The 2nd International SYCL Workshop (SYCL 2017), 2017

February 4th, 2017
Austin, Texas

Call for Papers
The 2nd International SYCL Workshop (SYCL 2017)
Held in conjunction with ACM PPoPP 2017, Austin, Texas – February 4-7, 2017


SYCL (sɪkəl – as in sickle) is a royalty-free, cross-platform Khronos specification facilitating a C++ abstraction layer that builds on the underlying concepts, portability and efficiency of OpenCL, while adding the ease-of-use and flexibility of C++. SYCL enables single source development where C++ template functions can contain both host and device code to construct complex algorithms that use OpenCL acceleration, and then re-use them throughout their source code on different types of data.

The SYCL Workshop aims to gather together SYCL’s users, researchers, educators and implementors to encourage and grow a community of users behind the SYCL standard, and related work in C++ for heterogeneous architectures. SYCL 2017 is a half-day workshop to be held in Austin, Texas, on the 4th or 5th of February 2017, in conjunction with ACM PPoPP 2017.

Travel Awards
Student authors who present papers in this workshop are eligible to apply for travel awards. Further details will be announced after notification of

Important Dates
Submissions: 2nd December
Notification: 18th December
Final version: 20th January, 2017
Workshop: 4th or 5th of February, 2017

Submission Guidelines
All submissions must be made electronically through the conference submission site, at LINK.

Submissions may be one of the following:

* Extended abstract: Two pages in standard SIGPLAN two-column conference
format (preprint mode, with page numbers)

* Short Paper: Four to six pages in standard SIGPLAN two-column conference
format (preprint mode, with page numbers)

Submissions must be in PDF format and printable on US Letter size paper. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. We will aim to give longer presentation slots to papers than to extended abstracts. Conference papers will not be published, but made available through the website, alongside the slides used for each presentation. The aim is to enable authors to get feedback and ideas that can later go into other publications. We will encourage questions and discussions during the workshop, to create an open environment for the community to engage with.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Applications implemented using SYCL
* C++ Libraries using SYCL
* C++ programming models for OpenCL (C++AMP, Boost.Compute, …)
* Other C++ applications using OpenCL
* New proposals to the SYCL specification
* Integration of SYCL with other programming models
* Compilation techniques to optimise SYCL kernels
* Performance comparisons between SYCL and other programming models
* Implementation of SYCL on novel architectures (FPGA, DSP, …)
* Using SYCL in fault-tolerant systems
* Porting applications from CUDA to SYCL
* Reports on SYCL implementations
* Debuggers, profilers and other tools

Organising Committee
Paul Keir, University of the West of Scotland (UK)
Ruyman Reyes, Codeplay Software Ltd, Edinburgh (UK)

Program Committee
Jens Breitbart – Bosch Automotive, Germany
Joel Falcou – LRI, Université Paris-Sud, France
Benedict Gaster – University of the West of England, UK
Vincent Hindriksen – StreamComputing BV, Netherlands
Christopher Jefferson – St. Andrews University, UK
Ronan Keryell – Xilinx, Ireland
Paul Keir – University of the West of Scotland, UK
Zoltán Porkoláb – Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Ruyman Reyes – Codeplay Software Ltd., UK
Francisco de Sande – University of La Laguna, Spain
Tyler Sorensen – Imperial College London, UK
Michel Steuwer – University of Edinburgh, UK
Ana Lucia Varbanescu – University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Josef Weidendorfer – Technical University of Munich, Germany
Michael Wong – Codeplay Software Ltd., UK

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