VHPC 2020 : 15th Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing

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Conference Information

Submission Deadline Sunday 05 Apr 2020 Proceedings indexed by :
Conference Dates Jun 25, 2020 - Jun 25, 2020
Conference Address Frankfurt, Germany
Conference & Submission Link https://vhpc.org
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Conference Call for Papers



15th Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing

(VHPC 20) held in conjunction with the International Supercomputing

Conference – High Performance, June 21-25, 2020, Frankfurt, Germany.

(Springer LNCS Proceedings)


Date: June 25, 2020

Workshop URL: https://vhpc.org

Abstract registration Deadline: Jan 31st, 2020

Paper Submission Deadline: Apr 05th, 2020

Springer LNCS

Abstract/Paper submission link: http://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=26973

Call for Papers

Containers and virtualization technologies constitute key enabling

factors for flexible resource management in modern data centers, and

particularly in cloud environments. Cloud providers need to manage

complex infrastructures in a seamless fashion to support the highly

dynamic and heterogeneous workloads and hosted applications customers

deploy. Similarly, HPC environments have been increasingly adopting

techniques that enable flexible management of vast computing and

networking resources, close to marginal provisioning cost, which is

unprecedented in the history of scientific and commercial computing.

Most recently, Function as a Service (Faas) and Serverless computing,

utilizing lightweight VMs-containers widens the spectrum of

applications that can be deployed in a cloud environment, especially

in an HPC context. Here, HPC-provided services can be become

accessible to distributed workloads outside of large cluster


Various virtualization-containerization technologies contribute to the

overall picture in different ways: machine virtualization, with its

capability to enable consolidation of multiple underutilized servers

with heterogeneous software and operating systems (OSes), and its

capability to live-migrate a fully operating virtual machine (VM)

with a very short downtime, enables novel and dynamic ways to manage

physical servers; OS-level virtualization (i.e., containerization),

with its capability to isolate multiple user-space environments and

to allow for their coexistence within the same OS kernel, promises to

provide many of the advantages of machine virtualization with high

levels of responsiveness and performance; lastly, unikernels provide

for many virtualization benefits with a minimized OS/library surface.

I/O Virtualization in turn allows physical network interfaces to take

traffic from multiple VMs or containers; network virtualization, with

its capability to create logical network overlays that are independent

of the underlying physical topology is furthermore enabling

virtualization of HPC infrastructures.


Accepted papers will be published in a Springer LNCS proceedings


Topics of Interest

The VHPC program committee solicits original, high-quality submissions

related to virtualization across the entire software stack with a

special focus on the intersection of HPC, containers-virtualization

and the cloud.

Major Topics:

– HPC workload orchestration (Kubernetes)

– Kubernetes HPC batch

– HPC Container Environments Landscape

– HW Heterogeneity

– Container ecosystem (Docker alternatives)

– Networking

– Lightweight Virtualization

– Unikernels / LibOS

– State-of-the-art processor virtualization (RISC-V, EPI)

– Containerizing HPC Stacks/Apps/Codes:

  Climate model containers

each major topic encompassing design/architecture, management,

performance management, modeling and configuration/tooling.

Specifically, we invite papers that deal with the following topics:

– HPC orchestration (Kubernetes)

   – Virtualizing Kubernetes for HPC

   – Deployment paradigms

   – Multitenancy

   – Serverless

   – Declerative data center integration

   – Network provisioning

   – Storage

   – OCI i.a. images

   – Isolation/security

– HW Accelerators, including GPUs, FPGAs, AI, and others

   – State-of-practice/art, including transition to cloud

   – Frameworks, system software

   – Programming models, runtime systems, and APIs to facilitate cloud


   – Edge use-cases

   – Application adaptation, success stories

– Kubernetes Batch

   – Scheduling, job management

   – Execution paradigm – workflow

   – Data management

   – Deployment paradigm

   – Multi-cluster/scalability

   – Performance improvement

   – Workflow / execution paradigm

– Podman: end-to-end Docker alternative container environment & use-cases

   – Creating, Running containers as non-root (rootless)

   – Running rootless containers with MPI

   – Container live migration

   – Running containers in restricted environments without setuid

– Networking

   – Software defined networks and network virtualization

   – New virtualization NICs/Nitro alike ASICs for the data center?

