ARRAY 2018 call for papers

by Sven-Bodo Sven-Bodo Scholz, March 28, 2018

5th ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Libraries, Languages and Compilers for Array Programming

Philadelphia, USA - June 19, 2018
DEADLINE: April 15, 2018

ARRAY 2018 is part of PLDI 2018
39th Annual ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation


Array-oriented programming offers a unique blend of programmer productivity and high-performance parallel executions. As an abstraction, array programming directly mirrors high-level mathematical abstractions common in the sciences as well as in many compute-intensive applied areas. The data-parallel nature of array programming facilitates advanced analyses and with it, compiler-driven code generation for modern massively parallel hardware platforms.

This workshop is intended to bring together researchers from many different communities, including language designers, library developers, compiler researchers and practitioners who are using or working on numeric, array-centric aspects of programming languages, libraries and methodologies from all domains: imperative or declarative; object-oriented or functional; interpreted or compiled; strongly typed, weakly typed or untyped.


Application experiences of array programming, from productivity to parallel performance

Array, graph, and tensor abstractions

Compilers and libraries for array and graph programs on potentially massively parallel computers

Building-blocks for (dense and sparse) matrix/tensor algorithms

Compiler transformations and intermediate languages for array computations

Systematic array notation, including axis- and index-based approaches,

Representation of mathematical structure, including sparsity, rank, and hierarchy

Array programming is at home in many communities, reaching from domain experts that primarily use array languages, to computer scientists that research the various aspects of array-language design, analysis, implementation and infrastructure. ARRAY is intended as a forum where these communities can exchange ideas on the construction of computational tools for arrays.

Important Dates

Paper submissions: Apr 15, 2018 (anywhere on earth)

Notification of authors: May 4, 2018

Camera-ready copies due: May 10, 2018 (anywhere on earth)

Workshop date: June 19, 2018


Manuscripts may fall into one of the following categories:

  • research papers on any topic related to the focus of the workshop;
  • tool descriptions reporting on a tool relevant to the workshop area.

Submissions should be 4-8 pages for research papers and 4-6 pages for tool descriptions. All papers should be formatted in conformance with the ACM SIGPLAN proceedings style.

In the case of a tool description, the workshop presentation should include a demo of the tool, and the submission should include a short appendix summarizing the demo. This appendix is for the information of the PC only and will not be part of the published paper, nor will it be counted as part of the six-page limit.

Clearly mark your submission as either a "research paper" or a "tool description" in the paper’s subtitle.

Submissions must be in PDF format, printable in black and white on US Letter sized paper, and interpretable by Ghostscript. Papers must adhere to the standard SIGPLAN conference format: two columns, nine-point font on a ten-point baseline, with columns 20pc (3.33in) wide and 54pc (9in) tall, with a column gutter of 2pc (0.33in). A suitable document template for LaTeX is available at

Papers must be submitted using EasyChair:

As in previous years, accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

Organizing Committee

Sven-Bodo Scholz, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland (co-chair)

Olin Shivers, Northeastern University, USA (co-chair)

Program Committee

John Gilbert, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Magne Haveraaen, University of Bergen, Norway

Stephan Herhut, Google, Munich, Germany

Laurie Hendren, McGill University, Canada

Suresh Jagannathan, Purdue University, USA

Andreas Kloeckner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Richard Membarth, DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany

P. (Saday) Sadayappan, Ohio state University, USA

Mary Sheeran, Chalmers U of Tech, Sweden

ARRAY 2018 is sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN. Presenters and authors of papers are eligible to apply for SIGPLAN PAC funding.