3rd Workshop on Virtualization in High-Performance Cluster and Grid Computing (VHPC’08) 

as part of Euro-Par 2008, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Island, Spain


Date: August 26-29, 2008

Euro-Par 2008: http://europar2008.caos.uab.es/ Workshop URL: http://xhpc.wu-wien.ac.at


Abstracts: February 4, 2008

Full Paper: April 14, 2008 


Virtual machine monitors (VMMs) are becoming tightly integrated with standard OS distributions, leading to increased adoption in many application areas including scientific educational and high-performance computing (HPC). VMMs allow for the concurrent execution of potentially large numbers of virtual machines, providing encapsulation, isolation, and the possibility for migrating VMs between physical hosts. These features enable physical clusters to be treated as “computation pools”, where a variety of execution environments can be dynamically instantiated on the underlying hardware. VM technology is therefore opening up new architectures and services for HPC in cluster and grid environments, but consensus has not yet emerged on the best models and tools. This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners working on virtualization in HPC environments, with the goal of sharing experience and promoting the development of a research community in this emerging area.

The workshop will be one day in length, composed of 20 min paper presentations, each followed by 10 min discussion sections.

Presentations may be accompanied by interactive demonstrations.

The workshop will also include a 30 min panel discussion by presenters.


Topics include, but are not limited to, the following subject matters:

- Virtualization in cluster and grid environments

- Workload characterizations for VM-based clusters

- VM cluster and grid architectures

- Cluster reliability, fault-tolerance, and security

- Compute job entry and scheduling

- Compute workload load leveling

- Cluster and grid filesystems for VMs

- VMMs, VMs and QoS guarantees

- Research and education use cases

- VM cluster distribution algorithms

- MPI, PVM on virtual machines

- System sizing

- Hardware support for virtualization

- High-speed interconnects in hypervisors

- Hypervisor extensions and utilities for cluster and grid computing

- Network architectures for VM-based clusters

- VMMs/Hypervisors on large SMP machines

- Performance models

- Performance management and tuning hosts and guest VMs

- Power considerations

- VMM performance tuning on various load types

- Xen/other VMM cluster/grid tools

- High-speed Device access from VMs

- Management, deployment of clusters and grid environments with VMs

- Information systems for virtualized clusters

- Management of system images for virtual machines

- Integration with relevant standards e.g. CIM, GLUE, OGF, etc.


Papers submitted to each workshop will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee and external reviewers. Submissions should include abstract, key words, the e-mail address of the corresponding author, and must not exceed 10 pages, including tables and figures at a main font size no smaller than 11 point. Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work. 

Accepted papers will be published in the Springer LNCS series – the format must be according to the Springer LNCS Style. Initial submissions are in PDF, accepted papers will be requested to provided source files. 


Submission Link:



February 4, 2008 – Abstract submissions due Full paper submission due: April 14, 2008 Acceptance notification: May 3, 2008 Camera-ready due: May 26, 2008

Conference: August 26-29, 2008


Michael Alexander (chair), WU Vienna, Austria Stephen Childs (co-chair), Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland


Jussara Almeida, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brasil Padmashree Apparao, Intel Corp., US Hassan Barada, Etisalat University College, UAE Volker Buege, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, Simon Crosby, Xensource, UK Marcus Hardt, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany Sverre Jarp, CERN, Switzerland Krishna Kant, Intel Corporation, US Yves Kemp, University of Karlsruhe, Germany Naoya Maruyama, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Jean-Marc Menaud, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France José E. Moreira, IBM Watson Research Center, US Yoshio Turner, HP Labs Andreas Unterkircher, CERN, Switzerland Dongyan Xu, Purdue University, US


The workshop will be held as part of Euro-Par 2008, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Island, Spain.

Euro-Par 2008: http://europar2008.caos.uab.es/