September 17-22, 2017
University Residential Center
Bertinoro (Forlì-Cesena), Italy

ScalPerf aims at taking an integrated look at the 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

Storage and Memory Issues in Computing Systems

As in previous years, ScalPerf'17 is devoted to topics in high-performance parallel computing; this year, some of the talks and discussion sessions will focus on storage and memory, which are having a significant impact on the cost and performance of computing systems.

Storage technologies continue to evolve, with new technologies bridging gaps in existing technologies in latency, capacity, price, and retention, and enabling management for performance in terms of accessibility, reliability, and virtualization.

Architectural innovations are also being proposed to take maximum advantage from memory in accelerators, along both established paths (e.g., GPUs) and novel computing paradigms (e.g., memory-based computation). Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are blurring the distinction between hardware and software, and are leading to a re-examination of ISAs in defining the boundary between hardware and software. Compilers and operating systems have to be redesigned for systems with fluid hardware-software boundaries.

At the algorithmic level, deeper memory hierarchies and increasing memory-access parallelism is motivating research into new computation models and analysis techniques for algorithm design.

ScalPerf'17 attendees are encouraged to address one or more of these issues in their presentations.

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.