SAC'16 - ACM 2016 Symposium on Applied Computing
Technical Track
Practical Aspects of High-Level Parallel Programming (PAPP)
April 3-8, 2016, Pisa, Italy

Aims and scope

Nowadays parallel architectures are everywhere. However parallel programming is still reserved to experienced programmers. The trend is towards the increase of cores in processors and the number of processors in multiprocessor machines: The need for scalable computing is everywhere. But parallel and distributed programming is still dominated by low-level techniques such as send/receive message passing and POSIX threads. Thus high-level approaches should play a key role in the shift to scalable computing in every computer.

Algorithmic skeletons (Google's MapReduce being the most well-known skeletal parallelism approach), parallel extensions of functional languages such as Haskell and ML, parallel logic and constraint programming, parallel execution of declarative programs such as SQL queries, genericity and meta-programming in object-oriented languages, etc. have produced methods and tools that improve the price/performance ratio of parallel software, and broaden the range of target applications. Also, high level languages offer a high degree of abstraction which ease the development of complex systems. Moreover, being based on formal semantics, it is possible to certify the correctness of critical parts of the applications. The aim of all these languages and tools is to improve and ease the development of applications (safety, expressivity, efficiency, etc.).

The PAPP track is aimed both at researchers involved in the development of high level approaches for parallel computing and engineers and researchers who are potential users of these languages and tools.


We welcome submission of original, unpublished papers in English on topics including:

The PAPP track focuses on practical aspects of high-level parallel programming but it welcomes topics of mostly theoretical nature, provided there is clear practical potential in applying the results of such work.

Paper submission and publication

Paper submissions must be original, unpublished work. Submissions should be in electronic format, via the link provided at SAC web page.

Author(s) name(s) and address(es) must not appear in the body of the paper, and self-reference should be avoided and made in the third person. Submitted papers will undergo a blind review process. Authors of accepted papers should submit an editorial revision of their papers that fits within six two-column pages (an extra two pages, to a total of eight pages, may be available at a charge). Please comply with this page limitation already at submission time.

Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper: This is a requirement for the paper/poster to be included in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of scheduled papers and posters will result in excluding them from the ACM/IEEE digital library.

After the conference, selected accepted papers will be invited to a special issue of an international journal (pending).

SAC 2016 will also hold a Student Research Competition (SRC). To enter this in the area of PAPP, please submit via the link at SAC web page.

Important Dates

Track Programme Committee

Past PAPP Events

PAPP Workshops: