Workshop - Heterogeneous and Unconventional Cluster Architectures and Applications (HUCAA) 2013

HUCAA2013 ( is going to take place on October 1st, 2013, in Lyon, France, in conjunction with ICPP2013 (


The workshop on Heterogeneous and Unconventional Cluster Architectures and Applications gears to gather recent work on heterogeneous and unconventional cluster architectures and applications, which might have a big impact on 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. In particular we call for GPUs and other accelerators (Intel MIC/Xeon Phi, FPGA) used at cluster level. Other examples include 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 workshop 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 workshop is anticipating the evolution of clusters. Instead of just presenting new work carried out in the traditional cluster areas usually addressed in other conferences and workshops, we are thinking on creating the right atmosphere for a discussion of opportunities in cluster computing. In this regard, contributions would not only be accepted according to their technical merits but also according to their contribution to this discussion.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include any heterogeneous or unconventional cluster architecture or application. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Clustered GPUs or other accelerators
  • High-performance, data-intensive, and power-aware computing
  • Application-specific clusters, datacenters, and cloud architectures
  • New industry and technology trends and their potential impact
  • Emerging programming paradigms for parallel computing
  • Software cluster-level virtualization for consolidation purposes
  • Hardware techniques for resource aggregation
  • Management layers for large-scale systems
  • New uses of GPUs, FPGAs, and other specialized hardware

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: May 27th, 2013 (extended)   May 13th, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: June 28th   June 21st, 2013
  • Camera-ready paper: July 12th, 2013
  • Workshop: October 1st, 2013

Paper Submission Guidelines

Submissions may not exceed 8 pages (IEEE conference standard, two column, single spaced, 10pt font, 8½×11-inch pages) in PDF format including figures and references. We recommend a minimum of 6 pages. Submitted papers must be original work that has not appeared in and is not under consideration for another conference or journal. Work in progress is welcome, but first results should be made available as a proof of concept. Submissions only consisting of a proposal will be rejected.

Paper submissions will be handled using EDAS:

The published papers will be available at the conference in CD format, and will be submitted to the IEEE CS Digital Library.

Extended Paper Journal Version

The authors of the best papers from the workshop will be directly invited to submit an extended version for a special issue on a JCR journal. From the rest of the papers presented in the workshop, selected ones will be invited to submit an extended version. These papers will undergo a shepherding process in order to provide the authors with guidance for improving their work. Shepherds will be selected from the program committee members, which will also ensure the quality of the new versions. Notice that this special issue will be open to other works not previously submitted to the workshop, although these new papers will compete with the shepherded ones, which will have higher priority for similar quality.



  • Federico Silla, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
  • Holger Fröning, University of Heidelberg, Germany 

Steering Committee

  • José Duato, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
  • Sudhakar Yalamanchili, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Ulrich Brüning, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Technical Program Committee

  • Elvira Baydal, U. Politécnica Valencia, Spain
  • David Black-Schaffer, U. Uppsala, Sweden
  • Rainer Buchty, TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • Bryan Catanzaro, NVIDIA, US
  • Hans Eberle, Oracle, US
  • Jesus Escudero, U. Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Erich Focht, NEC, Germany
  • Pedro Garcia, U. Castilla-La Mancha , Spain
  • Torsten Hoefler, ETHZ, Switzerland
  • Mark Hummel, NVIDIA, US
  • Andrew R Kerr, NVIDIA, US
  • Heiner Litz, Stanford University, US
  • Gaspar Mora, Intel, US
  • Mondrian Nuessle, U. Heidelberg, Germany
  • Juan Manuel Orduña, U. Valencia, Spain
  • John Owens, U. California Davis, US
  • Samuel Rodrigo, Oracle, Norway
  • Ron Sass, U. North Carolina at Charlotte, US
  • Frank Olaf Sem-jacobsen, EVRY, Norway
  • Yong Ho Song, Hanyang University, South Korea
  • Christian Terboven, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Jesper Larsson Traeff, U. Tech. Vienna, Austria
  • Rafael Ubal, Northeastern University, US
  • Tilman Wolf, U. Massachusetts, US
  • Jeff Young, Georgia Tech, US


Contact us using either one or preferable both email addresses:

  • Federico Silla, Technical University of Valencia: fsilla {at}
  • Holger Fröning, University of Heidelberg: froening {at}
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