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FastPath 2012 Workshop on Performance Modeling and Analysis of Workload Optimized Systems
April 1, 2012
New Brunswick, NJ

To be held with the ISPASS Conference:


FastPath brings together researchers and practitioners involved in cross-stack hardware/software performance analysis, evaluation, and modeling of workload optimized systems.

With microprocessor clock speeds being held constant, optimizing systems around specific workloads is an increasingly attractive means to improve performance. Th
e importance of workload optimized systems is seen in their ubiquitous deployment in diverse systems from cellphones to tablets to routers to game machines to Top500 supercomputers, and IT appliances such as IBM's DataPower and Netezza, and Oracle's Exadata.

More precisely, workload optimized systems have hardware and/or software specifically designed to run well for a particular application or application class. The types and components of workload optimized systems vary, but a partial list includes traditional CPUs assisted with accelerators (ASICs, FPGAs, GPUs), memory accelerators, I/O accelerators, hybrid systems, and IT appliances.

FastPath seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas on performance analysis, evaluation and modeling of workload optimized systems.  Please submit a 6-page research papers (2-column, 10 to 12-point type, single spaced, 1-inch margins) from one or more of the topics that include, but not limited to:

  • Workloads
  • Simulators
  • Measured results on accelerated systems
  • Industrial experiences
  • Analytical techniques
  • GPUs
  • FPGAs
  • ASIC accelerators
  • Programming models
  • Runtime management systems



Fastpath papers will be made available through the workshop website and hard copies will be provided at the workshop to the attendees. There are no copyright issues with Fastpath papers, and thus authors retain the copyright of their work with complete freedom to submit their work elsewhere.


Submission:                February 12, 2012   February 27, 2012 (extended date)
Notification:                March 12, 2012
Final Materials Due:      March 23, 2012
Workshop:                  April 1, 2012


General Co-Chairs:                     David Brooks (Harvard), Parijat Dube (IBM)
Program Committee Co-Chairs:    Erik Altman (IBM),         Lieven Eeckhout (Ghent)
Publicity Chair:                          Peter F. Sweeney (IBM)
Web Chair:                               Augusto Vega (IBM)


Tor Aamodt                 British Columbia
Stijn Eyerman             Ghent
R. Govindarajan           IISc
Hans Jacobson             IBM
Russ Joseph                Northwestern
Mikko Lipasti               Wisconsin
Toshio Nakatani           IBM
Alex Ramirez               BSC
Alma Riska                  EMC
Arrvindh Shriraman      Simon Fraser
James E Smith             Intel
Li Zhang                     IBM