3rd Workshop on Runtime Systems for Parallel Programming (RTSPP)
San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 12, 1999

to be held in conjunction with the

13th International Parallel Processing Symposium ( IPPS/SPDP 1999 )

[ Motivation] [ Scope] [ Submission Instructions] [ Important Dates] [ Program Committee] [ Registration] [ Workshop Organizers]


Runtime systems are critical to the implementation of parallel programming languages and libraries. They provide the core functionality of a particular programming model and the glue between the model and the underlying hardware and operating system. As such, runtime systems have a large impact on the performance and portability of parallel programming systems.

Despite the importance of runtime systems, there are few forums in which practitioners can exchange their ideas, and these are typically forums showcasing peripheral areas, such as languages, operating systems, and parallel computing. RTSPP provides a forum for bringing together runtime system designers from various backgrounds to discuss the state-of-the-art in designing and implementing runtime systems for parallel programming. This one-day workshop includes technical sessions of refereed papers and panel discussions.

The first two workshops (RTSPP'97 and RTSPP'98) were very successful and generated a lot of interest. Both the reviewed papers and invited talks were well received.


The focus of the workshop is on the design and implementation of runtime systems for parallel programming languages and libraries. While the problem domain is restricted to parallel programming, papers that deal with fundamental issues in runtime systems that are applicable to parallel programming systems are also encouraged.

The topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that demonstrate original and unpublished research in the area of runtime systems that support parallel programming. Accepted papers will be published by the IPPS/SPDP organization, both on paper and CD-ROM. One of the authors will be required to attend the workshop and present the work.

RTSPP focuses on low-level issues in implementing parallel programming systems. Another workshop, HIPS, also in conjunction with IPPS/SPDP 1999, is directed towards higher-level language issues.

Submission Instructions

All submissions must be completed papers whose length --- including abstract, figures, bibliographies, and appendices --- does not exceed 3 US letter (8.5" x 11"; no A4 please) pages; papers longer than 3 pages will be summarily rejected. Text must be set in no smaller than a 10 pt font, be single-spaced and single-columned, and include page numbers. Each paper will be reviewed by the program committee. It is expected that Springer-Verlag will publish the accepted papers (which will be given additional pages) in their Lecture Notes series.

Submit an electronic version of your complete manuscript in uuencoded, gzipped, postscript format to: rtspp@cs.ucdavis.edu. Please do not send your paper as an attachment (e.g., MIME). Please use standard postscript fonts (Times, Helvetica, Courier) and ensure that the postscript file is viewable using the "ghostview" tool. The corresponding author is requested to include at the start of the message containing the paper:

  1. complete postal address
  2. e-mail address
  3. phone number
  4. fax number
  5. a list of keywords
Receipt of submissions will be promptly acknowledged by e-mail. Late submissions will not be accepted; sorry, no exceptions. In cases where electronic submission is not possible, please contact the program chair (see below).

Important Dates

October  30, 1998:  Papers due.
December  7, 1998:  Notification sent to authors.
January   8, 1999:  Final copies due for publication in the proceedings.

Program Committee

Henri Bal, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
Pete Beckman, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Greg Benson, University of San Francisco, USA
Luc Bougé, École Normale Supérieure of Lyon (ENS Lyon), France
Matthew Haines, University of Wyoming, USA
Laxmikant V. Kale, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Koen Langendoen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
David Lowenthal, University of Georgia, USA
Frank Mueller, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany
Ron Olsson, University of California, Davis, USA
Raju Pandey, University of California, Davis, USA
Alan Sussman, University of Maryland, USA


This workshop is being held as part of IPPS/SPDP 1999. All workshop attendees are expected to pay for the IPPS/SPDP 1999 registration, which includes access to all sessions and workshops, coffee break and refreshments, as well as a number of lunches and receptions. Information about IPPS/SPDP 1999 can be obtained over the Web at the following URL: http://www.ippsxx.org/ipps99/ .

Workshop Organizers

Laxmikant V. Kale (kale@cs.uiuc.edu) -- General Chair
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois
1304 W. Springfield
Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Phone: 217-244-0094
Fax: 217-333-3501

Pete Beckman (beckman@acl.lanl.gov) -- Co Chair
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
Phone: 505-665-0800
Fax: 505-665-4939

Matthew Haines (haines@cs.uwyo.edu) -- Steering Chair
Department of Computer Science
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071-3682, USA
Phone: 307-766-2440
Fax: 307-766-4036

Ron Olsson (olsson@cs.ucdavis.edu) -- Program Chair
Department of Computer Science
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8562, USA
Phone: 530-752-7004
Fax: 530-752-4767