Topic 1: Support Tools and Environments


Despite an impressive body of research, parallel and distributed computing remains a complex task prone to subtle software issues that can affect both the correctness and the performance of the computation. This track focuses on tools and techniques to tackle that complexity. We encourage submissions that address any of the many challenges of parallel and distributed computing, including, but not limited to, scalability, programmability, portability, correctness, reliability, performance and energy efficiency.

This topic aims to bring together tool designers, developers, and users to share their concerns, ideas, solutions, and products for a wide range of platforms. We will particularly value contributions with solid theoretical foundations and with experimental validations on production-level parallel and distributed systems. We encourage submissions that detail novel program development tools and environments that address the expected complexity of exascale systems.


  • Debugging and correctness tools
  • Hybrid shared memory and message passing tools
  • Instrumentation and monitoring tools and techniques
  • Code development tools targeting issues such as refactoring
  • Programming environments, interoperable tool environments
  • Integration of tools, compilers and operating systems
  • Performance and reliability analysis (manual and automatic)
  • Energy efficiency and savings tools
  • Performance and code structure visualization
  • Testing and analysis tools
  • Computational steering
  • Automatic code generation
  • Tool infrastructure and scalability
  • Tool evaluations and comparisons in production environments
  • Tools for extreme-scale systems
  • Tools for homogeneous and heterogeneous multi/many-core processors
  • Tools and environments for clusters, clouds, and grids

Topic Committee

Global Chair
Thilo Kielmann, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Local Chair
José Cunha, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal

Further Members
Bernd Freisleben, University of Marburg, Germany
Tomàs Margalef, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Anthony Danalis, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA