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Programming Language Approaches to Concurrency

and Communication-cEntric Software

 June 7, 2008, Oslo, Norway


Applications on the web today are built using numerous interacting services; soon an off-the-shelf CPUs will host thousands of cores, and sensor networks will be composed from a large number of processing units. Many normal applications will soon need to make effective use of thousands of computing nodes. At some level of granularity, computation in such systems will be inherently concurrent and communication-centred.

To exploit and harness the richness of this computing environment, designers and programmers will utilise a rich variety of programming paradigms, depending on the shape of the data and control flow. Plausible candidates for such paradigms include structured imperative concurrent programming, stream-based programming, concurrent functions with queues, and the use of types for communication and data structures (such as session types and linear types), to name but a few. Combinations of these abstractions will be used even in a single application, and the runtime environment needs to ensure seamless execution without relying on differences in available resources such as the number of cores.

The development of effective programming methodologies for the coming computing paradigm demands exploration and understanding of a wide variety of ideas and methodologies.  This workshop aims to offer a forum where researchers from different fields exchange new ideas on
one of the central challenges in programming in near future, the development of programming methodologies and infrastructures where concurrency and distribution are a norm rather than a marginal concern. This workshop aims providing a forum for the focused exchange of new ideas to support our quest for a unifying picture of programming in this new area.

Topics of Interest

Submissions are invited in the general area of foundations of programming languages for concurrency and distribution. Specific topics include: language design and implementations, program analysis, session types, multicore programming, concurrent data types, web services, integration of sequential and concurrent programming, and runtime architecture including resource allocations. Papers are welcome which present novel and valuable ideas as well as experiences.

Invited Talk

Jan Vitek _ Purdue University

Submission Guidelines

 Authors are invited to submit an abstract (max. 5 pages) in PDF format by e-mail to  Preliminary proceedings will be available at the workshop.

Post-Workshop Proceedings in ENTCS

 After the workshop authors will be invited to submit a full paper of their presentation to be published in ENTCS.

Important Dates

Paper Submission: April 15, 2008 (new date)

Paper Notification: May 1, 2008

Camera Ready: May 15, 2008

Program Committee

_ Alastair Beresford _ University of Cambridge

_ Manuel Fahndrich _ Microsoft Research

_ Simon Gay _ University of Glasgow

_ Kohei Honda _ Queen Mary University of London

_ Andrew Myers _ Cornell University

_ Greg Morrisett _ Harvard University

_ Alan Mycroft _ University of Cambridge

_ Vijay A. Saraswat _ IBM Research

_ Vasco T. Vasconcelos (chair) _ University of Lisbon

_ Nobuko Yoshida (chair) _ Imperial College London


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