   – Kubernetes SDN policy (Calico i.a.)

   – Kubernetes network provisioning (Flannel i.a.)

– Lightweight Virtualization

   – Micro VMMs (Rust-VMM, Firecracker, solo5)

   – Xen

   – Nitro hypervisor (KVM)

   – RVirt

   – Cloud Hypervisor

– Unikernels / LibOS

– HPC Storage in Virtualization

   – HPC container storage

   – Cloud-native storage

   – Hypervisors in storage virtualization

– Processor Virtualization

   – RISC-V hypervisor extensions

   – RISC-V Hypervisor ports

   – EPI

– Composable HPC microservices

– Containerizing Scientific Codes

   – Building

   – Deploying

   – Securing

   – Storage

   – Monitoring

– Use case for containerizing HPC codes:

  Climate model containers for portability, reproducibility,

  traceability, immutability, provenance, data & software preservation

The Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cloud Computing

(VHPC) aims to bring together researchers and industrial practitioners

facing the challenges posed by virtualization in order to foster

discussion, collaboration, mutual exchange of knowledge and

experience, enabling research to ultimately provide novel solutions

for virtualized computing systems of tomorrow.

The workshop will be one day in length, composed of 20 min paper

presentations, each followed by 10 min discussion sections, plus

lightning talks that are limited to 5 minutes. Presentations may be

accompanied by interactive demonstrations.

Important Dates

Jan 31st, 2020 – Abstract

Apr 5th, 2020 – Paper submission deadline (Springer LNCS)

Apr 26th, 2020 – Acceptance notification

June 25th, 2020 – Workshop Day

July 10th, 2020 – Camera-ready version due


Michael Alexander (chair), BOKU, Vienna, Austria

Anastassios Nanos (co-chair), Sunlight.io, UK

Program committee

Stergios Anastasiadis, University of Ioannina, Greece

Paolo Bonzini, Redhat, Italy

Jakob Blomer, CERN, Europe

Eduardo César, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Taylor Childers, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Stephen Crago, USC ISI, USA

Tommaso Cucinotta, St. Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy

François Diakhaté CEA DAM Ile de France, France

Kyle Hale, Northwestern University, USA

Brian Kocoloski, Washington University, USA

John Lange, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Giuseppe Lettieri, University of Pisa, Italy

Klaus Ma, Huawei, China

Alberto Madonna, Swiss National Supercomputing Center, Switzerland

Nikos Parlavantzas, IRISA, France

Anup Patel, Western Digital, USA

Kevin Pedretti, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Amer Qouneh, Western New England University, USA

Carlos Reaño, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Adrian Reber, Redhat, Germany

Riccardo Rocha, CERN, Europe

Borja Sotomayor, University of Chicago, USA

Jonathan Sparks, Cray, USA

Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

John Walters, USC ISI, USA

Yasuhiro Watashiba, Osaka University, Japan

Chao-Tung Yang, Tunghai University, Taiwan

Paper Submission-Publication

Papers submitted to the workshop will be reviewed by at least two

members of the program committee and external reviewers. Submissions

should include abstract, keywords, the e-mail address of the

corresponding author, and must not exceed 10 pages, including tables

and figures at a main font size no smaller than 11 point. Submission

of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper

be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the

conference to present the work. Accepted papers will be published in a

Springer LNCS volume.

The format must be according to the Springer LNCS Style. Initial

submissions are in PDF; authors of accepted papers will be requested

to provide source files.

Abstract, Paper Submission Link:


Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are non-paper track, synoptical in nature and are

strictly limited to 5 minutes. They can be used to gain early

feedback on ongoing research, for demonstrations, to present research

results, early research ideas, perspectives and positions of interest

to the community. Submit abstract via the main submission link.

General Information

The workshop is one day in length and will be held in conjunction with

the International Supercomputing Conference – High Performance (ISC)

2019, June 21-25, Frankfurt, Germany.

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