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CPA session at PDTPA'2001

I found the details of this session!  I think we may have a teeny bit of
flexibility re. the submission deadline ... but please mail me or dyke
(see the cc-list or below) if you are thinking of making a late submission.


Peter Welch.


Call for Papers

Note: The deadline for submission of papers is February 28, 2001.

Special Session on Communicating Process Architectures

in conjunction with the
International Conference on
Parallel and Distributed Processing Technologies and Applications
PDPTA 2001

About the Session:

Communicating Process Architectures addresses many of the key issues in modern
computer science and its applications.  In broad terms, the session themes will
concern concurrency - at all levels of software and hardware granularity. The
goal of the conference is to stimulate discussion and ideas as to the role
concurrency will play in the future generation of scaleable computer
infrastructure and applications - where scaling means the ability to ramp up
functionality (i.e. stay in control as complexity increases) as well as physical
metrics (such as performance). 

Traditionally, concurrency has been taught and considered and experienced as an
advanced and difficult topic. The thesis underlying this session is that this
tradition is wrong. The natural world operates through the continuous
interaction of massive numbers of autonomous agents at all levels of granularity
(astronomic, human, sub-atomic). If modern computer science finds concurrency
hard, then it is not doing it right! It is time for concurrency to mature into a
simple discipline that can be used everyday. 

The accepted papers address the session themes and goals as discussed above.
Specific areas include, but are not limited to: 

 o theory - getting the underlying model right (CSP, pi-calculus, channels,
   monitors, semaphores, BSP, barriers, buckets...); 

 o concurrent design patterns and tools (built upon the above); 

 o safety and security issues (race-hazards, deadlock, livelock, process
   starvation, ...); 

 o language issues (Java(TM), CSP libraries for Java/C/C++, occam(TM),
   Handel-C(TM), Limbo(TM),...); 

 o system issues (lightweight multithreading kernels, lightweight external
   communications/interrupts, ...);

 o processor issues (instruction sets for zero-cost multithreading, VLIW,
   multiprocessor chips, software cache control, ...) 

 o specialised hardware issues (link and router technologies, FPGAs, ...); 

 o shared-memory -v- message-passing paradigms (unification?), SMP and
   virtual SMP architectures; 

 o supercomputing from commodity components (cluster computing,
   internet grids, ...); 

 o applications: scientific (including graphics and GUIs), engineering
  (including embedded, real-time and safety-critical), business (including
  mobile and e-commerce) and home (including entertainment);

 o global architectural issues (vertical integration of all the above); 

 o etc...

Submission Guidelines:

Two classes of papers will be considered:

1. Mature work: papers must present work, which is well along, novel, and has
not previously been published. Final papers will be about 7 single-spaced pages,
and the actual presentations are estimated to be 20 to 30 minutes. The initial
submission for review should be at least four pages.

2. Work in progress: short talks (15 minutes or so) of new work underway - but
still original and unpublished. Abstracts of one page will be included in the
proceedings. The initial submission for review should be an abstract of 250 to
500 words.

Authors are requested to due thorough literature (& web) searches on their
topics to make certain that the work is novel.

Title pages should include title, author's names, addresses, phone numbers, and
email addresses. Please include appropriate keywords.

Each submission will be reviewed by (at least) three members of the program
committee; written reviews will be returned to authors.


     February 28, 2001 (Wednesday): Draft papers or abstracts due

     April 2, 2001 (Monday): Notification of acceptance

     May 1, 2001 (Tuesday): Camera-Ready papers & registration fee due

     June 25 - June 28, 2001: PDPTA 2001 Conference

Electronic Submission is Preferred!

We prefer all submissions to be done electronically in PostScript or PDF format.
If for some reason you cannot provide PostScript/PDF, please mail five copies to
one of the Session Chairs at the addresses provided - see below.

If your paper is accepted, the final version of your paper must be
available in PostScript, PDF, or source form. We strongly encourage you to use
LaTeX, Microsoft Word, or FrameMaker for the preparation of your paper. Other
formats are likely to be troublesome.

All accepted papers must be presented by one of the authors at PDPTA 2001 during
the special session to be included in the final proceedings.


The PDPTA 2001 conference will be held in the Monte Carlo Resort hotel, Las
Vegas, Nevada, USA. This is a mega-hotel with excellent conference
facilities and over 3000 rooms. The hotel is minutes from the Las Vegas
airport with free shuttles to and from the airport. This hotel has many
vacation and recreational attractions, including: waterfalls, casino, spa, pools
& kiddie pools, sunning decks, Easy River water ride, wave pool with cascades,
lighted tennis courts, health spa (with workout equipment, whirlpool, sauna,
...), arcade virtual reality game rooms, nightly shows, snack bars, a number of
restaurants, shopping area, bars, ... Many of these attractions are open 24
hours a day and most are suitable for families and children. The negotiated
hotel's room rate for conference attendees is very reasonable ($79 + tax) per
night (no extra charge for double occupancy) for the duration of the conference.
The hotel is within walking distance from most other Las Vegas attractions
(major shopping areas, recreational destinations, fine dining and night clubs,
free street shows, ...). For the benefit of our international colleagues: the
state of Nevada neighbors with
the states of California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona. Las Vegas is only a
few driving hours away from other major cities, including: Los Angeles, San
Diego, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, ...

Details on PDPTA can be found at 

All submissions, questions, or comments should be mailed or e-mailed to one of
the Session Chairs:

Dyke Stiles
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
4120 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-4120

E-Mail: dyke.stiles@xxxxxxxxxxx

Voice: 801-797-2806
Fax: 801-797-3054

Professor Peter Welch 
Computing Laboratory 
The University 
CT2 7NF 
Tel: +44 (0)1227 823629 
Email: P.H.Welch@xxxxxxxxx