SICSA MultiCore Challenge: Programming Language Support for Multicore Parallelism

by Hans-Wolfgang Loidl, Dec. 22, 2011

Comparative parallel implementations on (networks of) multi-cores of selected challenge applications



Programming Language Support for Multicore Parallelism

Special Issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience



The  SICSA   Multicore  Challenge,   which  aims  to   assess  current

programming  language  support  for  multicore parallelism,  has  been

running  since 2010.   The  aim of  the  challenge is  to compare  and

contrast different implementation  techniques for harnessing multicore

parallelism, across a range  of programming languages and systems.  So

far,  participants  have  contributed  programming  solutions  to  two

specific parallel  problems.  Challenge Phase I  concerned a text-file

concordance   generator.  Phase  II   concerned  a   planetary  n-body

simulator.  Precise  specifications of  both  problems  are given  at:


We now invite submissions to a special issue of the journal 

Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience.


Submissions should describe a particular approach, or a set of related

approaches, to  solving one  or both of  the parallel  challenges.  Of

particular interest are: (i) the program performance, (ii) performance

portability, and (iii) the programmer productivity, of the methods and

implementation techniques used to address each problem.  A recommended

paper structure is provided at


Although  we  anticipate   that  existing  SICSA  Multicore  Challenge

participants will  submit papers, we also welcome  papers from people,

who have not been able to attend the workshops, or engage fully in the

challenge  activities  to  date.   In  particular,  we  encourage  new

contributors to  upload information on their  implementations onto the

Wiki.  All papers will be judged impartially on merit and relevance by

a reviewing panel  assembled for this special issue.   Prior levels of

participation will not impact the refereeing process.

Instructions for SICSA Multicore Challenge 2012 special issue

* The editors of the special issue are 

  Hans-Wolfgang Loidl <[email protected]> and 

  Jeremy Singer <[email protected]>.

* Papers will be refereed by members of the reviewing panel shown below.

* Please submit your full paper to Manuscript Central 

  as "SICSA Multicore Challenge 2012 special issue".

* The submitted papers must be original work describing

  implementations of one or both SICSA Multicore Challenge

  problems. The work must not be published anywhere else nor

  under any simultaneous consideration in any other venue.

* There is a 30 page max length limit (12 point single

  space, inclusive of figures and tables).

* The notification will include reviewer comments from 

  3 expert referees in the area.

* Wiley has Latex templates at

  and we anticipate that most authors will make use of

  these. Either Latex or Word will be accepted.

* Important dates:

  . Submission of full papers:  February 6, 2012

  . Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2012.

  . Revised Camera-ready Papers: May 11, 2012.

  . Final Decisions: June 8, 2012.

  . Papers are expected to appear within 4 months of final acceptance.


Hans-Wolfgang Loidl (co-chair, Heriot-Watt University)

Jeremy Singer (co-chair, University of Glasgow)

Greg Michaelson (Heriot-Watt University)

Paul Cockshott (University of Glasgow)

Kevin Hammond (St Andrews University)

Tim Harris (Microsoft Research)

Murray Cole (University of Edinburgh)