The 1st Workshop on Communication Architecture for Scalable Systems
CASS 2011
To be held in conjunction with the
International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2011)

Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 16 May 2011
and in association with a special issue of Elsevier's
Journal of Parallel and Distributed Processing (JPDC)
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Workshop Organization


Publicity chair

Program Committee

Steering Committee


High-speed communication is critical to all parts of an HPC system. On-chip networks for emerging many-core processors; point-to-point interconnects, which have replaced the system bus for intra-node communication; and system-wide networks, which form the backbone of any large-scale parallel system, all contribute to the construction of the world’s fastest computers. Numerous research groups in academia, industry, and government are currently investigating the issues involved in improving the speed, reliability, power consumption, and other characteristics of communication subsystems and seeking new ways to advance the state of the art in cluster communication.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on improving communication at every level of the network hierarchy (on-chip, intra-node, and cross-cluster), thereby enabling the sharing and adaptation of ideas from what have traditionally been separate communities.

All researchers and practitioners working in the area of communication architectures for scalable systems are encouraged to submit a paper to the workshop.

Workshop Program

7:55 - 8:00 Welcome and workshop introduction
8:00 - 9:00 Keynote address
Speaker: Matt Reilly, Institute for Defense Analyses/Center for Computing Sciences
Title: Populating the Fabric Design Space
9:00 - 10:00 Session I
Topic: Routing Performance
Chair: Tor Skeie, Simula Research Laboratory
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Session II
Topic: Communication Protocols
Chair: Jesper Larsson Träff, University of Vienna
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch (on your own)
2:00 - 3:00 Session III
Topic: Contention Reduction
Chair: Pavan Balaji, Argonne National Laboratory
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:00 Session IV
Topic: Collective Communication
Chair: Torsten Hoefler, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
5:00 - 5:05 Wrap up

Note 1: The CASS 2011 program page on EDAS provides an alternate formatting of the workshop program (and includes talk abstracts).

Note 2: Hyperlinked paper titles point to the slides presented at CASS 2011. The CASS 2011 presentation directory includes all of these in one place and in all submitted formats.

Registration and Hotel Information

Workshop registration is handled by the IPDPS 2011 conference. There is a single registration for the conference and all of its 18 workshops. Please visit the IPDPS 2011 Web page for registration and hotel information.

Additional Information

E-mail Contact

For more information on CASS 2011 or if you have any questions please contact the workshop organizers at the e-mail address listed at the bottom of this page.

Call for Papers

Although the submission deadline has long since passed, the following links will take you to the CASS 2011 CFP:

Links to CAC workshops (CASS's predecessor)