September 22-27, 2013
University Residential Center
Bertinoro (Forlì-Cesena), Italy

ScalPerf aims at taking an integrated view of opportunities and constraints on the road to ever higher performance and productivity of computing systems. Distinguished researchers are invited to exchange their perspectives on different areas that can contribute to scalable computing.

The workshop will include invited talks and discussion sessions. The talks can cover established results as well as brain storm on future research directions. The discussion sessions are two, each consisting of a first part to sharpen the formulation of the issues and a second part to explore answers. This year, the topic of discussion is

Performance challenges for emerging as well as traditional workloads in the path toward 100PF class systems


During the past few years, whole new classes of computing, primarily arising from the growth in social media and mobile devices, have joined the domain of High Performance Computing. These application areas are mainly dominated by various types of graph computing, often requiring one to solve the problem of scalable computing along many dimensions, such as system management, file systems, programming languages, and processor design. A few of these applications consume few hundred thousands of the state of the art processors (CPUs) and upward of 30 Petabytes of data. Many of the deployments dedicate tens of thousands of processors to a single application and often the resources are deployed in a cloud computing framework.

In addition to the traditional HPC workloads, this year's workshop will focus on the landscape induced from the new HPC workloads and on ways they will widen the scope of research and will impact the deployment of systems in data centers. Various plans to build 100PF class machines over the next few years will be reviewed in the outlined context.

Participants will be invited to submit suggestions for specific issues to include in the discussion a few weeks before the workshop.

In addition to the invited speakers, participation of other interested researchers, particularly graduate students and junior researchers, is welcome. An expression of interest can be sent to, including a brief CV.