[erlang-questions] [ANN] Call for Papers, PMLDC 2017

Christopher Meiklejohn christopher.meiklejohn@REDACTED
Thu Mar 2 09:47:49 CET 2017

Second Workshop on Programming Models and Languages for Distributed Computing
Co-located with ECOOP 2017, Barcelona, Spain
Date: July 20, 2017

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.



Submission Link


Important Dates

Paper submission: Monday, 1 May 2017
Workshop date: Thursday, 20 July 2017
Authors notification: TBA
Final version: TBA

Organizing Committee

Christopher Meiklejohn
Université catholique de Louvain

Heather Miller
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Program Committee

Carlos Baquero
Universidade do Minho

Annette Bieniusa
Technischen Universität Kaiserslautern

Carla Ferreira
Universidade Nova Lisboa

Alexey Gotsman
IMDEA Software Institute

Tyler McMullen

Rodrigo Rodrigues
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisboa & INESC-ID

Ali Shoker
HASLab/INESC TEC & University of Minho

KC Sivaramakrishnan
University of Cambridge

Zach Tellman

Peter Van Roy
Université catholique de Louvain

Leif Walsh
Two Sigma Investments

Jordan West

Hongseok Yang
University of Oxford

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