Journal - Springer CLUSTER Journal Special Issue 2013


This CLUSTER COMPUTING JOURNAL special issue gears to gather recent work on unconventional cluster architectures and applications, which potentially have a big impact on defining future cluster architectures. This includes any cluster architecture that is not based on the usual commodity components and therefore makes use of some special hard- or software elements, or that is used for very special and unconventional applications. Examples include GPUs, MICs (Many Integrated Core), FLASH and FPGAs on the hardware side, and run-time management, virtualization, in-memory storage and device-to-device communication on the software side. We are in particular encouraging work on disruptive approaches, which may show inferior performance today but can already point out their full performance potential. The broad scope of the special issue facilitates submissions on unconventional uses of hardware or software, gearing to gather ideas that are coming to life now and not limiting them except for their context: clusters.

We are seeking new proposals presented from a holistic perspective. In this regard, one of the aims of the special issue is anticipating the evolution of clusters, instead of just presenting new work carried out in the traditional cluster areas usually addressed in other journals and conferences.


Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include any unconventional cluster architecture or application. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • High-performance, data-intensive, and power-aware computing
  • Application-specific clusters, datacenters, and high performance cloud architectures
  • Software cluster-level virtualization for consolidation purposes
  • Principles from organic computing applied to cluster architectures
  • Hardware techniques for disaggregation of resources
  • Management techniques for large-scale systems
  • New uses of GPUs, FPGAs, and other specialized hardware
  • Dedicated support for novel parallel programming paradigms like PGAS or MapReduce
  • New industry and technology trends and their potential impact on one of the above

 Important Dates

  • Paper submission: February 17th, 2013 (31st January 2013)
  • Notification of acceptance: May 1st, 2013  (15th April 2013)
  • Final Manuscript Due: June 3rd, 2013 (31st May 2013)
  • Publication of Special Issue: 4th Quarter 2013

 Guest Editors

  • Federico Silla, Technical University of Valencia, Spain, fsilla {at} disca.upv.es
  • Holger Fröning, University of Heidelberg, Germany, froening {at} uni-hd.de

Review board

  • Mark Hummel, NVidia, US
  • Jeff Young, Georgia Tech, US
  • Ben Juurlink, Technische U. Berlin, Germany
  • Rafael Mayo Gual, U. Jaume I, Spain
  • Juan Manuel Orduña, U. Valencia, Spain
  • Pedro Javier García, U. Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Frank Olaf Sem-jacobsen, Simula Labs, Norway
  • Elvira Baydal, U. Politécnica Valencia, Spain
  • David Black-Schaffer, U. Uppsala, Sweden
  • Gaspar Mora Porta, Intel, US
  • Ron Sass, U. NC-Charlotte, US
  • Christian Terboven, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Stephan Diestelhorst, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
  • Yong Ho Song, Hanyang University, South Korea
  • Andrew Kerr, NVidia, US
  • Heiner Litz, Stanford, US
  • Jesus Escudero, U. Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Francisco D. Igual, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Federico Silla, U. Politécnica Valencia, Spain
  • Holger Fröning, U. Heidelberg, Germany

Additional Information

For further information about formatting instructions and submissions, please check the journal web site:

In the submission process please select the article type "SI: Unconventional Cluster Architectures and Applications" to categorize their paper for this special issue.

A link to appropriate Latex templates together with the CfP in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page. The maximum number of pages in IEEE double column format is 10 pages, the length of the final article should not exceed 10 pages. Please note that authors are required to submit their work in Latex, Word, TXT or similar, but not PDF. The final formatting is being done by Springer.

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Jan 27, 2013, 6:05 AM
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