[erlang-questions] [ANN] Second Call for Papers, May 13th, 2016, PMLDC 2016

Christopher Meiklejohn christopher.meiklejohn@REDACTED
Fri May 6 18:47:45 CEST 2016

First Workshop on Programming Models and Languages for Distributed

Computing (PMLDC 2016)

Co-located with ECOOP 2016, Rome, Italy

Date: July 17th, 2016


Whether you are programming a rich web application in JavaScript that

mutates state in the client’s browser, or you are building a massively

deployed mobile application that will operate with client state at the

device, it’s undeniable that you are building a distributed system!

Two major challenges of programming distributed systems are

concurrency and partial failure. Concurrency of operations can

introduce accidental nondeterminism: computations may result in

different outcomes with the same inputs given scheduling differences

in the underlying system unless a synchronization mechanism is used to

enforce some order. Synchronization is typically expensive, and

reduces the efficiency of user applications. Partial failure, or the

failure of one or more components in a distributed system at one time,

introduces the challenge of knowing, when an operation fails, which

components of the operation completed successfully. To solve these

problems in practice on an unreliable, asynchronous network, atomic

commit protocols and timeouts as failure detection are typically used.

Because of these challenges, early approaches to providing programming

abstractions for distributed computing that ignored them were

inherently misguided: the canonical example being the Remote Procedure

Call, still widely deployed in industry.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss new approaches to distributed

programming that provide efficient execution and the elimination of

accidental nondeterminism resulting from concurrency and partial

failure. It will bring together both practitioners and theoreticians

from many disciplines: database theory, distributed systems, systems

programming, programming languages, data-centric programming, web

application development, and verification, to discuss the

state-of-the-art of distributed programming, advancement of the

state-of-the-art and paths forward to better application of theory in


The main objectives of this workshop are the following:

* To review the state-of-the-art research in languages, models, and

systems for distributed programming;

* To identify areas of critical need where research can advance the

state of the art;

* To create a forum for discussion;

* To present open problems from practitioners with an aim towards

motivating academic research on relevant problems faced by industry.

In the spirit of both ECOOP and Curry On, this workshop aims at

favoring a multidisciplinary perspective by bringing together

researchers, developers, and practitioners from both academia and


Submission Guidelines

We solicit proposals for contributed talks. We recommend preparing

proposals of 2 pages, in ACM 2 column SIGPLAN style, written in

English and in PDF format. However, we will accept longer proposals or

submissions to other conferences, under the understanding that PC

members are only expected to read the first two pages of such longer

submissions. Authors with accepted papers will have the opportunity to

have their submission published on the ACM Digital Library.

Important Dates

* Paper submission: May 6, 2016 (any place on Earth)

* Extended deadline: May 13th, 2016 (any place on Earth)

* Authors notification: June 10, 2016

* Final version: June 17, 2016

Program Chairs

Heather Miller (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)

Christopher Meiklejohn (Université catholique de Louvain)

Program Committee

Peter Alvaro (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Annette Bieniusa (Technischen Universität Kaiserslautern)

Sebastian Burckhardt (Microsoft Research)

Natalia Chechina (University of Glasgow)

Neil Conway (Mesosphere)

Carla Ferreira (Universidade Nova Lisboa)

Alexey Gotsman (IMDEA Software Institute)

Seyed Hossein Haeri (Université catholique de Louvain)

Philipp Haller (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Carl Lerche (Independent Consultant)

Rita Loogen (University of Marburg)

Rodrigo Rodrigues (Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisboa &

Ali Shoker (HASLab/INESC TEC & University of Minho)

Phil Trinder (University of Glasgow)

José Valim (Plataformatec)

Peter Van Roy (Université catholique de Louvain)

Hongseok Yang (University of Oxford)
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