Data Flow Models Workshop at COMPSAC2019

Our Special Interest Community – the DF-STC for Short – is supporting the 8th Dataflow Workshop (DFM-2019) which will be held on July 19th in conjunction with IEEE CS COMPSAC-2019 hosted by Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA from July 15th to July 19th 2019. This workshop is an important community event that the DF-STC support.Stephane Zuckerman, one of our members, is the official organizer of this event. Other members of our DF-STC are contributing as volunteers by serving as PC members and general organization. In addition, several of our members are actively participating as invited speakers in the panel session entitled “Execution and Programming Models – Extreme-Scale and Beyond”. DFM-2019 program can be reviewed through DFM-2019 agenda available in the workshop website.

All members of our DF-STC are encouraged to follow the DFM-2019 program and, if possible, actively participate in this event. We are seeking your support and feedback which may help us in the organization of future community events that we are currently planning to sponsor.

Professor Gao is the winner of the B. Ramakrishna Rau Award

We are pleased to announce that our founding member Professor Guang R. Gao is named the 2017 recipient of the B. Ramakrishna Rau Award. This award, granted by the IEEE Computer Society, recognizes people who have made significant contributions in the field of computer microarchitecture and compiler code generation.

According to the press release, Professor Gao was recognized “For contributions to compiler techniques and microarchitectures for instruction-level and thread-level parallel computing”. This award acknowledges his contributions to the field of Dataflow systems, and identifies the importance of his research in parallel program execution models, as well as compiler and architecture techniques, which help to overcome the limitations of the Von-Neumann architecture models through the use of Dataflow.

This is the 7th time this award is given since 2011. Previous winners of this award are Gurindar S. Sohi, Robert P. Colwell, Wen-mei W. Hwu, Kemal Ebcioglu, Joseph A. (Josh) Fisher, and Yale N. Patt.

This STC acknowledge and congratulates Professor Guang R. Gao for this achievement

2016 STC Annual report

Encouraged by IEEE, our Special Technical Community presents an annual activities report. The Parallel Models and Systems, Dataflow and Beyond STC was created in late 2016, consequently we present a short but important first report.

The purpose of this document is letting our members and visitors know the effort and leadership of our team, by highlighting our activities and results during the previous year. For our members, this report should lead to a discussion about what we did right and what we need to improve. Feel free to contact us with comments about this.

This report contains:

  1. STC General Information
  2. STC collaboration
  3. STC Members information
  4. Other miscelaneous topics to report
  5. STC Future (2017 and beyond)

Access the annual report in the publications section or download it here

The SISA Workshop

International Workshop on A Strategic Initiative of Computing: Systems and Applications (SISA): Integrating HPC, Big Data, AI and Beyond

Motivation of SISA

High-performance computers and big-data systems are closely related to the broader computing ecosystem and its designs and markets. However, during the past decade the eco-systems (the programming models, the system software stack, the software tools, etc.) of high-performance computing and big data appear to have been significantly diverged. Such divergence presents serious challenges to computing system architecture and hardware eco-system as well. Such situation has raised significant concerns: many felt that further divergence may be detrimental to both. In particular, both HPC and big-data systems are also facing challenges from the innovations in AI and computational machine learning methods that must be efficiently and securely handled by both.

Goal of SISA

The goal is to present and discuss roadmaps and R&D problems that are shared by both HPC and Big-Data systems, AI and beyond – with a system focus and open international participation. We recognize that besides the traditional leadership in the HPC field (i.e. US, EU and Japan), the world has witnessed rapid new advance in other regions such as in Asia: China, India, South Korea, Taiwan to name a few. We hope that this workshop will break new ground on international collaborations inspiring future global exchanges and coordination between the emerging centers in Asia and the established centers in US and Europe.

The Meetings (Jan. 17-20, Tokyo, Japan)

See also SISA Website: http://www.sgu-ictrobotics.sci.waseda.ac.jp/en/sisa/index.php.
SISA Meetings participation is by invitation only. International and Japanese thought leaders have attended and delivered their talks. All guests participated in 4 panel discussions and the summary session. Titles and Abstracts of all Keynote and invited speakers and panelists are listed on the above website. The panels features open and enthusiastic discussions and debates, with frequent visionary remarks from the world-class leaders.
IEEE Computer Society Dataflow STC (Special Technology Community) is in-coordination with the SISA Workshop. In fact, this STC Chair Prof. Guang R. Gao, and STC Founding Member Prof. Hironori Kasahara are the Co-Chairs of SISA. A Final Report will be available in the near future. In the meantime enjoy some pictures.