ReconfigAccel 2018 Workshop Call
for Submission

International Workshop on Reconfigurable Acceleration in Datacenters

conjunction with the 32nd ACM International Conference on Supercomputing (ICS

Beijing, China, June 12, 2018


the slowdown of general-purpose processor scaling due to dark silicon limitations,
customized hardware accelerators like
FPGAs, CGRAs, and ASICs have
gained increased attention in modern datacenters due to their lower power, high
performance low latency, and energy efficiency. Evidenced by Microsoft’s FPGA
deployment in its datacenters, FPGA-enabled public cloud announcements from
Amazon, Alibaba, Baidu, Huawei and Tencent, as well as Google’s TPU cloud
deployment, integrating customized hardware accelerators into datacenters is
considered one of the most promising approaches to sustain future datacenter

hardware accelerators in datacenters is still in its early stage and there are
many research challenges ahead. For example, what kind of applications and
workloads benefit from accelerators, how to program and manage such accelerators
in the datacenter, and how to model and optimize these acceleration
architectures?  In this workshop, we plan
to bring together academic and industry experts to share their experience, discuss
challenges they face as well as potential focus areas for the community. Below
is the planed workshop content.

Workshop topics:

We solicit
extended abstracts (1 – 2 pages) from the community and selected ones will be
invited to give a 20 mins talk with 10 min Q/A for each talk. Below is the
proposed list of topics for the workshop.
Note that primary focus for this workshop will be the emerging area of customized
hardware accelerators such as FPGAs, CGRAs, and ASICs; there is already well
chronicled research focus of GPUs in the datacenter. Workshop topics include,
but are not limited to:

Large-scale application characterization,
optimization, and evaluation, which leverage hardware accelerators, e.g., for
machine learning, big data analytics, genomics, and video transcoding.

Programming models, compilers and debugging support
to make it easier to program accelerators

Runtime and virtualization support to enable
efficient deployment and scheduling of accelerators in datacenters

New acceleration architectures for datacenters, e.g.,
novel reconfigurable, programmable,
low-power accelerator designs, near data acceleration architectures

Other research infrastructures (e.g.,
modeling/simulation/characterization) that enable the above studies

Important dates:

Abstract submission: Apr 10, 2018, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)

Author notification: May 1, 2018 (Pacific Time)

Workshop date: June 12, 2018 (Beijing Time)

Submission guidelines:

authors are encouraged to submit extended abstracts (1 – 2 pages) by email to
the organizing chair Dr. Zhenman Fang:  Authors are encouraged to submit preliminary
work for new projects and early results.
Accepted abstracts will be invited to give a presentation at the
workshop. The deadline for submission is Apr 10, 2018, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time).

Organizing Chairs:

Zhenman Fang, Xilinx, US (

Jim Hwang, Xilinx, US (

Leibo Liu, Tsinghua, China (

Wang, University of Minnesota, US (

ReconfigAccel 2018 Workshop Call for Submission