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(fwd) CFP: Workshop on Communication Architecture for Clusters (CAC '04)

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Subject: CFP: Workshop on Communication Architecture for Clusters (CAC '04)
Organization: The Ohio State University Dept. of Computer and Info. Science
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                           Call For Papers

      Workshop on Communication Architecture for Clusters (CAC '04)

                    To be held in Conjunction with 
     Int'l Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS '04)

      Santa Fe, New Mexico Eldorado Hotel, April 26-30, 2004 

 Postscript and PDF versions of this CFP may be obtained from the World 
            Wide Web:


The availability of commodity PCs/workstations and high-speed networks
(Local Area Networks and System Area Networks) at low prices enabled
the development of low-cost clusters. These clusters are being
targeted for support of traditional high-end computing applications as
well as emerging applications, especially those requiring
high-performance servers.  Designing high-performance and scalable
clusters for these emerging applications requires design and
development of high-performance communication and I/O subsystems,
low-overhead programming environment support and support for Quality
of Service (QoS).  New standards such as InfiniBand Architecture (IBA)
and PCI Express AS, and availability of high-speed networking products
(Myrinet, Quadrics, IBA 4X, and 10GigEthernet) are providing exciting
ways to design high-performance communication and I/O architectures
for clusters.

A large number of research groups from academia, industry, and
research labs are currently engaged in the above research directions.
The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners working in the areas of communication, I/O, and
architecture to discuss state-of-the-art solutions as well as future
trends for designing scalable, high-performance, and cost-effective
communication and I/O architectures for clusters.

The first three workshops in this series (CAC '01, CAC '02, and CAC
'03) were held in conjunction with IPDPS conferences, and they were
very successful.  The CAC '04 workshop plans to continue this

Topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:

1. Router/switch, network, and network-interface architecture for
   supporting efficient point-to-point communication, collective 
   communication, and I/O at intra-cluster and inter-cluster levels.

2. Design, development, and implementation of low-level communication
   and I/O protocols (GM, TCP/IP, VAPI, SDP, DAPL, SRP, iSCSI, RDMA
   over IP, etc) on different networking and interconnect technologies
   (such as Myrinet, 10Gigabit Ethernet, InfiniBand, Quadrics, TCP
   Offload Engine, etc.).

3. High-performance implementation of different programming layers
   (Message Passing Interface (MPI), Distributed Shared Memory such 
   as TreadMarks, Get/Put, Global Arrays, sockets, etc.) and File 
   Systems (such as PVFS and DAFS).

4. Communication and architectural issues related to switch
   organization, flow control, congestion control, routing and
   deadlock-handling, load balancing, reliability, and QoS support.

5. Strategies, algorithms, and protocols for management of communication
   resources, including topology discovery, hot update/replacement of
   components, dynamic reconfigurations, etc.

6. Performance evaluation and tools for different application areas,
   including interprocessor communication and I/O, etc. 

Results of both theoretical and practical significance will be


The proceedings of this workshop will be published together with the
proceedings of other IPDPS '04 workshops by the IEEE Computer Society


We are planning a purely web submission and review process.  Authors
are requested to submit papers (in PDF format) not exceeding 10
single-spaced pages, including abstract, five key words, contact
address, figures, and references.  Detailed instructions on web
submissions will be available soon.

Note: the PDF file must be viewable using the ``acroread'' tool.  It
is also important, when creating your PDF file, to use a page size of
8.5x11 inches (LETTER sized output not A4), since an A4 sized page may
be truncated on a LETTER sized printer.


Abstract submission:          October 30, 2003 
Paper submission:             November 3, 2003 
Notification of acceptance:   December 19, 2003 
Camera-ready due:             January 23, 2004 


Dhabaleswar K. Panda (Ohio State), 
Jose Duato (Tech. Univ. of Valencia, Spain), and
Craig Stunkel (IBM TJ Watson Research Center)


Bulent Abali           (IBM TJ Watson)
Mohammad Banikazemi    (IBM TJ Watson)
Angelos Bilas          (Univ. of Toronto, Canada)
Alan Benner            (IBM)
Ron Brightwell         (Sandia National Lab)
Darius Buntinas        (Argonne National Lab) 
Toni Cortes            (UPC, Spain)
Wu-Chun Feng           (Los Alamos National Lab)
Jose Flich             (Tech. Univ. of Valencia, Spain)
Mitchell Gusat         (IBM, Zurich)
Mark Heinrich          (Cornell Univ.)
Manolis G.H. Katevenis (FORTH and Univ. of Crete, Greece)
Nectarios G. Koziris   (National Technical Univ. of Athens, Greece)
Mario Lauria           (Ohio State)
Olav Lysne             (Univ. of Oslo, Norway)
Arthur (Barney) Mccabe (Univ. of New Mexico)
Pankaj Mehra           (HP)
Shubu Mukherjee        (Intel)
Jarek Nieplocha        (Pacific Northwest National Lab)
Scott Pakin            (Los Alamos National Lab)
Fabrizio Petrini       (Los Alamos National Lab)
Greg Pfister           (IBM)
Timothy Pinkston       (Univ. of Southern California)
Wolfgang Rehm          (Tech. Univ. of Chemnitz, Germany)
Antonio Robles         (UPV, Spain)
Tom Rokicki            (Instantis)
Reza Rooholamini       (Dell)
Evan Speight           (Cornell)
Thomas M. Stricker     (ETH, Zurich)
Peter Varman           (Rice Univ. and NSF)
Pete Wyckoff           (Ohio Supercomputer Center)
Mazin Yousif           (Intel)


Darius Buntinas        (Argonne National Lab)
Nectarios G. Koziris   (National Technical Univ. of Athens, Greece)


On the World Wide Web, see for the
latest information about this workshop.  Alternatively, you can send
e-mail to

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