its focus to research questions arising from a dawning many-core dominated exascale era.
In 2015, this broader focus was essentially retained for the 3rd ROME workshop, which was held in conjunction with Euro-Par 2015 in Vienna, but the relevance of runtime and operating system aspects was stressed once again as being the primary scope of the ROME workshop series.


This year, too, authors from all related disciplines are invited to submit unpublished papers regarding software for novel many-core hardware architectures. The call for papers especially emphasizes on the challenges and research questions arising from the upcoming generation of heterogeneous and/or massive parallel systems stepping towards a many-core dominated exascale era. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • New approaches for operating systems on novel many-core architectures
  • Operating system extensions for addressing many-core related issues
  • Many-core aware runtime support for large-scale applications
  • Bare-metal programming and system software for many-cores
  • Dealing with legacy software on novel many-core architectures
  • Virtualization solutions to deal with hardware limitations on many-cores
  • Support for interactivity with and between many-core applications
  • Message-passing interfaces and middleware for many-core systems
  • Heterogeneity- and/or hierarchy-aware many-core middleware
  • Concepts and methods for exploiting deep memory hierarchies
  • Operating system extensions for non-volatile memory support
  • Software stacks for new concepts of compute acceleration on many-cores
  • Interfaces for performance and power analysis on many-core systems
  • Runtime support for power-aware many-core computing


The workshop is scheduled on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in room 201 as half-day workshop.

Session 1

Short break

Session 2

Coffee Break

Session 3

Paper Submission, Registration, and Publication

Workshop papers must not exceed ten twelve single-spaced, single-column pages (LNCS style). On acceptance of the submission, at least one author is required to register for workshop attendance at Euro-Par 2016 and present the paper in the workshop session.

Upload your submission to our submission server in PDF format. The link to the server will be published soon. It must not be simultaneously submitted to the main conference or any other publication outlet.

For the workshop, we will prepare hand-outs with the accepted papers. The revised versions will be published after the conference in the workshop proceedings of Euro-Par 2016, part of the LNCS series of Springer.

Important Dates

  • May 6 May 16, 2016: Submission deadline
  • June 17, 2016: Notification of acceptance
  • July 31, 2016: Workshop paper (for informal workshop proceedings)
  • August 22/23, 2016: ROME’16 Workshop
  • October 3, 2016: Workshop camera-ready papers due

Program Committee

  • Jens Breitbart, TU München
  • André Brinkmann, Johannes Gutenberg Universität
  • Carsten Clauss, ParTec Cluster Competence Center GmbH
  • Christos Kartsaklis, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Florian Kluge, Universität Augsburg
  • Stefan Lankes, RWTH Aachen University
  • Timothy G. Mattson, Intel Labs
  • Jörg Nolte, BTU Cottbus
  • Lena Oden, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Antonio J. Peña, Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • Andreas Polze, Hasso-Plattner-Institute
  • Pablo Reble, RWTH Aachen University
  • Bettina Schnor, University of Potsdam
  • Oliver Sinnen, University of Auckland
  • Christian Terboven, RWTH Aachen University
  • Josef Weidendorfer, TU München
  • Carsten Weinhold, TU Dresden

Workshop Organizers

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