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Programming Language Approaches to Concurrency and Communication-cEntric Software

23rd March 2013, Rome, Italy

Workshop affiliated with

ETAPS 2013


PLACES'12 was in Tallinn with ETAPS
PLACES'11 was in Saarbrücken with ETAPS
PLACES'10 was in Paphos with ETAPS
PLACES'09 was in York with ETAPS
PLACES'08 was in Oslo with DisCoTec

Theme and Goals

Applications today are built using numerous interacting services; soon off-the-shelf CPUs will host thousands of cores, and sensor networks will be composed from a large number of processing units. Many applications need to make effective use of thousands of computing nodes. At some level of granularity, computation in such systems is inherently concurrent and communication-centred.

To exploit and harness the richness of this computing environment, designers and programmers will utilise a rich variety of programming paradigms, depending on the shape of the data and control flow. Plausible candidates for such paradigms include structured imperative concurrent programming, stream-based programming, concurrent functions with asynchronous message passing, higher-order types for events, and the use of types for communications and data structures (such as session types and linear types), to name but a few. Combinations of these abstractions will be used even in a single application, and the runtime environment needs to ensure seamless execution without relying on differences in available resources such as the number of cores.

The development of effective programming methodologies for the coming computing paradigm demands exploration and understanding of a wide variety of ideas and techniques. This workshop aims to offer a forum where researchers from different fields exchange new ideas on one of the central challenges for programming in the near future, the development of programming methodologies and infrastructures where concurrency and distribution are the norm rather than a marginal concern.

Invited Talk

Stefan Möhl from Mitrionics
We are grateful to Mitrionics for funding Stefan Möhl's trip to PLACES'13.


Program Committee

Alastair Beresford _ University of Cambridge, UK
Viviana Bono _ Universita di Torino, Italy
Alastair Donaldson _ Imperial College London, UK
Dan Ghica _ University of Birmingham, UK
Joshua Guttman _ Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, US
Thomas Hildebrandt _ IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Paul Keir _ Codeplay Ltd, UK
Hans-Wolfgang Loidl _ Heriot-Watt University, UK
Conor McBride _ University of Strathclyde, UK
Jeremy Singer _ University of Glasgow, UK
Sven-Bodo Scholz _ Heriot-Watt University, UK
Nikhil Swamy _ Microsoft Research, US
Wim Vanderbauwhede (co-chair) _ University of Glasgow, UK
Hugo Torres Vieira _ Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Nobuko Yoshida (co-chair) _ Imperial College London, UK

Organizing Committee

Alastair Beresford _ University of Cambridge, UK
Simon Gay _ University of Glasgow, UK
Kohei Honda _ Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Alan Mycroft _ University of Cambridge, UK
Vasco Vasconcelos _ University of Lisbon, Portugal
Nobuko Yoshida _ Imperial College London, UK

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