While object-oriented programming is being embraced in industry,
particularly in the form of C++ and to an increasing extent Java and
Python, its acceptance by the parallel scientific programming community
is still tentative. In this latter domain performance is invariably of
paramount importance, where even C++ is considered suspect, primarily
because of real or perceived loss of performance. On the other hand,
various factors practically dictate the use of language features that
provide higher level abstractions than do C or older FORTRAN standards.
These include increasingly complex physics models, numerical algorithms,
and hardware--deep memory hierarchies, exponentially-increasing numbers
of processors, and the advent of multi- and many-core processors and
This workshop seeks to bring together practitioners and researchers in
this growing field to `compare notes' on their work. The emphasis is on
identifying specific problems impeding greater acceptance and widespread
use of object-oriented programming in scientific computing; proposed and
implemented solutions to these problems; and new or novel approaches,
techniques or idioms for scientific and/or parallel computing.
Presentations of work in progress are welcome.
Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
* tried or proposed programming language alternatives to C++;
* performance issues and their realized or proposed resolution;
* issues specific to handling or abstracting parallelism, including
the handling or abstraction of heterogeneous architectures;
* specific points of concern for progress and acceptance of
object-oriented scientific computing;
* existing, developing, or proposed software;
* frameworks and tools for scientific object-oriented computing;
* schemes for user-level fault tolerance;
* grand visions (of relevance).
The workshop will consist of a sequences of presentations each followed
by a discussion session. The workshop will conclude with an overall
discussion. We expect the majority of the participants to give
For authors of accepted presentations who require justification for
travel the organizers can provide official letters of invitation.
Full papers accepted to the workshop will be published as a proceedings
either in the Springer LNCS series or in the John von Neumann Institute
for Computing NIC series, Forschungszentrum Juelich. Additionally, it
is possible that a summary of the workshop will be published as an ECOOP
Workshop Reader in Springer's LNCS series.
Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts, papers, or
presentations (slides) in ASCII, PDF, postscript, or PowerPoint.
Submitted materials will be distributed at the workshop. Submission and
email correspondence to [hidden email]
May 4, 2008: Initial submissions due;
May 19, 2008: Notification of acceptance.
Jun 15, 2008: Final materials to be distributed due.
Jul 7 or 8, 2008: Workshop
TBD, 2008: Final papers for publication due.
This workshop is a joint organization by Los Alamos National Laboratory,
USA; and the University of Applied Sciences Regensburg, Germany.