ROME 2014

2nd Workshop on Runtime and Operating Systems for the Many-core Era

held in conjunction with Euro-Par 2014, August 25 - August 29, 2014 Porto, Portugal


  • July 11, 2014: Publishing the preliminary program
  • April 25, 2014: The keynote with the title Running DEEP –
    Operating heterogeneous Clusters in the Many-core Era
    will be
    delivered by Norbert Eicker
    from Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), Germany.
  • March 11, 2014: Submission is now open
  • February 27, 2014: Workshop website is now open
    Photo by Marrovi [CC BY-SA 2.5 mx], 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 and memory interfaces as well as cache-hierarchies,
cache-coherence strategies and the building of coherency domains have
to be taken into account.

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 OS
designs in order to exploit the theoretically available performance 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. Last year, this successful
series has been continued by the 1st ROME workshop at the Euro-Par
2013 conference as a thematically related follow-up event for a
broader audience.


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submit unpublished papers regarding software for novel many-core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:

  • Operating system support for novel many-core architectures
  • Software stacks for new concepts of compute acceleration
  • Many-core aware runtime support for large-scale applications
  • Virtualization solutions to deal with hardware limitations
  • Tools for performance analysis on many-core systems
  • Dealing with legacy software on novel many-core architectures
  • New approaches for leveraging on-die messaging facilities
  • Experiences porting, running, or developing applications
  • Traditional and new programming models for novel many-core hardware
  • Heterogeneity- and/or hierarchy-aware many-core middleware
  • Bare-metal programming and system software
  • Power-aware many-core computing


The workshop takes place in the room 5 on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
It is scheduled as half-day workshop.

Session 1

  • 09:00 - 09:15: Welcome speech and announcements
  • 09:15 - 10:00: Invited talk by Norbert Eicker, Jülich, Supercomputing Centre (JSC), Germany, Running DEEP - Operating heterogeneous Clusters in the Many-core Era
  • 10:00 - 10:30: Ashkan Tousimojarad and Wim Vanderbauwhede,
    Comparison of Three Popular Parallel Programming Models on the Intel Xeon Phi

Coffee Break

Session 2

Paper Submission, Registration, and Publication

Workshop papers must not exceed 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 2014 and present the
paper in the workshop session.

Upload your submission to our submission server in
PDF format. 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 2014, part of the LNCS series of

Important Dates

  • May 30, 2014: Submission deadline
  • July 4, 2014: Notification of acceptance
  • July 25, 2014: Workshop early registration
  • October 3, 2014: Workshop camera-ready papers due

Program Committee

  • Carsten Clauss, ParTec Cluster Competence Center GmbH, Germany
  • Stefan Lankes, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Timothy G. Mattson, Intel Labs, USA
  • Jörg Nolte, BTU Cottbus, Germany
  • Eric Noulard, ONERA, France
  • Andreas Polze, Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Germany
  • Michael Riepen, IAV GmbH, Germany
  • Bettina Schnor, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Oliver Sinnen, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Christian Terboven, RWTH Aachen Univeristy, Germany
  • Carsten Trinitis, TU München, Germany
  • Theo Ungerer, Universität Augsburg, Germany
  • Josef Weidendorfer, TU München, Germany

Workshop Organizers