Workshop on High Performance Virtualization: Architecture, Systems, Software and Analysis

Held in conjunction with the

16th International Symposium on

High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA-16)

Bangalore, India

January 9, 2010


Workshop Overview:

For virtualization to be used in high performance environments, these demanding applications must enjoy good performance when running on virtualized computer systems. Scalable high performance systems pose real challenges for virtualization systems. Many high performance applications require all available memory, CPU, and network bandwidth for at least part of their execution, thereby obviating the traditional benefits of resource over-commitment provided by virtualization. On the other hand, servers, which are often virtualized, contain many CPU's and GPU's, are building blocks for high performance applications.

The growing number of massive data centers, containing such servers, are a great opportunity for the high performance community but requires a way of dealing with the fact that virtualization of the data center is a reality. This workshop hopes to explore ways to make this a reality, from ways to identify performance degradation, to modifications in programs, compiler, operating systems, and architectures. Success stories or potential successful applications of virtualized high performance systems are also encouraged.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following as they apply to high performance virtualized systems, clusters, data centers or clouds:

In order to live up to its title, this workshop should include some work by its attendees. Time will be dedicated to producing a draft document that outlines the challenges of high performance virtualization and how to address them.

Paper Submission:

All paper submissions will be handled electronically. Papers in PDF format should be submitted electronically by e-mail to or no later than November 10, 2009. The papers should be prepared using the 2-column ACM conference format and no longer than 8 pages. Submission of the paper implies that at least one of the authors will register and present the paper at the workshop if the paper is accepted. The papers will be included in the ACM online International Conference Proceedings Series.

The workshop is also going to feature position papers. These should be submitted to the program chairs by the same deadline, should make a clear case for the position being taken, and suggest open questions that need to be addressed by both academia and industry. Submission should be prepared using the 2-column ACM conference format and no longer than 4 pages.

Important Dates:

Submissions due: November 10, 2009

Notification to authors: November 20, 2009

Final papers due: December 5, 2009

Program Committee: