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Programming Language Approaches to Concurrency
and communication-cEntric Software
31st March 2012, Tallinn, Estonia
Affiliated with ETAPS 2012


Theme and Goals

Applications today are built using numerous interacting services; soon off-the-shelf CPUs will host thousands of cores, and sensor networks will be composed from a large number of processing units. Many applications need to make effective use of thousands of computing nodes. At some level of granularity, computation in such systems is inherently concurrent and communication-centred.

To exploit and harness the richness of this computing environment, designers and programmers will utilise a rich variety of programming paradigms, depending on the shape of the data and control flow. Plausible candidates for such paradigms include structured imperative concurrent programming, stream-based programming, concurrent functions with asynchronous message passing, higher-order types for events, and the use of types for communications and data structures (such as session types and linear types), to name but a few. Combinations of these abstractions will be used even in a single application, and the runtime environment needs to ensure seamless execution without relying on differences in available resources such as the number of cores.

The development of effective programming methodologies for the coming computing paradigm demands exploration and understanding of a wide variety of ideas and techniques. This workshop aims to offer a forum where researchers from different fields exchange new ideas on one of the central challenges for programming in the near future, the development of programming methodologies and infrastructures where concurrency and distribution are the norm rather than a marginal concern.


Topics of Interest

Submissions are invited in the general area of foundations of programming languages for concurrency, communication and distribution. Specific topics include: language design and implementations for communications and/or concurrency, program analysis, session types, multicore programming, use of message passing in systems software, interface languages for communication and distribution, concurrent data types, concurrent objects and actors, web services, novel programming methodologies for sensor networks, integration of sequential and concurrent programming, high-level programming abstractions for security concerns in concurrent, distributed programming, and runtime architectures for concurrency, scalability and/or resource allocations. Papers are welcome which present novel and valuable ideas as well as experiences.


Invited Talk


Benedict Gaster, AMD

We are grateful to AMD for funding Benedict Gaster's trip to PLACES.


Submission Guidelines

Authors should submit a title and a 200 word abstract by Wednesday 14th December 2011, to help the PC chairs assign reviewers to papers. Papers of up to five pages in length should be submitted in PDF format by Wednesday 21st December 2011 using the EasyChair proceedings template available at:

Abstracts and full papers should be submitted using EasyChair:

Preliminary proceedings will be available at the workshop. A post-proceedings will be published in EPTCS.


Important Dates

Deadline for abstracts: Wednesday 14th December 2011 (Samoa time, = 10.00 GMT on 15th December)

Deadline for 5-page papers: Wednesday 21st December 2011 (Samoa time, = 10.00 GMT on 22nd December)

Notification: Monday 23rd January 2012

Final version for pre-proceedings: Friday 3rd February 2012


Program Committee

Alastair Beresford, University of Cambridge, UK

Mario Bravetti, University of Bologna, Italy

Marco Carbone, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Alastair Donaldson, Imperial College London, UK

Stephen Fink, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA

Kohei Honda, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Simon Gay, University of Glasgow, UK (co-chair)

Lee Howes, AMD

Paul Kelly, Imperial College London, UK (co-chair)

Anton Lokhmotov, ARM

David Pearce, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Franz Puntigam, Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Nikhil Swamy, Microsoft Research, USA

Ana Lucia Varbanescu, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jan Vitek, Purdue University, USA

Organizing Committee

Alastair Beresford, University of Cambridge, UK

Kohei Honda, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Simon Gay, University of Glasgow, UK

Alan Mycroft, University of Cambridge, UK

Vasco Vasconcelos, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Nobuko Yoshida, Imperial College London, UK

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